Japan’s Cellulosic Fiber Production Sharply Increases in September

According to the Japan Chemical Fibers Association, the nation’s production of man-made fibers in September 2017 increased by 2.0% over the same month of last year to 76,775 tons (provisional). Of this, synthetic fibers decreased by 2.3% to 60,872 tons. Meanwhile, the production of cellulosic fibers sharply rose by 22.0% to 15,903 tons, and pushed up the overall MMF production volume. Among major synthetic fiber items, production decreased for nylon filament (down 3.9% to 7,521 tons), acrylic staple fiber (down 0.8% to 10,447 tons) and polyester staple fiber (down 21.3% to 7,452 tons). On the other hand, polyester filament production turned to an increase (up 0.7% to 9,906 tons). Because

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Huntsman Textile Effects Solves Storage Yellowing With Stabilon NPY

Huntsman Textile Effects has introduced the industry’s best-performing protective agent against phenolic yellowing: Stabilon NPY. Stabilon NPY helps mills protect product quality, and avoid costly recalls by ensuring that lingerie, swimwear, underwear and other nylon garments in whites and pale shades will not yellow during storage or transit. Pale and full white nylon fabrics are prone to unsightly yellowing when they come into contact with phenolic antioxidants, which are frequently encountered during textile processing and commonly present in packaging materials. Stabilon NPY prevents such yellowing by blocking the free amino end-groups of nylon fibers. Lee Howarth, Global Marketing Manager at Huntsman Textile Effects, says, “With Stabilon NPY protective agent, brands,

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Tsudakoma Expected to Achieve Initial Fiscal Targets

Tsudakoma Corporation is expected to achieve the initial business targets set for the current fiscal year ending this November. The planned targets for the current fiscal year are consolidated net sales of 40.5 billion yen, operating profits of 800 million yen, ordinary profits of 700 million yen and net profits of 550 million yen. The company had net losses totaling 90 million yen up to the third quarter. However, Tsudakoma President Nobuhiro Takano expressed his intention of achieving the fiscal targets, saying, “The net losses were because of unexpected amortization. Exports to India suffered as letters of credit were not issued in the first quarter, but came to recover from

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