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  • Trends in Japan’s Diaper Market

    Kin Ohmura, contributing editor || July 20, 2015
    Japanese diaper makers depend on imports to meet supply.

  • Polypore Sells Itself

    February 23, 2015
    Energy Storage biz goes to Asahi Kasei; 3M acquires filtration

  • Spunmelt Investment Continues

    Spunmelt Investment Continues

    Karen McIntyre, editor || February 5, 2015
    New lines keep coming as manufacturers look to gain a competitive edge with up-to-date technology.

  • International Top Companies Report 2014

    International Top Companies Report 2014

    Karen Bitz || September 14, 2014
    Our Annual Look at the Largest Nonwovens Roll Goods Manufacturers

  • Competition among nanofiber nonwovens makers

    Kin Ohmura, Osaka Marketing || June 9, 2014
    Electrospinning and meltblown are the top choices for making thin fiber nonwovens.

  • Asahi Kasei doubles Thai spunbond capacity

    May 14, 2014
    Capacity will grow to 40,000 tons per year.

  • Asahi Kasei makes nanofiber meltblown

    May 1, 2014
    Eutec targets oil and water separators

  • Progress & Prospects

    Progress & Prospects

    Guo Yongde, Xinlong Nonwovens Co., Ltd. || February 18, 2014
    A look at Southeast Asia's nonwovens market.

  • Nonwovens Lines POP Up All Over Southeast Asia

    Nonwovens Lines POP Up All Over Southeast Asia

    Karen McIntyre, Senior Editor || February 18, 2014
    Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia being eyed by manufacturers from the east and the west.

  • The Spunmelt Market Takes Shape

    The Spunmelt Market Takes Shape

    Karen McIntyre, Senior Editor || February 18, 2014
    The days of rapid investment are drawing to a close as the spunmelt market moves into the installation phase.

  • Strong investment continues in Southeast Asia

    Strong investment continues in Southeast Asia

    Karen McIntyre, senior editor || January 16, 2014
      In recent years, Asia has become a focal point for foreign nonwovens investment.  While China has certainly led the way, with a nonwovens output that rivals both Europe and the NAFTA region in size, Southeast Asia has also benefitted…

  • Asahi Kasei

    Asahi Kasei

    September 10, 2013
    Osaka, Japan www.asahi-kasei.co.jp 2013 Nonwovens Sales: $200 million Key Personnel Hiroshi Takasahi, president Asahi Kasei Fibers; Katsuhiko Hinamoto, general manager, nonwoven fabircs division; Hiroshi Maruo, general manager, spunbond fabric…

  • International Top Companies Report 2013

    International Top Companies Report 2013

    September 1, 2013
    Expanding Our Scope

  • Japanese producers set up shop offshore

    Japanese producers set up shop offshore

    Kim Ohmura, Osaka Marketing || June 12, 2013
    Many companies follow hygiene makers’ move to southeast Asia

  • Asahi Kasei hosts grand opening for spunbond plant in Thailand

    Asahi Kasei hosts grand opening for spunbond plant in Thailand

    February 15, 2013
    Asahi Kasei Fibers held a grand opening ceremony for a new spunbond plant in Thailand on February 12, 2013. Since beginning its spunbond business in 1973, Asahi Kasei Fibers has supplied Eltas spunbond for use in a wide variety of applications. The…

  • Spunmelt Manufacturers Directory

    Spunmelt Manufacturers Directory

    February 7, 2013
    A listing of spunmelt manufacturers from around the globe.

  • Spunmelt Market Grows Around The Globe

    Spunmelt Market Grows Around The Globe

    Tim Wright, Editor || February 7, 2013
    With all the spunmelt lines coming onstream around the world, this market represents the fastest growing segment of the nonwovens industry.

  • The Year That Was 2012

    The Year That Was 2012

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || December 4, 2012
    New investments, new business strategies dominated the headlines this year.

  • Asahi Kasei

    Asahi Kasei

    September 11, 2012
    Osaka, Japan www.asahikasei.co.jp 2012 Nonwovens Sales: $201 million   Key Personnel: Katsuhiko Hinamoto, general manager, nonwoven fabrics; Hiroshi Maruo, general manager, spunbond fabric sales; Yasumasa Shii, general manager, Bemliese sales &n…

  • International Top Companies Report 2012

    International Top Companies Report 2012

    September 1, 2012
    An annual review of the leading nonwovens producers.

  • ANEX 2012 Preview

    ANEX 2012 Preview

    Nonwovens Industry Staff || June 6, 2012
    Exhibitors prepare to showcase capabilities in Seoul, South Korea.

  • International Top Companies Report 2011

    International Top Companies Report 2011

    September 17, 2011
    Expansion. Expansion. Expansion.

  • Asahi Kasei

    Asahi Kasei

    September 1, 2011
    Osaka, Japan www.asahi-kasei.co.jp/asahi/en 2011 Nonwovens Sales: $246 million   Key Personnel: Toshio Takanashi, general manager, Nonwoven Fabrics Division; Katsuhiko Hinamoto, general manager, Spunbond Fabric Sales; Tetsuya Nakamura, general m…

  • International Top Company Report

    August 31, 2011
    Expansion. Expansion. Expansion.

  • INDEX 2011

    June 8, 2011
    A look at what exhibitors showcased at INDEX 2011 in Geneva, Switzerland.

  • Companies Rush To Resume Production In Wake Of Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami

    Sandra Levy , Associate Editor || May 4, 2011
    Many nonwovens producers and hygiene companies in Japan have been rushing to restore their production and distribution in the wake of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit the Tohoku and Kanto regions March 11. After confirming that their e…

  • Techtextil Preview

    Sandra Levy , Associate Editor || May 4, 2011
    Techtextil 2011 will be held May 24-26 in Frankfurt, Germany. About 200 exhibitors from 45 countries will showcase their company’s capabilities to more than 24,000 trade visitors from 85 countries. Industry, research, retail and wholesale will…

  • Far East Report

    Kin Ohmura, Osaka Marketing Center || May 3, 2011
    The Globalization of PP Spunbond Nonwovens

  • INDEX 2011 Preview

    March 16, 2011
    INDEX 2011 Preview rn rnAplix rnBooth 1250 rnAplix makes mechanical fasteners for baby diapers and adult incontinence products with plants in France, the U.S. and China. Aplix will exhibit its complete line of innovative fastening solutions at INDEX…

  • Asahi Kasei To Make Spunbond In Thailand

    March 10, 2011
    20,000 ton line to target growing hygiene market in Asia.

  • Asahi Kasei

    Asahi Kasei

    January 1, 2010
    Location: Osaka, Japan Sales: $195 million Description: Key Personnel Toshio Takanashi, general manager, nonwoven fabrics division; Katsuhiko Hinamoto, general manager, spunbond fabric sales; Tetsuya Nakamura, general manager, Bemliese sales Plant…

  • Far East Report

    Kin Ohmura, Chemical Marketing Center || December 1, 2009
    There are currently about 13 known manufacturers of spunbond nonwovens headquartered in Japan. These manufacturers, and their production capacities, are shown in Table 1. The total production capacity of these manufacturers was 139,800 tons per year…

  • Asahi Kasei

    Asahi Kasei

    January 1, 2009
    Location: OSAKA, JAPAN Sales: $195 Million Description: Key Personnel Toshio Takanashi, general manager, nonwoven fabrics division; Katsuhiko Hinamoto, general manager, spunbonded fabric sales; Tetsuya Nakamura, general manger, Bemliese sales Pla…

  • International Top 40

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || September 10, 2008
    Raw Material Prices, Raw Material Prices, Raw Material Prices

  • Asahi Kasei

    Asahi Kasei

    January 1, 2008
    Location: OSAKA, JAPAN Sales: $170 million Description: Key Personnel Toshio Takanashi, general manager, nonwoven fabrics division; Katsuhiko Hinamoto, general manager, spunbonded fabric sales; Tetsuya Nakamura, general manger, Bemliese sales Plan…

  • Asahi Kasei

    Asahi Kasei

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Osaka, Japan Sales: $170 million Description: Key Personnel Toshio Takanashi, general manager, nonwoven fabrics division; Katsuhiko Hinamoto, general manager, spunbonded fabric sales; Akira Enami, general manager Bemliese sales Plants…

  • Asahi Kasei Develops New Nonwovens

    September 21, 2006
    Asahi Kasei has developed a triple-layer polyester-based spunbond nonwoven featuring different deniers of fibers. The medium layer of Precise is made from significantly finer denier fibers than the upper and bottom layers. The 130 cm-wide nonwovens a…

  • Asahi Kasei

    September 11, 2006
    Asahi Kasei Osaka, Japan www.asahi-kasei.co.jp $176 million (¥19.4 billion) Key Personnel Yoshikazu Ban, general manager, nonwoven fabrics division; Ryujiro Yoshino, general manager, spunbonded fabric sales; Akira Naganami, general manager, Beml…

  • 2006 Top 40 Company Report

    September 6, 2006
    Investment Heavy In Global Nonwovens Industry

  • Asahi-Dorlastan Deal Complete

    March 1, 2006
    Asahi Kasei Fibers Corporation has finalized its agreement with Lanxess for the purchase of the Dorlastan Spandex business. The Dorlastan acquisition will allow  AKF to strengthen its position as a leading manufacturer of synthetic elastic fiber…

  • Spunmelt Directory

    February 10, 2006
    Advanced Design Concepts Rethanustrasse 12 D-30159 Hanover Germany Telephone: 49-517-1408660 Fax: 49-517-1408601 E-mail: jabed@bbafiberweb.com Web: www.advanceddesignconcepts.com   Advanced Fabrics (SAAF) P.O. Box 1065 Al Ahsa…

  • Asahi Kasei

    Asahi Kasei

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Osaka, Japan Sales: $176 million Description: Key Personnel Yoshikazu Ban, general manager, nonwoven fabrics division; Ryujiro Yoshino, general manager, spunbonded fabric sales; Akira Naganami, general manager, Bemliese sales Plants M…

  • Asahi Kasei Makes Spandex Acquisition

    November 22, 2005
    Asahi Kasei says it has signed a memorandum of understanding to purchase Lanexess’ Dorlastan spandex business including production facilities in Dormagen, Germany and Bushy Park, SC. Lanxess’s annual spandex capacity is 9000 metric tons a…

  • Asahi To Expand In Medical Market

    October 5, 2005
    Plans are underway at leading Japanese producer Asahi Kasei Medical to expand its sale of PET-based meltblown blood purification filters into the global market. The company reports steady growth in Japan stemming from the products’ success in t…

  • International Top 40

    August 30, 2005
    a look at the leading nonwovens producers in the world

  • The International Top 40

    August 17, 2005
    annual survey profiles the top nonwoven roll goods producers worldwide

  • The International Top 40

    August 17, 2005
    annual survey profiles the top nonwoven roll goods producers worldwide

  • Spunbonded & Melt Blown Nonwovens

    August 17, 2005
    despite overcapacity issues and price pressures, these two technologies remain tops with producers

  • THE TOP 40

    June 14, 2005
    profiles of the top worldwide manufacturers of nonwovens

  • The International Top 40

    June 6, 2005
    a look at the top companies in nonwovens