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The Year That Was 2014
By Karen McIntyre, editor
Published December 3, 2014
A look at the year's top stories Read More »
By Karen McIntyre, editor
Published December 2, 2014
acquisitions have been plentiful this year. Read More »
Published October 28, 2014
New capacity coming onstream in Brazil, Peru, the U.S., Sweden and China Read More »
Nonwoven Spot-to-Spot Web Uniformity for Critical Filtration Applications
By Frank Baker, Frank Baker Associates
Published October 16, 2014
increasing production speeds can hurt filtration efficacy Read More »
The Time is Right for Industrial Wipes
By Karen McIntyre, editor
Published October 2, 2014
Now that the EPA wiper rule is finalized, the wipes industry sees big opportunities in industrial settings Read More »
PGI adds to European capacity; launches soft products
By Karen McIntyre, senior editor
Published September 25, 2014
Company makes big announcements at Outlook Read More »
International Top Companies Report 2014
By Karen Bitz
Published September 14, 2014
Our Annual Look at the Largest Nonwovens Roll Goods Manufacturers Read More »
Published August 20, 2014
PGI’s net sales were $439.9 million for the second quarter of 2014 compared with $291.5 million for the second quarter of 2013. The increase in net sales was primarily driven by an increase in overall volumes. Net sales in Asia increased 8.8%,… Read More »
Technology Advances Open Up New Doors For Nonwovens In Medical Market
By Karen McIntyre, Senior Editor
Published August 14, 2014
Nonwovens continue to displace other materials globally. Read More »
Published May 21, 2014
Nets sales for the first quarter increased 47% to $422 million at Polymer Group Inc., thanks largely to the integration of Fiberweb, a company acquired in late 2013 as well as the contribution of a new Asian line. Without the Fiberweb acquisition, s… Read More »
Construction Market Report
By Karen McIntyre, Senior Editor
Published March 26, 2014
Nonwovens manufacturers continue to build their businesses with construction. Read More »
Geotextiles Market Report
By Karen McIntyre, Senior Editor
Published March 21, 2014
Nonwovens continue to find new uses across numerous platforms. Read More »
Published March 20, 2014
As we went to press, Lydall announced it had acquired the industrial filtration business belonging to Andrew Industries for $83 million. The move strengthens Lydall’s position as an industry-leading global provider of filtration and engineered… Read More »
Published February 26, 2014
Polymer Group Inc. (PGI), the world's largest nonwovens manufacturer, will make an investment of approximately $8 million to upgrade machinery and expand its manufacturing plant in Waynesboro, VA. PGI will also hire up to 20 new employees, contin… Read More »
Progress & Prospects
By Guo Yongde, Xinlong Nonwovens Co., Ltd.
Published February 18, 2014
A look at Southeast Asia's nonwovens market. Read More »
The Spunmelt Market Takes Shape
By Karen McIntyre, Senior Editor
Published February 18, 2014
The days of rapid investment are drawing to a close as the spunmelt market moves into the installation phase. Read More »
PGI continues investment streak, buys Providencia
By Karen McIntyre, senior editor
Published January 30, 2014
PGI gains access to new lines in North and South America. Read More »
Regional Report: Latin America
By Charles W. Thurston, Contributing Writer
Published January 6, 2014
Nonwovens demand outpaces Latin American economies. Read More »
Published December 26, 2013
Will focus on industrial and filtration product development. Read More »
Year in Review
By Karen McIntyre, Senior Editor
Published December 4, 2013
Mergers and acquisitions, global expansion counted among year’s highlights. Read More »
By Tim Wright
Published December 2, 2013
Jeff Willis has formed a new venture called Nonwovens By Design. The new company will specialize in product design for consumer, medical, wipes and hygiene markets as well as provide sales supports for select clients. Willis was previously with Texel… Read More »
Published November 15, 2013
Integration of industry leaders creates world's largest nonwovens company. Read More »
Filtration Market Update
By Tim Wright, editor
Published November 6, 2013
From fibers to nonwovens to final product, the filtration market supply chain is innovating new technologies to meet the sustainability demands of today’s world. Read More »
By Tim Wright, editor
Published November 4, 2013
With the creation of the first cotton textile mill around 1815 by Michael Schenck in Lincoln County, North Carolina began a long process that would see it become the center of the textile business in the U.S. by the 1920s and remain so throughout the… Read More »
Published October 9, 2013
Company will add 50,000 tons of spunmelt capacity globally. Read More »
Published September 18, 2013
Parties agree on cash offer to create nonwovens powerhouse. Read More »
Fitesa
Published September 10, 2013
Simpsonville, SC, U.S. www.fitesa.com 2013 Nonwovens Sales: $697 million Key Personnel Silverio Baranzano, CEO; Hal Singley, CFO   Plants Gravatai, Brazil; Lima, Peru; San Jose Iterbide, Mexico; Simpsonville, SC, U.S.; Green Bay,… Read More »
PGI
Published September 10, 2013
Charlotte, NC www.polymergroupinc.com 2013 Nonwovens Sales: $1.2 billion ($2 billion, pro forma) Key Personnel J. Joel Hackney, Jr.; president, CEO and director; Dennis E. Norman, executive vice president and CFO; Robert Dale, president, APAC a… Read More »
International Top Companies Report 2013
Published September 1, 2013
Expanding Our Scope Read More »
Published August 22, 2013
UK-based Fiberweb says it has received a takeover proposal from U.S. rival Polymer Group Inc. (PGI). PGI has been given until Sept. 17 to formalize a bid or step away. Fiberweb says that if PGI makes an offer at its desired price, its board will reco… Read More »
Published August 16, 2013
Analyzes the global spunbonded polyester nonwoven market. Read More »
India Calling
By Karen McIntryre, Senior Editor
Published August 7, 2013
Investment continues in India as the industry looks for the next hot growth area Read More »
CNC International
Published July 24, 2013
Significantly expanding spunbond capacity. Read More »
Published July 11, 2013
Fiberweb has acquired control of its existing geosynthetics joint venture in Gujarat, India. Fiberweb now owns 65% of shares in the Terram India plant, up from 26%. Terram India is based in a coastal industrial park near Mundra and has been fully op… Read More »
Published June 7, 2013
Fiberweb has appointed Dr. Carsten Heldmann as a director of the group effective June 6, 2013. Carsten joined Fiberweb in June 2005 as head of R&D hygiene and in 2009 became chief technology officer. In 2010 he was promoted to president of the c… Read More »
Published May 14, 2013
Reports conditions have been mixed. Read More »
Published May 1, 2013
Groundbreaking ceremony to be held at Fiberweb's Old Hickory, TN location. Read More »
Published April 25, 2013
Groundbreaking ceremony to be held at Fiberweb's Old Hickory, TN location. Read More »
Published April 23, 2013
Groundbreaking ceremony to be held at Fiberweb's Old Hickory, TN location. Read More »
Opportunities Abound for Nonwovens in Latin America
By Karen McIntyre, Senior Editor
Published April 17, 2013
As Fitesa and Providencia look domestically for growth, there is no shortage of demand in Latin America. Read More »
Nonwovens for Roofing & Construction In Demand
By Tim Wright, Editor
Published April 17, 2013
As construction activity heats up in the U.S., opportunities abound for nonwovens producers that sell into these markets. Read More »
SGN: Leaders in Nonwovens for the Middle East Hygiene Industry
Published February 7, 2013
Saudi German Company For Nonwoven Products P.O. Box 3319 Al-Khobar 31952 Saudi Arabia 966-3-812-2111 Fax: 966-3-812-1333 www.sgn.sa.com Saudi German Company for Nonwoven Products (SGN) is a joint venture between two Saudi Partners—Al Rajhi Ho… Read More »
The Year That Was 2012
By Karen McIntyre, Editor
Published December 4, 2012
New investments, new business strategies dominated the headlines this year. Read More »
David Rousse named new INDA president
Published November 16, 2012
David Rousse has been appointed the new president of INDA, the U.S.-based Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry. Effective October 15, Rousse will take over the position currently held by Rory Holmes, who will retire in the middle of next year… Read More »
Airlaid Market Positioned for Progress
By Sean Moloughney, Managing Editor
Published October 8, 2012
Growing demand in the feminine hygiene sector and a strong sustainability story will help move the airlaid market forward. Read More »
By Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor
Published October 8, 2012
If 2011 was the year of expansion, 2012 is shaping up to be the year of mergers and acquisitions. While this trend officially began in late 2011 with the sale of Ahlstrom’s wipes business to Suominen in October, in 2012 we have seen the sale of… Read More »
Published September 25, 2012
After six years, Brian Taylorson retired from Fiberweb’s board as non-executive director at the end of August. Taylorson’s retirement is part of the board’s plan to refresh the board and to comply with the U.K. Corporate Governance… Read More »
International Top Companies Report 2012
By Karen Bitz-McIntyre, Editor
Published September 12, 2012
An annual review of the leading nonwovens producers. Read More »
Fiberweb
Published September 11, 2012
London, U.K. www.fiberweb.com 2012 Nonwovens Sales: $460 million   Key Personnel: Daniel Dayan, CEO; Kate Miles, group finance director   Plants: Old Hickory, TN; Aschersleben, Germany; Berlin, Germany; Pontypool, U.K.; Maldon, U.K.; Aberda… Read More »
Fitesa
Published September 10, 2012
Simpsonville, SC www.fitesa.com 2012 Nonwovens Sales: $712 million   Key Personnel:Silverio Baranzano, CEO, Hal Singley, CFO   Plants:Gravatai, Brazil; Lima, Peru; Queretaro, Mexico; Simpsonville, SC; Green Bay, WI; Washougal, WA; Norrkopin… Read More »