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  • 2008 A Disappointment For Suominen

    February 28, 2009
    Suominen Corporation has released its fourth quarter and full year results for 2008.

  • Fiberweb Reports Success

    February 26, 2009
    Sales, earnings rise as turnaround program starts to work.

  • 2008 A Disappointment For Suominen

    February 12, 2009
    Lower hygiene volumes, increased waste have negative impact.

  • When Quality Really Counts

    Nonwovens Staff, Nonwovens Staff || February 11, 2009
    testing and inspection equipment suppliers say their products are more valuable than ever in these troubling economic times

  • Spunmelt Savvy

    Ellen Wuagneux, Associate Editor || February 11, 2009
    today's economic pressures make the margin for error slimmer than ever for spunmelt makers

  • For Disposable Diapers, The Future is Green

    Jonathan Roberts, Roberts Media || February 11, 2009
    In a unique project called WooDi, Sodra Cell, SCA and Chalmers University have joined forces to produce a diaper that could one day be made entirely of wood-based fibers

  • A Kinder, Gentler Nonwoven

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || February 11, 2009
    alternative raw materials prove that disposable doesn't have to mean irresponsible when it comes to the Earth.

  • Single-Use Hygiene Article

    January 27, 2009
    Patented is a hygiene article for single use. The article comprises an absorbing body layer with a means for long-term storage of body fluids or superabsorbing materials. The absorbing layer has a first region with a first mass per unit area of absor…

  • Five Products To Vie For 2009 Visionary Award

    Nonwovens Staff, Nonwovens Staff || January 19, 2009
    new nonwovens-based goods showcase expansion of technology in consumer markets

  • Evolutionary Equipment

    Ellen Wuagneux, Associate Editor || January 19, 2009
    Considering the current economic environment, maybe equipment suppliers' description of today's hygiene market as evolutionary (rather than revolutionary) isn't so bad after all.

  • PLMA Show Shows Strengths and Weaknesses

    Susan Stransbury, Contributor || January 19, 2009
    interesting new products show up at store brands expo in Chicago

  • Shalag Industries

    Shalag Industries

    January 1, 2009
    Location: UPPER GALILEE, ISRAEL Sales: $80 Million Description: Plant Locations Israel, U.S. (planned) Major Processes thermal bonded The biggest news from Israel’s Shalag Group is a recent announcementthat the company investe…

  • Spuntech

    Spuntech

    January 1, 2009
    Location: UPPER TIBERIAS, ISRAEL Sales: $90 Million Description: Key Personnel Rob Stollar, vice president, global sales and marketing, Ron Broshi, vice president of new product development; John Rank, director of sales and marketing—The Am…

  • Vita Nonwovens

    Vita Nonwovens

    January 1, 2009
    Location: MANCHESTER, U.K. Sales: $170 Million Description: Key Personnel Joe Menendez, Vita Group CEO Wim Warnier, Vita Nonwovens CEO Plants Belgium, France, Sweden, U.S. ISO Status ISO 9001:2000; ISO / TS 16949 Processes Drylaid, chemical bo…

  • KNH Enterprises

    KNH Enterprises

    January 1, 2009
    Location: TAIPEI, TAIWAN Sales: $80 Million Description: Key Personnel J.C. Tai, chairman and owner; Kirk Hwang, Wang, general manager China operations; Alvin business unit officer Plants Taipei, Taiwan; Shanghai, China Processes A…

  • Rexcell

    Rexcell

    January 1, 2009
    Location: BENGTSFORS, SWEDEN Sales: $86 Million Description: Key Personnel Andreas Norman, vice president of sales and marketing Plant Locations Sweden—Skåpafors and Dals Långe Applications Tabletop, wipes, femini…

  • Precision Custom Coatings

    Precision Custom Coatings

    January 1, 2009
    Location: TOTOWA, NJ Sales: $100 Million Description: Key Personnel Peter Longo, chairman and COO; Scott Tesser, president and CEO; Rich Noble, CFO and treasurer; Dan Kamat, vice president, Industrial Textile Division; Shaile Dusaj, director indu…

  • Unitika

    Unitika

    January 1, 2009
    Location: OSAKA, JAPAN Sales: $97 Million Description: Key Personnel Masaru Tsugawa, general manager, nonwoven fabrics division; Hiroshi Kawasaki, general manager, nonwoven fabrics sales Plants Okasaki and Tarui Brand Names Marix,…

  • Fitesa

    Fitesa

    January 1, 2009
    Location: GRAVATAI, BRAZIL Sales: $103 Million Description: Plants Gravatai, Brazil; North America Process Spunmelt, meltblown Major Markets Hygiene, medical, industrial, filtration, sorbents This is the last year Brazilian nonwovens producer…

  • Suominen

    Suominen

    January 1, 2009
    Location: NAKKILA, FINLAND Sales: $107 Million Description: Key Personnel Petri Rolig, president and CEO of Suominen Corporation; Paul-Erik Toivo, vice president and general manager of Suominen Wiping; Mads Kiilerich, director operations of Suomi…

  • Toray Advanced Materials

    Toray Advanced Materials

    January 1, 2009
    Location: SEOUL, KOREA Sales: $144 Million Description: Plant Locations Gumi, Kyungsang-Bukdo, South Korea; Nantong, JIangsu Province, China ISO Status ISO-9001: 2009; ISO-14001 (environmental certification): 2004; ISO-18001 (operational certifi…

  • Union Industries

    Union Industries

    January 1, 2009
    Location: MASSERANO, ITALY Sales: $143 Million Description: Key Personnel Matteo Moltrasio, vice president; Luigi Cassano, managing director; Alessandro Taramasso, commercial director Plant Masserano, Biella, Italy ISO Status since 1997 ISO 900…

  • Georgia-Pacific

    Georgia-Pacific

    January 1, 2009
    Location: ATLANTA, GA Sales: $150 Million Description: Plants Green Bay, WI (two facilities); Avigliano, Italy Processes Airlaid, carded Brand Names Airtex, Dritex Major Markets Baby wipes, industrial and food service wipes, feminine hygiene,…

  • Jacob Holm

    Jacob Holm

    January 1, 2009
    Location: BASEL, SWITZERLAND Sales: $172 Million Description: Key Personnel Poul Mikkelsen, chairman; Finn Schoning, group controller; operations USA; Alain Héberlé, director of marketing and Porcher, global commercial account direc…

  • Pegas A/S

    Pegas A/S

    January 1, 2009
    Location: ZNOJMO, CZECH REPUBLIC Sales: $209 Million Description: Key Personnel Frantisek Rezac, Chief executive officer; Frantisek Klaska, Technical director; Ales Gerza, Chief financial officer; Rostislav Vrbacky, Production director Plan…

  • Sandler

    Sandler

    January 1, 2009
    Location: SCHWARTZENBACH/SAALE, GERMANY Sales: $232 Million Description: Key Personnel Christian Heinrich Sandler, chief executive officer; Dipl. Kfm. Christian Heinrich Sandler, Dieter Magiera, members of the management board Plant Schwarzenbac…

  • Glatfelter

    Glatfelter

    January 1, 2009
    Location: GATINEAU, QUEBEC, CANADA Sales: $230 Million Description: Key Personnel Corporate: Pierre McNeil, president and chief executive officer; Rolf Hovelmann, executive senior vice president and COO; Don Habbick, chief financial officer; Barr…

  • Companhia Providencia

    Companhia Providencia

    January 1, 2009
    Location: PARANA, BRAZIL Sales: $225 Million Description: Key Personnel Herminio Freitas, President and CEO; Eduardo Feldmann, CFO; Alexandre Domeque, commercial director; Romeo Bregant, industrial director Plant Locations São Jose Pinhai…

  • Fibertex

    Fibertex

    January 1, 2009
    Location: AALBORG, DENMARK Sales: $295 Million Description: Key Personnel Mikael Staal Axelsen, CEO, Fibertex Personal Care; Jorgen Bech Madsen, CEO, Fibertex Industrial Nonwovens; Ole Houmann, CFO; Kenneth Mynster Dolmer, purchasing director Pl…

  • Avgol

    Avgol

    January 1, 2009
    Location: TEL AVIV, ISRAEL Sales: $254 Million Description: Key Personnel Shuki Goldwasser, chairman; Nir Peleg, CEO; Achai Bonneh, director of technology Plants Tel Aviv, Israel; Mocksville, NC; Jingmen City, Hubei Pro…

  • First Quality

    First Quality

    January 1, 2009
    Location: GREAT NECK, NY Sales: $250 Million Description: Plants Hazleton, PA; McElhattan, PA Processes Spunmelt Applications Hygiene, medical First Quality Nonwovens continues to invest in both its nonwovens and its packaged goods busine…

  • Buckeye

    Buckeye

    January 1, 2009
    Location: MEMPHIS, TN Sales: $240 Million Description: Key Personnel Marko Rajamaa, senior vice president, Nonwovens; Mike Brown, Nonwovens sales manager—Americas and Far East; Norbert Busch, Nonwovens sales manager—Europe and Middle…

  • Fiberweb

    Fiberweb

    January 1, 2009
    Location: LONDON, U.K. Sales: $947 Million Description: Key Personnel Daniel Dayan, CEO; Dan Abrams, CFO; Ian Barnes, president, Consumer Fabrics; Derek Chan, president Asia/Pacific: John Juric, president, Americas Industrial division; Paul Glove…

  • PGI

    PGI

    January 1, 2009
    Location: CHARLOTTE, NC Sales: $1.15 billion Description: Key Personnel Veronica Hagen, chief executive officer; Robert Kocourek, chief financial officer; Mike Hale, chief operating officer; Bob Dale, vice president of research and development; J…

  • Kimberly-Clark

    Kimberly-Clark

    January 1, 2009
    Location: DALLAS, TX Sales: $1.3 Billion Description: Key Personnel Thomas Falk, chairman and CEO; Jan Spencer, Professional & Other; Richard Thorne, vice president, Professional North America; Stephanie Rossignol, director, Professional Wipe…

  • Freudenberg

    Freudenberg

    January 1, 2009
    Location: WEINHEIM, GERMANY Sales: $1.45 billion Description: Key Personnel Management board: Bruce Olson, president and CEO; Rene Wollerg, CFO; Thomas Reibelt, CTO. Worldwide Divisions: Heino Freudenberg, managing director interlinings; Jörg…

  • Is Relief In Sight?

    Karen Bitz McIntyre || December 11, 2008
    In 2008, the global banking industry collapsed, the U.S. automotive industry faced the possibility of bankruptcy, thousands—or perhaps millions—lost their jobs—not to mention the millions of dollars gone from retirement accounts and…

  • The Year That Was

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || December 11, 2008
    despite economic crises, raw material pricing and consolidation, the nonwovens industry continue to invest in the future.

  • Fashion: Function in Action

    David Backhouse and Lynne Webster, School of Design, University of Leeds, UK || December 11, 2008
    an innovative collection of garments constructed from nonwoven fabrics researched, designed and produced by UK fashion students

  • Many Shapes And Forms

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || December 11, 2008
    no matter how you define it, composite technology is allowing nonwovens to penetrate new markets.

  • Sitting Pretty

    Ellen Wuagneux, Associate Editor || December 11, 2008
    hygiene component suppliers prepare for pricing let-up

  • Hygiene Article With Fastening Elements

    November 25, 2008
    A hygiene article has been patented. It comprises a fluid-pervious topsheet, a fluid-impervious backsheet, an absorbent core located between the top- and backsheets and fastening elements for releasably closing the hygiene article when applied to a u…

  • Chinese Hygiene Product Maker Strives For Innovation

    November 22, 2008
    With headquarters in Guangzhou, China, Guang­dong Jofo Enterprises is ranked among the top nonwovens manufacturers in China and serves customers in hygiene, medical, furniture, agriculture and packaging industries.

  • In Defense Of Disposables

    Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor || November 10, 2008
    Disposing of disposables has been a huge issue in nonwovens since long before it became ultra-cool to be green and every other company out there put sustainability at the top of their list of corporate goals.

  • North American Sanitary Protection Market, A Case Study

    Adrian Atterby, Euromonitor International || November 10, 2008
    Volume growth in the overall sanitary protection market is being restricted by long-term demographic changes, and, in recent years this has resulted in declining volumes, with overall unit sales down by 1% since 2002.     Within indi…

  • SCA Reorganizes Management Team

    November 5, 2008
    Wulkan to serve as president personal care Europe.

  • GDM Offers After-Sales Service For SSP

    October 29, 2008
    Original equipment, spare parts and technical assistance covered.

  • Airlaid: All The Way Back

    Philip Mango, Nonwovens Staff || October 15, 2008
    Recovery Complete... What's Next?

  • Up to Snuff?

    Ellen Wuagneux, Associate Editor || October 15, 2008
    increased performance capabilities boost industrial wiper growth

  • Fitesa Announces U.S. Location

    October 15, 2008
    Brazilian firm to build nonwovens site in Laurens County, SC