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  • Degussa To Invest in Krefeld Site

    March 10, 2005
    Degussa AG, Dusseldorf, is set to expand its superabsorbents capacities in Krefeld, Germany by 2007. The raw material supply for this new capacity will be secured through an expansion of its acrylic acid-producing joint venture with Rohm & Haas i…

  • Glenro, TRCM Consolidate

    March 10, 2005
    Glenro, Paterson, NJ, and TRCM, Maysville, KY, have consolidated operations effective January 1, 2005, under the Glenro Inc. name. The Maysville, KY operations will now be known as TRCM Division of Glenro Inc. Since 1988 TRCM, a contract manufacturin…

  • Hygiene Report Available

    March 10, 2005
    John R. Starr, Inc has recently published a report on the world outlook for hygiene absorbent products and the key raw materials of nonwovens, fluff pulp, airlaid cores, superabsorbents and hygiene films. For many years, John R. Starr, Inc. has prepa…

  • Polyester Fiber Expansion Set For China

    March 10, 2005
    Performance Fibers, a leading global supplier of industrial fibers, today announced that it will build a second polyester fiber and fabric plant in Kaiping, China to meet demand from region's growing automotive market. The new plant will again double…

  • Nonwovens Turnaround For British Vita

    March 10, 2005
    British Vita Reported that 2004 sales increased 2% to £959 million while profit was £49 million, down 3% on challenging raw material prices. The company's nonwovens division, including facility in the U.K., Europe and the U.S., enjoyed pr…

  • PGI Turns a Profit

    March 3, 2005
    Polymer Group Inc. reported net sales increased 13.3% to $223.5 million during the fourth quarter, representing the highest level achieved in more than four years. For the full year, sales grew 8.6% to $844.7 million, driven primarily by volume growt…

  • Lydall Posts Loss

    March 3, 2005
    During the fourth quarter, Lydall reported a net loss of $1.2 million compared with a net income of $0.4 million during the same period of 2003. Nets sales increased 19.8% to $75.6 million compared with $63.1 million in 2003. Filtration/Separation sa…

  • K-C Offers Toilet Training Help

    March 3, 2005
    Kimberly-Clark has added to new training pant choices to its Pull-Ups line. Pull-Ups Training Pants with Learning Designs and Pull-Ups training pants with wetness liner are designed to meet the different needs of toddlers during toilet training. Lear…

  • Pampers and Childrens Hospital Reach Out to China

    March 3, 2005
    Pampers diaper brand and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, a pediatric medical and academic research center, have jointly launched the "Cincinnati Children's Bang Bao Research Scholar Program" in Beijing today to further advanc…

  • DAK Americas Raises Prices

    March 3, 2005
    DAK Americas has subjected its staple fiber products sold to home furnishings, apparel, industrial, and fiberfill markets to a three cent per pound price increase effective with shipments beginning April 1, 2005. The decision to raise prices was dire…

  • Fitesa Announces New Line

    March 3, 2005
    Brazilian nonwovens producer Fitesa will invest in a new spunmelt line with capacity of 15,000 tons per year. The line will be installed in the company’s site in Gravataí, Brazil and is expected to start up in second half 2006. The line…

  • DOA Adds to Offerings

    February 28, 2005
    Dr. Otto Angleitner (DOA) has developed a thermal bonding oven to complement its Sheet Forming Line. The oven is engineered not only to handle the extremely high production of DOA Sheet Forming lines but also to be able to apply up to 250 kilos press…

  • FiberVisions To Increase Prices

    February 28, 2005
    FiberVisions, a business unit of Hercules Incorporated, will initiate a 10% price increase globally on all mono polypropylene and polyethylene fibers, effective March 15, 2005 for all new customers and for all existing customers as contracts allow. E…

  • Minority-Owned Nonwovens Producer Begins Construction

    February 28, 2005
    Amantea Nonwovens has broken ground on the first minority-owned nonwoven fabric manufacturing facility in the U.S. The groundbreaking occurred in February at the TechSolve Business Park in Cincinnati. Among the speakers at the event were Ohio Governo…

  • Avgol To Expand NC Site

    February 28, 2005
    Avgol America is planning a $24-30 million expansion to its production plant in Mocksville, NC that would add 40 to 50 jobs, according to a North Carolina transportation official. The NC Board of Transportation has agreed to pay up to $30,730 toward…

  • Spuntech Decides on U.S. Site

    February 9, 2005
    Israel’s Spuntech Industries is the latest spunlace manufacturer to announce plans to set up shop in the southeast U.S. The company announced in January is would establish its first U.S. manufacturing facility in Roxboro, NC, creating 60 jobs d…

  • Playtex Announces Business Realignment and Other Charges, and Date for Fourth Quarter Earnings Release

    February 9, 2005
    Playtex Products will realign its business to improve focus on its core categories, reduce organizational complexity and obtain a more competitive cost structure. Once fully implemented, these initiatives are expected to enable the company to be more…

  • Hills Gains Chinese Partner

    February 9, 2005
    Hills, Inc., West Melbourne, FL, and Changyuan Elastan Machine Manufacturing Co., Ltd., Zhangjiagang City, China, have formed joint development in the field of meltspun spandex fiber extrusion equipment. Hills, a leader in multicomponent fiber extrus…

  • Fi-Tech To Represent Wista and International Perforating Services

    February 9, 2005
    Wista GmbH, Schwaigern, Germany, has named Fi-Tech, Inc., Richmond, VA, as its representative serving the nonwovens, synthetic leather and converting industries in all NAFTA countries. Wista is recognized as the world leader in punch perforation equi…

  • Pliant Investment Serves Personal Care and Food Care Sites

    February 9, 2005
    Pliant Corporation will invest $15 million dollars to expand value-added production capacity at the company's personal care and food products manufacturing facilities in North America. The facilities are located in McAlester, OK; Macedon, NY and Wash…

  • EDANA Enhances INDEX

    February 9, 2005
    EDANA, the sponsor of INDEX 05, will launch a new event at the April nonwovens exhibition. The Nonwovens Research Academy is geared toward providing an exchange of ideas and research results, encouraging the development of technical knowledge to supp…

  • Ahlstrom To Expand in Filtration

    February 2, 2005
    Ahlstrom will expand its capacity for solvent-treated filtration materials sold primarily to the automotive filtration market. The expansion will be accomplished during the next three years through a series of small investments across the global Ahls…

  • P&G Buys Gillette

    February 2, 2005
    Consumer products giant Procter & Gamble will acquire 100% of The Gillette Company, the maker of Mach3 and Venus razors and blades, Oral-B toothcare products and Duracell CopperTop batteries. The transaction is valued at approximately $57 billion…

  • K-C Sales Grow 8%

    February 2, 2005
    Kimberly-Clark’ssales advanced about 8% to $3.9 billion, establishing an all-time quarterly record, during the fourth quarter of 2004. The increase was driven by higher sales volumes of the company's health and hygiene brands, up about 5%, and…

  • P&G Grows on Diaper Strength

    February 2, 2005
    Procter & Gamble reported sales increased 9% to nearly $14.5 billion during the October-to-December quarter. Net earnings increased 12% to $2.04 billion. Baby and family care delivered strong results in the quarter with volume increasing 6% an…

  • Buckeye Reports October-December Results

    February 2, 2005
    Buckeye Technologies announced that it earned $2.9 million after tax in the quarter ended December 31, 2004. The company’s results include $7.4 million after tax in impairment costs relating to the previously announced closure of its facility i…

  • Web Industries Buys Converters

    January 20, 2005
    Web Industries has purchased the assets of the converting services division of KT Industries. This acquisition involves only KT's Fort Wayne, IN operation, not the on-going operation in Winnipeg, Manitoba. KT's converting services division, which wil…

  • FiberMark Continues Proceedings

    January 20, 2005
    FiberMark has filed a notice advising the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Vermont that it has filed a notice advising the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Vermont that disagreements among bondholder members of the company's credito…

  • JM Responds to Roofing Demands

    January 11, 2005
    Johns Manville will build a new polyester spunbond production line in Bobingen, Germany. The line, which represents an investment of more than E30 million for the Berkshire Hathaway company, is part of a strategic plan to meet the rising demand for r…

  • DuPont Ups Stake In Elastomers Venture

    January 11, 2005
    DuPont will purchase The Dow Chemical Company's remaining equity interest in the companies' joint venture DuPont Dow Elastomers (DDE) for $87 million once Dow exercises an option to acquire certain assets of the company. The assets will primarily rel…

  • Freudenberg Politex Enters Russia

    January 11, 2005
    The Freudenberg Politex Group is establishing a nonwovens production facility in Russia's Nizhniy Novgorod region. The newly formed subsidiary Freudenberg Politex OOO, founded in September 2004, will begin renovating a recently purchased building to…

  • Rohm and Haas Opens New Legal Entity in Turkey

    January 11, 2005
    Rohm and Haas Company opened a new legal entity in Gebze/Turkey, located 50 km east of Istanbul, in early January. Named, Rohm and Haas Kimyasal Ürünler Dagitim ve Ticaret A.S., the entity will be a marketing and sales office serving the te…

  • Filtration Group Forms Alliance

    January 11, 2005
    Filtration Group has entered into an alliance with Mikropor, a Turkish filter manufacturing company.  The partnership will allow both companies to broaden their gas turbine product lines and expand their global presence.  Filtration Group a…

  • SCA Increases South American Presence

    December 9, 2004
    SCA has acquired the remaining shares in its 50/50 joint venture with Mexican company Copamex, the hygiene products company Copamex Productus al Consumidor S.A. de C.V. (CPG). The goal of the acquisition was reportedly to achieve efficient coordinati…

  • PGI Launches Filtration Media

    December 9, 2004
    Polymer Group, Inc. and Midwest Filtration Co. will jointly market a new pool and spa filtration product in North America, bringing a high performance alternative media to the growing cartridge market segment. Aquapex is a pleatable 100% polyester (P…

  • TZMO To Open Hygiene Plant In India

    December 9, 2004
    Polish consumer goods maker Torunskie Zaklady Materialow Opatrunkowych (TZMO) will open a feminine hygiene products plant in India next year, according to reports. It is the first large investment by a Polish company in that country. "In India o…

  • K-C Launches Growth Strategy

    December 9, 2004
    Kimberly-Clark Corporation has made plans to increase its dividend 12.5% and to repurchase at least $1 billion of its outstanding common stock in 2005. These goals will be met through a number of strategies designed to deliver growth, improve profita…

  • SAAF, Ahlstrom Strike Deal

    November 30, 2004
    Advanced Fabrics (SAAF), a Saudi Arabian manufacturer of spunmelt nonwovens, has partnered with Ahlstrom Corporation, a nonwovens producer with headquarters in Finland, to market sterile barrier systems wrap to the European medical market. The agreem…

  • Ason, Nordson Settle Suit

    November 30, 2004
    Nordson Corporation's spunbond technology has been found to be distinct from spunbond technology developed by fellow spunbond machinery supplier Ason Neumag. The two parties recently settled litigation pertaining to patents covering the technology in…

  • New Events Scheduled At INDEX

    November 30, 2004
    INDEX 05, scheduled for April 12-15 in Geneva, Switzerland will include event organizer EDANA's INDEX Awards Competition, which recognizes innovation in nonwovens, their raw materials and the machinery used to make nonwovens. New to this year's award…

  • Bath & Body From K-C

    November 30, 2004
    Kimberly-Clark has added a full line of bath and body products to its Huggies diaper brand. Among the more than 20 new toiletry items included in the extension is a liquid powder that goes on a baby's skin as a liquid and dries as a powder, eliminati…

  • BBA Ups Nonwovens Prices

    November 30, 2004
    BBA Fiberweb has increased prices 20% on all nonwoven products shipped on or after January 1, 2005. The increase has been attributed to record oil and natural gas prices, an exceptionally strong demand for resins, tight petrochemical markets and high…

  • Absorbent Products Prices Rise

    November 30, 2004
    Effective Jan. 1, 2005, Tyco Healthcare Retail Group, King of Prussia, PA, will raise its retail prices 7%. Products affected by this increase include branded and private label baby diapers, training pants, feminine hygiene items and adult incontinen…

  • K-C Spin-Off Going Forward

    November 11, 2004
    Kimberly-Clark Corporation has released details of the spin-off of its North American paper and Canadian pulp operations which will create a new, publicly traded company called Neenah Paper Inc. K-C shareholders will receive one share of Neenah Paper…

  • AI Study Released

    November 11, 2004
    Engqvist Consulting of Switzerland and John R. Starr, Inc. have published report based on a multi-sponsored study of the competing and complementary product solutions for adult incontinence in North America and Western Europe. People seeking solution…

  • Diaper Recycler Gains Investors

    November 11, 2004
    Two of the European Union's largest trash companies have purchased a minority stake in Knowaste BV, a diaper recycler. SITA and van Gansewinkel now own a combined 15% of the Netherlands-based company, a subsidiary of Toronto-based Knowaste LLC. Knowa…

  • Ontex to Centralize Northern France Operations

    November 30, -0001
    Hygiene maker will combine activies of two sites into one brand new facility.

  • K-C CFO Buthman to Retire, Maria Henry Named Successor

    November 30, -0001
    Henry becomes SVP and CFO on April 27

  • Outlook Asia Declared a Success by EDANA

    November 30, -0001
    Second edition of conference held in Singapore

  • Hi-Tech introduces cleanroom wipe dispenser

    November 30, -0001
    Grab-Eez dispenser designed for a variety of controlled environments.