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  • Ahlstrom Streamlines Wipes Business

    January 7, 2009
    Plan includes plant closures, line reductions.

  • Lang Starts as Ahlstrom CEO

    January 5, 2009
    Riston Anttonen named deputy.

  • Avgol To Add Chinese Line

    January 5, 2009
    Company also announced NC line upgrades.

  • EDANA has named Abby Bailey its new marketing and communications director

    January 1, 2009
    EDANA has named Abby Bailey its new marketing and communications director, effective November 2008. In this newly expanded role combining both the marketing and communications needs of the association and its member companies, Ms. Bailey is responsib…

  • Shawn Hickey has joined Daikin’s Uni­dyne sales team

    January 1, 2009
    Shawn Hickey has joined Daikin’s Uni­dyne sales team as a technical sales representative responsible for the day-to-day sales activities of Unidyne products. The Unidyne products are a family of fluorochemicals designed to impart superior water, o…

  • Cognex Corporation has named Tom Nash president of the Surface Inspection Systems division

    January 1, 2009
    Cognex Corporation has named Tom Nash president of the Surface Inspection Systems division. Mr. Nash reports to Robert Shillman, chairman and CEO of Cognex. Cognex’s Surface Inspection Systems division specializes in developing turnkey vision syste…

  • NDC Infrared Engineering has appointed Danut Dragoi senior scientist

    January 1, 2009
    NDC Infrared Engineering, a supplier of on-line measurement and control systems, has appointed Danut Dragoi senior scientist. Dr. Dragoi will help lead the effort in the area of sensors with a focus on new technologies for improving precision and acc…

  • Wellington Custom Fabrics has appointed Stacey Richmond general manager

    January 1, 2009
    Wellington Custom Fabrics, a converter/distributor of apparel accessories in­cluding embroidery backings, has appointed Stacey Richmond general manager effective last month. Last year the company was acquired by Boyd Technologies, a South Lee, MA-ba…

  • Since January 2008, Fibertex has been operating under new management

    January 1, 2009
    Since January 2008, Fibertex has been operating under new management with two top executives being responsible for their business areas. More recently, the Aalborg, Denmark-based nonwovens producer has named these two executives—Mikael Axelsen and…

  • Chemical Technologies

    January 1, 2009
    LyondellBasell Industries launched a com_prehensive portfolio of value-added chemical technologies to produce a range of high growth chemical products by efficient conversion of streams primarily originating from liquid crackers. The extended portfol…

  • Felt Rolls

    January 1, 2009
    Webex, an industry leader in the manufacture of precision process rolls, offers felt rolls in lengths up to 300 inches and more. Rolls are dynamically balanced at each customers line speed to ISO grade G2.5 or finer. Options include air release groo…

  • Scorecard

    January 1, 2009
    Wisdon Adhesives has announced a new GreenBond Sustainable Adhesives Score_card that measures the sustainability of adhesive products. Wisdom developed a formula that determines both a green score and a sustainability level for their adhesive product…

  • Printing Solutions

    January 1, 2009
    Lubrizols complete line of products for digital inks includes Printrite printing solutions, developed specifically for the digital substrate market. Many new developments in this product line allow Lubrizol to provide a wide range of formulations to…

  • Wipes Fragrances

    January 1, 2009
    Bell Flavor & Fragrances has developed 12 new fragrances specifically for the wipes market. Amazing Melons, Carib_bean Green and Burst of Freshness feature fresh new scents at the forefront of the latest trends with a delicate fruity blend of notes f…

  • Expanded Repair Services

    January 1, 2009
    Menges Roller Co., a full-service roller manufacturer, has announced its expanded repair services for rollers used in converting, paper, nonwovens, film and foil industries. "We can often relieve the need to buy new rollers," said Matthew Menges, pre…

  • Viscometer

    January 1, 2009
    Gneuss online viscometer permits continuous monitoring of the melt viscosity and the corresponding processing conditions. The design brief for this unit was to provide a device which is compact and therefore easy to retrofit without negatively affec…

  • Automated Indexing Knife

    January 1, 2009
    The patented Automated Indexing Knife (AIK) for fixed knife cutters from Appleton Manufacturing automatically rotates the core cutter knife to produce more clean cut cores from every knife. The indexer automatically and precisely rotates the knife ba…

  • Lab Analyzer

    January 1, 2009
    A new addition to the family of Dynisco polymer lab analyzers, the VTM is a dynamic mechanical laboratory analyzer for polyolefins that uses advanced software to gather a wider range of rheological data more easily and more quickly than similar syste…

  • Software

    January 1, 2009
    Cognex Corporation has added software that expands the decoding capabilities of the DataMan 100 vision-based ID readers and provides additional code support for all models in the DataMan product family. With the new software release 3.2, DataMan 100…

  • Line Guide Sensor

    January 1, 2009
    Fife Corporation, the worldwide leader of web guiding systems, has released a new SE-46 Line Guide Sensor with the ability to reduce printing requirements and increase press speeds. The SE-46 eliminates the need for printed elements used solely for g…

  • Meltblown Nanofiber Technology

    January 1, 2009
    A licensing agreement was recently signed between NonWoven Technologies, Inc. (NTI), Oyster Bay, NY, and Arthur G. Russell (AGR), Bristol, CT. AGR was given sole exclusivity for the right of use to NTIs breakthrough, patented high speed meltblown na…

  • Edge Detector

    January 1, 2009
    Tidland Corporation has added Model D5, a core-slip design that enables a faster response to slit recipe changes, improved efficiency and accuracy in high-volume operations to its existing line of differential shafts. The Model D5 features removable,…

  • 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…

  • Kuraray

    Kuraray

    January 1, 2009
    Location: OSAKA, JAPAN Sales: $85 Million Description: Key Personnel Takashi Nakajima, president, Kuraray Kuraflex Plants Okayama, Saijo and Ibaragi Processes Resin bonded, thermal bonded, spunlaced, meltblown, steam jet Brand N…

  • 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,…

  • Textilgruppe Hof

    Textilgruppe Hof

    January 1, 2009
    Location: HOF/SAALE, GERMANY Sales: $98 Million Description: Key Personnel Harald Stini, managing director; Detlev Käppel, managing director—Techtex and Global sales director eswegee, technical nonwovens; Lothar Hackler, president&mdas…

  • Royal Ten Cate (Polyfelt)

    Royal Ten Cate (Polyfelt)

    January 1, 2009
    Location: LINZ, AUSTRIA Sales: $102 Million Description: Key Personnel Wally Moore, CEO; Rich McLeod, director sales marketing, Jean-Pasqual Mermet, marketing director; Jan-Willem Heezen, marketing director; Günter Froschauer, marketi…

  • 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…

  • Foss Manufacturing

    Foss Manufacturing

    January 1, 2009
    Location: HAMPTON, NH Sales: $80 Million Description: Key Personnel A.J. Nassar, CEO; Mike DeGrace, president Plants Hampton, NH ISO Status All businesses are QS 9000, ISO 9001, and ISO 17025 certified and are close to ISO 14,000 (…

  • 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…

  • Andrew Industries

    Andrew Industries

    January 1, 2009
    Location: MANCHESTER, U.K. Sales: $130 Million Description: Plants South Carolina, China, U.K. Processes Needlepunch, thermal bonded and chemical finishes Brand Names Fiberlox, Microfelt, Checkstatic and Pleatlox Major Markets Filtration, Tech…

  • 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…

  • Lydall Inc

    Lydall Inc

    January 1, 2009
    Location: MANCHESTER, CT Sales: $112 Million Description: Key Personnel W. Leslie Duffy, chairman of the board; Dale Barnhart, president and CEO; Thomas Smith, vice president, CFO and treasurer; Mona Estey, vice president—Human Resources; M…

  • Mitsui Chemical

    Mitsui Chemical

    January 1, 2009
    Location: TOKYO, JAPAN Sales: $155 Million Description: Key Personnel Haruhiro Uesugi, general manager, life and energy materials division Plants Japan, Thailand Processes Spunbonded, needlepunched, meltblown, thermal bonded Brand Names Tafnel…

  • Toyobo

    Toyobo

    January 1, 2009
    Location: TOKYO, JAPAN Sales: $163 Million Description: Key Personnel Yuuji Taneda, general manager, spunbond division of Toyobo; Yukio Kawasaki, president of Kureha Plants Tsuruga, Iwakuni, Shiga Brand Names Volans, Ecule, Bonden, Kurelock, Ku…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Japan Vilene

    Japan Vilene

    January 1, 2009
    Location: TOKYO, JAPAN Sales: $222 Million Description: Key Personnel Mitsuo Kanno, president; Minoru Tanaka, managing director; Yoshiaki Mizutani, director; Kasuo Hamada, managing director Plants Shiga, Tokyo, Japan Processes Resin bonded, nee…

  • Bonar

    Bonar

    January 1, 2009
    (formerly Colbond) Location: ARNHEM, THE NETHERLANDS Sales: $195 Million Description: Key Personnel Jan van Boldrik, CEO; Bart Austin, president Colbond Inc.; Harry Verbakel, director sales and marketing floor coverings; Blair Rawes, directo…

  • Propex Fabrics

    Propex Fabrics

    January 1, 2009
    Location: CHATTANOOGA, GA Sales: $175 Million Description: Key Personnel Stan Brant, president and CEO, Martin de Vries, president and chief financial officer Plants Ringgold, GA Process Needlepunch Major Markets Geosynthetics, flooring, furni…

  • 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…