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  • Reinforced Composite Structure

    April 10, 2007
    A stiff reinforced composite structure with a core and first and second layers of fibrous material has been granted a patent. The first and second layers are bound to respective first and second opposed surfaces of the core and with respective exteri…

  • Coating Film Tape End Structure

    April 10, 2007
    Patented is a coating film end tape structure with a core and end tape with opposite first and second ends. A first single-sided adhesive tape is adhered to the core, overlapping the end tape at a location adjacent the first end of the end tape and c…

  • Fiberweb Americas Names Leader

    April 4, 2007
    Fiberweb will consolidate its two North American units into one unit, Fiberweb Americas, and has tapped Dave Rousse to serve as president of that unit. Mr. Rousse joined Fiberweb in late 2005 as president of Hygiene/Medical Americas.    &n…

  • K-C Names Three New Executives

    April 2, 2007
    Kimberly-Clark Corporation unveiled the structure for its new Global Marketing organization as part of its ongoing effort to extend its brand-building capabilities, accelerate growth and product innovation and improve the effectiveness of its marketi…

  • PGI Names New CEO

    April 2, 2007
    Polymer Group, Inc. has named Veronica Hagen chief executive officer and a member of the board of directors, effective April 23, 2007. Ms. Hagen brings over 25 years of extensive operations and global industrial market experience with large, internat…

  • Ahlstrom Buys Fiberweb's Consumer Wipes Business

    April 1, 2007
    Fiberweb has sold its hygiene wipes business Ahlstrom Corporation in a deal that include facilities in South Carolina, Italy and Spain. The transaction, which is subject to regulatory approvals, is expected to close by the end of June and is valued a…

  • Sandler To Expand Role In Wipes

    March 28, 2007
    Sandler will add a second higher performance nonwovens line to make materials mainly targeted at the wipes market. According to the company, Sandler will invest €20 million in the new line, its second for the wipes market. The new line will be 1…

  • Jacob Holm Sells Technical Division

    March 27, 2007
    Jacob Holm & Sønner A/S has sold its shareholding in Jacob Holm & Sons STA A/S to LD Equity. Jacob Holm & Sønner A/S continues its 100% ownership of the Jacob Holm Industries operations in France (Soultz) and USA (Asheville)…

  • Avgol Doubles Profit

    March 26, 2007
    Israeli roll goods producer Avgol released financial figures for 2006, its first such posting as a public company. Boasting $60 million in revenue for the fourth quarter, the company’s gross profit margin rose to 24% of turnover, from 22% in th…

  • INDA Appoints New Technical Director

    March 21, 2007
    INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, Cary, NC, has named Steve Ogle its new technical director. A long-time veteran of the nonwovens and technical textiles industry, Mr. Ogle replaces Cos Camelio, who is retiring in June after six year…

  • Lentex To Launch Second Spunlace Line

    March 21, 2007
    Plans are underway at Polish nonwovens producer Lentex to build a second spunlace line. With production start-up slated for the end of 2007, the turnkey line will be manufactured by Asselin-Thibeau and will include spunlace equipment from Rieter Perf…

  • RFID System

    March 15, 2007
    Ositrack by Telemecanique is a radio frequency identification system (RFID) that offers flexibility, ingenuity and simplicity. Ositrack offers a full line of compact stations, electronic tags and connection boxes to fit any application that is openly…

  • High Performance IDE Reader

    March 15, 2007
    Cognex Corporation has introduced its high-performance DataMan 100 fixed-mount ID readers. From printed barcodes to the most challenging 2D direct-marked codes, DataMan 100 readers provide unmatched code-reading performance and simplicity in a packag…

  • Contractor Roll Winder

    March 15, 2007
    Parkinson’s new Contractor Roll Winder is designed to produce finished rolls in line with the process or off-line from jumbo rolls. With the Contractor Roll Winder, the customer can generate finished rolls on contractor size cores ranging from…

  • Tail Finder

    March 15, 2007
    Elsner Engineering Works has developed a tail finder device for its newly introduced Elsner Model ENR-1000 Perforator Rewinder. This tail finder device is designed to ensure that the first sheet of rolled perforated wipes will be offset so the consum…

  • Shaft

    March 15, 2007
    Goldenrod Corporation has introduced its new 1260-LF Ultralight Aluminum Multiple Bladder three-inch Leaf Shaft (patent pending). The model was developed under critical ergonomic guidelines and at less than 0.24 lbs per inch of assembled body, is rep…

  • Color Vision System

    March 15, 2007
    Cognex Corporation has introduced the DVT 535C, the most capable and easy to use color vision sensor in its class. With a full suite of vision tools, the DVT 535C sets a new cost/performance standard for entry-level color vision sensors. The DVT 535C…

  • Applicators

    March 15, 2007
    Universal Slice applicators from Nordson Corporation dispense different hot melt adhesive patterns from a single applicator, allowing users to simultaneously produce multiple intermittent applications. These can include lamination, stabilization and…

  • Emergency Roll Service

    March 15, 2007
    Webex’s emergency roll service delivers precision idler rolls in record time, helping OEMs to complete converting machinery orders or converters and printers to get process lines up and running again. WEB-EXpress roll orders, limited to six pre…

  • Cast Extrusion Lines

    March 15, 2007
    Unicast is a series of Colines cast extrusion lines which allows to produce with the same line both stretch film and CPP of high quality. The possibility of diversifying the production campaigns makes this the ideal line for all the small and medium…

  • Ventilation Belt

    March 15, 2007
    The antistatic ventilation belt Conduct for the technical weaver GKD ensures reliable g rounding and prevents electrostatic charging in the nonwovens and wood processing industries. Conducto 2 is the name of the latest development of this proven perf…

  • Web Site

    March 15, 2007
    Maxon Automatic Machinery Company has debuted a new web site at Part of the redesign strategy is to provide visitors with a high intuitive method for finding the information they want. The redevelopment of the customer servic…

  • Color Vision System

    March 15, 2007
    Cognex Corporation has announced new color capabilities for the popular VisionPro PC-vision systems. The new color offerings include dedicated tools for color sorting, color identification and color monitoring. These tools provide robust, reliable co…

  • Spray Nozzles

    March 15, 2007
    Patent-pending Universal Signature spray nozzles from Nordson Corporation produce random hot melt adhesive patterns with dense, uniform coverage for nonwovens, wide and narrow web coating and general manufacturing and assembly applications. Continuou…

  • The Soap and Detergent Association (SDA) Board of Directors

    March 15, 2007
    Executives from Croda Inc., Stepan Co. and Unilever are the newest members of The Soap and Detergent Association (SDA) board of directors. During SDA’s 81st annual meeting and industry convention in Boca Raton, FL, the board elected: Kevin Gall…

  • Uwe Gerigk Names New International Sales Manager

    March 15, 2007
    Elsner Engineering Works, Inc. has hired Uwe Gerigk as its new international sales manager and has also announced the opening of its new sales office in Bremen, Germany.   Mr. Gerigk will initially be responsible for Elsner’s direct s…

  • Parkinson Technologies Inc.

    March 15, 2007
    Mark Fisher has been named operations manager for Parkinson Technologies Inc. Mr. Fisher’s role includes overseeing purchasing, materials management, manufacturing, assembly and facility maintenance. With a background in design and engineering,…

  • Several Appointments Have Been Made At Loparex Group

    March 15, 2007
    Several appointments have been made at Loparex Group. In the first, Heikki Kotala has been named development director effective Fenruary 2007. He will be located in Lohja and reports to CEO Pentti Kallio. Mr. Kotala, who will continue as member of Lo…

  • New Member Of The Board Of Directors

    March 15, 2007
    Technical fiber producer Gruppo Tessile Abati has made Ezio Mazzoleni a new member of the board of directors of Abafil/Tecnofilati. According to the company, this appointment is grounded on a strategy aimed at fostering Gruppo Tessile Abati’s k…

  • Global Industry Director At Dow Corning Corporation

    March 15, 2007
    Dow Corning Corporation has named Jean Bailly its global industry director for the company’s Pressure Sensitive and Paper business. Based in Seneffe, Belgium, Mr. Bailly is a veteran of the industry, having served previously as Dow Corning&rsqu…

  • Freudenberg Nonwovens

    March 15, 2007
    Effective March 2007, Stephan Tanda has left Freudenberg Nonwovens to join Royal DSM N.V., where he has been elected to the management board. Effective the same date, George Cartwright, former executive director of BBA Group, will assume the role of…

  • SCA Has Re-Elected Board Members

    March 15, 2007
    SCA, Stockholm, Sweden has re-elected board members Rolf Borjesson, Soren Gyll, Tom Hedelius, Leif Johansson, Anders Nyren, Sverker Martin-Lof, Barbara Thoralfsson and Jan Astrom. In addition, Sverker Martin-Lof has been re-appointed chairman of the…

  • Senior Vice President of Marketing

    March 15, 2007
    Westport, CT-based Playtex Products, Inc. has named Gary Cohen senior vice president, marketing. Mr. Cohen has more than 18 years of classical consumer packaged goods experience and was previously at The Gillette Company, which was acquired by Procte…

  • K-C Elects Chief Information Officer

    March 15, 2007
    Kimberly-Clark has appointed Ramon Baez chief information officer and vice president of information technology services. Mr. Baez will be responsible for leading K-C’s enterprise-wide information systems initiatives to support the company&rsquo…

  • Nonwoven Media Report Available

    March 14, 2007
    According to a new and updated technical market research report, The Market for Nonwoven Filter Materials, from BCC RESEARCH (, the North American market for nonwoven filter media was worth $588 million in 2005 and will be $617 mi…

  • Industry Braces For Enactment Of Chemical Registration Policy

    Peter Mayberry and Jessica Franken || March 13, 2007
    REACH program would require industry to prove chemical safety

  • AI: In The News Again

    || March 13, 2007
    During the past three weeks, there has been more news relating to adult incontinence than there has been all year. First, Paperpak announced it had a new owner; then, Whitestone bought fellow AI manufacturer Humanicare and finally Procter & Gambl…

  • Spunlace: Still Wiping Up?

    Spunlace: Still Wiping Up?

    Ellen Wuagneux, Editor || March 12, 2007
    overcapacity and pricing issues worry producers, but there is hope that product differentiation will lead the way

  • Flow of Incontinence Products Picks Up As Consumers Warm To The Idea Of Protection

    Flow of Incontinence Products Picks Up As Consumers Warm To The Idea Of Protection

    Adrian Atterby, Nonwovens Staff || March 12, 2007
    a Euromonitor Report

  • Making Moves In The AI Market

    Making Moves In The AI Market

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || March 12, 2007
    strong growth prospects have led to M&A activity in North America

  • PGI Sales Top $1 Billion

    March 12, 2007
    Net sales topped $1 billion for the first time last year at nonwovens producer Polymer Group Inc. The company’s sales increased 7.7% to $1.02 billion. Meanwhile, fourth quarter sales also increased, 9.8%, to $263.9 million, and gross profit inc…

  • Awards Honor Two Industry Veterans

    March 12, 2007
    Two men who helped guide the nonwovens industry through its formative years and into today’s vital global business will be recognized for their outstanding contributions during the IDEA07 Achievement Awards ceremony to be held at the IDEA07 Int…

  • A Winner In The Medical Market

    March 12, 2007
    Winner Medical Group’s operating subsidiary Winner Medical Group Ltd. (WMG) was incorporated in 1991 and is one of the largest medical disposable product manufacturers in China.

  • Colbond Expansion Follows Geosynthetic Growth

    March 9, 2007
    Influenced by tax credits and incentives, Colbond has decided to expand its Asheville, NC nonwovens production facility by adding 20 jobs and $7million in equipment. The Netherlands-based company chose to expand in Asheville, over its Obernberg, Germ…

  • Wipes Study Released

    March 7, 2007
    Demand for wipes in the U.S. is forecast to increase 6.1% per annum to $2.2 billion in 2011, propelled by a continual spate of new product introductions and further segmentation of the market. The number and variety of wipes on the market will contin…

  • Oriented Polypropylene Films For Adhesive Tape

    March 6, 2007
    Patented is an adhesive tape comprising a backing and a layer of adhesive on the backing. The backing has an energy to sever of up to 350 N-cm/cm2 when severed according to The Dispense Test—Metal Blade and has an approximate tensile elongation to…

  • Unilever to Sell AIP Goods In Turkey

    March 5, 2007
     American Israeli Paper Mills Ltd.'s Turkish subsidiary had struck and agreement to have its goods sold by consumer goods giant Unilever in Turkey. Unilever has a large sales and distribution network in Turkey, and its agreement with Kimberly Cl…

  • Superabsorbent Fiber Specialist To Be Sold

    March 2, 2007
    Acordis Beheer bv (Acordis) and Ciba Specialty Chemicals (Ciba) have signed an agreement to sell their polyacrylate super absorbent fiber business, Technical Absorbents Limited, located in Grimsby, U.K., to Bluestar Fibres Company Ltd.  Financia…

  • K-C Launches Korean R&D Center

    March 2, 2007
    Consumer product giant Kimberly-Clark, Dallas, TX, today opened a research and development center in Korea’s Yongin, Kyonggi Province. The company’s innovation center marks its first R&D facility to be launched outside of the U.S.…

  • Donaldson Acquires Aerospace Filtration Systems

    March 1, 2007
    Air and liquid filtration systems specialist Donaldson Company has acquired St. Charles, MO-based Aerospace Filtration Systems (AFS). A manufacturer of high-performance air filters for commercial and military aircraft, AFS had annual sales of approxi…