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  • NC Attracts New Nonwovens Maker

    January 9, 2007
    Carolina Nonwovens Corporation has confirmed it will build a new nonwovens facility in the Indian Creek Industrial Park in Lincolnton, NC. The initial investment to build the 33,000-square-foot facility will be $4.2 million, and the company expects t…

  • Disposable Wearing Article

    January 9, 2007
    A disposable wearing article has been granted a patent. The article includes a chassis defining front and rear waist regions and a crotch region extending between the waist regions and a liquid-absorbent base panel extending across the crotch region…

  • Absorbent Article Having An Absorbent Structure Secured To A Stretchable Component Of The Article

    January 9, 2007
    An absorbent article was patented recently. The article has a longitudinal axis, a lateral axis, opposite longitudinal end regions and a central region extending longitudinally between and interconnecting the end regions. The absorbent article compri…

  • Diaper With Segregated Reservoir

    January 9, 2007
    Patented is a diaper to be worn by a user, comprising a first absorbent layer with a center portion. The center portion has an inward facing surface directed toward the user when the diaper is worn and an outward facing surface directed away from the…

  • Auxiliary Pad For Mounting Absorbable Article

    January 9, 2007
    An auxiliary pad for attaching to an absorbent article has received a patent. An absorbent sheet body includes an absorbent body for absorbing liquid and a single cover sheet for covering the absorbent body. A junction sheet body has an adhesive laye…

  • PGI To Shutter Two U.S. Plants

    January 4, 2007
    In an effort to lower operating costs and improve its performance, Polymer Group Inc. will close plants in Rogers, AK and Gainseville, GA and transfers portions of its business to other locations in North America and Asia. Operations at the two plant…

  • Filtrex 2006 - Over 300 Delegates Flock to EDANA's Filtration Conference

    January 3, 2007
    EDANA's second edition of the FILTREX conference and exhibition, which took place in Munich on 24th -25th October was judged a major success, according to an opinion survey of its 303 participants.

  • Advances in Fibrous Materials, Nonwoven and Technical Textiles

    Seshadri Ramkumar, Texas Tech University || January 3, 2007
    Cotton City in India Hosts First International Collaborative Conference

  • Baby, Baby: Diaper Technology Needs To Be Examined

    January 3, 2007
    Around here, January is baby diaper month and this issue is chock full of information about the global diaper market. Thanks to the help of diaper consultant Carlos Richer and market tracker Euromonitor, I think it's safe to say that this issue conta…

  • Lame Duck Congress Adjourns

    Peter Mayberry and Jessica Franken || January 3, 2007
    lawmakers confirm FDA chief and pass a package of tax and trade measures

  • Oh Baby!

    Oh Baby!

    Ellen Wuagneux, Associate Editor || January 3, 2007
    disposable hygiene machinery producers strive to maintain flexibility, bump up performance and lower costs

  • Competition Afoot In The Diaper Market

    Competition Afoot In The Diaper Market

    Carlos Richer, Richer Consulting || January 3, 2007
    Producers too focused on the fight for marketshare to concentrate on technology changes

  • A Two-Prong Attack On The Global Diaper Market

    A Two-Prong Attack On The Global Diaper Market

    Adrian Atterby, Euromonitor International || January 3, 2007
    Declining birth rates in the developed world are having an adverse affect on diaper manufacturers' ability to expand their businesses. Birth rates among the major industrial nations have declined by almost 20% during the last 30 years and are no…

  • Pegas Focuses On Growth

    January 2, 2007
    Following its debut on the Prague stock exchange in December, Pegas Nonwovens will focus on investment risks including an adjustment to its customer portfolio. According to managing director Milos Bogdan, sales to its largest customer will comprise 4…

  • Transparent, Sealable, Flame-Retardant Polyester Film, Method For The Production And Use Thereof

    January 2, 2007
    Patented is a polyester film that has a base layer B made from a thermoplastic polyester that has a sealable outer layer A. On the other side of the base layer is a nonsealable outer layer C. The outer layers A and C comprise at least one antiblockin…

  • Vita Nonwovens

    Vita Nonwovens

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Manchester, U.K. Sales: $162 million Description: Key Personnel John Oliver, 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 bond…

  • Kuraray

    Kuraray

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Osaka, Japan Sales: $73 million Description: Key Personnel Mikihiro Hama, president, Kuraray Kuraflex Plants Okayama, Saijo and Ibaragi Processes Resin bonded, thermal bonded, spunlaced, meltblown steam jet Brand Names Ku…

  • KNH Enterprises

    KNH Enterprises

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Taipei, Taiwan Sales: $71 Million Description: Key Personnel J.C. Tai, chairman and owner; Dr. Kirk Hwang, president; George Wang, general manager China operations; Alvin Hu, wastewater business unit officer; Dr. Y. S. Chiu, technica…

  • Rexcell

    Rexcell

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Bengtsfors, Sweden Sales: $78.5 million Description: Key Personnel Anders Uttersav, vice president of sales and marketing Plant Locations Sweden—Skåpafors and Dals Långe Applications Tabletop, wipes, feminin…

  • Precision Custom Coatings

    Precision Custom Coatings

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Totowa, NJ Sales: $82 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 industr…

  • Unitika

    Unitika

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Osaka, Japan Sales: $81 Million Description: Key Personnel Masaru Tsugawa, general manager, spunbonded fabrics division; Hiroshi Kawasaki, general manager, spunbonded fabric sales Plants Okazaki and Tarui, Japan Processes…

  • Textilgruppe Hof

    Textilgruppe Hof

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Hof/Saale, Germany Sales: $90 Million Description: Key Personnel Harald Stini, managing director; Rudolf Schlotter, managing director; Detlev Käppel, managing director—Techtex and Global sales director eswegee, technical nonwov…

  • Albis

    Albis

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Roasio, Italy Sales: $87 million Description: Key Personnel Gianni Boscolo, president; Carlo Soave, CEO; Pietro Landone, commercial director Plants Roasio, Italy; Aschersleben, Germany; Cincinnati, OH Processes Carded thermal…

  • Royal Ten Cate (Polyfelt)

    Royal Ten Cate (Polyfelt)

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Linz, Austria Sales: $100 million Description: Key Personnel Andreas Matje, CEO; Michel Haudrechy, VP marketing and sales; Frank ten Oever, VP human resources Plants Linz, Austria; Bezons, France; Almelo, The Netherlands IS…

  • Suominen

    Suominen

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Nakkila, Finland Sales: $84.5 Million Description: Key Personnel Suominen Corporation: Kalle Tanhuanpää, president and CEO, Suominen; Nonwovens: Sakari Santa-Paavola, vice president and general manager Margareta Huldén, p…

  • Toray Advanced Materials

    Toray Advanced Materials

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Seoul, Korea Sales: $115 million Description: Plant Locations Gumi, Kyungsang-Bukdo, South Korea; Nantong, JIangsu Province, China (February 2008) ISO Status ISO-9001: 1999; ISO-14001 (environmental certification): 1999; ISO-18001 (opera…

  • Andrew Industries

    Andrew Industries

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Manchester, U.K. Sales: $110 million Description: Plants South Carolina, Missouri, China, U.K. Processes Needlepunch, thermal bonded and chemical finishes Brand names Fiberlox, Microfelt, Checkstatic and Pleatlox    Major Mar…

  • Union Industries

    Union Industries

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Masserano, Italy Sales: $90 million Description: Key Personnel Matteo Moltrasio, vice president; Luigi Cassano, managing director; Alessandro Taramasso, commercial director Plant Masserano, Biella, Italy ISO Status ISO 9001:2000 sinc…

  • Lydall Inc

    Lydall Inc

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Manchester, CT Sales: $136 million Description: Key Personnel W. Leslie Duffy, chairman of the board, David Freeman, president and CEO; Thomas Smith, vice president, chief financial officer, and treasurer; Mona Estey, vice president&mdash…

  • Mitsui Chemical

    Mitsui Chemical

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Tokyo, Japan Sales: $130 Million Description: Key Personnel Motoyuki Ezaki, general manager, life and energy materials division Plants Yokkaichi and Iwakuni Processes Spunbonded, needlepunched, meltblown, thermal bonded Brand Names Taf…

  • Toyobo

    Toyobo

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Tokyo, Japan Sales: $141 million Description: Key Personnel Kazumasa Kayama, general manager, spunbond division of Toyobo; Yukio Kawasaki, president of Kureha Plants Tsuruga, Iwakuni and Shiga Processes Spunbond, needlepunch, resin b…

  • Georgia-Pacific

    Georgia-Pacific

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Atlanta, GA Sales: $150 Million Description: Personnel Mitsuo Kanno, president; Minoro Tanaka, managing director; Yoshiaki Mizutani, director; Kazuo Hamada, managing director Plants Shiga, Tokyo, Japan Processes Resin bonded, needlep…

  • Jacob Holm

    Jacob Holm

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Allschwil, Switzerland Sales: $104 million Description: Key Personnel Poul Mikkelsen, chairman; Stephen Landon, president and COO; Michael Norboge, vice president sales & business development; Finn Schoning, group controller; Jack…

  • Pegas A/S

    Pegas A/S

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Znojmo, Czech Republic Sales: $152 million Description: Key Personnel Milos Bogdan, managing director, Frantisek Klaska, technical director; Frantisek Rezac, commercial director Plants Znojmo, Bucovice, Czech Republic ISO Status ISO-900…

  • Asahi Kasei

    Asahi Kasei

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Osaka, Japan Sales: $170 million Description: Key Personnel Toshio Takanashi, general manager, nonwoven fabrics division; Katsuhiko Hinamoto, general manager, spunbonded fabric sales; Akira Enami, general manager Bemliese sales Plants…

  • Sandler

    Sandler

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Schwarzenbach/Saale, Germany Sales: $140 million Description: Key Personnel Dipl. Kfm. Christian Heinrich Sandler, Dr. Christian Heinrich Sandler, Dieter Magiera, members of the management board Plant Schwarzenbach/Saale, Germany ISO St…

  • Japan Vilene

    Japan Vilene

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Tokyo, Japan Sales: $191 million Description: Personnel Mitsuo Kanno, president; Minoro Tanaka, managing director; Yoshiaki Mizutani, director; Kazuo Hamada, managing director Plants Shiga, Tokyo, Japan Processes Resin bonded, needlepun…

  • Bonar

    Bonar

    January 1, 2007
    (formerly Colbond) Location: Arnhem, The Netherlands Sales: $195 million Description: Key Personnel Jan van Boldrik, CEO; Axel Poscher, vice president; Bart Austin, president Colbond Inc.; Randy Cook, director sales and marketing flooring; Harry Ve…

  • Propex Fabrics

    Propex Fabrics

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Ringgold, GA Sales: $231 million Description: Key Personnel Joe Dana, president and CEO; W. Michael Coffin, executive vice president and COO; Lee McCarter, executive vice president and CFO; Mac Bridger, executive vice president worldwide…

  • TWE Group (Lohman)

    TWE Group (Lohman)

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Emsdetten, Germany Sales: $200 million Description: Key Personnel Michael Haddon, managing director Plants Emsdetten, Germany; Dierdorf, Germany; Bocholt, Germany; Hangzhou, China Processes Drylaid, chemical bonded, thermal bonded, n…

  • Glatfelter

    Glatfelter

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Gatineau, Quebec, Canada Sales: $132 million Description: Key Personnel Corporate: Pierre McNeil, acting president and chief executive officer; Rolf Hövelmann,  senior vice president and COO;Don Habbick, chief financial officer.…

  • Companhia Providencia

    Companhia Providencia

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Parana, Brazil Sales: $225 million Description: Plant Location São Jose Pinhais-Paraná, Brazil Key Personnel Herminio Freitas, CEO; Rubens Sardenberg, CFO;  Cleber dos Santos, sales and marketing director, Romeo Bre…

  • Hollingsworth & Vose

    Hollingsworth & Vose

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Walpole, MA Sales: $210 Million Description: Key Personnel Val Hollingsworth, president and CEO; David von Loesecke, vice president and general manager, engine and industrial filtration; Bob Schiller, vice president and general manager, h…

  • Fibertex

    Fibertex

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Aalborg, Denmark Sales: $222 million Description: Key Personnel Michael Meulengracht, managing director; Mikael Staal Axelsen, general manager, Personal Care Division;  Jorgen Bech Madsen, general manager, Technical Division; Kenn…

  • Avgol

    Avgol

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Tel-Aviv, Israel Sales: $229 million Description: Key Personnel Shuki Goldwasser, chairman; Nir Peleg, CEO; Achai Bonneh, director of technology Plants Tel Aviv, Israel; Mocksville, NC; Jingmen City, Hubei Province, China; Uzlovaya, R…

  • Buckeye

    Buckeye

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Memphis, TN Sales: $259 million Description: Key Personnel Marko Rajamaa,  senior vice president, nonwovens; Chip Aiken, senior vice president, manufacturing;  Mike Brown,  nonwovens sales manager—Americas and Far Eas…

  • Johns Manville

    Johns Manville

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Denver, CO Sales: $583 million Description: Key Personnel Dion Persson, senior vice president, engineered products group; Zain Mahmood, vice president, sales, marketing and innovation, engineered products group; Ken Forden, NA nonwovens a…

  • Fiberweb

    Fiberweb

    January 1, 2007
    Location: London, U.K. Sales: $1.08 billion Description: Fiberweb Americas Old Hickory, TN americas@fiberweb.com Plants Green Bay, WI; Queretaro, Mexico; Old Hickory, TN; Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil; Simpsonville, SC; Washougal, WA Processes C…

  • PGI

    PGI

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Charlotte, NC Sales: $1.02 billion Description: Key Personnel Veronica  Hagen, chief executive officer; Willis (Billy) Moore, III, chief financial officer; Mike Hale, chief operating officer; Bob Dale, vice president of research a…

  • Ahlstrom

    Ahlstrom

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Helsinki, Finland Sales: $1.01 billion Description: Personnel Jukka Moisio, president and CEO; Randal Davis, senior vice president, filtration; Claudio Ermondi, senior vice president, nonwovens; Tommi Bjormann, senior vice president, glas…