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  • Playtex Considers Acquisitions

    February 15, 2007
    Playtex Products, Westport, CT, posted better-than-expected fourth-quarter profit but its shares fell 3% after the consumer products company said that it might have to look at acquisitions to meet its 2008 goals. Playtex, whose products include tampo…

  • Americo To Expand

    February 15, 2007
    Americo Manufacturing, a leading maker of floor pads, hand pads, filter media, geotextiles and other nonwoven materials, has expanded its manufacturing capabilities with a new state-of-the-art production line. According to company executives, the new…

  • P&G Exits Japan's AI Market

    February 15, 2007
    Procter & Gamble is seeking a buyer for its Japanese adult diaper business even as the market posts steady growth due to the country's aging population. P&G said it was looking to unload its Attento diaper brand because it did not fit into it…

  • Flame Detector

    February 14, 2007
    Spectrex Inc., a maker of optical flame and gas detection and suppression systems, has launched its unique Hydrogen Flame Detector 20/20SH to address the need of a wide range of industrial and commercial facilities that use hydrogen fuel cells, hydro…

  • Crosslappers

    February 14, 2007
    Habasit has introduced two new products representing a new generation of crosslappers. The ENB-6EE is matte while the ENT-6EE  features a structured surface. Both are light but offer a high level of ridigity. The smooth surface of the ENT-6EE pr…

  • Metering Stations

    February 14, 2007
    GP200 remote metering stations from Nordson Corporation  expand production capabilities by increasing delivery points of existing adhesive melters. By adding one or more pumping stations between a melter and the point of application, manufacture…

  • Release Liners

    February 14, 2007
    Mondi Packaging, a global provider of high-performance packaging and release liner solutions, has extended it geographical presence through acquisitions in Europe and the U.S. With its recent investments, Mondi Packaging continues to demonstrate comm…

  • Custom Retrofit

    February 14, 2007
    Wen Lung Printing Industry Co., Ltd., a well-known label printer in the southern part of Taiwan, recently installed a modified Martin Automatic STS butt splicer and STR turret rewinder on their existing Sanjo letterpress to enable non-stop productivi…

  • Chord Gauge

    February 14, 2007
    The Dienes chord gauge Easy Check provides a quick, simple method for operators to set the proper overlap depth of a male top knife to the female bottom knife. The gauge can provide consistency of depth setting when used by all operators. It can be u…

  • Silicone Emulsion

    February 14, 2007
    Wacker Group has developed a one-component silicone-based softener emulsion for finishing fiberfill. Advalon FF 220 achieves marked benefited in the finishing of fiberfill, enabling polyester fiber to be treated at significantly lower temperatures th…

  • Web Tension

    February 14, 2007
    Magpowr, a leader in web tension and torque control, has introduced Digital Tension Meter, a low-cost solution to display web tension in areas of the web where access to a tension control unit is not required or convenient for the operator. The Digit…

  • Slot Applicators

    February 14, 2007
    TrueCoat slot applicators from Nordson Corporation provide exceptional thermal performance and application accuracy in continuous or intermittent coating applications.  The compact, configurable design is ideal for coating a wide variety of subs…

  • New Director Of Purchasing And International Sales

    February 14, 2007
    Martex Fiber Southern Corporation, the Spartanburg, SC-headquartered recycled industrial textile product specialist, has brought on Elton Hardy as its new director of purchasing and international sales under Jimmy Jarrett, COO. Mr. Hardy joins Martex…

  • Converting Equipment Manufacturers Association (CEMA)

    February 14, 2007
    Ron Schmidt, director for Maxcess International, has been elected president of the Converting Equipment Manufacturers Association (CEMA). Mr. Schmidt brings more than 30 years of experience in the web processing and converting industry. In addition t…

  • Peter Termyn Has Been Appointed President and CEO of Parkinson Technologies

    February 14, 2007
    After leading the company’s commercial efforts for two years, Peter Termyn has been appointed president and CEO of Parkinson Technologies. Through his direction, the company’s commercial organization and supporting capabilities have been…

  • Loparex Has Appointed A Sales Director

    February 14, 2007
    Loparex has appointed Nick Burrows sales director responsible for the sales of specialty papers in the U.K. Mr. Burrows has been in charge of Loparex’s specialty paper sales in the U.K. since the late 1970s—via his own agency during recen…

  • British Vita's CEO Steps Down

    February 14, 2007
    John Oliver has been appointed interim CEO at British Vita following the decision of Howard Harris to step down from the CEO role. Mr. Harris remains a non-executive director. Mr. Oliver is a partner at British Vita’s private equity owners Texa…

  • TenCate Will Sell O-C Product

    February 14, 2007
    TenCate Geosynthetics North America, Pendergrass, GA, has entered into an exclusive partnership with Toledo, OH-based Owens Corning whereby TenCate will sell, market and distribute Owens Corning’s TruPave Engineered Paving Mat in North America.…

  • DuPont Earnings Soar on Strong Sales

    February 13, 2007
    Both sales and earnings for the last quarter of 2006 were up, according to DuPont, Wilmington, DE. The company’s fourth quarter profits soared to $871 million compared to $154 million in the fourth quarter of 2005. Sales revenues were up 8% to…

  • Freudenberg Announces Key Personnel Changes

    February 13, 2007
    Effective March 1, 2007, Stephan Tanda will leave Freudenberg Nonwovens to join Royal DSM N.V., where he will be elected to the management board. Effective the same date, George Cartwright, former executive director of BBA Group, will assume the role…

  • Absorbency Protuberance Identifier Disposed On Each Tampon In The Article Array

    February 13, 2007
    Patented is an array of disposable intravaginal absorbent articles. The group features: a) a first absorbent article with an outer surface, an outer surface area and a first identifier with a first surface area. The first identifier is located on the…

  • Absorptive Product Having Removable Absorbers

    February 13, 2007
    An absorptive product having a front region, a rear region and a crotch region was patented recently. The article forms a waist opening and a pair of leg openings with a backsheet made of a liquid impermeable sheet. Absorbers are located on the inter…

  • Polyolefin Compositions

    February 13, 2007
    An article comprising a fiber or film substrate was patented. The article is comprised of a blend of polyolefin and an acrylic/polyether comb-branched copolymer. The polyolefin is present in an amount of at least 70% by weight based on the total weig…

  • Biaxially Oriented Polylactic Acid-Based Resin Films

    February 13, 2007
    A biaxially oriented film was recently patented. The film includes a polylactic acid resin, which has a storage modulus E? at 80° C in at least one of a longitudinal direction (MD direction) and a width direction (TD direction) of the film, of from…

  • Absorbent Cores For Absorbent Diapers Having Reduced Thickness And Improved Liquid Handling And Retention Performance And Comprising A Superabsorbent Polymer

    February 13, 2007
    An absorbent core for the collection of bodily liquids, such as urine, was patented. The core comprises a superabsorbent gelling material in the form of particles featuring a longest and a smallest dimension with a particulate ratio of longest to sma…

  • Adhesive Articles Which Contain At Least One Hydrophilic Or Hydrophobic Layer, Method For Making And Uses For Same

    February 13, 2007
    An article for fluid transport has been granted a patent. The article includes a substrate with at least one fluid transport structure and at least one adhesive article. The adhesive article features a base layer with a first and second surface and a…

  • British Vita's CEO Steps Down

    February 12, 2007
    John Oliver has been appointed interim CEO at British Vita following the decision of Howard Harris to step down from the CEO role. Mr. Harris remains a non-executive director. Mr. Oliver is a partner at British Vita's private equity owners Texas Paci…

  • Rock The Vote: Rewarding Innovation

    Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor || February 12, 2007
    One of the best things about a democracy is the right to vote.

  • Labor Unions Sue Bush Administration

    Peter Mayberry and Jessica Franken || February 12, 2007
    action seeks to complete rule on employer payment for personal protection equipment

  • Riding The Wave

    Riding The Wave

    Ellen Wuagneux, Associate Editor || February 12, 2007
    to stay afloat, producers of spunmelt nonwovens must balance high raw material costs, tough competition and overcapacity issues

  • Food Pads: A Great Market For Airlaid

    Food Pads: A Great Market For Airlaid

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || February 12, 2007
    absorbency requirements open up opportunities in food packaging

  • Household Wipes: Searching For The Next Swiffer

    Household Wipes: Searching For The Next Swiffer

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || February 12, 2007
    growth slows as the market awaits its next blockbuster

  • PGI To Unveil New Wipes Technology

    February 12, 2007
    Polymer Group, Inc. will invest in technology for an entirely new category of high performance, cost-effective engineered materials for wipes and other uses. The company will debut its new family of Spinlace fabrics at IDEA07 in Miami in April. Initi…

  • Lenzing Chair Denies Sale Rumors

    February 9, 2007
    The chairman of the Lenzing AG supervisory board, Karl Schmutzer, has denied recurrent rumors stating that Lenzing will be sold to a strategic investor, in particular the Indian Birla Group.     "As a member of the management o…

  • Voting Underway For IDEA Achievement Awards

    February 8, 2007
    Fifteen  innovative, successful new products in the nonwovens and engineered fabrics industries of the past three years have been nominated as finalists for the prestigious IDEA07 Achievement Awards. The finalists were selected from hundreds of…

  • JM Launches Seal-It

    February 8, 2007
    Johns Manville has launched a new line of housewrap tape and flashings called Seal-It, which is specifically formulated to adhere to Gorilla Wrap, JM’s housewrap. Seal-It enhances the building envelope by tightly sealing housewrap seams and win…

  • Mada Adds Spunmelt Line

    February 5, 2007
    Mada Nonwovens, Jubail, Saudi Arabia, is investing in a state-of-the-art polyester spunbond line with an annual capacity of more than 8000 tons. “The new investment is in accordance with the vision of Mada Nonwovens to become a key player in in…

  • Ahlstrom Enhances Filtration Business

    February 2, 2007
    Ahlstrom Corporation will invest €5 million in a new drylaid nonwovens line to serve the North American air filtration market. The new line, located at Ahlstrom's Groesbeck, TX, facility, is expected to start at the beginning of 2008. The Groesb…

  • NCSU Donation Could Shape Future of Nonwovens

    February 1, 2007
    Researchers at North Carolina State University’s College of Textiles have received a software donation valued at more than $1 million from Alignent Software that could help shape the future of the nonwoven textiles industry and enhance the comm…

  • Ahlstrom Acquires Orlandi's Spunlace Biz

    February 1, 2007
    Ahlstrom, has signed an agreement to acquire Orlandi's spunlace operation, further broadening its role in the wipes area. The acquisition price is approximately €60 million and the transaction is expected to be EPS enhancing from 2007. Ahlstrom…

  • K-C Sales Hit New Quarterly High

    January 30, 2007
    At Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Dallas, TX, net sales in the fourth quarter of 2006 rose 7.4% to $4.3 billion, a new quarterly high. Operating profit was $611 million in the fourth quarter of 2006, compared with $572 million in 2005. For the full year…

  • P&G Raises Fiscal Year Outlook

    January 30, 2007
    Absorbent product giant Procter & Gamble, Cincinnati, OH, raised its outlook for the year after a jump in second-quarter profit of 12%. The company posted net income of $2.8 billion in the three months ended Dec. 31 versus $2.5 billion in the pri…

  • Tyco Swim Pants Wins Visionary Award

    January 30, 2007
    A highly competitive Visionary Awards competition, four days of presentations by well-known business speakers and industry networking opportunities highlighted the Vision 2007 Consumer Products Conference, held January 21-24 in Denver. INDA, Associat…

  • Pull-on Disposable Diaper

    January 30, 2007
    A pull-on disposable diaper was patented with a height direction and a transverse direction that is orthogonal to the height direction. The diaper is generally symmetric about a center line bisecting the diaper in the transverse direction. The diaper…

  • Ksters, Pill Form Agreement

    January 29, 2007
    Andritz Küsters has formed an agreement with Pill Nassvliestechnik for the sale, production and installation of wetlaid nonwovens lines. The agreement will combine Andritz Küsters’ competence in pulp, fibers and tissues with Pill&rsqu…

  • Chinese Company Launches Cotton Nonwoven

    January 29, 2007
    Shenzhen, China-based Winner Medical Group Inc. has begun production of PurCotton, its new cotton nonwoven material and expects to ship the first order by the end of January. The first order—jumbo rolls of raw PurCotton material—was recei…

  • Chicopee Prices To Rise 6%

    January 26, 2007
    Chicopee, Inc., a division of Polymer Group, Inc. will levy a price increase of 6% for all wiper products, effective February 26, 2007.  The price changes are being implemented to mitigate the impact of significant increases in the cost of visco…

  • PaperPak Gets New Owner

    January 25, 2007
    KPS Capital Partners has purchased PaperPak Products, the maker of Attends adult incontinence products, through a newly formed affiliate, Attends Healthcare, Inc. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. PaperPak is a leading manufactur…

  • Fiberweb Expands Airlaid Capacity In China

    January 24, 2007
    The world’s fourth largest roll goods producer Fiberweb plc is in the process of building a second airlaid production line at its site at Tianjin, China, adding 10,000 tons of capacity to the 16,000 tons already installed. The investment reinfo…

  • Two Key AI Acquisitions Take Place

    January 23, 2007
    In the first of two recent acquisitions in the adult incontinence market, Whitestone Corporation, Bloomington, IN, has purchased East Brunswick-based AI product manufacturer Humanicare International. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Th…