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  • Japan Vilene To Market Fuel Cell Components

    March 1, 2007
    Japan Vilene is promoting a new gas-diffusion porous substrate in the Japanese market for polymer electrolyte fuel cells, as well as a stationary fuel-cell filter for removing exhaust and dust from fuel cells. The gas-diffusion product is made up of…

  • Texsus To Add Highloft Line

    March 1, 2007
    Plans are underway at Italian roll goods producer Texsus SpA to start up a new line during the second quarter of 2007 to produce biodegradable highloft acquisition/distribution layers. The three-meter-wide line will have an annual capacity of 4000 to…

  • World Fiber Output Up In 2006

    February 28, 2007
    World fiber output increased by 5.1% to 74.7 million tons in 2006, according to preliminary data in an annual report on world fiber production from textile machinery maker Oerlikon Saurer Textile. The full report “The Fiber Year 2006/07”…

  • Americo Names Canadian Rep

    February 28, 2007
    Acworth, GA-based Americo Manufacturing Company has named Riches Associates its sales representative covering Canada. John Riches, Bob Domenichelli, Michel Leger, Ryan McDougall and Greg Murphy from Riches Associates will represent Americo products f…

  • K-C Unveils Cleanroom Wiper Dispenser

    February 28, 2007
    Kimberly-Clark Professional has introduced a dispenser for pre-saturated alcohol wipes that provides convenient one-handed dispensing with no need to hold a package or re-seal a closing flap. "Until now, pre-saturated wiper packages were anythin…

  • Water-Absorbent Resin And Production Process Therefore

    February 27, 2007
    Patented is a water-absorbent resin, which is surface-crosslinked with a surface-crosslinking agent including at least a polyhydric alcohol. The water absorbent resin before surface-crosslinking is obtained by polymerizing hydrophilic monomers compri…

  • K-C Launches Thicker Baby Wipe

    February 21, 2007
    Kimberly-Clark Corporation has added several new and improved baby and toddler hygiene products to its well-known Huggies brand including an improved Huggies Supreme baby wipe, a new naturally refreshing line of Huggies baby wipes and toiletries and…

  • Spunbond Chinese Style

    February 20, 2007
    Six years after the establishment of sister company Zhejiang Huayin Plastics Co. in 1992, spunbond nonwovens producer Zhejiang Huayin Nonwovens was born.

  • Two A.Celli Airlaid Systems To Be Installed

    February 20, 2007
    A.Celli Nonwovens’ Wingformer has been selected as the airlaid technology for two new projects with China-based Dalian Ruiguang Nonwoven Group and Italian producer Main SpA, respectively. In order to further expand its operations in the hygiene…

  • Edge Seal For Absorbent Article And Method For Making

    February 20, 2007
    A disposable diaper comprising a topsheet, a backsheet and an absorbent core between the two has been patented. The topsheet and the backsheet define a periphery and longitudinal edges. Portions of the longitudinal edges define leg openings when the…

  • Absorbable Article With Protruding Body Fluid Inflow Hole Having An Elastic Side Wall

    February 20, 2007
    An absorbent article has been patented. It includes an absorbent sheet body with a water permeable sheet facing a body side of a wearer and either a water permeable or water impermeable sheet facing a garment side. The absorbent body absorbs body flu…

  • Opening Arrangement For Single-Wrapped Absorbent Articles

    February 20, 2007
    Patented is a stack of absorbent articles for absorption of body fluids. At least two absorbent articles constitute a first absorbent article and a second absorbent article adjacent in the stack. Each article is individually wrapped in a wrapping cov…

  • Antimicrobial Composite Material

    February 20, 2007
    Patented is composite material comprising a microparticle support consisting essentially of polymeric organic particles. Metallic and non-metallic ions are grafted to the surface of the support. The particles are a copolymer of at least three monomer…

  • Composite Base Material And Adhesive Film

    February 20, 2007
    An adhesive film characterized by a film-like composite base material was patented. The film has at least a first resin film with a breaking elongation in the lengthwise direction of 300 to 1500% and a breaking strength of at least 2 kg/12 mm. The fi…

  • Polymer Particles Having Select Pendant Groups And Composition Prepared Therefrom

    February 20, 2007
    Patented is a polymer composition with multistage polymer particles. Each of the particles includes a first polymer with: i) a polymerized unit of a multi-ethylenically unsaturated monomer and ii) at least one pendant absorbing group selected from t…

  • JMS New China Line Is Up

    February 16, 2007
    Johns Manville has begun operating a new nonwoven spunbond mat production line in Luoyang, China. Located in the Henan province, this new state-of-the-art line underscores JM’s commitment to its roofing, specialty and geotextiles customers. &ld…

  • 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…