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  • 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…

  • Kimberly-Clark

    Kimberly-Clark

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Dallas, TX Sales: $1.25 billion Description: Key Personnel Thomas Falk, chairman and CEO; Bob Stargel, vice president, Non­­wovens Operations and Technology; Mark Foreste, vice president, Partnership Products Plants Corinth, M…

  • DuPont

    DuPont

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Wilmington, DE Sales: $1.35 billion Description: Key Personnel Matt Trerotola, vice president and general manager DuPont Nonwovens; Mahesh Mansukhani, global business director-Tyvek/Typar and Nigel Budden, global business director-Sont…

  • Freudenberg

    Freudenberg

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Weinheim, Germany Sales: $1.4 billion Description: Key Personnel Management Board: Bruce Olson, president and CEO, Dr. René Wollert, CFO; Georg Brasch, managing director; Worldwide Divisions: Dr. Heino Freudenberg and Gerhard Sc…

  • Ahlstrom's Green Bay Line Is Up

    December 22, 2006
    Ahlstrom has brought its new spunlace line, located in Green Bay, WI, online two weeks ahead of schedule. This additional capacity primarily serves the North American wipes market but  will also have the technological flexibility to meet the dem…

  • Ginni Filaments Spunlace Line Near Complete

    December 21, 2006
    Ginni Filaments is in the process of commissioning its first spunlace line from Rieter Perfojet in India with 3200 mm working width and production capacity of 12,000 tons a year. Commercial production is expected to start by February 2007.  The…

  • Resins

    December 19, 2006
    GE Plastics has launched Extem thermoplastic polyimide (TPI) resins, a new family of amorphous polymers that provide exceptional performance, while elimi­nating the drawbacks of semi-crystalline materials, imidized thermosets and competitive amor…

  • Dual Purpose Automatic Wipe Folding Machine

    December 19, 2006
    Elsner's ZFV-1-20 fully automatic wet and dry wipe folder offers the ultimate in flexibility and versatility thanks to the ZFV-1-20's ability to switch easily from wet or dry products whenever needed. Products such as cosmetic wipes, baby wipes, floo…

  • Knife Holder

    December 19, 2006
    Dienes has developed a knife holder with clamping featuring a new German in­dustrial design. The advantage of this innovation is that knife holders in longitudinal slitting machines equipped with this clamping system can be interchanged quickly a…

  • Sheeter

    December 19, 2006
    Maxson Automatic Machinery Company has introduced a sheeter that converts webs of multi-ply vinyl laminations into master parts, which are vacuum formed into door panels, dashboards, headliners and floor panels for the automotives industry. Using dua…

  • Unwinder

    December 19, 2006
    Independent Machine Company has in­tro­duced the latest innovation in spooling equipment. . . Unspooling with  Spool-Mate, the first low cost,  dri­ven spool unwind with closed loop tension control.  The growing popularity…

  • Spooling Line

    December 19, 2006
    Calemard’s latest spooling line, Gemini II, is designed for narrow and fragile products. It uses a numerical traverse winder, driven by a new generation of PLC allowing an individual control of each spooling unit. High flexibility in handled pr…

  • Face Mask Machine

    December 19, 2006
    At the end of September, Mathec delivered its first complete automatic ma­chine for the production of FFP2 face masks against bird flu (flat mask, type “duck beak” shape). The Thuasne group (a global supplier in narrow elastic textile…

  • Smith, Johnson  & Associates

    December 19, 2006
    Mark Snider has joined the consulting practice of Smith, Johnson  & Associates as a principal. Mr. Snider was welcomed into the firm in late October and is expected to provide clients with expanded dimensions in equipment and process en…

  • Olaf Schmidt Has Been Named Vice President at Messe Frankfurt.

    December 19, 2006
    Olaf Schmidt has been named vice president, responsible for the textile fairs core area of competence, at Messe Frankfurt. A textile engineer with a master’s degree in business administration, Mr. Schmidt replaces Stephan Kurzawski, who has bee…

  • Nordson Corporation

    December 19, 2006
    Nordson Corporation has promoted Michael Fornes to nonwovens global marketing manager for the company’s nonwovens systems business. In his new position, Mr. Fornes will direct nonwovens global marketing initiatives, specifically focusing on gro…

  • SSP Technology SpA

    December 19, 2006
    SSP Technology SpA has welcomed Enzo Salerni as a new sales manager. In this role, Mr. Salerni will support SSP’s strategic growth initiatives as a part of the global sales and marketing team. Mr. Salerni was formerly the area sales manager for…

  • Betty Tilley Has Joined Huntsman Textile Effects

    December 19, 2006
    Effective last month, Betty Tilley has joined Huntsman Textile Effects as a technical sales specialist for the U.S. and Canada. Her primary responsibilities will be with the technical textiles business and she will be based in High Point, NC. Ms. Til…

  • Michelman Has Hired Christophe Maertens In A New Position

    December 19, 2006
    Michelman has hired Christophe Maertens in the new position of laboratory supervisor at the company’s Aubange, Belgium facility. The addition of Mr. Maertens is expected to enhance customer technical service through streamlined project manageme…

  • Rohm and Haas Company

    December 19, 2006
    Shruti Singhal has been named North American market manager for traffic paint polymers by the architectural and functional coatings business of Rohm and Haas Company, Spring House, PA. Mr. Singhal will drive strategy development for the traffic marki…

  • David Brown, II Joins The Board of Directors at Rayonier

    December 19, 2006
    Effective November 1, C. David Brown, II, chairman of the Florida law firm Broad and Cassel, has joined the board of directors of Jacksonville, FL-based Rayonier. Mr. Brown joined Broad and Cassel in 1980 and has been chairman since 2000. As a member…

  • Basell Has Appointed A President And Sr. Vice President

    December 19, 2006
    Basell has appointed Michael Mulrooney president of Basell Poly­olefins North America and Hans-Robert Schmidt as senior vice president, sales, marketing and monomer for North America. In his new role, Mr. Mulrooney is responsible for Basell&rsquo…

  • Fiberweb Makes Host Of Appointments

    December 19, 2006
    Fiberweb plc, Simpsonville, SC, has made several recent appointments. Among them, the company has promoted Pamela Lewis and added Robert Baldy and Hollynn Moody to its Hygiene/Medical Americas sales and marketing teams. In June 2006, Ms. Lewis was na…

  • Lydall Filtration Meets EU Criteria

    December 19, 2006
    Lydall Filtration/Separation Inc., a supplier of media for high-efficiency filtration applications, has introduced a significant addition to its LydAir MG product line.  LydAir ElementsMG is comprised of a new category of biosoluble glass microf…

  • PGI Amends Credit Facility

    December 14, 2006
    Polymer Group, Inc. has successfully amended its senior credit facility. "We appreciate the continued support from our lending group and are pleased our amendment requests were approved as submitted. This amendment provides greater financial fle…

  • Fiberweb plc, Simpsonville, SC, has made several recent appointments

    December 14, 2006
    Fiberweb plc, Simpsonville, SC, has made several recent appointments. Among them, the company has promoted Pamela Lewis and added Robert Baldy and Hollynn Moody to its Hygiene/Medical Americas sales and marketing teams. In June 2006, Pamela Lewis was…

  • Bridging The Gap Into Apparel

    December 13, 2006
    The apparel market has long been the envy of the nonwovens industry. Being able to tailor nonwovens to the needs of clothiers, not in interlinings but for the actual garments, would create huge market potential for nonwovens. For years a number of co…

  • Blank Canvas

    Blank Canvas

    Belinda Orzada, Nonwovens Staff || December 13, 2006
    nonwoven fashion apparel & accessories could become an emerging market

  • Ahlstrom To Bolster Role In Infusion

    December 12, 2006
    Ahlstrom will invest approximately €27 million in a new food nonwovens production line at its plant in Chirnside, Scotland. The new line will primarily serve the growing infusion products market with next generation spunmelt products.  &n…

  • Loparex Starts Up Chinese Extrusion Line

    December 11, 2006
    Film supplier Loparex has invested in a new extrusion line at its Guangzhou, China plant. The investment is part of a strategy to strengthen the company's operations in Asia and expand its Guangzhou facility's product range to polycoated release line…

  • Top That Tabletop Technology

    December 10, 2006
    Rexcell Tissue & Airlaid AB—known until December 2004 as Duni Papermills— shares a long history with the Duni Group but is working hard to establish its own identity as an airlaid manufacturer.

  • Mogul Expansion Imminent

    December 7, 2006
    Several expansion projects are coming to fruition at Turkish roll goods producer Mogul. The company will soon add two 1600 mm-wide meltblown lines, each of which boast a 1000 metric ton capacity. With the first line scheduled to come onstream in Dece…

  • Pegas IPO Set

    December 5, 2006
    Czech spunmelt producer Pegas Nonwovens will raise up to €264 million in a planned initial public offering scheduled for mid December. Up to 5.284 million existing and new shares will be offered at up to €50 each valuing the entire company…

  • INDA's 2006 Washington Wrap-Up

    Peter Mayberry and Jessica Franken || December 4, 2006
    a look back on an extraordinarily full year and a look ahead to a year of potential changes

  • Defensive Drivers

    Defensive Drivers

    Ellen Wuagneux, Associate Editor || December 4, 2006
    automotive suppliers continue to face a rocky road as they dodge cost pressures & competition

  • The Hygiene Market: A Tale Of Two Cities

    The Hygiene Market: A Tale Of Two Cities

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || December 4, 2006
    component suppliers balance innovation and pricing pressures

  • Fiberweb Diversifies Spunlace

    December 4, 2006
    Fiberweb’s upgrade to its Bethune, SC spunlace line is complete, the company has announced. The investment, which increases the line’s fiber-type flexibility, is intended to satisfy market demand for more natural fabrics in baby, personal…

  • Flying High

    December 2, 2006
    Outside the Box, Inc. was founded in 2001 to manufacture a low-cost alternative to existing airline blankets.

  • The Multi-Pack Difference

    December 2, 2006
    Multi-Pack is located in Milwaukee, WI and is the newest addition to Cloud Packaging Solutions, a contract-manufacturing arm of Cameron Holdings.Cameron acquired Multi-Pack in September 2005.

  • Accusentry Moves Into New Facility

    December 1, 2006
    Inspection system specialist AccuSentry has moved into a larger facility in anticipation of significant growth over the next several years.  Located just one mile from its old headquarters in Marietta, GA, the 18,000-square-foot facility more th…

  • BCH Adds Medical Training Course

    December 1, 2006
    Business Coordination House will hold a training course on the medical textiles market in New Delhi India in December. The course is one of a series of workshops b eing organized by BCH covering the different segments of technical textiles. In Novemb…

  • JM Adds To Filtration Offerings

    November 30, 2006
    Johns Manville Engineered Products has introduced three new filtration products that offer added value to the filtration markets and help filter manufacturers expand their product lines and increase sales. “Our global presence, technological kn…

  • Ahlstrom Launches NanoAlumina Filtration Media

    November 30, 2006
    Ahlstrom has completed an exclusive licensing agreement with the Argonide Corporation to manufacture and commercialize patented electrostatic nano fiber filter media under the Disruptor brand name. Disruptor is a wetlaid technology designed to be use…

  • IIT Delhi Attracts Crowd

    November 29, 2006
    The International Conference on Technical Textiles (IIT Delhi), organized by the Department of Textile Technology, gathered participants from the technical textiles industry worldwide. Held on November 11-12, the conference brought together businesse…

  • K-C Increases Ownership in Brazilian Affiliate

    November 29, 2006
    Absorbent product giant Kimberly-Clark, Dallas, TX, has increased its ownership of its Brazilian affiliate, Kimberly-Clark Kenko Industria e Comercio Ltda. (Kenko), from 70% to 100%. Kimberly-Clark acquired the remaining minority interest from Alserc…

  • CWI, First Quality Continue Partnership

    November 28, 2006
    CWI Medical, a privately held company based in Farmingdale, NY, will continue its distribution partnership with adult incontinence product supplier First Quality Products. First Quality produces the Prevail brand of adult briefs, diapers, protective…

  • BBA Fiberweb Demerger Complete

    November 22, 2006
    BBA Group has completed the demerger of its nonwovens division Fiberweb plc and has changed its name to BBA Aviation. Fiberweb plc's issued shares now have a separate listing London Stock Exchange, where they will be traded under the ticker symbol FW…

  • Ibis Announces Cooperation in China

    November 21, 2006
    Ibis International will expand production in China beginning next year through a joint partnership. Ram Ibis Co. is located in Suzhou Industrial Park, China, just outside of Shanghai. Ram Ibis is a partnership of Peterson Holdings of Taiwan, Stefano…