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  • 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…

  • Albis To Build Second Spunbond Line

    January 23, 2007
    Building on the success of its first Neumag Sauer line, Italian nonwovens producer Albis SpA has unveiled plans to expand its spunbond capacities and has ordered a second Neumag spunbond plant. The line features a three-beam SMS (spunbond/meltblown/s…

  • Thermoplastic Resin Film And Process For Producing The Same

    January 23, 2007
    A heat-shrinkable resin film for a label was issued a patent. The film consists of a monolayer polyester resin film or a polystyrene resin film. The film has a heat shrinkage in the maximum shrinkage direction of 40% or higher, when a 10 cm x 10 cm s…

  • Hot Melt Adhesives Based On Graft Copolymers

    January 23, 2007
    A water-soluble or water-dispersible hotmelt adhesive has been patented. The adhesive comprises 20-80% by weight of at least one component; 1-70% by weight of at least one polymer selected from the group consisting of polyesters, polyurethanes, alkyl…

  • Superabsorbent Polymers Having Radiation Activatable Surface Cross-linkers And Method Of Making Them

    January 23, 2007
    Patented are superabsorbent polymer particles comprising a water-absorbing resin that has been reacted with a radiation activatable surface crosslinker. The reaction product of the radiation activatable surface crosslinker and the water absorbing res…

  • Apparatus For In Vitro Testing Of Tampon-And-Applicator Systems

    January 23, 2007
    An apparatus for in vitro testing of tampon-and-applicator systems, comprising a pressurized container and a sleeve disposed inside the container for accepting a tampon deployed by an applicator of the tampon-and-applicator system. The sleeve compris…

  • Absorbent Article With Rear Portion Including A First And Second Leg

    January 23, 2007
    An absorbent article with a substantially elongated shape was recently granted a patent. The article has a longitudinal direction, a transverse direction, two side edges, a front edge, a rear edge, a front portion, a rear portion and a central portio…

  • Multiple Layer Absorbent Article

    January 23, 2007
    Patented is an absorbent article with a fluid permeable coverstock configured to engage a body surface and defining longitudinal sides. The coverstock includes a bicomponent fiber with a polypropylene inner core and a polyethylene outer sheath. An ab…

  • Pull-On Disposable Diaper Wearing Article

    January 23, 2007
    A pull-on disposable wearing article has been patented. The article includes a front waist region, a rear waist region and a crotch region extending in a longitudinal direction between the front and rear waist regions. One of the front and rear waist…

  • Tampon Outer Surface Having Increasing Number Of Written Identifiers To Indicate Absorbency

    January 23, 2007
    An array of tampons has been patented. The array comprises a first tampon with an absorbent outer surface. The outer surface comprises an outer surface area and a first identifier with a first surface area. The first identifier is located on the firs…

  • China Nonwovens Still Growing

    January 18, 2007
    In 2005, China’s total nonwovens production was 755,000 tons, a 23% increase, and this figure was expected to increase 11% to 838,000 for 2006. These production increases were attributed to higher growth rates in diapers, sanitary napkins, hous…

  • ElkCorp Sale Price Rises

    January 18, 2007
    Private equity firm Carlyle has boosted its takeover offer for roofing products maker ElkCorp to about $834 million, or $40.50 per share ElkCorp said on Tuesday, topping a rival bid from Building Materials Corp. of America (BMCA). ElkCorp said in a s…

  • Hirose Ups Separator Output

    January 18, 2007
    Hirose Ups Separator Output Hirose Paper, a producer of special separators for alkali dry cell batteris, is going to increase its proudciton capacity by 50% through a new plant scheduled to start regular production in June 2007. The separators are m…

  • Peel Tester

    January 17, 2007
    Testing Machines is releasing the New Peel Tester, 80-91 series, which is expected to be even more successful than the original 80-90 series. Some important features of this tester include a direct drive system (no chain);  easier calibration se…

  • Ultrasonic Sensors

    January 17, 2007
    Baumer Electric has expanded its existing family of Series 20 Miniature Ultrasonic Sensors to include seven  sensors capable of long range measurement up to 1000 mm. When mounted up to one meter from the target, the compact sensors will deliver…

  • Smart Label Machine

    January 17, 2007
    Schober’s RFID-TI machine, which was launched nearly three years ago and was initially designed for the production of smart labels for automatic product recognition and inventory management of palletized and bundled products, shipping documents…

  • Polyamide

    January 17, 2007
    Stanyl, a high-heat polyamide 46 (PA46) resin from DSM Engineering Plastics, is adding a new market segment, fiber and film, to its existing portfolio of injection molded, high-tech and high-heat engineered applications. As with injection molded desi…

  • Sheeter

    January 17, 2007
    Maxson Automatic Machinery Company has introduced a sheeter specifically designed for the digital sheet fed printing presses. The sheeter can accept up to 65-inch webs and can convert and stack up to 40-inch long sheets. The sheeter configuration res…

  • After Sales Service

    January 17, 2007
    Fleissner GmbH has newly organized and extended its after sales services  department, which has been successfully concentrating on machine engineering and spare parts for many years. The  Fleissner After Sales Service department is part of…

  • Polyester Monofilaments

    January 16, 2007
    A monofilament comprising a polyester core and a core coating was granted a patent. The core coating comprises a vinylidene chloride copolymer. The monofilament is drawn at a draw ratio of about 3.0:1 to about 4.5:1 and is heated to a temperature up…

  • Odor Adsorption Agent In Hygiene Articles

    January 16, 2007
    An odor adsorption agent was patented for use in hygiene articles configured to collect body fluids. The article includes thermoplastic granulate particles and particles of zeolites directly fused to the thermoplastic granulate particles. The particl…

  • Absorbent Article Having Disposal Wings With Odor Absorbency

    January 16, 2007
    Patented is a personal care absorbent article with a longitudinal-direction, a lateral cross-direction and an intermediate portion interposed between a pair of longitudinally opposed end portions. The article comprises a backsheet with a pair of late…

  • Absorbent Member Having Three Dimensional Guards

    January 16, 2007
    An absorbent article was recently patented featuring a liquid permeable surface sheet, a liquid impermeable leakage-prevention sheet and an oblong liquid-retaining absorbent. The absorbent article is located on longitudinal opposite sides of the arti…

  • Absorbent Member Having Three Dimensional Guards

    January 16, 2007
    An absorbent article with a liquid permeable surface sheet has been issued a patent. A liquid impermeable leakage-prevention sheet and a liquid-retaining absorbent is formed in an oblong shape. The absorbent article is provided on longitudinal opposi…

  • Absorbent Article Having Disposal Wings With Odor Absorbency

    January 16, 2007
    Patented is a personal care absorbent article with a longitudinal direction, a lateral cross-direction and an intermediate portion between a pair of longitudinally opposed end portions. The article has a backsheet with a pair of laterally-opposed sid…

  • Odor Adsorption Agent In Hygiene Articles

    January 16, 2007
    An odor adsorption agent for use in hygiene articles has recently been patented. The agent is configured to collect body fluids and includes thermoplastic granulate particles and particles of zeolites directly fused to the thermoplastic granulate par…

  • From Paper To Nonwovens

    January 16, 2007
    Established in 1991 with just a sheeter and a trimmer, Precision Paper Converters (PPC) has grown into a converter of coated and uncoated papers, paperboard and OPP films as well as tissue products.

  • Colbond Introduces Green Products

    January 12, 2007
    Colbond, a producer of high-quality synthetic nonwovens, is launching two innovative and environmentally sound primary backings for the carpet manufacturing industry. These two nonwovens, Colback SMR and Colback UMX, will help the industry make signi…

  • Fibertex Buys Out Malaysian Partner

    January 10, 2007
    In early 2007, Fibertex acquired a remaining 40% share in its Malaysian operations Fibertex Nonwovens Sdn Bhd from partner Industrialiseringsfonden for Udviklingslandene (IFU) for a reported DKK 135 million. Fibertex and IFU established the subsidiar…

  • New Polyproplyene Plant To Use Basell Technology

    January 10, 2007
    Liaoning Huajin Chemical Corporation has selected Basell’s Spheripol technology for a new 250 kiloton per year polypropylene plant it plans to build in Panjin, Liaoning Province China. Start-up is expected in 2009.     “…

  • INDA Seeks Web Updates

    January 10, 2007
    Any INDA member who visits between now and the opening of the IDEA07 International Engineered Fabrics Conference and Exposition, April 24, 2007, will be eligible to win an iPod.     “It is important for us to keep…

  • 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