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  • OSHA Respirator Rule Generates Controversy

    Peter Mayberry and Jessica Franken || October 16, 2006
    efforts are underway to stop rule from becoming effective next month

  • People In The News

    October 16, 2006
    Fereo Joins Neumag's U.S. Team

  • The Comforts Of Home

    The Comforts Of Home

    Ellen Wuagneux, Associate Editor || October 16, 2006
    nonwovens make themselves comfortable in the home furnishing sector, from bedding and window treatments to wallcovering applications

  • Beyond Consumer, Wipes Growth Continues

    Beyond Consumer, Wipes Growth Continues

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || October 16, 2006
    nonwovens' displacement of laundered rags continues in industrial and institutional markets

  • Airlaid: The Comeback Kid

    Airlaid: The Comeback Kid

    Ellen Wuagneux, Associate Editor || October 16, 2006
    once plagued by overcapacity and pricing challenges, are airlaids ready to get back in the ring?

  • Airlaid Innovations

    October 16, 2006
    Danish Airlaid Technology A/S was established this year by founders Lars Laursen and Mogens Olesen, both of whom have worked in the airlaid machine building business.

  • Neumag Acquires Nordson's Fiber Systems Group

    October 13, 2006
    Nordson Corporation has sold its Fiber Systems Group to Saurer Ltd.’s business unit, Neumag, which offers a wide range of turnkey systems for the production of nonwovens. Terms of the purchase were not disclosed.  Based in Dawsonville, GA,…

  • Ahlstrom To Transfer Equipment

    October 13, 2006
    Ahlstrom will move its Mount Holly Springs, PA, liquid filtration converting business to another facility in Bishopville, SC. This relocation could affect approximately 60 jobs in the current facility. Ahlstrom will begin negotiations with the United…

  • Polykote Builds Larger Headquarters

    October 13, 2006
    Polykote Corporation, a custom, contract coating, laminating, slitting and converting company located in Warminster PA, is building a new, larger high-tech facility in Forks Township, PA. “The new facility is scheduled to be completed in late D…

  • JM Brings New Spunbond Line Onstream

    October 10, 2006
    Building and specialty products manufacturer Johns Manville (JM) has launched a new polyester spunbond production line at its Johns Manville GmbH operation in Bobingen, Germany. Adoption of the latest technology reportedly allows the production line…

  • Monadnock Completes Expansion

    October 10, 2006
    Monadnock Non-Wovens LLC (MNW) has completed a million dollar expansion of its Mount Pocono, PA facility. The effort concludes a three-year process development program to install what the company considers the world’s first Halar meltblown line…

  • Finalists Named For 2007 Visionary Award

    October 10, 2006
    Six consumer products from the U.S. and Europe—ranging from advanced hygiene products to pet care to beer can construction—have been nominated as finalists for the 2007 Visionary Award by INDA, the North American nonwovens association. No…

  • K-Tron Acquires Premier Pneumatics

    October 6, 2006
    K-Tron International has acquired privately-held Premier Pneumatics, a manufacturer of pneumatic conveying and bulk handling equipment.  The purchase price was $27.565 million, all of which was paid in cash, including a $2 million escrow. …

  • Ciba Sells Masterbatch

    October 5, 2006
    Ciba Specialty Chemicals will sell its Masterbatch business to Clariant for an undisclosed price. The divestment, which will close during the fourth quarter, will affect 300 employees, who will transfer to Clariant, based in Basel, Switzerland. The M…

  • Chicopee Launches New Line

    October 5, 2006
    Chicopee, Inc., a division of Polymer Group, Inc., has introduced its Chix Pro-Series line of disposable towels that are engineered to effectively work with common cleaning sanitizers and disinfectants. The company designed the new towels with patent…

  • PGI Launches Chinese Spunmelt Plant

    October 4, 2006
    Leading roll goods producer Polymer Group, Inc., Charlotte, NC, has opened the doors of its newest manufacturing facility located in Suzhou, China. According to PGI, the move makes the company China's largest producer of spunmelt fabrics and the coun…

  • AATCC Joins INDA, TAPPI and The Fiber Society To Publish Journal

    October 4, 2006
    Three leading trade associations and a professional society have entered into a partnership to publish the Journal of Engineered Fibers and Fabrics (JEFF), an electronic publication of original research and advances in fibers, fibrous materials and t…

  • Ahlstrom To Shut Numbrecht Site

    September 29, 2006
    Ahlstrom will close down its Nümbrecht, Germany plant by April 2007. The move will affect 37 employees and result in a non-recurring cost of approximately €2.5 million in Ahlstrom's third quarter results. The closure supports Ahlstrom's str…

  • H&V To Add Wetlaid Line At Chinese Plant

    September 28, 2006
    Hollingsworth & Vose, East Walpole, MA, plans to install a wetlaid microglass manufacturing line at its Suzhou, China facility to serve filtration and battery separator markets. This investment is part of H&V's Asia Pacific strategy announced…

  • Wellman To Consolidate Operations, Close Plant

    September 28, 2006
    Wellman Inc., Shrewsbury, NJ, will consolidate all of its U.S. fiber production at its Palmetto plant in Darlington, SC and close the fiber operation at its Johnsonville, SC facility. According to the company, which sells polyester to the apparel, ho…

  • Suominen Reorganizes Management

    September 28, 2006
    Suominen Corporation, Tampere, Finland, plans to improve its operational efficiency and faster exploit its synergies through more cohesive central steering of product development and process efficiency. As of October 2006, responsibilities for develo…

  • Fraunhofer, Weyerhaeuser, Reicofil Develop Technology

    September 28, 2006
    The Germany-based Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research, Weyerhaeuser Company in the U.S. and Germany’s Reifenhäuser Reicofil have patented a new technology to manufacture cellulosic self-bonded meltblown nonwovens using the ly…

  • Investigation Leads To Schaeffers Resignation At PGI

    September 24, 2006
    Polymer Group, Inc. has named William Hewitt interim CEO replacing James Schaeffer. PGI’s board asked Mr. Schaeffer to submit his resignation from the nonwovens producer following an investigation of how information was reported internally duri…

  • Neumag Adds Engineering To Chinese Operation

    September 22, 2006
    Neumag has established an engineering team with local people at its Shanghai, China office. The new staff members are experienced engineers coming mainly out of the local airlaid and airlaid machinery industry. Neumag’s Shanghai office was esta…

  • Asahi Kasei Develops New Nonwovens

    September 21, 2006
    Asahi Kasei has developed a triple-layer polyester-based spunbond nonwoven featuring different deniers of fibers. The medium layer of Precise is made from significantly finer denier fibers than the upper and bottom layers. The 130 cm-wide nonwovens a…

  • Toray Establishes Chinese Company

    September 21, 2006
    Toray Saehan has established a joint company, TPN, to begin producing polypropylene spunbond nonwovens in China. Fifty percent of the new company is owned by TSI, 40% by Toray and 10% by Toray China. The new plant will begin making nonwovens, with an…

  • K-C Mexico To Ramp Up Diaper Investment

    September 21, 2006
    Kimberly-Clark de Mexico SA, the country's largest producer of consumer paper goods, agreed to sell its industrial products division for $434 million in a plan to focus on its more profitable consumer products business. K-C will receive $384 million…

  • Truly Tailor-Made

    September 18, 2006
    Headquartered in Wattrelos, France, Intissel is a subsidiary of the Chargeurs Group, and has been listed on the Paris stock exchange since the early 1970s.

  • Freudenberg Politex Russia Site Complete

    September 14, 2006
    The Freudenberg Politex Group officially celebrated the opening of its new production site in  Zavolzhie, in the Nizhniy Novgorod region of Russia, on September 12. The production line installed in the new plant will produce up to 11,000 tons of…

  • FiberLok Named IT Manager

    September 14, 2006
    FiberLok, Fort Collins, CO, recently named Cary Bergeron IT manager. Our rapid growth creates a constant need for streamlined IT and communication solutions, said Brown Abrams, co-founder and CEO of FiberLok. Ms. Bergeron will serve as a resourcef…

  • Johnson & Associates

    September 14, 2006
    D. Keith Osteen has joined Smith, Johnson & Associates, Turnersville, NJ, as a principal. Mr. Osteen was welcomed into the firm in late July and is reportedly already contributing to a number of projects. Mr. Osteen has more than 30 years experience…

  • Joel Robinson Joined NDC Infrared Engineering

    September 14, 2006
    Joel Robinson has joined NDC Infrared Engineering, Irwindale, CA, in the role of product engineer. Mr. Robinson will help manage new product development as well as provide support for existing products. This function is expected help streamline deve…

  • Local Sales and Support For Fife

    September 14, 2006
    Maxcess International, Oklahoma City, OK, has recruited Lee Nanney to provide local sales and support for Fife, Magpowr and Tidland customers in Illinois. Mr. Nanney has extensive experience in web handling to help converters optimize their manufact…

  • Chairman, President and CEO of Rayonier Plans To Retire

    September 14, 2006
    W. Lee Nutter, chairman, president and CEO of Rayonier, Jacksonville, FL, plans to retire in mid-2007 after 40 years with the company. Mr. Nutter has been in his current position since 1999 and president and a director since 1996. In a statement,…

  • Suominen Reorganizes Management Structure

    September 14, 2006
    Roll goods producer Suominen Corp­oration has made several changes to its group organization and management. In the first, Heikki Bergholm, who was president and CEO of the company until May 2006, was succeeded by Kalle Tanhuanpää. Also…

  • Basell Completes Expansion

    September 14, 2006
    Basell has successfully expanded its catalyst manufacturing facility located in Ferrara, Italy.  The capacity of the plant, which produces Ziegler polyethylene and Ziegler-Natta polypropylene catalysts, has been expanded by 40%. The plant can no…

  • PGI Raises Prices

    September 13, 2006
    Polymer Group Inc. will increase prices of its nonwoven roll goods in North America 5 -7%, depending on the specific products, to combate higher raw material and other manufacturing costs. The increases, effective Oct. 1, will apply primarily to pro…

  • Personal Product Emergency Kit

    September 12, 2006
    A personal care system witn a plurality of kit items has been patented. An assembly mechanism holds the kit items together in a cooperating combination. The kit items include a substitute undergarment and a supplemental absorbent article configured f…

  • Composite Material Based On Polyamide And Submicronic Mineral Particles

    September 12, 2006
    Composite material comprising a matrix based on polyamide and mineral submicron particles has been patented. The polyamide is obtained by polycondensation of a diamine with a dicarboxylic acid. The particles comprise a silica-based core and an at lea…

  • Flame-Retardant Leather-Like Sheet Base And Process For Producing The Same

    September 12, 2006
    A flame-retardant artificial leather sheet substrate was granted a patent. The nonwoven fabric sheet is made of three-dimensionally entangled superfine fibers of at most 0.5 dtex in fineness. A polymer elastomer fills in the nonwoven fabric and the s…

  • Pressure Sensitive Adhesive Double Coated Sheet and Method Of Use Thereof

    September 12, 2006
    Patented is a pressure sensitive adhesive double coated sheet consisting essentially of a shrink substrate and an energy radiation curable pressure sensitive adhesive layer, which is superimposed on one side. Superimposed on the other side is a remov…

  • Companies To Watch

    September 11, 2006
    a look at some other important nonwovens producers

  • Suominen Reorganizes Management Structure

    September 11, 2006
    Roll goods producer Suominen Corporation has made several changes to its group organization and management. In the first, Heikki Bergholm, who was president and CEO of the company until May 2006, was succeeded by Kalle Tanhuanpää. Also, eff…

  • A Look At The Smaller Guys

    September 11, 2006
    It seems every year we are adding and subtracting companies in our annual Top Companies report. This year, we added two Italian producers—Albis and Union Industries—who are both centered on the hygiene market. While both of these companie…

  • U.S. Announces Further Investigation Of Imported Polyester Fiber

    Peter Mayberry and Jessica Franken || September 11, 2006
    domestic manufacturers accuse China of "dumping"

  • The Indian Technical Textiles Market

    Devaraj Parthasarathy, Nonwovens Staff || September 11, 2006
    segment growth is estimated at 6%

  • Lantor

    September 11, 2006
    Lantor Veenendaal, The Netherlands www.lantor.nl $55 million Key Personnel Nico Boot, managing director; Albert Feyts, finance director, Paul Verwoerd, sales and marketing director, Jan Sikkenga, production director Processes Drylaid web formin…

  • KNH

    September 11, 2006
    KNH Taipei, Taiwan www.knh.com.tw $71 million Key Personnel J.C. Tai, president and owner; Dr. Kirk Hwang, president; George Wong, hygiene business director; Herman Tai, industrial specialties business director; Alvin Hu, technical vice president…

  • Kuraray

    September 11, 2006
    Kuraray Osaka, Japan www.kuraray.co.jp $72 million (¥9 billion) Key Personnel Nobuaki Sumita, president, Kuraray Kuraflex Plants Okayama, Saijo and Ibaragi Processes Resin bonded, thermal bonded, spunlaced, meltblown steam jet Brand n…

  • Precision Custom Coatings

    September 11, 2006
    Precision Custom Coatings Totowa, NJ www.pcc-usa.com $75 million 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, dir…