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  • Asahi Kasei

    September 11, 2006
    Asahi Kasei Osaka, Japan www.asahi-kasei.co.jp $176 million (¥19.4 billion) Key Personnel Yoshikazu Ban, general manager, nonwoven fabrics division; Ryujiro Yoshino, general manager, spunbonded fabric sales; Akira Naganami, general manager, Beml…

  • Japan Vilene

    September 7, 2006
    Japan Vilene Tokyo, Japan www.vilene.co.jp $200 million (¥22 billion) Key Personnel Yutaka Tanaka, president; Minoru Tanaka, managing director; Yoshiaki Mizutani, director; Mitsuo Kanno, managing director Plants Shiga and Tokyo, Japan Pr…

  • Colbond

    September 7, 2006
    Colbond Arnhem, The Netherlands www.colbond.com $184 million Key Personnel Jan van Boldrik, CEO; Axel Poscher, vice president; Bart Austin, president Colbond Inc.; Randy Cook, director sales and marketing flooring; Harry Verbakel, director sales…

  • Hollingsworth & Vose

    September 7, 2006
    Hollingsworth & Vose Walpole, MA www.hollingsworth-vose.com $187 million Key Personnel Val Hollingsworth, president and CEO; David von Loesecke, vice president and general manager, engine and industrial filtration and high efficiency and…

  • Fibertex

    September 7, 2006
    Fibertex Aalborg, Denmark www.fibertex.dk $190 million Key Personnel Knud Waede Hansen, managing director; Mikael Staal Axelsen, general manager, Personal Care Division;  Jorgen Bech Madsen, general manager, Technical Division; Etienne Ficht…

  • Propex Fabrics

    September 7, 2006
    Propex Fabrics Ringgold, GA www.propexfabrics.com $200 million Key Personnel Joe Dana, president and CEO; W. Michael Coffin, executive vice president and COO; Phil Barnes, vice president, CFO and treasurer; Lee McCarter, executive vice president…

  • Companhia Providencia

    September 7, 2006
    Companhia Providencia Parana, Brazil www.providencia.com.br $220 million Plant Location São Jose Pinhais-Paraná, Brazil Key Personnel Milan Starostik, chairman, Ana Seles, Starostik, commercial director; William Starostik, marketi…

  • Buckeye Technologies

    September 7, 2006
    Buckeye Memphis, TN www.bkitech.com $241 million Key Personnel Marko Rajamaa,  vice president, Nonwovens; Chip Aiken, senior vice president, nanufacturing;  Mike Brown,  Nonwovens Sales Manager—Americas and Far East; Norbert B…

  • Johns Manville

    September 7, 2006
    Johns Manville Denver, CO www.jm.com $530 million Key Personnel Dion Persson, senior vice president, engineered products group; Fred Stephan, vice president for high performance nonwovens; Zain Mahmood, vice president for construction materials an…

  • Ahlstrom

    September 7, 2006
    Ahlstrom Helsinki, Finland www.ahlstrom.com $928 million Personnel Jukka Moisio, president and CEO; Randal Davis, senior vice president and general manager, filtration; Claudio Ermondi, senior vice president and general manager, nonwovens; Tommi B…

  • PGI Nonwovens

    September 7, 2006
    Polymer Group, Inc. Charlotte, NC www.polymergroupinc.com $948 million Key Personnel William Hewitt, acting chief executive officer; Willis (Billy) Moore, III, chief financial officer; Mike Hale, vice president and general manager—U.S. Nonwo…

  • BBA Fiberweb

    September 7, 2006
    BBA Fiberweb Old Hickory, TN www.bbafiberweb.com $1.1 billion (£619m) BBA Fiberweb - Industrial North America Old Hickory, TN BBA Fiberweb - Hygiene Americas Simpsonville, SC Plants Bethune, SC; Green Bay, WI; Gray Court, SC; Griswoldville,…

  • Kimberly-Clark

    September 7, 2006
    Kimberly-Clark Dallas, TX www.kimberly-clark.com $1.2 billion Key Personnel Thomas Falk, chairman and CEO; Rosalind Brewer, president, Global Nonwovens Operations and Technology and Mark Foreste, vice president, Partnership Products Business Pl…

  • DuPont

    September 7, 2006
    DuPont Nonwovens Wilmington, DE www.dupont.com $1.35 billion 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

    September 6, 2006
    Freudenberg Nonwovens Weinheim, Germany www.freudenberg.com $1.4 billion Key Personnel Management Board: Stephan Tanda, president and CEO, Dr. René Wollert, CFO; Walter Schwarz, managing director, North America; Georg Brasch, managing direc…

  • 2006 Top 40 Company Report

    September 6, 2006
    Investment Heavy In Global Nonwovens Industry

  • Huntsman Launches Global Branding Program

    September 6, 2006
    Huntsman’s Textile Effects business segment has launched a first-ever global branding program for innovative textile color and finishing effects. High IQ stands for Innovation and Quality. The first five “intelligent” effects in the…

  • Ahlstrom Adds To Glass Fiber Investment

    September 6, 2006
    Ahlstrom  will invest an additional €5 million ($6.3 million) in a new specialty glassfiber reinforcement plant in the U.S. Ahlstrom announced in June that it would invest €5.2 million in a specialty glass fiber reinforcement plant in…

  • Superior Fabrics Makes Glass Media Acquisition

    September 6, 2006
    Superior Fibers Incorporated, Bremen, OH, has purchased Chicago-based Hollinee, LLC. The acquisition makes Superior Fibers the largest glass fiber filtration manufacturer in the world, according to Superior Fibers board chairman Bill Miller. “T…

  • Suit Challenges Diaper Reduction

    September 5, 2006
    A class action suit has been filed against Hogla-Kimberly Ltd., a company owned by American Israeli Paper Mills and Kimberly-Clark. The suit has alleged that H-K has reduced the number of diapers in packages of its Titulim brand of disposable diapers…

  • BBA To Demerger Fiberweb This Fall

    September 5, 2006
    BBA Group plans to post the demerger of its Fiberweb nonwovens unit by the end of October and have the deal finalized one month later, the company has reported. This announcement comes amidst significantly decreased earnings for the nonwovens divisio…

  • Multiple Component Web

    September 5, 2006
    A personal care article comprising a front portion, a rear portion and a crotch portion extending between the front and rear portions has been patented. The front and rear portions each comprise opposing first and second side sections and a central s…

  • Tampon Wrapper With Opening Means Comprising Stopper

    September 5, 2006
    A combination of a wrapper and an individual tampon for feminine hygiene has been issued a patent. The tampon has an insertion end, a withdrawal end, a center portion, an outer surface, a length and a perimeter. The insertion end is opposed to the wi…

  • Process for Producing Laminated Sheet Comprising Alumina Fiber Precursor

    September 5, 2006
    A continuous alumina fiber sheet with a basis weight was patented. The sheet includes a predetermined weight percentage of Al2O3 and a predetermined weight percentage of SiO2. The predetermined weight percentages of the Al2O3 and the SiO2 are selecte…

  • Absorbent Article Having Fused Layers

    September 5, 2006
    A sanitary napkin was patented. It comprises a liquid permeable top layer, a liquid impermeable back layer and a liquid absorbent core between the top and back layers. The top layer has a central zone and side zones at both sides of the central zone.…

  • Polyethylene Films

    September 5, 2006
    Patented is a film comprising a polyethylene composition possessing a density of between 0.944 and 0.962 g/cm3, an I21 value of from 6 to 14 dg/min and a Mw/Mn value of from greater than 35. The polyethylene composition extrudes at a melt temperature…

  • Propylene-Based Copolymers, A Method Of Making The Fibers And Articles Made From The Fibers

    September 5, 2006
    An extensible fiber comprising a propylene copolymer has been patented. The copolymer comprises at least about 50 weight percent of units derived from propylene and at least about 5 weight percent of units derived from a comonomer other than propylen…

  • Fire-Proof Material

    September 5, 2006
    Patented is a fire-protection material for a construction made of concrete and prestressed concrete in the form of prefabricated plates or sprayed-on and cured coatings. The coatings are prepared from a hydraulically curing composition containing alu…

  • White, Biaxially Oriented Polyester Film

    September 5, 2006
    Patented is a white, biaxially oriented polyester film with a base layer comprising a thermoplastic polyester and pigment and/or filler consisting essentially of titanium dioxide. The R value of the film is smaller than 43 daN/mm2, the emax ratio of…

  • Self Adhering Membrane For Roofing Applications

    September 5, 2006
    Patented is a membrane product comprising a water impermeable membrane and a pressure sensitive, hot melt first adhesive adhered to one side of the water impermeable membrane. The first adhesive is in direct contact with at least a portion of the wat…

  • Koester Launches New Closure Product

    August 31, 2006
    Koester has added Combi-Tape to its line of closure tapes for incontinence briefs. The two-layer mechanical Combi-Tape consists of a soft nonwoven material and features a combination of glue with an innovative hook system—the FHL Flex Hook. Thi…

  • Converting Group To Meet Next Month

    August 31, 2006
    A group of eight companies has announced the startup of a new industry group of converting manufacturers and associated companies who will meet to share industry news and foster growth. The group will hold its first industry-wide meeting October 18 a…

  • Celanese Earns Patent

    August 30, 2006
    The Emulsions & PVOH business of Celanese has received a U.S. patent for its Dur-O-Set Elite Ultra binder technology which improves the wet strength characteristics of nonwovens and other substrates in both water and solvent applications.  T…

  • DuPont Bridges Gap Between Nonwovens and Film

    August 30, 2006
    DuPont has introduced Hybrid Membrane Technology (HMT), a new offering for air and liquid filtration that is poised to fill the performance gap between traditional nonwovens and microporous films. Comprised of continuous sub-micron fibers and availab…

  • Renewable Diaper Launched

    August 28, 2006
    Wellness Innovation Project, W.I.P., Prato, Italy, has created a brand new, ecological concept in diapers. The new diapers are 80% biodegradable and hypoallergenic, as tested by Clinica Dermatologica of Parma University, without sacrificing performan…

  • K-C Revamps Supreme Diaper Line

    August 24, 2006
    Kimberly-Clark has added two super premium diapers to its Huggies line, which will replace the brand’s current supreme offerings. Huggies Supreme Gentle Care and Huggies Supreme Natural Fit diapers  provide customized comfort to meet babie…

  • DelStar Adds To Chinese Operation

    August 22, 2006
    DelStar Technologies has more than doubled its manufacturing capacity in Suzhou, China. The expansion meets increased needs for DelStar products in the Pacific Rim region. The new equipment enhances DelStar’s Naltex product offering at this sit…

  • PGI Settles Patent Infringement Lawsuit

    August 21, 2006
    Polymer Group Inc. has settled a lawsuit filed against The Kroger Co., Inter-American Products and U.S. Nonwovens concerning private label imaged wipes sold through Kroger's food stores. Under the settlement agreement, Kroger, Inter-American and U.S.…

  • PCC Unveils New Nonwoven

    August 18, 2006
    Precision Custom Coatings LLC (PCC), Totowa, NJ, has introduced Comfort Stretch thermal bonded nonwovens for interlining applications. Designed to offer stretch, recovery and comfort, stretchable nonwoven style CS85 and CS96 target apparel manufactur…

  • Filter

    August 17, 2006
    Filtration Group's FP-S Mini-Pleat V-Bank filter is constructed with a composite of synthetic filter materials and a high-impact, all plastic frame. This filter is designed to be reliable, lightweight and extremely strong. The FP-S's durable construc…

  • Air Delivery System

    August 17, 2006
    Maxson Automatic Machinery Company has developed an air delivery system that improves the pile quality on a sheeter's stacker. The design improves the press readiness of the stacked sheets by floating the cut packets out into the stacker's job box, s…

  • Measurement Control

    August 17, 2006
    With the introduction of TDI (Total Distributed Intelligence), NDC Infrared Engineering has taken the next step forward in the evolution of on-line thickness measurement and control systems. Now every sensor and every scanning frame comes with its ow…

  • Tubing

    August 17, 2006
    DelStar Technologies, Inc. has instituted new stocking levels for their Coretec collection of fractional fluoropolymer tubing, specifically their certified Teflon® FEP and PFA products. DelStar now inventories their Coretec fluoropolymer tubing f…

  • Module

    August 17, 2006
    The flexible design meets specific laminating coverage requirements with UM50 module and nozzle combinations on Universal applicator manifolds in widths of 250 and 500 millimeters. The UM50 module accepts numerous Nordson spraying and coating technol…

  • Copolymers

    August 17, 2006
    The Dow Chemical Company has introduced Infuse Olefin Block Coploymers (OBCs), a breakthrough in olefin elastomers. The unique block architecture of Infuse OBCs delivers enhanced performance and processing properties beyond current olefin elastomers,…

  • Proximity Sensors

    August 17, 2006
    Baumer Electric offers a full line of inductive analog proximity sensors that deliver highly precise non-contact proximity, position and distance sensing for metal objects. These heavy duty sensors are reliable at temperatures ranging from -10 to +70…

  • High Tech Fastening Solution

    August 17, 2006
    Velcro USA and AccuMed Technologies have joined forces to develop high technology fasteners. Velcro is a leader in hook and loop technology while Accumed is the develop of intelligent interactive material composites with a flagship product, Breath-O-…

  • Unique Design

    August 17, 2006
    Maxson Automatic Machinery Company offers a unique design that connects the overlap carriage of a sheeter's delivery system to the front stop assembly of the sheeter's stacker. This feature provides the benefit of reducing set up be setting the lengt…

  • Thermosetting Resins

    August 17, 2006
    Rohm and Haas Aquaset is a high performance, environmentally ad­vanced binder technology applicable in a variety of industry areas, particularly for th building and construction, automotive and furniture markets. Aquaset makes a significant contr…

  • Integrity Tester

    August 17, 2006
    The Hardy Integrity Tester is a mechanical device for the repetitive raising and dropping of disposable absorbent products in order to quantify the breaking strength of the absorbent core within the product. Developed by Disposables Consultancy Servi…