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  • 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…

  • Grinding Machine

    August 17, 2006
    Dienes Werke has introduced a new grinding machine, Semi DC-3, for grinding and polishing all kinds of circular knives, especially for regrinding the top and bottom knives of slitting machines and sheeters. The grinding machines are designed for circ…

  • FKI Logistex

    August 17, 2006
    FKI Logistex has promoted Martin Clark to the position of director of marketing and business development for FKI Logistex Manufacturing Systems North America. Mr. Clark, an industry veteran with more than 20 years of material handling experience, was…

  • Biax-FiberFilm Has A Restructured Management Team

    August 17, 2006
    Following the departure of John Stan, sales manager for the last five years, Biax-FiberFilm has a restructured management team in place at its new, larger manufacturing facility. Duane Zacharius, chemist, is heading up the companys R&D efforts and c…

  • Maxcess International

    August 17, 2006
    Maxcess International has recently made two recruitments. In the first, Steve Chapman has been named the local representative for North Carolina and South Carolina. Mr. Chapman's background in selling and servicing machined parts in the tooling indus…

  • Rick Baer at Paper Converting Machine Company Has Retired

    August 17, 2006
    Rick Baer, executive vice president of corporate development at Paper Converting Machine Company (PCMC), has retired from his duties with PCMC and will join the board of parent company Barry-Wehmiller as a shareholder representative in October. The P…

  • Louis P. Batson Named Group Manager

    August 17, 2006
    Charles Little has been named group manager of Louis P. Batson company. He will oversee the sales and marketing efforts of Batsons capital equipment. Mr. Little has served in senior management positions at Mount Vernon Mills, Cotton Manufacturing, I…

  • Parkinson Technologies

    August 17, 2006
    Parkinson Technologies has appointed Carl Nowiszewski segment manager and business development executive, nonwovens. Mr. Nowiszewski has more than 20 years of international experience in paper and nonwovens manufacturing, mostly with The Dexter Corpo…

  • Precision Custom Coatings LLC Named Marketing Director

    August 17, 2006
    Industrial and apparel fabric specialist Precision Custom Coatings LLC (PCC), Totowa, NJ, has named Gunther Hoffman marketing director, automotive division, to develop and market new products. A native of Germany and a 25-year industry veteran i…

  • Lydall Reorganizes Charter Medical

    August 17, 2006
    Lydall, Inc., Manchester, CT, has initiated a realignment of responsibilities at its Charter Medical subsidiary in Winston-Salem, NC. Under this reoganization scheme, vice president, general manager Lisa Krallis-Nixon has left the company. In the int…

  • Emerging Markets: China, India, Latin American and Eastern Europe

    Emerging Markets: China, India, Latin American and Eastern Europe

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || August 17, 2006
    A NONWOVENS INDUSTRY Special Report

  • Lydall Reorganizes Charter Medical

    August 17, 2006
    Lydall, Inc., Manchester, CT, has initiated a realignment of responsibilities at its Charter Medical subsidiary in Winston-Salem, NC. Under this reoganization scheme, vice president, general manager Lisa Krallis-Nixon has left the company. In the int…

  • Chemical Plant Security Legislation Moves Forward

    Peter Mayberry and Jessica Franken || August 17, 2006
    after years of inaction, congress is ready to address regulations for privately-owned chemical sites

  • A Tradition Upheld

    August 17, 2006
    Last month, I had the pleasure of being invited to speak at the Clemson Nonwovens Forum, which for more than  30 years, has served as an introduction for nonwovens newcomers to the industry, from both a technology and a marketing perspective. Wh…

  • High-Tech Hybrids

    High-Tech Hybrids

    Ellen Wuagneux, Associate Editor || August 17, 2006
    By whatever name you call them, composites are proving that innovative substrate and fiber combinations are an increasingly beneficial option for new product developers

  • Looking for Safety and Comfort? Medical Workers Give Nonwovens A Try

    Looking for Safety and Comfort? Medical Workers Give Nonwovens A Try

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || August 17, 2006
    nonwovens up the ante in innovation to give healthcare personnel what they want

  • PGI Plans To Improve Profits

    August 17, 2006
    Leading roll goods producer Polymer Group (PGI), Charlotte, NC, reported mixed results from operations for the second quarter and six-month period ended July 1, 2006. On the up side, sales increased 5.4% to $249 million over the second quarter of 200…

  • DuPont Hurt By High Energy Costs

    August 17, 2006
    In releasing its second quarter results, DuPont, Wilmington, DE, attributed declining profits and income to higher energy and ingredient costs. However, the company said that better local pricing and increased volumes offset a significant portion of…

  • P&G Earnings Up For Q4

    August 17, 2006
    Consumer product powerhouse Procter & Gamble, Cincinnati, OH, reported fourth quarter earnings of $1.90 billion, up 36% from $1.39 billion in the year-ago quarter. Procter & Gamble's net sales, including the addition of Gillette, for the quar…

  • Basell Expands In Australia

    August 16, 2006
    Basell has completed the expansion of its Geelong, Australia polypropylene plant, increasing capacity from 60 to 130 kilotons per year. “This project represents a significant commitment to the Australian polymer industry,” said Barry Kell…