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  • New Member To The Board

    July 18, 2006
    Rayonier has added a new member to its board of directors. Lee Thomas, the former president and chief operating officer of Georgia-Pacific, joined the board of Rayonier in June. Mr. Thomas was president of Georgia-Pacific from 2002 until his retireme…

  • Betsy Whitley Has Joined BASF

    July 18, 2006
    Betsy Whitley has joined the BASF superabsorbent polymer management team in North America as market development specialist for technical applications. In her new position, Ms. Whitley is responsible for the development of superabsorbent polymer usage…

  • Management Changes Are Planned for Suominen Corporation

    July 18, 2006
    Several key management changes are planned for Suominen Corporation. Among them, Esa Palttala, executive vice president of the wipes and nonwovens business area, will retire in July. Vice president Pekka Rautala, general manager of the wet wipes busi…

  • New Organizational Structure

    July 18, 2006
    Polymer Group, Inc. (PGI) has put into place a new organizational structure designed to better serve the company’s customers and growth strategies in its developed markets. The company named Michael Hale vice president and general manager, U.S.…

  • Freudenberg Nonwovens

    July 18, 2006
    The North American Filtration Division of Freudenberg Nonwovens has named Randall Michael product marketing manager for micronAir cabin air filtration. In his position, Mr. Michael is responsible for promoting the micronAir cabin air filter brand, su…

  • P&G Makes Appointments

    July 18, 2006
    The Board of Directors of Procter & Gamble has put into place several management changes effective July 1, 2006. In the company’s beauty business, Paolo De Cesare, currently president—global skin care, personal cleansing and deodorant…

  • People in the News

    July 18, 2006
    P&G Makes AppointmentsrnrnrnThe Board of Directors of Procter & Gamble has put into place several management changes effective July 1, 2006. In the company’s beauty business, Paolo De Cesare, currently president—global skin care,…

  • Senate Confirms New U.S. Trade Representative

    Peter Mayberry and Jessica Franken || July 18, 2006
    Schwab takes office at turbulent time for global free trade initiatives

  • China, China, China

    July 18, 2006
    You can't pick up a newspaper, listen to the radio or watch television these days without hearing about China's rapid development. Just this week, I heard a news story about challenges to China's water supply, which, per capita, is about…

  • Creation and Evolution Of A Nonwovens Design Course

    Creation and Evolution Of A Nonwovens Design Course

    Brian George, School of Engineering and Textiles - Philadelphia University || July 18, 2006
      Carded, needled and quilted felt handbags, courtesy of Deanna Wood Artificial flowers needled to carded and needled felt for use in handbags, courtesy of Michelle Ritondo Creation and Evol…

  • Nonwovens 101

    Nonwovens 101

    Ellen Wuagneux, Associate Editor || July 18, 2006
    VCU students fuse fashion and function to create innovative disposable clothing designs

  • PaperPak Expands In NC

    July 18, 2006
    PaperPak products, a manufacturer of adult disposable incontinence products, will expand its workforce by nearly a third and invest $9.7 million in its facility in Pitt County, North Carolina. As part of the expansion, PaperPak will also move its cor…

  • Pant-Like Disposable Garment For Absorbing Human Discharge

    July 18, 2006
    A pant-like disposable garment for absorbing human discharge was patented. The garment includes: a front panel, a back panel and an absorbent assembly with a liquid pervious bodyside liner, a liquid-impervious outer cover and an absorbent positioned…

  • Convenient Urology Undergarment Pant System For Urine Collection

    July 18, 2006
    A convenient system for collecting urine has been granted a patent. The system includes an undergarment extending around the waist and down both thighs of the user. It also has a crotch area and lower edges. The undergarment does not include restrict…

  • Stretch Releasing Pressure Sensitive Adhesive Tape And Articles

    July 18, 2006
    Patented is a multilayer stretch pressure-sensitive adhesive tape with a backing made of a foam substrate. A first pressure-sensitive adhesive composition is located on a first surface of the backing. The first pressure sensitive adhesive composition…

  • Disposable Cutting Sheet

    July 18, 2006
    A disposable cutting sheet for cutting and preparation of food items was patented. A first cut-resistant layer includes a thermoplastic material ply and an absorbent ply. The first layer has a first surface area. The thermoplastic material ply of the…

  • Wipes With An Edge Treatment Along A Leading Edge Portion

    July 18, 2006
    A plurality of wipes has been issued a patent. Each wipe includes at least one nonwoven web featuring an edge portion adjoining a main portion. The web has a top surface and a spaced apart opposite bottom surface. The width of the web is perpendicula…

  • Preparation Of Polyethylene Films

    July 18, 2006
    Patented is a method that includes converting a polyethylene resin into a film by a high-stalk blown extrusion process. The polyethylene resin has a density within the range of 0.935 to 0.948 g/cc and an MI2 within the range of 0.08 to 0.15 dg/min. T…

  • Kimberly-Clark To Restart Diaper Line

    July 17, 2006
    Consumer product giant Kimberly-Clark, Dallas, TX, plans to restart one idle diaper production machine at its Lakeview production facility in Menasha, WI next month. The company will bring back 20 to 25 of the workers it laid off in June as part of a…

  • Colbond To Be Sold

    July 17, 2006
    London, U.K.-based specialty materials group Low & Bonar plans to purchase nonwoven roll goods producer Colbond, Arnhem, The Netherlands, for $137 million on a cash-free and debt-free basis, subject to certain post-completion adjustments. &quo…

  • Cerex Adds Line, Unveils New Product

    July 11, 2006
    Cerex Advanced Fabrics, Inc, a division of Western Nonwovens, Inc, is producing high quality, nylon-based spunbond nonwovens on a new line at its Cantonment, FL facility. The new fabrics will be sold under the SpectraMax brand name to the automotive…

  • A Military Mission

    July 10, 2006
    Nanosyntex (NST) was founded in 2003 to support the needs of the U.S. military and polymer industries through product innovation.

  • Jacob Holm To Separate STA Division

    July 7, 2006
    Jacob Holm & Sons has broadened its industrial textile products business through the acquisition ot Tytex and will form a new company combining the activities of Tytex with its STA (Specialty Technical Applications) division with the name Jacob H…

  • Cardinal Sharpens Focus Outside U.S.

    July 7, 2006
    Cardinal Health, a provider of healthcare products and services has reorganized to align its manufacturing business and sharpen its focus on expanding its non-U.S. business. David Schlotterbeck has assumed additional responsibility for Cardinal Healt…

  • Celanese Revs Up CEE Business

    July 7, 2006
    The Emulsions & PVOH business of Celanese has expanded its distribution agreement with Poland’s HSH Group for the sale of Mowilith and Vinamul emulsions into Central and Eastern Europe, including the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Roman…

  • Intissel Examining Xinlong Partnership

    July 5, 2006
    Intissel, French subsidiary of Chargeurs Interlining, specializing in nonwovens technology, is discussing the possibility of a strategic partnership with Xinlong Group, a leading Chinese supplier of technical nonwovens. The agreement would allow Inti…

  • Rieter, NSC Show Fruits Of Collaboration

    July 5, 2006
    French machinery manufacturers NSC Nonwoven (Thiebau-Asselin) and Rieter Perfojet recently held a celebration inaugurating a joint pilot line at Rieter Perfojet’s technical center in Monbonnot, France. The two companies announced an alliance to…

  • Laser Diffraction Process and Apparatus For Width Measurement Of Elongated Objects

    July 4, 2006
    An apparatus for detecting a width of an elongated object was recently issued a patent. The apparatus comprises a radiation source for emitting a beam of radiation relative to an axis and a sensor region for receiving elongated objects, which is arra…

  • Ahlstrom Invests In Specialty Papers

    June 30, 2006
    Ahlstrom will invest approximately € 5.2 million in a new specialty glassfiber reinforcement plant in the U.S. The investment further strengthens Ahlstrom's position as a leading global developer and manufacturer of specialty reinforcements for…

  • Ksters Ownership Changes

    June 28, 2006
    Austrian technology group Andritz  has bought its remaining 40% stake in the paper and nonwovens machine business of Eduard Küsters Maschinenfabrik GmbH & Co. KG. Andritz purchased the 60% stake in Küsters's in November 2006 from J…

  • New Airlaid Company Formed

    June 28, 2006
    Two airlaid veterans have formed a new company, Danish Airlaid Technology A/S, to offer flexible airlaid technology to a number of markets. Lars Laursen and Mogens Olesen have erected a new building in Horsens, Denmark for the commercial production o…

  • Loparex Expands Release Paper Business

    June 28, 2006
    Loparex Group, a maker of release coated papers and films, has acquired the Douglas-Hanson Company of Hammond, WI.  Douglas-Hanson, established in 1973, manufactures silicone-coated release papers and films and extrudes polycoated papers for the…

  • PGI Celebrates New Line

    June 28, 2006
    Polymer Group, Inc. held a ceremony celebrating the installation of a spunbond line at its Mooresville, NC plant. Elected officials from the state of North Carolina, the town of Mooresville and Iredell County joined company officials and business, co…

  • Fehrer, Fincarde and M&J Fibretech Adopt Neumag Name

    June 28, 2006
    Neumag-owned companies Fehrer, Fincarde and M&J Fibretech have changed their names to Neumag. The changes are the result of Neumag’s goal to establish a leading integrated total solution provider in the nonwovens industry. Fincarde, a cardi…

  • EDANA Names New Board Leader

    June 28, 2006
    At its annual general meeting, held June 7 in Vienna, Austria, EDANA elected Luc Maes, chairman of British Vita Nonwovens Division (Libeltex BVBA) to a one-year term as chairman of EDANA. He will replace Knud Waede Hansen, who will retire from his po…

  • Lydall Raises Prices

    June 23, 2006
    Lydall Filtration/Separation, Manchester, CT, has initiated a general price increase effective with orders shipped after August 4. According to the company, this increase is necessary as a result of the continuing increases in energy and raw material…

  • EDANA Schedules Second FILTREX Event

    June 22, 2006
    Plans are underway by European nonwovens association EDANA for a second edition of FILTREX. The event has been slated for October 24-25, 2006 at the ArabellaSheraton Grand Hotel in Munich, Germany. FILTREX will feature 20 papers from industry speaker…

  • PGI Adds Spunbond Line

    June 21, 2006
    Polymer Group, North Charleston, SC,  has added a state-of-the-art spunbond line at its  Mooresville, NC plant, which will add approximately 50 jobs to the 150-employee operation. The plant expansion represents approximately a $40 million i…

  • Nordenia Restructures In North America

    June 20, 2006
    Nordenia International will cease operations at its Belleville, Canada facility in September as part of an ongoing restructuring of its North American operations. The Germany-based manufacturer of flexible packaging solutions began making diaper bags…

  • Disposable Cutting Sheet

    June 20, 2006
    A disposable cutting sheet has been patented for cutting and preparation of food items. A first cut-resistant layer has a first surface area and includes a first absorbent ply and a thermoplastic material ply. A second layer has a second surface area…

  • Sanitary Napkin With Garment Attachment Panels

    June 20, 2006
    Patented is a sanitary napkin for mounting onto the bodyside of a crotch portion of an undergarment and, during use, absorbing bodily excretions. The article includes an elongated absorbent pad with a longitudinal axis, a longitudinally extending cen…

  • Biaxially Oriented And Heat-Set Multilayer Thermoplastic Film For Packaging

    June 20, 2006
    Patented is a multi-layer, thermoplastic film, biaxially oriented at a stretching ratio greater than or equal to 3.0:1 in the machine direction and at a stretching ratio greater than or equal to 6.0:1 in the transverse direction. The film comprises a…

  • Price Increases Announced

    June 15, 2006
    Nonwovens-related companies have continued the trend of responding to raw material and energy price increases with price hikes. Nonwovens and filtration media maker Hollingsworth & Vose has announced it will raise general prices throughout its bu…

  • Glatfelter-Crompton Deal Dies

    June 15, 2006
    Glatfelter's bid to buy J.R. Crompton’s Simson Clough, U.K. mill in a $21.7 million transaction has reportedly died; however a deal on a second mill is moving forward. The Simpson Clough Mill was one of two the Glatfelter had been slated to buy…

  • Recent Controversy Brings Renewed Government Interest in PORT Security

    Peter Mayberry and Jessica Franken || June 15, 2006
    cargo changes likely for importers/exporters

  • Nonwovens Plant Opens In Jordan

    June 15, 2006
    Specialised Industries Company (SPIC), a subsidiary of Nuqul Group has invested $40 million in a nonwovens manufacturing plant in Thuheibeh, Jordan. SPIC established a similar facility in Sahab in 1998. The 22,000 meter plant will increase the compan…

  • Adhesive

    June 14, 2006
    Hernon Manufacturing has taken the excellent bond strength of Fusionbond structural adhesive and merged it with the simplicity of the ReAct  two-component, no-mix curing system to create ReAct 784. ReAct 784 is a structural adhesive designed for…

  • Technical Yarns

    June 14, 2006
    Tecnofilati, a member of the Gruppo Tessile Abati company, has recently shown the global textile market the brand Resistexae, its line of innovative technical yarns (containing percentages of carbon, copper, silver  and steel). The line includes…

  • Environmentally Friendly Brand

    June 14, 2006
    Jintex Yarns and Martex Fiber have introduced the innovative Eco2Cotton brand, giving companies the opportunity to produce an environmentally friendly, responsible cotton product while promoting their roles in reducing landfill waste and conserving w…

  • Repelletizers

    June 14, 2006
    Precision AirConvey will introduce a line of plastic repelletizers to enable plastic film processors to capture edge trim, roll scrap and other film waste, convert it to pellets and reintroduce it into the extrusion process in a closed reclamation lo…