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  • 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…

  • Filter

    June 14, 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

    June 14, 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…

  • Formulation Strategy

    June 14, 2006
    Eastman Chemical Company is offering a new formulation strategy help tape and label manufacturers seek alternative ingredients for hotmelt pressure sensitive adhesives for packaging tapes and labels. These manufacturers have been seeking alternatives…

  • Measurement Control

    June 14, 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…

  • Several Management Changes At Nordson Corporation

    June 14, 2006
    Nordson Corporation has made several changes in the management of its adhesive dispensing and nonwoven fiber systems business. These changes, which will be effective immediately, will better focus senior management to growth opportunities and the con…

  • Clopay Plastic Products Company

    June 14, 2006
    Clopay Plastic Products Company, Mason, OH, has recently named Dan Toombs printing plant manager of its North American printing operation. Mr. Toombs brings 20 years of expertise in the printing industry into his new role and will continue to optimiz…

  • Replacement CFO of Propex Fabrics

    June 14, 2006
    Lee McCarter has been named the replacement for Philip Barnes as CFO of Propex Fabrics, effective Jan. 1, 2007. For the remainder of the year, Mr. Barnes will work to establish certain global finance functions, including external reporting, SOX compl…

  • Buckeye Boosts Board Membership

    June 14, 2006
    Virginia Wetherell has been elected to serve on the board of directors at Buckeye Technologies, Memphis, TN. Ms. Wetherell is president of Wetherell Consulting Inc., a Tallahassee, FL-based consulting and lobbying firm. Ms. Wetherell also has served…

  • People in the News

    June 14, 2006
    Buckeye Boosts Board Membership Toombs of Clopay Towell of Michelman Michelman's Bouvy…

  • Strut Your Stuff

    Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor || June 14, 2006
    One thing that is constantly reverberating throughout the pages of Nonwovens Industry is this industry’s constant search for new ideas and innovations.

  • Fighting Fire With... Technology

    Fighting Fire With... Technology

    Ellen Wuagneux, Associate Editor || June 14, 2006
    the market for flame retardants is heating up as new innovative components hit the scene

  • It

    It's Getting Personal

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || June 14, 2006
    personal care wipes makers look for the next blockbuster product

  • Fiber Producers Search For New Ideas

    Fiber Producers Search For New Ideas

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || June 14, 2006
    with pricing still high and demands for diversity increasing, fiber manufacturers are focusing on research and development for the nonwovens industry

  • PGI Expands Argentinean Venture

    June 13, 2006
    Polymer Group, Inc. will install a state-of-the-art spunbond line that will more than double the capacity of its joint venture facility near Buenos Aires, Argentina and meet growing demand for its products in South America and to better serve its cus…

  • Customer Driven Converting

    June 12, 2006
    American Custom Converting of Green Bay, WI is considered a multi-faceted converter. Better yet is the fact that its processing expertise is applied mainly to nonwovens.

  • Suominen VP To Retire

    June 9, 2006
    Esa Palttala, executive vice president of Suominen Corporation's wipes and nonwovens business area, will retire in July. Vice president Pekka Rautala, general manager of the wet wipes business unit, and vice president Sakari Santa-Paavola, general m…

  • Wipe Developed for Glass and Computers

    June 6, 2006
    Mitsubishi Paper has developed nonwovens from nano  fibers for the glass and computer wipes markets. These thinner increase the wiping capabilities  and, unlike traditional nanofibers, do not have linting problems. Mitsuibishi solved the li…

  • Buckeye Leader To Retire

    June 5, 2006
    David Ferraro, chairman and chief executive officer of Buckeye Technologies, Memphis. TN, will retire in September. In anticipation of Mr. Ferraro's retirement, the board has elected John Crowe, currently Buckeye president and chief operating officer…

  • San-Dia In Expansion Mode

    June 5, 2006
    San-Dia Polymers will increase the capacity of its superabsorbent polymer plant in China by 30,000 tons. The new capacity, which will come onstream next year, will bring the Chinese plant’s capacity to 50,000 tons, and will help San-Dia meet in…

  • Pantex, Chisso To Build Chinese Line

    June 5, 2006
    Italian topsheet producer Pantex International is establishing a business relationship with Japanese fiber and nonwovens producer Chisso Corp. to produce and sell unique perforated nonwovens. This innovative product was introduced at ANEX 2006 where…

  • PCC Gains Chinese Partner

    June 1, 2006
    Precision Custom Coatings has formed  a joint venture agreement with Ningbo Yihua Textile Factory, an  Asian textile manufacturer. The new venture, PCC Ningbo Textile Co., Ltd. will expand  PCC’s apparel interlining production&nb…

  • Shiseido Exits San Pro Biz

    June 1, 2006
    Unicharm has acquired Shisheido’s sanitary goods business. Shiseido, Japan’s leading cosmetics company, entered the san pro business in 1986 with the production of sanitary napkins but has so far only achieved a 5% share of this market an…

  • FiberMark Installs New Laminator

    June 1, 2006
    FiberMark Gessner, a  global supplier of automotive and vac bag filter media as well as a manufacturer of backing papers for coated abrasives and adhesive  tapes, has added a laminator to its technical capabilities. This laminator will not…

  • Albany, Fleissner To Focus On Patterning

    May 30, 2006
    Albany International Corp., Albany, NY, a supplier of custom-designed fabrics and sleeves for specialty spunlace nonwovens applications, and Fleissner GmbH of Egelsbach, Germany, a supplier of spunlace manufacturing equipment, are jointly developing…

  • Workshops Target Flammability Standards For Bedding

    May 25, 2006
    In preparation for the upcoming Federal Mattress Standard scheduled to go into effect  July 1, 2007, the International  Sleep Products Association (ISPA) and Sleep Products Safety Council (SPSC) have  announced new Flammability SHOPtal…

  • EDANA To Bring Training Course to India

    May 25, 2006
    EDANA, in cooperation with BCH, is holding two nonwovens and absorbent hygiene products training courses, for the first time in India in November 2006. Taking place in November in New Delhi, these two-day training courses will provide an opportunity…

  • Freudenberg Reports Financial Status

    May 25, 2006
    Following a phase of exceptionally high acquisition and investment activity, the Freudenberg Group used the 2005 financial year to consolidate and strengthen the balance sheet. Thanks to improved working capital management, prudent housekeeping and s…

  • Ginni Will Expand To Medical

    May 25, 2006
    After launching personal hygiene and beauty care products made from spunlaced nonwovens in India, Ginni Filaments is considering expanding into medical products using the innovation unit under its consumer products division.     Sanja…

  • Conwed Acquires Polynet

    May 23, 2006
    Conwed, Minneapolis, MN, a supplier of high-performance netting, has acquired Palmer, MA-based Polynet Inc. The company manufactures extruded plastic netting for packaging of produce, meat, poultry, toys and specialty items. "The Polynet acqu…

  • DuPont To Expand Tyvek Plant

    May 18, 2006
    DuPont, Wilmington, DE, plans to invest $25 million to expand its operations in Chesterfield County, VA, creating 50 new jobs. The plant manufactures DuPont Tyvek nonwovens. "Chesterfield County was chosen as the site for this expansion based…

  • Mlnlycke To Close Mexican Plant

    May 18, 2006
    Mölnlycke Health Care, Göteborg, Sweden, a manufacturer of single-use surgical and wound care solutions, is permanently closing its Juarez, Mexico converting facility in June. The plant produces patient and instrument drapes, surgical gowns…