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  • Polyester Film And Method For Producing The Same

    April 11, 2006
    A polyester film has received a patent. The film surface portion contains no protrusion with 10 nm or more in height and constitutes at least 5% of the whole film surface. The number of protrusions with not less than 3 nm and less than 5 nm in protru…

  • Oriented Films From Improved Propylene Polymers

    April 11, 2006
    A film comprising a crystalline propylene polymer composition has been patented. The film comprises from 10 to 90 weight percent of a crystalline propylene homopolymer composition featuring a first propylene homopolymer and a second propylene homopol…

  • Processing Substrate And Method Of Manufacturing Same

    April 11, 2006
    A disposable cutting sheet for cutting and preparation of food items was recently issued a patent. A first section has a plurality of apertures and a cut resistant surface. A second liquid impermeable section is disposed adjacent the first section. A…

  • A Rising Phoenix

    April 10, 2006
    Phoenix Fabrikations bv, Cuijk, The Netherlands, is one of the major distributors of nonwoven fabrics in Europe.

  • Basell Adds To Catalyst Manufacturing

    April 6, 2006
    Basell has purchased Akzo Nobel's Polymerization Catalysts & Components business on March 31. The business, which includes catalyst manufacturing and other assets in Edison, NJ, had revenues of nearly $60 million in 2005. Basell's other catalyst…

  • Ownership Change for Lysac

    April 4, 2006
    Archer Daniels Midland Company has acquired all the assets of Group Lysac, a Canadian manufacturer of superabsorbent material. The purchase includes all intellectual property and technological assets held by Lysac to make biodegradable products from…

  • Absorbent Article Having Improved Fit And Enhanced Absorption Capacity

    April 4, 2006
    An absorbent article with a longitudinal direction and a transverse direction was recently patented. The article comprises an absorption body enclosed in a cover, which has a fluid-permeable surface and a fluid-impermeable surface. The absorption bod…

  • Laminated Polyester Film and Laminated Film

    April 4, 2006
    Patented is a laminated polyester film comprising a polyester base film stretched to at least one direction and a coating layer provided on at least one surface of the polyester base film. The coating layer contains polymer binder and inert particles…

  • Nordson Expands Nonwovens Capabilities

    March 30, 2006
    The new CTL 4640 coater from Nordson Corporation (Nasdaq – NDSN) enhances the company’s global laboratory capabilities to help customers accurately qualify nonwovens and web coating applications, hot melt adhesives and substrates in a con…

  • Disposable Pant-Like Undergarment Having An Elastic Band Adjacent The Waist Opening

    March 28, 2006
    A disposable pant-like undergarment has been granted a patent. The article includes a stretchable front panel with a distal end, first and second side edges and a retracted length measured between the first and second side edges. A stretchable back p…

  • Personal Care Article Having A Stretch Outer Cover And Non-Stretch Grasping Panels

    March 28, 2006
    A personal care article having a lateral cross-direction and a lengthwise longitudinal direction has been issued a patent. The article includes a front portion, a rear portion, and a crotch portion interconnecting the front and rear portions. The per…

  • Low-Temperature Impact-Resistant Polyamide-Based Stretch-Oriented Multilayer Film

    March 28, 2006
    A stretch-oriented multilayer film was patented. It comprises at least three layers including a surface layer made of a thermoplastic resin, an intermediate layer made of a polyamide resin and a surface layer comprising a sealable resin. The multilay…

  • Heat Sealable Polyethylene Film And Method For Its Preparation

    March 28, 2006
    A process for the preparation of a heat sealable film comprising a core layer and a sealing layer has been patented. The process includes attaching the core layer to the sealing layer. The sealing layer comprises an ethylene copolymer composition on…

  • Fire Stop Article

    March 28, 2006
    A fire barrier assembly for fire stopping an opening in a partition has been patented. The assembly includes a plurality of fire stop articles arranged in the opening without a secondary support structure. Each fire stop article comprises an interior…

  • Heat-Shrinkable Polyester Film

    March 28, 2006
    Patented is a heat-shrinkable polyester film comprising a polyester base film and a coat layer formed on one or both sides of the polyester base film. The coat layer comprises a copolymerized polyester having carboxyl group terminals and Tg in the ra…

  • PGI Canada Partners With Fabric Dryer and Finisher

    March 24, 2006
    Polymer Group, Inc. Canada’s Difco business is partnering with an Ontario-based fabric dyer and finisher to provide customers the latest technology, expanded capacity and new protective fabrics. The strategic agreement with Colorama will enable…

  • FQ Disputes P&Gs Tampon Claims

    March 24, 2006
    First Quality is disputing claims made by Procter & Gamble in federal court that it infringes on registered trademarks and packaging trade dress of P&G’s Tampax Pearl tampons. In a statement, First Quality said it pridesitself on its wo…

  • Clopay Restructures European Operations

    March 23, 2006
    Clopay Clopay Plastic Products Company has recently announced that it has merged its two European operations under a single European management team. The integration of Finotech Verbundstoffe GmbH and Böhme Clopay GmbH into one Clopay Europe o…

  • L&P, Felters Group Partner in Fire Retardants

    March 23, 2006
    Leggett & Platt and The Felters Group have entered into a strategic alliance to manufacture and distribute fire retardant products, primarily in the bedding market. The collaboration combines Felters’ capabilities in chemistry, product deve…

  • Ahlstrom Will Build In Russia

    March 22, 2006
    Ahlstrom will invest approximately €38 million in a new glassfiber tissue production plant in Russia. The investment further strengthens Ahlstrom’s position as a leading developer and manufacturer of specialty glass fiber tissue for the bu…

  • Cognex Fights Patent Claims

    March 21, 2006
    Cognex Corporation, a supplier of machine vision systems, has served a complaint against Acacia Research Corporation and Veritec, Inc.  The complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court in Minnesota.     Cognex is seeking a decl…

  • PGI Canada Fuels Construction Business

    March 21, 2006
    Polymer Group, Inc. Canada has expanded its coating and printing capacity to meet growing demand for its engineered fabrics for building and construction and other industrial uses. The company's Fabrene Group has installed a wide-width extrusion coa…

  • Basell Names Greek Partner

    March 20, 2006
    Skeberis S.A will become the sole distributor of polyolefins for Basell's growing customer base in Greece. Effective April 1, Basell will focus on managing certain key customer accounts in Greece while the bulk of the accounts will be managed by Skeb…

  • ANEX 2006

    Nonwovens Staff, Nonwovens Staff || March 16, 2006
    A. Celli Nonwovens S.p.a. Ahlstrom Diatec Srl ExxonMobil Chemical Company Fleissner GmbH Lenzing Nordson Corporation…

  • PCC Adds to Needlepunch Operation

    March 15, 2006
    Precision Custom Coatings, a Totowa, NJ-based producer and supplier of nonwoven and coated fabrics for the apparel industry and industrial market applications, has added a second needlepunch production line in its North East, MD facility. The investm…

  • K-C To Close Diaper, Nonwovens Plants

    March 15, 2006
    Kimberly-Clark Corp. is proposing to close its Lakeview Diaper Plant in the Menasha, WI and sell or close its Neenah Nonwovens Mill, also in Wisconsin, according to company officials.     Lakeview’s diaper plant and distribution…

  • P&G Files Tampon Suit

    March 14, 2006
    Tampax maker Procter & Gamble has filed a lawsuit against privately owned First Quality Hygienic Inc. alleging trademark infringement and unfair competition for making and distributing a "look-alike" brand of tamponsThe suit, filed in F…

  • Glatfelter Buys Wetlaid Mills

    March 14, 2006
    P.H. Glatfelter Co., a maker of specialty papers and engineered products, will purchase two wetlaid nonwovens mills from J.R. Crompton Ltd. in a deal estimated at $86.8 million. Both facilities are located in the U.K. Glatfelt will pay $65.1 million…

  • Remote-Head Camera Sensor

    March 10, 2006
    Cognex Corporation has introduced the In-Sight 5400R, a remote-head camera version of the industrial-grade In-Sight 5400 vision sensor. It is ideal for applications where mounting space is limited. The In-Sight 5400R has a separate camera and process…

  • Sheeter

    March 10, 2006
    Maxson Automatic Machinery Company has introduced a sheeter specifically designed for large format printing presses. The sheeter, which can accept up to 65-inch-wide webs, can convert and stack up to 83-inch-long sheets. The sheeter configuration is…

  • Film Line

    March 10, 2006
    Gruppo Colines has developed Bar­riercast, a film line to produce seven-layer barrier and CPP film. This 2100 mm wide line features high technological and automation content. A close synergy with B-Pack, an Italian leader in the production of bar…

  • Linescan Camera

    March 10, 2006
    The new Opsis 7500 smart linescan camera from Wintriss Engineering combines high speed scanning with a powerful onboard image processing capability to provide the most effective optical scanning system in the industry. The Opsis 7500 is the latest re…

  • Packaging Machinery

    March 10, 2006
    A strategic alliance between Focke and Gevas, announced in 2005, combines knowledge of solutions for the hygiene packaging industry and fully automatic packaging machines. This alliance can offer custom-fit solutions for end-of-the-line packaging sol…

  • Wipes Perforator

    March 10, 2006
    The new ENR 1000 Series automatic non­woven wipes perforator rewinder from Elsner Engineering Works offers the capability to unwind, perforate, slit and rewind a predetermined number of nonwoven pro­duct sheets per roll—automatically fr…

  • Measurement System Monitor

    March 10, 2006
    RemoteView is a PC application compatible with Windows XP, 2000 or NT.  Once up and running, a RemoteView station allows users to monitor the application of an NDC 8000 measurement system from a remote desk. As a result of RemoteView, management…

  • Membrane Filters

    March 10, 2006
    Millipore has introduced Omnipore membrane filters, which join the LCR membrane to complete the company’s offering of hydrophilic PTFE membranes. Omnipore membrane is compatible with virtually all solvents, acids and alkaline solutions. Omnipor…

  • Universal Absorbent Pads

    March 10, 2006
    Orange Power, from  CEP Products, is a universal absorbent pad with a built-in degreaser that absorbs up to 25 times its weight in liquids  while releasing a fresh scent of citrus fragrance. This high-capacity absorption pad effectively rem…

  • Rockline Industries

    March 10, 2006
    Joel Slank has joined Rockline Industries as director of operations at its Springdale, AR facility. Mr. Slank is expected to complement the company’s world class manufacturing team in Springdale with his extensive experience in nonwovens m…

  • Tidland, Camas, WA, Has Recruited Peter Wood

    March 10, 2006
    Converting specialist Tidland, Camas, WA, has recruited Peter Wood as slitting product manager. Mr. Wood will join the Maxcess management team to lead the introduction of new slitting technology and education to meet the changing needs of the convert…

  • Suominen Corporation Appointed New President and CEO

    March 10, 2006
    Kalle Tanhuanpää has been appointed president and CEO of Suominen Corporation as of May 2006. Mr. Tan­huanpää comes from Huhtamäki Oyj, where he was an executive committee member and where he had responsibility for global…

  • Freudenberg Executive Announces Retirement

    March 10, 2006
    Peter Stehle has retired after 15 years as a member of the management board of Freudenberg & Co. KG, Weinheim, Ger­many. His colleagues Jörg Sost and Martin Stark have taken over responsibility for business in seals and vibration control…

  • Linq Ownership Changes

    March 8, 2006
    An affiliate of Sun Capital Partners, a leading private investment firm specializing in leveraged buyouts of market-leading companies, has acquired the stock of Linq Industrial Fabrics, Inc. from American Industrial Partners. Linq is a leading global…

  • BBA To Expand Airlaid Business

    March 7, 2006
    BBA Fiberweb will construct a new airlaid production at its Korma facility near Monza, Italy. The project includes the next  generation of flexible and modular airlaid technology, developed by M&J Fibretech, a division of Neumag, and represe…

  • People in the News

    March 6, 2006
    Freudenberg Executive Announces Retirement Stehle of the Freudenberg board; Wood of Tidland and Rockline Industries’ Joel Slank…

  • Lack of U.S. Rayon Supply Will Lead to Short Supply Requests

    Peter Mayberry and Jessica Franken || March 6, 2006
    what industry representatives in North America need to know

  • Say It Loud, Say It Proud

    Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor || March 6, 2006
    This letter responds to, and agrees with, another letter submitted by Scott Tomlin of Degussa, which was published in our December 2005 issue.

  • How Young Is Old?

    How Young Is Old?

    Ellen Wuagneux, Associate Editor || March 6, 2006
    adult incontinence products target increasingly active consumer base

  • Spunlace Market Report

    Spunlace Market Report

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || March 6, 2006
    with a slate of new capacity coming onstream, producers look beyond commodities to add value in wipes and other markets

  • Libeltex Sale On Hold

    March 6, 2006
    British Vita has abandoned plans to sell its Libeltex nonwovens business after deciding the group can add greater value as a part of the company. As part of this retention strategy, British Vita has initiated a program of investing in the people and…

  • Spanning The Market

    March 6, 2006
    Span Packaging Services is a part of the Cloud Packaging Solutions group of companies. Span Packaging Services originally began in 1986 as a part of Span America Medical Systems Inc.