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  • Wipes Packaging Solution

    April 18, 2006
    The Optima Group has completed a fully automatic packaging solution for wet wipes in plastic tubs. The wipes can be placed in the tubs as bulk stacks or prepackaged stacks in plastic bags. The project, which was for a U.S. manufacturer of paper hygie…

  • Wipes Production Machinery

    April 18, 2006
    Wipes system supplier S&S Specialty Systems introduced its Cheetah production line to the industry at an open house event in February. “With this latest Cheetah line, we demonstrated our modular technology customized for particular interfol…

  • Knife Positioning System

    April 18, 2006
    A simple knife positioning system, which does not require high investments and allows all slitting machine operators to reduce their operating cost immediately, has been developed by Dienes Werke. With the positioning slide “Easy Set,” it…

  • Melt Filtration Systems

    April 18, 2006
    Gneuss manufactures two versions of its Rotary Melt Filtration Systems, the new model SFXmagnus and the new generation RSFgenius. These patented filtration systems operate process and pressure constant and represent the state of the art in melt filtr…

  • Dancer Roll Design

    April 18, 2006
    Maxson Automatic Machinery Company has incorporated into the web conditioning system of its high speed precision sheeters a dancer roll design. The enhancement allows the rotary cutter to accurately maintain sheet length at high speeds regardless of…

  • Drawframe

    April 18, 2006
    With the new RSB-D 40 autoleveller drawframe and the SB-D 40 drawframe without levelling, Rieter has again achieved a quantum leap in drawframe technology with delivery speeds up to 1100 m/min. Improved accuracy in scanning, enhanced levelling dynami…

  • Sensor

    April 18, 2006
    In a continuing effort to offer the best range of thickness measurement gauges, NDC Infrared Engineering is introducing the Model 318 X-Ray Backscatter (XRB) Sensor. The new x-ray sensor offers unsurpassed measurement range, single-sided operation, a…

  • Filter Cleaning Technology

    April 18, 2006
    Carolina Filters Inc. has signed an exclusive Sales Agency Agreement with Longworth Engineering Ltd to sell Deecom filter cleaning technology. Carolina Filters Inc. will represent the company in the Americas and will also be responsible for marketing…

  • Speed-Coat Module

    April 18, 2006
    The Universal Speed-Coat module from Nordson Corporation provides fast cycle rates to maximize intermittent high-speed performance when dispensing hot melt adhesives. The Universal Speed-Coat module provides a minimum cycle speed of 10 milliseconds (…

  • Friction Factor Software

    April 18, 2006
    Friction in materials plays an essential role in manufacturing, new product development, quality and product marketability. The smaller the frictional forces, the smoother the fabric surface is, which makes a softer and higher quality material. Resea…

  • Web Colorants

    April 18, 2006
    Bostik has expanded its nonwoven adhesive technology with the addition of colorants to its web product line. The availability of colors adds dimension and versatility to the material compared to a standard, and generally accepted, white. Additionally…

  • Datatex TIS, Inc.

    April 18, 2006
    Datatex TIS, Inc., a software supplier specializing in textile and apparel applications, has announced the recent hiring of Bob Beecy as director of U.S. marketing. Mr. Beecy will be working at the U.S. headquarters located in Alpharetta, GA and will…

  • Two New Chemists Join Michelman

    April 18, 2006
    Two new chemists have joined Michelman as the company focuses on research and development in preparing to expand its product offerings. Talia Collins has assumed the position of senior research chemist responsible for new business development and Mic…

  • Re-Election Of Board Members

    April 18, 2006
    The Nomination Committee of absorbent hygiene product manufacturer SCA has proposed the re-election of board members Rolf Borjesson, Soren Gyll, Tom Hedelius, Anders Nyren, Sverker Martin-Lof and Jan Astrom. Indra Asander has declined re-election. Th…

  • Global Industry Executive Director - Dow Corning

    April 18, 2006
    Jeremy Burks has been named global industry executive director for Dow Corning’s paper and process industries, including textiles. Serving under Mr. Burks as global industry director for textiles is Patrick McLeod. The major market strateg…

  • Cotton Incorporated Creates New Division

    April 18, 2006
    In order to better achieve its mission of increasing the demand for and profitability of cotton, Cotton Incorporated has created a new division, Global Product Supply Chain, based at the company’s headquarters in Cary, NC. The new division…

  • People in the News

    April 17, 2006
    Cotton Incorporated Creates New Division In order to better achieve its mission of increasing the demand for and profitability of cotton, Cotton Incorporated has created a new division, Global Product Supply Chain, based at the company’s h…

  • Industry Outreach Initiative Continues

    Peter Mayberry and Jessica Franken || April 17, 2006
    more than 200 congressional offices visited to date

  • Put It To the Pocketbook

    Karen Bitz McIntyre || April 17, 2006
    Am I making enough money? This is the question that plagues every worker—from the hourly employee working the production line to the CEO of a major multinational company. Being fairly, and adequately, compensated for the contribution you give t…

  • New Applications Seen At Techtextil 2006

    New Applications Seen At Techtextil 2006

    Nonwovens Staff, Nonwovens Staff || April 17, 2006
    Held March 28-30, 2006 at Cobb Galleria Center in Atlanta, GA, Techtextil North America 2006 attracted 4000 visitors who viewed 288 exhibitors from a record-breaking 25 countries. Techtextil North America showcased the higher performance areas of…

  • It

    It's A Wrap

    Ellen Wuagneux, Associate Editor || April 17, 2006
    roofing and construction markets expand to meet new demands for high performance weatherizaton products

  • Nonwovens For Civil Engineering and Roofing Felts In China

    Nonwovens For Civil Engineering and Roofing Felts In China

    John Xuan, Nonwovens Staff || April 17, 2006
    products have been used on a wide-scale basis since the early 1990s

  • Russian Nonwovens Plant To Debut

    April 13, 2006
    Plans are underway to launch the first phase of a nonwovens production facility in the Trans-Volga (Nizhny Novgorod) region of Russia by July 2006. A Russian division of Germany's Freudenberg Politex will act as the investor, according to a recent Ru…

  • DuPont Shakes Up Management

    April 13, 2006
    DuPont, Wilmington, DE, has initiated changes in its senior management. Among them, Diane Gulyas, chief marketing and sales officer, was named group vice president, DuPont Performance Materials. She succeeds Jeffrey Keefer, who will focus on increasi…

  • K-C Announces Diaper Plant Layoffs

    April 13, 2006
    Kimberly-Clark plans to cut 130 workers at its Lakeview diaper plant in Menasha, WI in June. The layoffs are part of a previously announced plan to close the facility by the end of 2007. Discussions are still underway to determine who will be let go,…

  • Foss Sale Reportedly Looming

    April 11, 2006
    Bankrupt Foss Manufacturing could be sold for $39 million to Foss Manufacturing LLC, a Nevada limited liability company, according to published reports. Trustee Patrick O’Malley, who has run the company during its bankruptcy proceedings, filed…

  • Conductive Polyvinyl Alcohol Fiber

    April 11, 2006
    A conductive polyvinyl alcohol fiber comprising a polyvinyl alcohol polymer and copper sulfide nano-particles was patented. The nano-particles have a mean particle size of at most 50 nm, which are finely dispersed in the polymer. The content of the n…

  • 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…