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  • 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…

  • Plastic Technology

    May 17, 2006
    Conventional wisdom regarding the plastics industry is that there is nothing new under the sun, but GE Plastics is anything but conventional when it comes to maintaining a global leadership position and accelerating new market penetration and growth.…

  • Multi-Scanner

    May 17, 2006
    JOFRA˙ASM Series advanced signal multi-scanner from AMETEK T&CI-Americas is the ideal solution for calibrating multiple temperature sensors at the same time.  The eight-channel scanner was designed for use in applications where temperat…

  • Measurement Device

    May 17, 2006
    FARO Technologies,  a supplier of complete lines of portable CAM2 solutions, has released the FARO PowerGAGE—a new measurement device that adds CAD-to-part analysis capability to its FARO Gage product line. “The FARO PowerGAGE se…

  • Air Service System

    May 17, 2006
    The new Series AS3 FRLs from Rexroth fulfills high demands in terms of air preparation. The Air Service (AS) system has a modular construction and is comprised of filters, regulators, lubricators and accessory devices such as shut-off valves and dist…

  • Edge Detector

    May 17, 2006
    AccuWeb has introduced the WideArray Fusion, a patent pending edge detector that combines ultrasonic and infrared technologies in a dynamically compensated array edge detector. Designed for converters running a broad range of materials, the new Wide…

  • Coater

    May 17, 2006
    The new CTL 4640 coater from Nordson Corporation enhances the company’s global laboratory capabilities to help customers accurately qualify nonwovens and web coating applications, hot melt adhesives and substrates in a controlled environment.&n…

  • Sheeter

    May 17, 2006
    Maxson Automatic Machinery Company has developed a sheeter that allows vinyl extruders to realize maximum line speed potential when producing sheets in line. Using a dual knife rotary cutter technology, rather than a drop shear design, the sheeter ca…

  • FiberVisions Delaware Corporation

    May 17, 2006
    FiberVisions Delaware Corporation, Wil­mington, DE, has named Stephen Wood as president and CEO. Gary Spitz was named chief financial officer. Dr. Wood previously served as CEO of Kraton Polymers, a specialty chemical company, and as chairman and…

  • Precision Custom Coatings LLC Has Named General Manager

    May 17, 2006
    Precision Custom Coatings LLC (PCC), Totowa, NJ, has named Moe Kovangji general manager. Mr. Kovangji, a native of Prizreni, Kosovo, is a 30-year industry veteran who will be responsible for the efficiency of operations and production. A li…

  • Executive Vice President For Commercial Development

    May 17, 2006
    Filtrona Fibertec has named Jeff Shugart as executive vice president for commercial development to lead the company’s growth globally. Mr. Shugart joins the company at its Colonial Heights, VA facility from Performance Fibers in Richmond, where…

  • Lydall Filtration/Separation

    May 17, 2006
    Ian Grieves has joined Lydall Fil­tration/Separation, SAS as vice president of Lydall Filtration/Separation and general manager European operations. Mr. Grieves will have direct responsibility for Lydall’s St. Rivalain, France operations. P…

  • Senior Management Changes at DuPont

    May 17, 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…

  • Robert Black Joins Kimberly-Clark

    May 17, 2006
    Robert Black has joined Kimberly-Clark as chief strategy officer, reporting to chairman and chief executive officer Thomas Falk. In this newly created position, Mr. Black will be responsible for leading the development, execution and monitoring of th…

  • P&G Appoints New Management

    May 17, 2006
    Procter & Gamble, Cincinnati, OH, has initiated several recent management changes. In the first, R. Kerry Clark, vice chair of the board—P&G Family Heath, will retire after 32 years of service. Mr. Clark has been named chief executive o…

  • People in the News

    May 17, 2006
    P&G Appoints New Management Procter & Gamble, Cincinnati, OH, has initiated several recent management changes. In the first, R. Kerry Clark, vice chair of the board—P&G Family Heath, will retire after 32 years of service. Mr. C…

  • Rate of U.S. Exports for Roll Goods Continues To Expand

    Peter Mayberry and Jessica Franken || May 17, 2006
    import growth slows dramatically

  • Nonwovens and Uncle Sam: Perfect Together

    May 17, 2006
    One might look at this month's cover of Nonwovens Industry and wonder what U.S. Armed Forces have to do with nonwovens. Well, the U.S. Marine Corps is investing significant resources in developing nonwoven composite fabric technology for combat utili…

  • Expo in Print

    May 17, 2006
    This special annual section features advertising and advertorial material written by industry suppliers. Designed to give Nonwovens Industry readers the opportunity to learn a little more about the companies with which they deal regularly, these Expo…

  • Development Of Nonwoven Fabrics For Military Applications

    Development Of Nonwoven Fabrics For Military Applications

    Stephen Szczesuil, Natick Soldier System || May 17, 2006
    nonwoven composite technology lends key performance characteristics to uniforms, equipment

  • EDANA Tackles Infection Control

    EDANA Tackles Infection Control

    May 17, 2006
    first-ever IN CONTROL! conference held in Prague

  • McAirlaids To Build U.S. Headquarters

    May 17, 2006
    German airlaid specialist McAirlaid's Vliesstoffe GmbH & Co. KG plans to invest $85 million to open a plant and U.S. headquarters in Franklin County, VA. The project is expected to create 160 jobs. The company plans to build the offices and manuf…

  • Crimped Thermoplastic Multicomponent Fiber And Fiber Webs And Method Of Making

    May 16, 2006
    A crimped thermoplastic multicomponent fiber has been issued a patent. The fiber includes first and second thermoplastic components arranged in a crimpable cross-sectional configuration. The first thermoplastic component includes at least about 5% by…

  • Fibrous Reinforcement Suitable As A Fireproofing Agent

    May 16, 2006
    A fibrous reinforcement for use in making composite items has been patented. The reinforcement features a fibrous support with a surface and reinforcing fibers selected from the group consisting of fiberglass, carbon and ceramic. The reinforcement al…

  • Tampon Applicator Assembly Having An Improved Plunger And Methods Of Making

    May 16, 2006
    A tampon applicator assembly was recently patented. The article includes a barrel with a main section between an insertion tip and a finger grip and a plunger with a first end, a main body and a second end. The plunger is slideably received in the ba…

  • Long Glass Fiber Filler Reinforced Resin Material For Molding, Method For Molding Article And Molded Article Molded by The Method

    May 16, 2006
    Patented is a long glass fiber filler reinforced resin material for molding. The article comprises a masterbatch formed of a composite of a matrix resin of homopolypropylene with a pentad isotactic index of at least 95% and a long glass fiber filler.…

  • Leading With Equipment Solutions

    May 13, 2006
    S&S Specialty Systems is making its mark in the nonwovens converting industry due to its results-driven approach to offering novel equipment solutions.

  • Ahlstrom To Run Cotton In Green Bay

    May 10, 2006
    Ahlstrom, has invested in new capabilities for the production of cotton-containing spunlace products at its Green Bay, WI, plant. As a quick reaction to market demand for cotton-containing materials, Ahlstrom upgraded current systems and installed ca…

  • Natureworks Celebrates Earth Month

    May 10, 2006
    In conjunction with Earth month, several new sustainable products using its Natureworks’ Ingeo brand of sustainable fibers. Among these are Earth Friendly Baby’s eco baby wipes, the first U.K. disposable product made with Ingeo fibers. Th…

  • Nordenia Expands Russian Presence

    May 10, 2006
    Nordenia International has opened a sales office in St. Petersburg. The international films manufacturer and converter had already expanded its business relations in Russia, and the new office will be able to provide even better service on a local le…

  • Adhesive Tape Uses Spunlace

    May 10, 2006
    Scapa Medical has introduced BioflexÒ Rx1184P-2.4, a durable, heavyweight fabric adhesive tape for direct skin medical device attachment.  The product is specifically designed for bandages, insulin infusion sets, ECG electrodes, and TENS.…

  • Polymer Materials With Electrostatic Dissipative Properties

    May 9, 2006
    A method has been patented for modifying the electrostatic dissipative characteristics of a substrate. The method includes applying a polymer to the substrate. The polymer has metallocene moieties as constituents of the polymer structure. The metallo…

  • Transparent Biaxially Oriented Polyolefin Film

    May 9, 2006
    Transparent, single- or multilayered, oriented polypropylene film has been issued a patent. The film comprises at least one layer with a layered dry-ground silicate without a coating of metal oxides, which has an irregular surface structure. The amou…

  • Packaging System And Method For Personal Care Absorbent Articles

    May 9, 2006
    A rolled absorbent article for placement in the crotch region of an undergarment was recently patented. The article features a generally liquid permeable top cover; a generally liquid impermeable baffle having a garment facing side ; and an absorbent…

  • High Speed Spinning Procedures For The Manufacture Of High Denier Polypropylene Fibers And Yarns

    May 9, 2006
    Patented is a polypropylene fiber comprising at least 100 ppm of a nucleator that does not impart visible color to the fiber. The fiber is textured and exhibits a denier of at least 5 dpf. It demonstrates tensile strength such that the fiber exhibits…