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  • 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.

  • Fleissner Reports Spunlace Growth

    March 3, 2006
    German machinery provider Fleissner has sold four AquaJet Spunlace systems throughout the world. In the U.S., the company has contracted a 3.6-meter, 12,000 ton-per-year spunlace line for the carded wipes market. This line is expected to start up at…

  • Ciba Sells Textiles Unit

    March 2, 2006
    Ciba Specialty Chemicals has sold its Textile Effects business to Huntsman Corporation for CHF332 million in cash and assumed debt. The divestment is expected to be concluded in the third quarter of 2006 after a comprehensive separation process and t…

  • Eastman Expand Chinese Presence

    March 2, 2006
    Eastman Chemical Company, through its Chinese subsidiary, Eastman (Shanghai) Chemical Commercial Co., Ltd., has entered into an exclusive, long-term agreement with West Tech Chemical Ltd. under which West Tech will build and operate a manufacturing f…

  • Asahi-Dorlastan Deal Complete

    March 1, 2006
    Asahi Kasei Fibers Corporation has finalized its agreement with Lanxess for the purchase of the Dorlastan Spandex business. The Dorlastan acquisition will allow  AKF to strengthen its position as a leading manufacturer of synthetic elastic fiber…

  • K-C Makes Cottonelle For Kids

    February 23, 2006
    Kimberly-Clark has introduced the Cottonelle for Kids product line, the first-ever combined dry bath tissue and moist wipes system designed to help parents teach their 4-to-9-year-olds good bathroom and hygiene habits. The new system extends the Cott…

  • BBA Nonwovens Business Now Thought to be De-merged

    February 23, 2006
    Just weeks after the Time of London reported that rival Polymer Group Inc. was in negotiations to buy rival BBA Fiberweb’s nonwovens business, the Daily Telegraph is reporting that BBA is favoring a demerger of the division over a sale or trade…

  • Antiflammability Standard Passed Nationwide

    February 17, 2006
    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) unanimously approved a new federal standard for mattress flammability. By limiting the spread and intensity of a mattress fire and increasing escape time, CPSC estimates that the mandatory standard c…

  • PGI To Move To Charlotte

    February 16, 2006
    Nonwovens producer Polymer Group, Inc. will establish a new corporate headquarters in the Charlotte, NC region by August 2006. The new site will bring together the company’s senior leadership, finance, purchasing, human resources, sales, custom…

  • ExxonMobil Announces LDPE Licensing

    February 16, 2006
    ExxonMobil Chemical Technology Licensing has signed a licensing agreement with Thailand's PTT Chemical Public Company Limited for production of low-density polyethylene (LDPE) and ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) in a 100 KTA autoclave system. PTTChem, a…

  • Japan's Panty Liner Market To Grow

    February 16, 2006
    UniCharm has strengthened its efforts in the Japanese panty liners market, where penetration is reportedly 40% lower than Europe, the U.S. and other Asian countries. Currently, sales of panty liners are ¥12 billion, but experts predict growth cou…

  • Ahlstrom Offers Logistics Platform For Filtration In China

    February 16, 2006
    Ahlstrom Corporation will provide its Chinese customers with added flexibility and service through a local logistics platform. Based in Wuxi, this platform will offer warehousing, converting and packaging for all filtration customers. It will allow A…

  • JM Teams With Tarco For Roofing Product

    February 13, 2006
    Johns Manville is partnering with Tarco, the nation's largest roofing underlayment company, to create a new asphalt synthetic underlayment called EasyLay.  EasyLay is Tarco's new Leakbarrier product that employs DuraBase, JM's innovative weather…

  • Rumors Arise Over BBA Sale

    February 13, 2006
    Reports are emerging that Polymer Group Inc. is set to purchase its rival BBA Fiberweb. According to the Times of London, PGI has fended off competition from private equity groups including Condover and Doughty Hanson to purchase its rival in nonwove…

  • Degussa Grows SAP Business Through Dow Purchase

    February 10, 2006
    Degussa AG, Dusseldorf, Germany, is acquiring the superabsorbent business of The Dow Chemical Company. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The purchase will include Dow’s superabsorbent polymer facility in Rheinmuenster/Baden-B…

  • Roll Splitters

    February 10, 2006
    Plastics and converting equipment manufacturer Precision AirConvey has added two roll splitters to its lineup of downstream auxiliary equipment. The PAC Model 52 roll splitter and the larger Model 62 automatically remove defective and/or out-of-spec…

  • Laser Cutting System

    February 10, 2006
    Orca Photonics System manufactures a unique laser cutting system designed for on-demand production of paper and corrugated packaging products. This machine, which is being developed in collaboration with a major packaging customer, will eventually pr…

  • Digital Force Gauges

    February 10, 2006
    The Chatillion DFE Series from Ametek Test & Calibration Instruments is a com­pact, easy-to-use force gauge designed for economy applications without compromising functionality. The new DFE Series features two models and seven capacities each…

  • Used Equipment

    February 10, 2006
    Inveskonsult is offering a variety of used medical/hygiene equipment. These in­clude machinery originally manufactured by Delta, Viola, RCM, Ilapak, Joa, Cavana and Schubert. 41 6 11 106075 www.ik.se…

  • Miniature Pumps

    February 10, 2006
    Micropump offers a wide range of miniature pumps and drives for direct and indirect electronic cooling applications. Specifically designed to meet today’s heat exchange challenges caused by faster and higher density circuit technologies, these…

  • Application Development

    February 10, 2006
    A new ultrasonic pouch sealer at Herr­mann Ultrasonics’ North American head­quarters in Schaumburg, IL is now available for application development. This ultrasonic pouch unit can seal pouches or roll stock up to a 10-inch opening width…