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  • Web Exclusive: Filtration 2005 International Conference and Exposition

    Web Exclusive: Filtration 2005 International Conference and Exposition

    Nonwovens Staff, Nonwovens Staff || January 6, 2006
    With the business of filtration continuing to play a vital role in the personal and business lives of people and companies around the globe, the Filtration 2005 International Conference and Exposition drew a record number of exhibitors and more tha…

  • Propex Fabrics Buys Key Competitor

    January 6, 2006
    Propex Fabrics Inc. ha purchased fellow needlepunch manufacturer SI Corporation, including its SI Concrete Systems Corporation and SI Geosolutions Corporation divisions-. Ed Stanczak current Propex CEO, will continue to head the combined entity, whic…

  • People in the News

    January 6, 2006
    K-C’s B2B President To Retire Kimberly-Clark announced the 2006 retirement of Dudley Lehman, group president of its Business-to-Business (B2B) Group, which contains its external nonwovens business as well as the K-C Professional, Health Care a…

  • Controversial European Chemical Safety Policy Moves Closer to Enactment

    Peter Mayberry and Jessica Franken || January 6, 2006
    different versions of legislation cause additional confusion

  • Diaper-Free? I Doubt It.

    January 6, 2006
    In the past couple of months, there has been a lot of talk in the media about a new movement, among some mothers, to toilet train their children when they are months, or even weeks, old. According to a website operated by Diaper-Free Baby, a non-prof…

  • The Evolution of Household Cleaning

    The Evolution of Household Cleaning

    Christine Esposito, Nonwovens Staff || January 6, 2006
    Fueled by busy homeowners willing to pay more for convenience, the evolution of the household cleaning products has meant less human contact with cleaning than ever before. But will consumers continue to shell out cash for gadgets when a regular spray bottle will do the trick?

  • Diaper Manufacturers Pay Their Dues

    Diaper Manufacturers Pay Their Dues

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || January 5, 2006
    success requires innocation, global expansion and cost competitiveness

  • Avgol Reports Sales Growth, Announces Interest in Eastern Europe

    January 4, 2006
    Avgol Nonwoven Industries has released an update of company progress with increased sales and profits for 2005 and projecting substantial growth for 2006.  Nir Peleg, CEO, has predicted that 2005 sales will exceed $160 million with increased net…

  • Pliant Moves on with Chapter 11 Restructuring

    January 4, 2006
    Pliant Corporation has reported that Judge Mary F. Walrath of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware approved all of the “first-day motions” that Pliant and its subsidiaries in the U.S. and Canada submitted as part of thei…

  • Saurer Continues Buying Spree

    January 4, 2006
    Saurer has acquired 100% of the capital of Fincarde Group a maker of carding equipment for woolen, worsted and nonwovens processes. The company is based in Biella, Italy and has an annual turnover of approximately €13 million. Fincarde will be i…

  • FiberMark Exits Bankruptcy Protection

    January 3, 2006
    FiberMark has completed its financial reorganization and emerged from chapter 11 as a private company. In conjunction with its emergence from chapter 11, the company closed on its exit financing facilities. The package includes $80 million in revolvi…

  • Ahlstrom to Invest in Finland Plant

    January 3, 2006
    Ahlstrom Corporation will invest €2 million in expanding production of filtration media at its Tampere, Finland plant. The Tampere plant is specialized in the development and manufacture of high-performance filtration materials and selected tech…

  • Kuraray

    Kuraray

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Osaka, Japan Sales: $72 million Description: Key Personnel Nobuaki Sumita, president, Kuraray Kuraflex Plants Okayama, Saijo and Ibaragi Processes Resin bonded, thermal bonded, spunlaced, meltblown steam jet Brand names…

  • KNH Enterprises

    KNH Enterprises

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Taipei, Taiwan Sales: $71 Million Description: Key Personnel J.C. Tai, president and owner; Dr. Kirk Hwang, president; George Wong, hygiene business director; Herman Tai, industrial specialties business director; Alvin Hu, technical…

  • Lantor

    Lantor

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Veenendaal, The Netherlands Sales: $55 million Description: Key Personnel Nico Boot, managing director; Albert Feyts, finance director, Paul Verwoerd, sales and marketing director, Jan Sikkenga, production director Processes D…

  • Precision Custom Coatings

    Precision Custom Coatings

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Totowa, NJ Sales: $75 Million Description: Key Personnel Peter Longo, chairman and COO, Scott Tesser, president and CEO; Rich Noble, CFO and treasurer; Dan Kamat, vice president, Industrial Textile Division; Shaile Dusaj, director industr…

  • Unitika

    Unitika

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Osaka, Japan Sales: $82 Million Description: Key Personnel Masaru Tsugawa, general manager, spunbonded fabrics division; Hiroshi Kawasaki, general manager, spunbonded fabric sales Plants Okazaki and Tarui, Japan Processes…

  • Textilgruppe Hof

    Textilgruppe Hof

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Hof/Saale, Germany Sales: $87 Million Description: Key personnel Poul Mikkelsen, chairman; Peter Opperman, CEO; Jack Richardson, COO; Ingo Johannsen, CFO; Michael Norboge, vice president of Personal & Home Care; Claudia De Buman, vice…

  • Albis

    Albis

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Roasio, Italy Sales: $79 million Description: Key Contacts Gianni Boscolo, president; Carlo Soave, CEO; Pietro Lan­done, commercial director Plants Roasio, Italy; Aschersleben, Germany, Cincinnati, OH Processes Carded the…

  • Royal Ten Cate (Polyfelt)

    Royal Ten Cate (Polyfelt)

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Linz, Austria Sales: $91 million Description: Key Personnel Andreas Matje, CEO; Michel Haudrechy, VP marketing and sales; Manfred Winkler, VP product supply; Nick Blasl, VP finance and IT services, Frank ten Oever, VP human resources…

  • Suominen

    Suominen

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Nakkila, Finland Sales: $85 Million Description: Key Personnel Suominen Corporation: Heikki Bergholm, president and CEO, Esa Palttala, executive vice president, Wipes and Nonwovens; Juha Henttonen, vice president, Flexible Packaging; Pekk…

  • Foss Manufacturing

    Foss Manufacturing

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Hampton, NH Sales: $100 million Description: Key Personnel A.J. Nassar, CEO Plants Hampton, NH ISO Status All businesses are both QS 9000 and ISO 9001 certified and are close to ISO 14,000 (environmental registration based…

  • Toray Advanced Materials

    Toray Advanced Materials

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Seoul, Korea Sales: $99 million Description: Plant Locations Gumi, Kyungsang-Bukdo, South Korea ISO Status ISO-9001: 1999; ISO-14001 (environmental certification): 1999; ISO-18001 (operational certification): 1993 Key Personnel Y.K. Lee…

  • Union Industries

    Union Industries

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Masserano, Italy Sales: $81 million Description: Key personnel Matteo Moltrasio, vice president; Luigi Cassano, managing director; Alessandro Taramasso, commercial director Plant Masserano, Biella, Italy ISO Status ISO 9001:2000 sinc…

  • Lydall Inc

    Lydall Inc

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Manchester, CT Sales: $113 million Description: Key Personnel W. Leslie Duffy, chairman of the board, David Freeman, president and CEO; Thomas Smith, vice president, chief financial officer, and treasurer; Mona Estey, vice president&mdash…

  • Mitsui Chemical

    Mitsui Chemical

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Tokyo, Japan Sales: $132 Million Description: Key Personnel Yasushi Nawa, general manager, functional fabricated products division Plants Yokkaichi and Iwakuni Processes Spunbonded, needlepunched, meltblown, thermal bonded Brand Names…

  • Toyobo

    Toyobo

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Osaka, Japan Sales: $145 million Description: Key Personnel Kazumasa Kayama, general manager, spunbond division of Toyobo; Yukio Kawasaki, president of Kureha Plants Tsuruga, Iwakuni and Shiga Processes Spunbond, needlepunch, resin bond…

  • Georgia-Pacific

    Georgia-Pacific

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Atlanta, GA Sales: $145 Million Description: Key Personnel   Mike Burandt, president, Consumer Business, North America; Bill Shultz, president, European Consumer Business; Kathy Walters, president, Commercial Business; Remi Perin,…

  • Jacob Holm

    Jacob Holm

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Aalschwil, Switzerland Sales: $87 million Description: Key personnel Poul Mikkelsen, chairman; Peter Opperman, CEO; Jack Richardson, COO; Ingo Johannsen, CFO; Michael Norboge, vice president of Personal & Home Care; Claudia De Buman,…

  • Pegas A/S

    Pegas A/S

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Znojmo, Czech Republic Sales: $150 million Description: Key Personnel: Milos Bogdan, managing director, Frantisek Klaska, technical director; Frantisek Rezac, commercial director Plants Znojmo, Bucovice, Czech Republic ISO Status ISO-90…

  • Asahi Kasei

    Asahi Kasei

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Osaka, Japan Sales: $176 million Description: Key Personnel Yoshikazu Ban, general manager, nonwoven fabrics division; Ryujiro Yoshino, general manager, spunbonded fabric sales; Akira Naganami, general manager, Bemliese sales Plants M…

  • Sandler

    Sandler

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Schwarzenbach/Saale, Germany Sales: $145 million Description: Key Personnel Dipl. Kfm. Christian Heinrich Sandler, Dr. Christian Heinrich Sandler, Dieter Magiera, members of the management board Plant Schwarzenbach/Saale, Germany ISO…

  • British Vita

    British Vita

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Manchester, U.K. Sales: $170 million Description: Key Personnel Howard Harris, group CEO Plants Belgium, France, Sweden, U.K., U.S. ISO Status ISO 9001:2000 Processes Drylaid, chemical bonded, drylaid thermally bonded,…

  • Japan Vilene

    Japan Vilene

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Tokyo, Japan Sales: $200 million Description: Key Personnel Yutaka Tanaka, president; Minoru Tanaka, managing director; Yoshiaki Mizutani, director; Mitsuo Kanno, managing director Plants Shiga and Tokyo, Japan Processes Resin bonded, n…

  • Bonar

    Bonar

    January 1, 2006
    (formerly Colbond) Location: Arnhem, The Netherlands Sales: $184 million Description: Key Personnel Jan van Boldrik, CEO; Axel Poscher, vice president; Bart Austin, president Colbond Inc.; Randy Cook, director sales and marketing flooring; Harry…

  • Propex Fabrics

    Propex Fabrics

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Ringgold, GA Sales: $200 million Description: Key Personnel Joe Dana, president and CEO; W. Michael Coffin, executive vice president and COO; Phil Barnes, vice president, CFO and treasurer; Lee McCarter, executive vice president and CF…

  • Glatfelter

    Glatfelter

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Gatineau, Quebec Sales: $110 million Description: Key Personnel Tony Molluso, CEO Plants Gatineau & Thurso, Quebec, Canada; Falkenhagen, Germany Processes Airlaid Major Markets Wipes, feminine hygiene, homecare It’s been…

  • Companhia Providencia

    Companhia Providencia

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Parana, Brazil Sales: $220 million Description: Plant Location São Jose Pinhais-Paraná, Brazil Key Personnel Milan Starostik, chairman, Ana Seles, Starostik, commercial director; William Starostik, marketing director, Romeo…

  • Hollingsworth & Vose

    Hollingsworth & Vose

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Walpole, MA Sales: $187 Million Description: Key Personnel Val Hollingsworth, president and CEO; David von Loesecke, vice president and general manager, engine and industrial filtration and high efficiency and specialty filtration; Tom Wh…

  • Fibertex

    Fibertex

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Aalborg, Denmark Sales: $190 million Description: Key Personnel Knud Waede Hansen, managing director; Mikael Staal Axelsen, general manager, Personal Care Division;  Jorgen Bech Madsen, general manager, Technical Division; Etienne…

  • Avgol

    Avgol

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Tel-Aviv, Israel Sales: $160 million Description: Key Personnel Shuki Goldwasser, chairman; Nir Peleg, CEO; Achai Bonneh, vice president of technology Plants Tel Aviv, Israel; Mocksville, NC, China, Eastern Europe ISO Status ISO 9002 Ce…

  • Buckeye

    Buckeye

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Memphis, TN Sales: $241 million Description: Key Personnel Marko Rajamaa,  vice president, Nonwovens; Chip Aiken, senior vice president, nanufacturing;  Mike Brown,  Non­wovens Sales Manager—Americas and Far East;…

  • Johns Manville

    Johns Manville

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Denver, CO Sales: $530 million Description: Key Personnel Dion Persson, senior vice president, engineered products group; Fred Stephan, vice president for high performance nonwovens; Zain Mahmood, vice president for construction materi…

  • Fiberweb

    Fiberweb

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Old Hickory, TN Sales: $1.1 billion Description: BBA Fiberweb - Industrial North America Old Hickory, TN BBA Fiberweb - Hygiene Americas Simpsonville, SC Plants Bethune, SC; Green Bay, WI; Gray Court, SC; Griswoldville, MA; Queretaro, Me…

  • PGI

    PGI

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Charlotte, NC Sales: $948 million Description: Key Personnel James Schaeffer, chief executive officer; Willis (Billy) Moore, III, chief financial officer; Mike Hale, vice president and general manager—U.S. Nonwovens; Fernando Espino…

  • Ahlstrom

    Ahlstrom

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Helsinki, Finland Sales: $928 million Description: Personnel Jukka Moisio, president and CEO; Randal Davis, senior vice president and general manager, filtration; Claudio Ermondi, senior vice president and general manager, nonwovens; T…

  • Kimberly-Clark

    Kimberly-Clark

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Dallas, TX Sales: $1.2 billion Description: Key Personnel Thomas Falk, chairman and CEO; Rosalind Brewer, president, Global Nonwovens Operations and Technology and Mark Foreste, vice president, Partnership Products Business Plants Corint…

  • DuPont

    DuPont

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Wilmington, DE Sales: $1.35 billion Description: Key Personnel Matt Trerotola, vice president and general manager DuPont Nonwovens; Mahesh Mansukhani, global business director-Tyvek/Typar and Nigel Budden, global business director-Sont…

  • Freudenberg

    Freudenberg

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Weinheim, Germany Sales: $1.4 billion Description: "Key Personnel Management Board: Stephan Tanda, president and CEO, Dr. René Wollert, CFO; Walter Schwarz, managing director, North America; Georg Brasch, managing director,…

  • Kotex Rolls Into Turkey

    December 28, 2005
    Hogla-Kimberly Ltd., an associated company, has begun rolling out Kotex feminine hygiene products in Turkey as part of its strategy of exanding activity in the country. While further brand launches have not yet been announced in Turkey, the company h…