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  • Koch Finalizes G-P Acquisition

    December 27, 2005
    Koch Industries has successfully completed its $21  billion acquisition of Georgia-Pacific Corporation. Georgia-Pacific will retain its name and operate from its Atlanta headquarters as a privately held, indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Koch…

  • Ahlstrom Continues To Invest In Filtration

    December 22, 2005
    Ahlstrom Corporation has announced its second filtration-related acquisition this week. The Helsinki, Finland-based company will acquire FiberMark’s North American absorbent materials business to help it grow in specialty filtration markets. Th…

  • Uni-Charm To Take Over Saudi Producer

    December 22, 2005
    Japanese diaper producer Uni-Charm plans to acquire 51% of Gulf Hygiene Industries, a Saudi hygiene product manufacturer. The transaction will result in Gulf Hygiene becoming a Uni-Charm subsidiary effective this month. Established in 1992, Gulf Hygi…

  • PCC Acquires GlobeTec

    December 22, 2005
    Roll goods producer and converter Precision Custom Coatings LLC (PCC), Totowa, NJ, has acquired GlobeTec Incorporated, a Maryland-based needlepunch nonwoven filtration product manufacturer. GlobeTec Incorporated has been renamed Precision Textiles, a…

  • K-C Invests In Turkey

    December 20, 2005
    Kimberly-Clark will invest $120 million in production in Turkey over the next five years and create about 1,000 jobs. The maker of Huggies diapers said in July it would cut its workforce by about 10% and  close or sell 20 plants as it works to i…

  • Ahlstrom Expands Filtration Through Lantor Buy

    December 19, 2005
    Ahlstrom Corporation has acquired the filtration business of Lantor, Inc. including its U.S. manufacturing site and Chinese operation. The transaction reinforces Ahlstrom's position in the automotive and air filtration markets by adding additional ne…

  • Celanese Announces Expansion

    December 13, 2005
    Celanese Corporation will build a 300,000 metric ton, world-scale vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) plant at the company's Nanjing, China chemical complex. The plant is expected to be operational in late 2007 or early 2008. The VAM plant will receive aceti…

  • Playtex Will Stay In Delaware

    December 12, 2005
    Playtex Products will partner with the State of Delaware to maintain its Dover site, which has been operational since 1937. The Dover site manufactures Playtex tampons and Drop-In’s disposable bottle insert liners and contains administrative of…

  • DSM Divests Polypropylene Compound Business

    December 8, 2005
    Fiberfil Engineered Plastics has acquired DSM Engineering Plastics’ North American custom compounding polypropylene business as well as a  manufacturing site in Stoney Creek, ON Canada. The sale of its polypropylene compound business is an…

  • Water Purification System

    December 8, 2005
    Millipore has announced the availability of the new RiOs 3 water purification system, designed to meet the needs of laboratories that require up to 30 L/day of high quality pure water from tap. This adaptable system is suitable for general non-critic…

  • Full-Color Brochure

    December 8, 2005
    Linpac Materials Handling has produced a new, eight-page, full-color brochure featuring its high-quality Ropak reusable container systems in a variety of applications. The Linpac General Industry Solutions brochure details the company's wide range of…

  • Pressure Transmitters

    December 8, 2005
    Dynisco Instruments has introduced a new line of pressure transmitters with Foundation Fieldbus capability. The three new models featured are: FFX2242, a thread-mounted pressure and temperature transmitter for processing applications, designed for us…

  • Cleaning Devices

    December 8, 2005
    Maxson Automatic has introduced cleaning devices that enhance slit and cross cut quality when sheeting pressure sensitive materials or other laminates where adhesive build-up on blades is likely. The design is straightforward to adjust and simple to…

  • Release Coatings Guide

    December 8, 2005
    Dow Corning has released an updated Syl-Off silicone release coatings selection guide. The new guide, which is available in English and Chinese, includes information about recent additions to the Dow Corning product line, including Syl-Off Advantage…

  • Antimicrobial Alcohol Gel Hand Wipe

    December 8, 2005
    PDI, Professional Disposables Inter­national, the healthcare division of Nice-Pak Products, Inc., has introduced Sani-Dex ALC antimicrobial alcohol gel hand wipes. They are proven effective at killing 99.99% of harmful bacteria but also remove so…

  • Universal Module

    December 8, 2005
    UM3 series universal modules are now being offered by Nordson Corporation. They provide accurate hot melt adhesive dispensing and maximize metering performance during intermittent operation. The single-platform design simplifies in-house rebuilding a…

  • Water Purification System

    December 8, 2005
    New from Millipore Corporation is a cost-effective laboratory water purification system that can convert pretreated (distillation, deionization, reverse-osmosis) water to ultrapure (Type I) water. The easy-to-use Synergy UV system is suitable for low…

  • Disposable Washcloth

    December 8, 2005
    PDI, Professional Disposables Inter­national, the Healthcare Division of Nice-Pak Products, Inc., has launched Hygea Hands 'N Face Personal Washcloths. Hygea's new washcloths have a fresh, linen scent that is invigorating and heightens the senses…

  • Web Expander Roll

    December 8, 2005
    Webex now offers the Expander Roll, a unique web handling roller that uses stretchable, elastic cords on the roll face to remove web wrinkles. As the roll turns with the traveling web, specially engineered cams stretch the surface cords in contact wi…

  • Membrane Selection Guide

    December 8, 2005
    A membrane selection guide is now available from Millipore. The easy-to-use chart for microporous filter materials features a performance characteristics table highlighting pertinent performance criteria for the company's broad range of mixed cellulo…

  • Vision Sensor Software

    December 8, 2005
    Cognex Corporation now offers new software for its In-Sight vision sensors. The new software improves workflow, eases integration and speeds deployment of vision sensors on the factory floor. In-Sight Explorer 3.1 now features the familiar Microsoft…

  • Specialty Valve Unit

    December 8, 2005
    Designed to meet the specific needs of circuit design applications, a series of specialty valve products has been developed by Mead Fluid Dynamics, Inc. In addition, these products can be modified for other specific applications. This range of produc…

  • Butt Splicer

    December 8, 2005
    Martin Automatic has introduced the MBNT butt splicer for narrow web label converting and flexible package printing. The patented rolling shear splice unit guarantees a clean cut, no overlap and a tight bond. For applications requiring tape on both s…

  • Trilobal Fiber

    December 8, 2005
    Viscose manufacturer Kelheim Fibres GmbH is a leading producer of speciality fibers for the nonwovens industry. With its trilobal Galaxy fiber it is the largest supplier worldwide for tampon fibers. Just recently Kelheim has added Viloft nonwoven to…

  • New Chairman of the American Fiber Manufacturers Asso≠ciation

    December 8, 2005
    William Ghitis has been named chairman of the American Fiber Manufacturers Asso­ciation. Vice president of apparel for Invista, Mr. Ghitis succeeds Walter Hub­bard, CEO of Honeywell Nylon. Vice president of Unifi-SANS Technical Fibers, Zach Z…

  • Basell Holdings Has Named Chief Financial Officer

    December 8, 2005
    Alan Bigman, senior vice president of Access Industries, has been named chief financial officer of Basell Holdings, succeeding Wolfgang Mende. Mr. Bigman will also be a member of the company's management board. Mr. Mende, CFO and member of the manage…

  • Geoff Bennett will lead ARcare

    December 8, 2005
    Geoff Bennett will lead ARcare, a new division within Adhesives Research focused on the manufacture of highly customized, one-of-a-kind tapes, adhesive coated products, films and laminates for customers in the pharmaceutical, medical, electronics and…

  • Lysac Group, Inc. Has Named Chief Financial Officer

    December 8, 2005
    Sherley Gough, C.A., has been named chief financial officer of Lysac Group, Inc. Ms. Gough has nearly 20 years experience in senior financial positions and as a tax adviser. She will be responsible for all aspects of the company's financial managemen…

  • Lilly Joins Clopay As Global Business Director

    December 8, 2005
    Mary Jo Lilly has joined Clopay Plastic Products Company as a global business unit director. In this role, Dr. Lilly will support Clopay's strategic growth initiatives as a part of the global sales and marketing team. Dr. Lilly brings more than 20 ye…

  • People in the News

    December 8, 2005
    Lilly Joins Clopay As Global Business DirectorrnrnMary Jo Lilly has joined Clopay Plastic Products Company as a global business unit director. In this role, Dr. Lilly will support Clopay's strategic growth initiatives as a part of the global sales an…

  • Furniture Flammability Standards Move Forward

    Peter Mayberry and Jessica Franken || December 8, 2005
    CPSC continues work on regulatory options

  • Review & Forecast

    December 8, 2005
    As 2005 draws to a close, nonwovens executives describe the year as positive for the industry.

  • It

    It's What's Inside That Counts

    Ellen Wuagneux, Associate Editor || December 8, 2005
    nonwovens play expanding role in automotive interiors

  • Hygiene Component Suppliers Provide Form, Fit and Function

    Hygiene Component Suppliers Provide Form, Fit and Function

    December 8, 2005
    pricing pressures, demands for innovation continue to define industry

  • India Nonwovens Industry To Expand

    December 6, 2005
    Nahar Spinning Mills, an Indian producer of wovens, is planning to add nonwovens production to its repertoire through the establishment of a spunlace line in Mandideep, Bhopal. The new line is expected to come online next year when it will target mai…

  • FiberMark Reorganization Plan Approved

    December 5, 2005
    The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Vermont has confirmed FiberMark’s Plan of Reorganization, setting the stage for the company's emergence from chapter 11 as a private company in early January 2006. The plan, dated November 1, 200…

  • Providing Wipers for Tough-to-Task-Specific Needs

    December 2, 2005
    Four Star Converting is a privately-owned corporation established in 1985.

  • High-tech Nonwovens For Unusual Applications

    December 2, 2005
    Fritz Landolt AG was founded in Nafels, Switzerland in 1884 and was originally a producer of ropes.

  • INDA Trade Board Adopts Positions

    December 1, 2005
    INDA’s International Trade Advisory Board (ITAB) has adopted two new position statements on global trade issues with the potential of impacting the nonwoven fabrics industry. The first statement, ITAB Support for All U.S. Free Trade Agreemen…

  • Foss Continues Operations, Despite Troubles

    December 1, 2005
    Executives from beleagured Foss Manufacturing Company have testified that sales and revenue collections have been strong since the Hampton, NH-based needlepunch manufacturer filed for bankruptcy protection in September.  According to a report fi…

  • K-Cís Lehman To Leave Next Year

    November 30, 2005
    Kimberly-Clark announced the retirement next year 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 and Partnership Products business…

  • Filtration 2005 Is A Success

    November 30, 2005
    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 than…

  • INDA Implements Changes To ITAB Structure

    November 29, 2005
    INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, has announced that its International Trade Advisory Board (ITAB) has adopted a new leadership structure and succession plan to formalize the process for selecting its future leaders. The new structu…

  • Intermediate Transfer Blanket And Method Of Producing The Same

    November 29, 2005
    An image transfer member has been patented. The member includes a release layer comprising a transfer surface adapted to receive already formed images from a first surface and transfer them to a second surface. A conforming layer is located immediat…

  • Reticulated Absorbent Composite

    November 29, 2005
    Patented is an absorbent composite made of absorbent material dispersed within a fibrous matrix. The fibrous matrix comprises bonded cellulosic fibers as well as voids and passages between voids within the matrix. The absorbent material is located wi…

  • Films, Compositions and Processes

    November 29, 2005
    An oriented polymeric film has been patented. It comprises at least one layer with a first material that is very highly crystalline polypropylene homopolymer (VHCPP), which has a very high intermolecular stereoregularity consisting of at least about…

  • Impact Absorbing Composite

    November 29, 2005
    An impact absorbing composite has been granted a patent. The impact absorbing composite comprises a plurality of impact absorbing members, each of which is solid and predominantly free of voids. A flexible layer comprises a net or open-meshed fabric.…

  • PGI Secures Refinancing

    November 28, 2005
    Polymer Group, Inc. has successfully closed and received proceeds from its new $455 million syndicated credit facility arranged by Citigroup Global Markets, Inc. The refinancing will positively impact the company’s cash flow due to its signific…

  • P&G Revamps Diaper Pricing

    November 23, 2005
    Procter & Gamble will roll back part of this summer's U.S. price increase on diapers next month but raise prices on its premium diapers in April. Effective Dec. 5, the Cincinnati, OH-based company will lower Pampers prices 2.8% and Luvs prices 3.…

  • Ahlstrom Invests In Turin Plant

    November 23, 2005
    Ahlstrom is investing €7 million in a new cogeneration facility at its Turin, Italy plant. The new facility, due for completion in early 2007, will secure a competitive supply of steam and electricity to serve the energy needs of Ahlstrom’…