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  • 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…

  • The Nanoval process - Best for finefiber spunbonds

    February 10, 2006
    Main features are the use of cold air at moderate pressure with robust equipment to produce fine filaments. The process is based on a different mechanism producing fine and finest filaments: one melt monofil splits up into a number (normally around 5…

  • Open Head Steel Drum

    February 10, 2006
    CEP’s open-head steel drums are ideal for transporting and storing hazardous and non-hazardous materials including sorbents, rags, wipes and towels. These 55-gallon steel drums have approved linings that comply with Food and Drug Administration…

  • Roll Stand Feature

    February 10, 2006
    Maxson Automatic Machinery Company has developed a low roll diameter detection design that aids an operator by automatically slowing a sheeter to stop when a preset roll diameter is reached at the roll stand. This feature allows the operator to monit…

  • New President & CEO Of NatureWorks

    February 10, 2006
    Dennis McGrew became the new president and chief executive officer of NatureWorks LLC, Minnetonka, MN, a wholly owned business unit of Cargill, effective last month. NatureWorks is the first company to offer a family of commercially available polymer…

  • Three New Invista Board Members

    February 10, 2006
    As three Koch company executives accept roles at Georgia-Pacific Corporation and depart the Invista board of directors, three new Invista board members have been appointed. Jeff Gentry, president of Koch Mineral Services and Koch In­dustries, Inc…

  • New Senior Leadership Team In Place

    February 10, 2006
    Georgia-Pacific Corp., Atlanta, GA, which was recently purchased by Koch In­dustries, has put a new senior leadership team in place. Among the new leaders is Bill Caffey, who will serve as executive vice president, operations and compliance. The…

  • New Management Teams In Place At Buckeye, Georgia-Pacific

    February 10, 2006
    Buckeye Technologies Inc. has established a new organization effective this month with a mission of bringing new products to the market on an accelerated schedule. Jeffery Cook, who has been appointed senior vice president, marketing, will lead the n…

  • People in the News

    February 10, 2006
    New Management Teams In Place At Buckeye, Georgia-Pacific rnBuckeye Technologies Inc. has established a new organization effective this month with a mission of bringing new products to the market on an accelerated schedule. Jeffery Cook, who has been…

  • WTO Ministerial Meeting Yields Meager Results

    Peter Mayberry and Jessica Franken || February 10, 2006
    dispute dominates negotiations

  • Why Wipes Won't Go Away

    February 10, 2006
    According to INDA's recent analysis of wipes, household wipes now comprise the majority of North American disposable wipes sales. Experts say that the success of this market has largely been caused by the widespread popularity of electrostatic and we…

  • Spunmelt Directory

    February 10, 2006
    Advanced Design Concepts Rethanustrasse 12 D-30159 Hanover Germany Telephone: 49-517-1408660 Fax: 49-517-1408601 E-mail: jabed@bbafiberweb.com Web: www.advanceddesignconcepts.com   Advanced Fabrics (SAAF) P.O. Box 1065 Al Ahsa…

  • Visions From Vision

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || February 10, 2006
    INDA�s latest consumer products conference is a success.

  • The QC Quest

    The QC Quest

    Ellen Wuagneux, Associate Editor || February 10, 2006
    quality control and inspection system suppliers keep striving for perfection as customers continue to demand it

  • Household Care: A Homerun For Wipes

    Household Care: A Homerun For Wipes

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || February 10, 2006
    floor cleaning cloths boost household wipes market beyond baby wipes in North America

  • Spunmelt: What

    Spunmelt: What's With All The Hype?

    Nonwovens Staff, Nonwovens Staff || February 10, 2006
    in response to demand from hygiene and medical markets, manufacturers add capacity throughout the world

  • Buckeye To Focus On Trimming Costs

    February 9, 2006
    Buckeye Technologies has established a new organization whose mission is to lead efforts in lowering costs, reducing working capital and eliminating waste. The company intends to implement the "Lean Enterprise" methodology throughout its op…

  • Polypropylene Grade Delivers Optical Performance

    February 8, 2006
    Borealis has introduced a new polypropylene Borpact grade to film converters and product manufacturers which offers solutions to the packaging industry due to a unique combination of low temperature resistance, high stiffness, high heat resistance an…

  • Basell To Close PP Plant

    February 8, 2006
    As part of an ongoing review of the its manufacturing assets to assess the long-term viability, Basell is planning to close its LIPP polypropylene technology plant in Pernis, The Netherlands by mid-2007. Werner Breuers, president of Basell Polyole…

  • Ahlstrom Reports Improved Profitability

    February 7, 2006
    Finnish roll goods producer Ahlstrom recently reported positive annual financial results. In 2005 the company’s operating profit amounted to €117.2 million compared to €62.1 million in 2004. Excluding non-recurring gains totaling &eur…

  • P&G Sales And Earnings Up

    February 7, 2006
    Quarterly earnings for consumer product giant Procter and Gamble, Cincinnati, OH, have jumped 29% from a year ago to 2.55 billion dollars. Earnings for the second fiscal quarter amounted to 72 cents per share, better than the 69 cents expected on Wal…

  • PCC Product Addresses Mattress Flammability

    February 7, 2006
    Precision Custom Coatings has developed Precision Flame Protection (PFP), a nonwoven flame retardant  product that meets the most stringent mattress flammability  standards in the U.S. Precision Flame Protection has been  tested by Und…

  • Ginni Filaments Enters Indian Wipes Market

    February 7, 2006
    Indian textile manufacturer Ginni Filaments has developed personal hygiene and beauty care products for children and women. Last year, the company announced its was constructing a spunlace manufacturing plant in Gujarat, India in an investment valued…

  • Pressure Sensitive Adhesive Fibers With A Reinforcing Material

    February 7, 2006
    An adhesive nonwoven web made of pressure sensitive adhesive fibers was patented. The pressure sensitive adhesive fibers comprise: a pressure sensitive adhesive component and an organic polymeric reinforcing material with a plurality of substantially…

  • Individual Package Of Body Fluid Absorbent Article

    February 7, 2006
    Patented is an individual package of a body fluid absorbent article. The article features an absorbent body to be inserted into a vagina with a package sheet in the form of a packaging bag. Also included is a used substance-disposing sheet for wrappi…

  • Pull-On Disposable Diaper

    February 7, 2006
    A pull-on disposable diaper has been issued a patent. The article includes a liquid-pervious topsheet, a liquid-impervious backsheet, a liquid-absorbent core between the top- and backsheet and a front waist region with transversely opposite side edge…

  • K-C Enhances Relationship with U.S. Green Building Council

    February 6, 2006
    In an effort to help commercial buildings improve their indoor air quality, Kimberly-Clark Corporation—a member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)—offers a range of advanced air filter media, along with educational materials and t…

  • Fitti Set To Grow In Dominican Republic

    February 6, 2006
    PHS Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of Synergy Brands, will expand its Fitti diaper business in the Dominican Republic.  The company believes that the Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), which has been delayed, as well as promotional…

  • Sandler Adds To Technical Nonwovens

    February 3, 2006
    Sandler AG  is investing €25 million in its Schwarzenbach/Saale, Germany site to bolster its technical nonwovens operations.  This investment follows a smaller effort, valued at €10 million, to establish new technology for the pro…

  • Tredegar To Shut Down Georgia Facility

    February 2, 2006
    Tredegar Film Products will close its plant in LaGrange, GA by May 1 after efforts to find a buyer for the facility were unsuccessful. The plant, which employs 76 people, has been for sale since early 2005. Efforts to find a suitable buyer have been…

  • Hercules Sells Portion of FiberVisions

    February 2, 2006
    Hercules Incorporated will sell a 51% interest in FiberVisions to Snow, Phipps & Guggenheim, L. P., an affiliate of SPG Partners, LLC ("SPG"), a New York-based private equity firm. Under terms of the agreement, Hercules will receive an…

  • SAAF Gains Private Investor

    February 2, 2006
    Abdulrahman Saleh Al-Rajhi & Partners Co. Ltd., a private Equity Fund, has purchased a 49% stake in Saudi Arabian based Advanced Fabrics (SAAF), a manufacturer of spunmelt nonwovens. This is the fund’s first involvement in nonwovens. SAAF h…

  • Novamelt Plans U.S. Expansion

    January 31, 2006
    German pressure-sensitive adhesives specialist Novamelt is expanding production into the U.S. through a joint venture with Jowat, a manufacturer of industrial adhesives for the wood manufacturing, paper and packaging and textile and automotive indust…

  • Disposable Shorts

    January 31, 2006
    Disposable underpants have been patented. The underpants include an underpants member formed of a first sheet as an outermost layer and a second sheet located inside the first sheet. An absorbent member is located on the second sheet at the inner sid…

  • Disposable Diaper

    January 31, 2006
    A disposable diaper has been patented. The diaper includes a cover member with a front waist region, a back waist region and a crotch region. A liquid-absorbent panel includes a top sheet defining a body-facing surface, a back sheet defining an oppos…

  • Fasteners Engageable With Loops Of Nonwoven Fabrics And With Other Open Structures, And Methods And Machines For Making Fasteners

    January 31, 2006
    Patented is a hook fastener pre-form product for subsequent formation of a loop engaging hook fastener product. The pre-form product has a base sheet with a surface of thermoplastic resin and a plurality of stem formations formed integrally with the…

  • Nonwovens Study Published

    January 26, 2006
    Demand for nonwoven roll goods is projected to increase 4% to $5.1 billion in 2009, driven by gains in filtration, construction, wipes and electronics, according to a recent study conducted by the Freedonia Group. Gains, however, wll be limited to so…

  • Buckeye Reports Results

    January 25, 2006
    Roll goods producer Buckeye Technologies Inc., Memphis, TN, has reported financial results for the quarter ended December 31, 2005. Quarterly net sales were $188.3 million, 4% above the $180.6 million in the same quarter of the prior year.  &n…