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  • Multi-Layer Wiping Device

    January 17, 2006
    A multi-layer article has been granted a patent. The article has a first layer comprising a first ply and a second ply joined to the first ply in a face-to-face relationship at a plurality of discrete bond sites. The first and second plies form an in…

  • Pack For Adhesive Sheets

    January 17, 2006
    Patented is a combination comprising at least one adhesive sheet with a top adhesive face, a bottom adhesive face and four sides. The article also features a UV-impermeable material applied to at least both of the faces or entirely enclosing at least…

  • JM Announces New Construction Products

    January 11, 2006
    Johns Manville's Engineered Products Group, has responded to builders’ needs to build better homes with two new products— Gorilla Wrap, a translucent, non-perforated housewrap and DuraBase, an asphalt and nonwoven polyester roofing under…

  • Force Gauge

    January 9, 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 eac…

  • Dual-Knife Rotary Cutter

    January 9, 2006
    Maxson Automatic Machinery has introduced an affordable sheeter model offering dual knife rotary cutter technology to printing and converting operations. The design employs a high speed cutter outfitted with a delivery system that includes a reject g…

  • Resin For Spunbond Nonwovens

    January 9, 2006
    Basell has developed a new resin, Moplen RP1669, which adds a soft touch and cloth-like feel to nonwoven materials for hygienic, personal care and medical apparel applications. Moplen RP1669 is an innovative copolymer based on Basell’s state-of…

  • Splicers

    January 9, 2006
    A pharmaceutical packager recently benefited from Martin Automatic’s machinery. The company wanted to increase throughput on an existing filling line by running non-stop. It was not a high speed line—less than 50 fpm—but the manual…

  • Traverse Winder

    January 9, 2006
    Independent Machine Co. has developed a system for slitting and traverse winding PSA tapes and foam. The new 20-inch-wide system includes a double supported unwind for supply rolls to 48 inches OD with auto edge guide and programmable tension control…

  • Festoon

    January 9, 2006
    Maxson Automatic Machinery Company has introduced a festoon that allows inline sheeters to closely match the speed of down line processes, thereby maintaining accurate sheet length. The system provides a closed-loop tension control for the roll stand…

  • Full-Color Brochure

    January 9, 2006
    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 ra…

  • Pressure Transmitters

    January 9, 2006
    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

    January 9, 2006
    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…

  • Sanitary Line

    January 9, 2006
    GDM has improved its sanitary towel product line based on the Matrix platform. This version is fully compatible with the MSS (Modular Supply System) protocol, which is a characteristic of this platform, and performs at the highest levels of quality f…

  • Spunlace System

    January 9, 2006
    Fleissner has designed a new spunlace system for fabrics in sanitary, medical, hygiene, cosmetic and wet wipes markets with a lower investment cost. The machine can produce both plain or perforated/structured fabrics. The unit can be equipped with on…

  • Winders

    January 9, 2006
    Nuova Protex, Sumirago, Italy, produces monofilament, tape, ribbon, strapping tape and multifilament winders. The company designs and builds a variety of winders for lower speed process in a variety of denier ranges. The most popular of these winders…

  • Automatic Plate Cleaning System

    January 9, 2006
    Omet has developed a new plate cleaning system for high quality napkin lines. This system is easy to apply on existing Omet machines, completely eliminating machine stops for cleaning and guaranteeing a constant and continuous high quality print. The…

  • Ultrasonic Bonder

    January 9, 2006
    Sonobond Ultrasonics has unveiled its Filter Collar Bonder. The new ultrasonic bonder is designed for attaching rigid plastic circular frames to nonwoven filter bags. It is ideal for low-production assembly of bag filters for chemical and industrial…

  • Bosch Rexroth Has Named Key Managers

    January 9, 2006
    Bosch Rexroth has named key managers for its new business initiative called Bosch Rexroth Oil Control, North America. Leading the new initiative will be Michael Boehm as director for compact hydraulics. Mr. Boehm has more than 20 years experience in…

  • Sales Chief For Enka tecnica, North America

    January 9, 2006
    Enka tecnica has named Petra Ferreira sales chief for North America. Ms. Ferreira joined Enka tecnica eight years ago as management assistant in the polyester spinning plant. Since then, she has worked in the inside sales department and most recently…

  • Commercial Development Manager At Adhesives Research

    January 9, 2006
    Thomas Rimel, Jr. is now commercial development manager at Adhesives Research. In this position, he is responsible for identifying new market segments and applications that would benefit from Adhesives Research’s high performance products and t…

  • Peter Krummeck Joins Sun Chemical Performance Pigments

    January 9, 2006
    Last month Peter Krummeck joined Sun Chemical Performance Pigments as director of sales-international. In this role, Mr. Krummeck will be responsible for all sales and sales-related activities outside of North America for coatings, inks, plastics and…

  • Avery Dennison Corporation

    January 9, 2006
    Avery Dennison Corporation has elected Kent Kresa non-executive chairman of the board of directors. As part of this planned transition of executive leadership, Philip Neal, chairman and former chief executive officer of Avery Dennison, is retiring fr…

  • Two Key Personnel Changes At Suominen Nonwovens

    January 9, 2006
    Two key personnel changes have taken place at Suominen Nonwovens. In the first, Sakari Santa-Paavola has been appointed vice president and general manager of Suominen Nonwovens. He has been working as commercial director of the company since early 20…

  • Johns Manville

    January 9, 2006
    Michael Rosenzweig has joined Johns Manville as senior vice president, corporate development and general counsel. Mr. Rosenzweig, who will report directly to Steve Hochhauser, JM’s chairman, president, and CEO, will lead the company’s cor…

  • Buckeye Technologies Has Made Management Changes

    January 9, 2006
    Buckeye Technologies has recently made several management changes. Among them, F. Gray Carter will become vice president, purchasing and logistics. Mr. Carter will lead Buckeye’s purchasing and logistics organization. In another recent pers…

  • Polymer Group Has Initiated Two Appointments

    January 9, 2006
    Polymer Group has initiated two appointments in its global medical business unit to support ongoing growth, including the addition of the company’s fully integrated medical production facility in Asia. Fernando Marin has joined the company as s…

  • K-C's B2B President To Retire

    January 9, 2006
    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 and Partnership Products businesses. P…

  • 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…