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  • 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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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…

  • 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…