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  • K-C Quarterly Results Released

    January 24, 2006
    Absorbent product giant Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Dallas, TX, today reported that sales in the fourth quarter of 2005 rose 2.8% to $4 billion, with higher sales volumes, net selling prices and favorable product mix all contributing to the improveme…

  • Absorbent Article With Phase Change Material

    January 24, 2006
    An absorbent article was recently granted a patent. It features a liquid impervious backsheet, a liquid pervious topsheet joined to the backsheet and an absorbent core disposed intermediate to the topsheet and the backsheet. A thermal cell actuator i…

  • Absorbent Articles Having Removable Components

    January 24, 2006
    Patented is a disposable absorbent article with a first waist region, a second waist region and a crotch region positioned between the first waist region and the second waist region. The absorbent article also has a backsheet joined to a fluid pervio…

  • Disposable Absorbent Articles Having Multiple Absorbent Core Components Including Replaceable Components

    January 24, 2006
    A disposable absorbent article adapted to be worn about a lower torso of a human body was patented. The article includes a chassis forming a waist opening and a pair of leg openings. It also has longitudinally opposing first and second waist end edge…

  • Separable Layer Of Bonding Material, Laminate And Method For Making Same

    January 24, 2006
    Patented is a laminate with a backing layer and a top layer, which are laminated together with a separable layer of permanently thermoplastic bonding material extruded by extrusion lamination. The laminate is made up of a mixture of silicone-modifie…

  • K-C Builds On Toiletry Success

    January 20, 2006
    Kimberly-Clark is building on the success of its Huggies baby toiletries line with the launch of Huggies Cleanteam bath and body products. The new product line, which features trademarked, letter-shaped characters called Alphamals, helps moms teach t…

  • Ahlstrom Invests In Filtration, Again

    January 20, 2006
    Ahlstrom has made its third filtration-related purchase in less than a month. The Helsinki-based company has agreed to buy HRS Textiles, a Darlington, SC maker of specialty nonwovens serving mainly North American air and liquid filtration markets. Th…

  • Foss Probe Continues

    January 19, 2006
    A bankruptcy court judge has given creditors of Foss Manufacturing permission to investigate allegations that former chief executive officer Steven Foss used company money for personal reasons, according to a report published by The Portsmouth Herald…

  • Tyco Announces Plans To Split

    January 17, 2006
    Tyco International Ltd. has announced intentions to split into three separate public companies, ending years of speculation about the company's future as a single entity. The company said it will split its electronics and health care—including…

  • Disposable Adhesive Delivery Pad For Dental Cleaning Pastes And Solutions

    January 17, 2006
    A dental material delivery pad for adhesive attachment to a hand or glove was issued a patent. The article includes a planar delivery pad including a paperboard laminated with metal foil. The pad has a delivery portion, an attachment portion, a top s…

  • Disposable Cutting Sheet

    January 17, 2006
    Patented is a disposable cutting sheet for cutting and preparation of food items. The sheet includes a first cut-resistant layer with a first surface area and a cellulosic ply and a thermoplastic material ply. The thermoplastic material ply of the fi…

  • Powdery Single-Layer Film Laminate And Process For Producing The Same

    January 17, 2006
    A powdery single-layer film laminate has been patented. The laminate features a substrate, a binder layer and a powdery single-layer film composed of a large number of powdery particles embedded in a single-layer in a partially protruded state on the…

  • Fiber Reinforced Composite Article, Fiber Member, And Method For Making

    January 17, 2006
    A fiber reinforced composite article was recently patented. The article includes a first surface, a second surface opposed to and spaced apart from the first surface, a matrix and reinforcing fibers there between. It has a plurality of discrete regio…

  • Sanitary Napkin Having Core Predisposed To A Convex Upward Configuration

    January 17, 2006
    A sanitary napkin has been patented. Featuring a longitudinal centerline and a lateral centerline orthogonal thereto, the napkin has longitudinal side margins and transverse ends. The sanitary napkin includes a liquid pervious topsheet, a liquid impe…

  • Protective Undergarment

    January 17, 2006
    A protective garment has been granted a patent. An integrally formed garment body of a liquid impermeable material has an inner surface with a first portion and a second portion. An absorptive device is associated with the second portion of the inner…

  • Sanitary Panty

    January 17, 2006
    Patented is a sanitary panty with a waistband in a waist part, leg bands in leg openings and a napkin-fitting portion in a crotch part. In a flattened manner, a dimensional ratio between a center front length from the crotch part to the waist part an…

  • 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