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  • 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 Association

    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-Cs 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’…

  • Asahi Kasei Makes Spandex Acquisition

    November 22, 2005
    Asahi Kasei says it has signed a memorandum of understanding to purchase Lanexess’ Dorlastan spandex business including production facilities in Dormagen, Germany and Bushy Park, SC. Lanxess’s annual spandex capacity is 9000 metric tons a…

  • Poly(trimethylene dicarboxylate) Fibers, Their Manufacture And Use

    November 22, 2005
    A process for preparing poly(trimethylene terephthalate) fiber has been issued a patent. The process involves providing a poly(trimethylene terephthalate) composition comprising about 0.05 to about 10 weight % ionomer and spinning the polymer composi…

  • Spandex Maker Adds Capacity

    November 18, 2005
    Spandex maker RadiciSpandex has added capacity of its Type S-17OC spandex for the baby diaper market at its plant in Tuscaloosa, AL.  RadiciSpandex has stepped up production of S-17PC, which is now a more robust and stronger fiber that allows be…

  • Lenzing To Raise Prices In 2006

    November 18, 2005
    The Lenzing Group, will  increase prices of its manmade cellulosic fibers by at least 5% at the beginning of the first quarter 2006. The exact price increases will depend on the fiber type and new  new prices apply to textile and nonwoven f…

  • Playtex Streamlines

    November 17, 2005
    Playtex Products has sold its non-core brand assets including Baby Magic, Mr. Bubble, Ogilvie, Binaca, Dorothy Gray, Dentax, Tek, Tussy, Chubs, and Better Off. The brands were sold to Cenuco, Inc., parent company of Lander, a health and beauty care p…

  • Spunbond Drive Continues At BBA

    November 17, 2005
    Fiberweb, BBA Group’s nonwovens business, will invest $25 million in adding a 20,000 meter per year Reifenhauser 4 spunbond production line at its Norrköping, Sweden nonwovens facility. The 5.2 meter line, which will replace existing techn…

  • Kuraray Explores New Technology

    November 16, 2005
    Japanese roll goods producer Kuraray Kuraflex is initiating a pilot plant capable of making a new type of nonwoven. This material is made by twining fibers with stream spray through technology devloped jointly by Kuraray Kuraflex and MRE. Kuraray Kur…

  • San-Dia Responds To China's Thirst For SAP

    November 15, 2005
    San-Dia Polymers’ superabsorbent polymer plant in China, which began production last spring, has been so successful the Japanese company plans to expand its presence there. The existing 20,000 tons capacity will be enhanced with an additional 3…

  • Trim Removal System

    November 15, 2005
    Converter Accessories has added the new FX 1.5 to its family of Fox Trim­Away and Fox Runner venturi trim removal systems. Requested by customers looking for another option, the FX1.5 is significantly smaller than the FX2 and less costly. The FX1…

  • Differential Shaft

    November 15, 2005
    Tidland Corporation has made significant changes to its existing line of Equalizer Series Differential Shafts that will allow converters to choose the level of control required for the materials they work with most often. The new D4 differential shaf…

  • High Speed Coating System

    November 15, 2005
    At 1610 meters per minute (60 miles per hour), Dow Corning’s new Syl-Off Advantage Series high-speed, solventless silicone coating system has set a new world speed record for siliconizing paper. Coverage was excellent and there was no visible s…

  • Production Cost Dataset

    November 15, 2005
    Fisher International has released the latest version of its Fisher Logic Cost Benchmarking, a comprehensive and consistent cost benchmarking tool. The new version covers virtually every operating mill in the world, from the U.S. and Canada to Chile a…

  • Stainless Steel Vision Sensor

    November 15, 2005
    Available this month from Cognex Corporation is the In-Sight 5400S, a stainless steel vision sensor suitable for tough environments. The In-Sight 5400S is an industrial-grade vision sensor that meets IEC specifications for shock and vibration and ach…

  • Disposable Germicidal Wipe

    November 15, 2005
    PDI, Professional Disposables Intern­ational, the healthcare division of Nice-Pak Products, Inc., has introduced Sani-Cloth Plus and Super Sani-Cloth Germicidal Disposable Wipes to kill Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV…

  • Inspection System

    November 15, 2005
    New from BST Pro Mark is a 100% inspection system for narrow web label presses and rewinders. Shark was designed for use on a rewinder or narrow web press and features a defect management software package that was designed to speed up the defect mana…

  • Slitting System

    November 15, 2005
    Dienes Werke has introduced the Twin Cut fully automatic slitting system designed to process products, such as paper, film, foil and nonwovens by utilizing a set of identical knives on the top and bottom, which employ non-compression (NC) technology.…

  • Medical Tape

    November 15, 2005
    Scapa Medical has introduced Medifix 6042, a soft and highly conformable medical grade polyurethane tape for direct skin applications including dressings, wound care and medical device attachment. Gentle and moisture permeable, the product is formula…