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  • Reusable Underlay

    October 3, 2005
    Dyckhoff has extended its range of Trevira Bioactive textiles to include reusable underlays for beds. Composed of four layers, the underlay is breathable, watertight and impermeable to urine and blood. It can absorb liquids up to 480 ml/m2. Customers…

  • Needled Felt Material

    October 3, 2005
    New from Bouckaert Industrial Textiles is Tuffelt, a unique new needled felt material made of both synthetic and natural fibers. Featuring superior tensile strength, the low weight fabric has a standard weight of 10 ounces per square yard with a thic…

  • Personnel Changes At Nordson Corporation

    October 3, 2005
    Several personnel changes are underway at Nordson Corporation. John Keane was elected a corporate senior vice president and will have worldwide responsibility for the Adhesive Dis­pensing and Nonwoven Fiber Sys­tems business segment. Addition­ally,…

  • Updates To The Management Team At ABB

    October 3, 2005
    ABB, Raleigh, NC, has made two key updates to its management team. Bruce Wittbrodt has been named senior vice president and general manager of ABB's automation products, low voltage systems, North American operations. Ad­ditionally, Mike Plaster…

  • Linpac Materials Handling Has Two Personnel Applointments

    October 3, 2005
    Linpac Materials Handling has made two recent personnel appointments. Stuart Hayden has been named plant manager of the company's Georgetown, KY manufacturing facility while Brigitte Mader has been promoted to marketing specialist with a focus on the…

  • Eduard Kusters Maschinenfabrik GmbH & Co. KG

    October 3, 2005
    Effective July 2005, Jens Kellersmann has assumed responsibility for the corporate communication of Eduard Küsters Maschinenfabrik GmbH & Co. KG. In addition, he is entrusted with the marketing and communication for the paper division of the…

  • Adhesives Research Has A New Manager of Environmental Health and Safety

    October 3, 2005
    Brian Smith has assumed the role of manager of environmental health and safety at Adhesives Research, Glen Rock, PA. Mr. Smith has been with Adhesives Research since 1999, most recently as the company’s EH&S group leader. In this position, he coordin…

  • Michelman Has Named VP of Global Operations

    October 3, 2005
    Michelman, Cincinnati, OH, has named Donald Wiseman vice president of global operations. Former group director of plastics at Americhem, Inc., Mr. Wiseman will be responsible for all global manufacturing operations, logistics, engineering, process en…

  • The ChemQuest Group

    October 3, 2005
    The ChemQuest Group has appointed Zhiming Zhou general manager, China. Dr. Zhou will be located at ChemQuest’s newly opened office in China. Prior to joining ChemQuest, Dr. Zhou worked for 3M where he served as team leader for consumer products and…

  • BASF Names New Leader Of European Adhesive and Construction Business

    October 3, 2005
    As of September 1, 2005, Jan-Peter Sander is the new head of BASF’s adhesive and construction industry business in Europe. He succeeds Ralph Schweens, who now leads global marketing coordination for BASF Polyurethanes in Brussels. He joined BASF in 1…

  • Several Recent Personnel Changes at BBA Fiberweb

    October 3, 2005
    BBA Fiberweb, Simpsonville, SC, has made several recent personnel changes. Sam Depriest has joined BBA Fiberweb’s Graphic Arts group as area manager for the Midwest territory. Also new to the group is Shawn Davis, who will cover the Northeast region…

  • BASF Names New Leader Of European Adhesive and Construction Business

    October 3, 2005
    BASF Names New Leader Of European Adhesive and Construction Business BBA Fiberweb, Simpsonville, SC, has made several recent personnel changes. Sam Depriest has joined BBA Fiberweb’s Graphic Arts group as area manager for the Midwest territ…

  • Airlaid: State Of The Industry

    October 3, 2005
    better...but not good

  • Industrial Wipes - Undergoing Change

    October 3, 2005
    the advantages of targeted features are projecting a substantial future for nonwoven wipes

  • Fooling While Rome Burns?

    October 3, 2005
    EPA announces lengthy delay to industrial wiper rule

  • Liberty Fibers Files For Bankruptcy

    October 3, 2005
    Rayon staple fiber producer Liberty Fibers Corporation, Lowland, TN, has closed its Lowland plant and filed for Chapter 11 protection with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court. The operation was previously known as the Lenzing Fibers plant of former parent comp…

  • Ahlstrom To Add Spunlace Line In U.S.

    September 29, 2005
    Ahlstrom Corporation will invest in a new spunlace machine at its Green Bay, WI plant. The additional capacity will primarily serve the growing North American wipes market with spunlace composites technology. According to Ahlstrom, the new line will…

  • K-C Expands Presence in China

    September 29, 2005
    Kimberly-Clark has completed construction of its production facility in Beijing, China. The company expects the operation to not only satisfy increasing domestic demands but also be responsible for supplying personal care products for its global mark…

  • NSC, Rieter Join Forces

    September 29, 2005
    NSC Groupe, Guebwiller, France, and Rieter Textile Systems, Winterthur, Switzerland, have signed an agreement between their nonwovens businesses—NSC Nonwoven  (Asselin-Thibeau) and Rieter Perfojet. The collaboration is expected to benefit…

  • INDA Relocates Conference

    September 29, 2005
    Due to damage caused by Hurricane Katrina in September, INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, will relocate the Vision 2006 Consumer Products Conference. Formerly slated to take place at the Sheraton New Orleans in New Orleans, LA, the…

  • Foss Files For Bankruptcy; CEO Resigns

    September 21, 2005
    The world’s 18th largest roll goods producer Foss Manufacturing Company, Hampton, NH, has filed a petition for relief under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. In conjunction with the bankruptcy petition, Foss has filed a request that the c…

  • Ahlstrom To Add Nanofiber Line

    September 21, 2005
    Plans are underway at Ahlstrom Corporation, Helsinki, Finland, to add proprietary nanofiber production capabilities in North America, particularly for its filtration business. The new line will allow Ahlstrom to apply nanofibers to a variety of filtr…

  • PGI Donates Blankets For Katrina Victims

    September 21, 2005
    Polymer Group Inc.’s Chicopee division has donated a truckload of blankets for victims of Hurricane Katrina and other emergencies. Designed to protect victims from sun, water and wind, the two-sided blankets are made of a new type of lighter we…

  • K-C Launches Kleenguard Garments In India

    September 21, 2005
    Kleenguard protective garments are being introduced in India by disposable product giant Kimberly-Clark. The products target the pharmaceutical, automotive and food processing industries. According to Graham Bennett, group general manager, South Asia…

  • Vision Conference To Relocate

    September 13, 2005
    Due to damage caused by Hurricane Katrina, INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, will relocate the Vision 2006 Consumer Products Conference. Formerly slated to take place at the Sheraton New Orleans in New Orleans, LA, the event will be…

  • Dow Declares Force Majeure

    September 13, 2005
    The Dow Chemical Company, Midland, MI, has declared force majeure for all ethyleneamine products produced at the Union Carbide facilities at its St. Charles Operations (SCO) in Hahnville, LA. “We are assessing the full impact of Hurricane Katri…

  • Dan-Web Restructures

    September 13, 2005
    Dan-Web A/S has completed a corporate restructuring following a period of low order intake that the company attributes to excess capacity in the global airlaid industry. The three former companies Den-Webforming International A/S, Dan-Web Research &a…

  • DuPont To Launch Facility In Korea

    September 13, 2005
    DuPont, Wilmington, DE, has finalized an agreement with the Republic of Korea to build a $12 million nonwovens market development manufacturing facility in the province of Gyeong-gi, near Seoul. "This agreement is an example of DuPont executing…

  • PGI Updates Strategic Plans

    September 7, 2005
    Polymer Group, Inc. has updated its plans regarding the company's previously announced review of strategic alternatives. In May the company announced that it would begin reviewing strategic alternatives to maximize shareholder value that could incl…

  • Fiber Prices To Increase

    September 7, 2005
    Austrian cellulose fiber producer The Lenzing Group has announced plans to increase fiber prices beginning in the fourth quarter. Increases of at least 5%, depending on fiber type, are expected, taking effect October 1. The increases will apply to fi…

  • SCA India To Market AI Products

    September 7, 2005
    SCA Hygiene Products, a subsidiary of Sweden-based SCA group, has launched its incontinence products in the Indian market with a target of $70 million in turnover in the first year of operation. “The company has targeted 10 major cities in Indi…

  • DAK Americas Announces Force Majeure

    September 7, 2005
    In response to the recent hurricane on the U.S. Gulf Coast, DAK Americas has added a $.15/lb. price surcharge, effective September 5, 2005, to all of its staple fiber products sold to carpet, home furnishings, apparel, industrial and fiberfill market…

  • Meeting Women’s Needs, One At A Time

    September 4, 2005
    Kronosept AB was established in 1947 by Emil Emond, whose aim was to provide quality feminine hygiene products to fit each woman's individual needs.

  • Trial Software

    August 31, 2005
    Cognex has announced the availability of free CheckerTM trial software that can be downloaded with the latest Checker version 1.3 release. The trial software lets anyone experience the power and simplicity of Checker, a simple-to-use and inexpensive…

  • Improved Product Performance and Reduced Adhesive Usage

    August 31, 2005
    The new Universal CF nozzles from Nordson Corporation deliver consistent hot melt adhesive spray coverage, high bond strengths and low-add on rates. These nozzles are equipped with 12 orifices to uniformly distribute air, which stabilizes adhesive pa…

  • Permeability Testing

    August 31, 2005
    PBI-Dansensor has introduced a manometric gas permeability tester, the L100-5000, which measures the permeability of almost any common gas or gas mixture through films and foils. Typical gases measured include air, oxygen, nitrogen, carbon dioxide, h…

  • Flame-Retardant Textile Coatings

    August 31, 2005
    BASF and Schill + Seilacher have developed new flame-retardant formulations for BASF's Lurapret textile coatings. As a result, the coatings can slow down or even prevent the spread of fire, minimizing the injury that fire can inflict on people and th…

  • Specialty Fibers For Nonwovens Applications

    August 31, 2005
    The Germany-based manufacturer of viscose fibers Kelheim Fibres GmbH has released the trilobal fiber Galaxy within the nonwovens industry. Galaxy has previously been known for its role in the production of raw materials for the feminine hygiene indus…

  • Travel Wet-Wipes Machine

    August 31, 2005
    Teknoweb has released the Travel Lotus, which provides a low capital investment solution for customers searching for a reliable wipe converting machine that covers basic requirements. The usage of advanced servo-drive technology allows for the machin…

  • Nanofiber Composite For Filtration Materials

    August 31, 2005
    Hollingsworth & Vose has unveiled new technology, the Nanoweb, to aid in the filtration of hazardous emissions (i.e. from automobiles). Since filtration capabilities are based on the fineness of fibers, Hollingsworth & Vose makes use of the e…

  • New Project Manager at FKI Logistex

    August 31, 2005
    FKI Logistex has appointed Gary Savarese as project manager in its Northeast regional office. An industry veteran with 25 years of material handling and packaging experience, Mr. Saverese will specialize in palletizing and conveyor systems for the fo…

  • Buckeye Tech­nologies Inc. Has Elected A New Board Member

    August 31, 2005
    Lewis Holland has been elected to the board of directors of Buckeye Tech­nologies Inc., effective September 6. Mr. Holland currently serves as president of the Henry Turley Company, a real estate company specializing in the development of urban commu…

  • Reliance Industries Limited

    August 31, 2005
    Reliance Industries Limited has appointed Shri Dipak C Jain, Northwestern University’s Dean of the Kellogg School of Management as a director of the board, effective August 4. Dean Jean has been teaching at the Kellogg School of Management since 1986…

  • Freudenberg Politex Group

    August 31, 2005
    Jean-Francois Verjus has joined the management board of the Freudenberg Politex Group as chief technology officer. The management board is therefore now composed of Riccardo Sollini, president and CEO, Mr. Verjus, chief technology officer, and Riccar…

  • Hughes Joins Sunoco

    August 31, 2005
    Henry Hughes has joined the chemicals business unit of Sunoco, Inc. (R&M) as senior account manager for polypropylene sales into the nonwovens industry. Mr. Hughes will be based in Charlotte and will be responsible for managing sales of polypropylene…

  • New Melt Additives JV Formed

    August 31, 2005
    Goulston Technologies, Inc., Monroe, NC, and Hammonton, NJ-based Polyvel, Inc. have formed a joint venture to manufacture and market melt additives for the global synthetic fiber and nonwovens industries. The venture will bring together the combined…

  • Avgol Expands in North Carolina

    August 31, 2005
    Avgol, a manufacturer of spunbond and spunbond-meltblown-spunbond (SMS) nonwoven materials for use in hygiene, healthcare, construction, agriculture and furniture, is expanding its U.S. operations with a further investment of NIS 135 million. This is…

  • People in the News

    August 30, 2005
    Hughes Joins Sunoco

  • International Top 40

    August 30, 2005
    a look at the leading nonwovens producers in the world

  • Product Development Trends In The Nonwovens Industry

    August 30, 2005
    various techniques for developing products are emerging