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  • 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…

  • Non-Iron Stretch Fabric

    November 15, 2005
    Dow Fiber Solutions has unveiled Dow XL fiber, a new stretch solution that can be combined with non-iron finishes to create easy-wear, easy-care textiles. The company is partnering with the textile industry to provide differentiated solutions for bra…

  • DPM Verification Report

    November 15, 2005
    Cognex has introduced a DPM verification report. The free report discusses 10 important considerations to make when choosing a DPMV system. Direct Part Mark (DPM) identification is a key industrial identification (ID) segment. DPM ID involves directl…

  • Rotary Screw Compressor

    November 15, 2005
    Atlas Copco’s industrial air division has launched a range of premium oil-injected rotary screw compressors from 30 to 90 kW. The new GA Plus WorkPlace Air Systems range provides premium performance with industry leading free air delivery and e…

  • Training Module

    November 15, 2005
    Tidland Corporation has released its Tech Tip online training module. The training tool provides a step-by-step demonstration of routine maintenance for mill-duty air shafts. It also provides operators and maintenance personnel an alternative to prin…

  • Slide Plate Breaker

    November 15, 2005
    Indeco North American has introduced a new line of breakers, the High Per­formance (HP) Series, which offers numerous technological advancements, including light weight and hydraulic efficiency and a new product design featuring slim line structu…

  • Multifunctional Wipe

    November 15, 2005
    New from Market Quest are Dry Scrub Wipes featuring dry active ingredients into open web forming structures. These highloft structures of nonwoven substrates have an open inner or middle core, in addition to a flat top and bottom. In addition, these…

  • FKI Logistex

    November 15, 2005
    Dick Braatz will serve as the new vice president of manufacturing for the North American business of FKI Logistex. Mr. Braatz, a seasoned manufacturing professional, reports to Steve Ackerman, president, FKI Logistex North America. Mr. Braatz comes t…

  • Several Personnel Changes at Nordson

    November 15, 2005
    Nordson Corporation has made several personnel changes. In the company’s EFD business segment, Peter Lambert has been elected a corporate vice president and president of this business area, which is based in East Providence, RI. Mr. Lambert ass…

  • Adhesives Research Has Launched a New Division

    November 15, 2005
    As part of a corporate restructuring, Adhesives Research has launched a new division of the company called ARcare. The division will be led by Geoff Bennett, who will assume the role of vice president and general manager. With Adhesives Re­search…

  • Degussa Superabsorber Appointed Director of Sales and Marketing

    November 15, 2005
    Stefan Nowicki was recently appointed director of sales and marketing by  Degussa Superabsorber. Previously serving as international account manager for the company, Dr. Nowicki will be responsible for sales and marketing activities in Europe, t…

  • Director Of Global Marketing and Sales

    November 15, 2005
    Tredegar Film Products has named Stephen Pouliot director of global marketing and sales. Mr. Pouliot was most recently director of towel category management with Georgia-Pacific Corp­oration.  He joined Georgia-Pacific (formerly Fort Howard…

  • Several New Members Have Joined Air Products

    November 15, 2005
    Several new members have joined Air Products’ executive team. In the first appointment, John Marsland is now vice president and general manager, global healthcare. In this position, Mr. Marsland is responsible for implementing the global strate…

  • Rayonier

    November 15, 2005
    Rayonier has chosen Carl Kraus, a veteran financial and real estate executive, to serve in two prominent roles as senior vice president, finance, Rayonier, and chief investment officer of the company’s real estate subsidiary, TerraPointe. Mr. K…

  • DuPont Nonwovens Names New VP and GM

    November 15, 2005
    Matthew Trerotola has been named vice president and general manager of DuPont Nonwovens, the world’s second largest nonwovens producer. Formerly business director, industrial solutions—DuPont Chemical Solutions Enterprise, Mr. Trerotola r…

  • People in the News

    November 15, 2005
    DuPont Nonwovens Names New VP and GM Matthew Trerotola has been named vice president and general manager of DuPont Nonwovens, the world’s second largest nonwovens producer. Formerly busines…

  • Additional Countries Seek Entry Into WTO

    Peter Mayberry and Jessica Franken || November 15, 2005
    Saudi Arabia, Russia Must Open Markets As Condition of Membership

  • Converting Nonwovens For Improved Product Features

    Converting Nonwovens For Improved Product Features

    November 15, 2005
    converters offer medical and hygiene producers new ways to meet product development challenges

  • Huggies Supreme Named America's Favorite Diapers By Consumer Mag

    November 15, 2005
    Kimberly-Clark Corporation's Huggies Supreme diapers have been named America's Favorite Diapers by American Baby magazine. Huggies Supreme received the honor in connection with the 2005 "American Baby Best of Year AMBY Awards."  year,…

  • Koch Industries to Acquire Georgia-Pacific

    November 15, 2005
    Georgia-Pacific is set to become a privately held, wholly owned subsidiary of Koch Industries following a deal whereby Koch will acquire the consumer goods and construction materials company in a $48 per share cash tender offer. The transaction has a…

  • Feminine Hygiene in Europe

    Feminine Hygiene in Europe

    November 15, 2005
    new products give women more choices

  • The Filtration Evolution

    The Filtration Evolution

    November 15, 2005
    growth continues as this highly technical nonwovens sector faces new demands and challenges

  • Thong Sanitary Napkin With Self Folding Flaps

    November 15, 2005
    A sanitary napkin adapted to be worn in a thong undergarment has been patented. The undergarment has a body faceable surface and a garment faceable surface. The sanitary napkin comprises a central absorbent pad, which has a liquid pervious cover laye…

  • Absorbent Structures With Selectively Placed Flexible Absorbent Binder

    November 15, 2005
    An absorbent article with a central region and two end regions has been patented. The article features a liquid-permeable fluid receiving layer, an absorbent core and a liquid-impermeable outer cover. At least one of the fluid receiving layer, absorb…

  • Transparent Film

    November 15, 2005
    A transparent film has been issued a patent. The film comprises a thermoplastic resin with a substituted or non-substituted imide group at a side chain of the resin and a thermoplastic resin with a substituted or non-substituted phenyl group and a ni…

  • Ahlstrom To Expand In France

    November 9, 2005
    Ahlstrom will invest € 30 in an expansion of its supercalendered release base paper capacity in La Gère, France. Scheduled for early 2007, the investment will include modification of several components of the La Gère PM 6 paper mac…

  • Eastman Announces Expansion

    November 9, 2005
    Eastman Chemical Company will expand production of hydrogentated hydrocarbon resin by 25% at its Middelburg, The Netherlands facility. The planned completion date for the expansion is September 2006. "Throughout the world, demand for Eastman hyd…

  • K-C To Increase Prices 6%

    November 9, 2005
    In response to inflationary pressure from higher raw material and energy costs, consumer goods giant Kimberly-Clark will raise prices on bathroom tissue, paper towels, napkins and flushable wipes on average 6%. The levy is expected to occur in Februa…

  • Ahlstrom, SAAF Partner in Medical Market

    November 8, 2005
    Nonwovens producers Ahlstrom Corporation and Saudi Arabia-based Advanced Fabrics (SAAF) have formed a strategic alliance for the sale of SAAF’s Medalon range of spunbond/meltblown medical drape and gown fabrics. This cooperation allows both com…

  • Biaxially Stretched Film and Production Method Thereof

    November 8, 2005
    Patented is a biaxially stretched film comprising a polyamide resin composition obtained by melt-kneading a smectite with a polyamide. The polyamide is produced by the polycondensation of a diamine component containing 70 mol % or higher of m-xylylen…

  • Disposable Absorbent Article Having Backsheet Strips

    November 8, 2005
    Patented is a disposable diaper with a front waist region, a back waist region and a crotch region between the waist regions. The diaper also includes an absorbent assembly with an interior surface, an exterior surface and laterally opposing longitud…

  • G-P To Expand Gypsum Production

    November 7, 2005
    The board of Georgia-Pacific has approved capital funding of more than $100 million for the expansion of its Savannah, GA gypsum facility. This expansion, along with other modernization programs across the company's gypsum division, will support the…

  • A.S. Nonwovens To Ad Rieter Perfojet Line

    November 3, 2005
    A.S. Nonwovens will install a second spunlace line, supplied by Rieter Perfojet, in its Gaziantep, Turkey facility. The company’s first Rieter line began operating in March 2002 and has mainly served the disposable wipes and artificial leather…

  • BBA Group Looks To Sell Off Nonwovens

    November 3, 2005
    London’s BBA Group has announced plans to separate its Fiberweb business through a variety of options including demerger or sale. The Fiberweb business, which comprises BBA’s large nonwovens operation, reported sales above $1 billion last…