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  • DuPont To Erect Site Near Seoul

    May 19, 2005
    The world's second largest nonwovens producer DuPont has finalzed 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. Vice president and general…

  • Depend Gets Facelift

    May 10, 2005
    Kimberly-Clark is revamping the packaging of its Depend adult incontinence products. The new packaging will make it easy for users and caregivers to quickly find the right product solutions to help manage incontinence and will appeal to baby boomers…

  • Athea Laboratories Makes Acquisition

    May 10, 2005
    Athea Laboratories, Inc., a Milwaukee, WI-based wet wipes and specialty chemical manufacturer, has recently obtained the assets of Converted Products' wipes division. The recent move is expected to expand the capabilities of Athea's wipes division to…

  • Tufco Launches new Flexographic Technology

    May 10, 2005
    Contract manufacturing specialist Tufco Technologies, Inc., Green Bay, WI, has unveiled new capabilities to print nonwoven substrates for wipes and other products. A converter of contract packaged wipes and towelettes, Tufco uses state-of-the-art fle…

  • Hof Expands U.S. Operation

    May 10, 2005
    Nonwovens producer Hof Textiles will invest in new equipment at its Lincolnton, NC manufacturing facility. The $2.7 million unspecified investment will create at least five new jobs paying $9-17 per hour. A subsidiary of Germany's eswegee Vliesstoff…

  • Price increases from DuPont

    May 10, 2005
    DuPont Nonwovens has announced price increases for its Sontara and Advance Composite Technology (ACT) nonwoven fabrics, effective immediately. Marketed under the brand names DuPont Suprel, Softesse and Sontara, these products are used in the health c…

  • Mölnlycke changes ownership

    May 10, 2005
    Nordic Capital and other major shareholders have entered into a definitve agreement to sell Mölnlycke Health Care to funds advised by Apax Partners, one of the world's leading private equity investment groups. Headquartered in Sweden, Mölnl…

  • Nonwovens Study Published

    May 4, 2005
    International Newsletters has published “World Markets for Nonwovens and Other Unspun Products to 2010.” This report has been produced by experts assembled by the internationally renowned organization Comite International de la Rayonne et…

  • PGI Sales Continue To Climb

    May 4, 2005
    First quarter sales grew 18.5% to reach $244.4 million during the first quarter ended April 2, 2005 at Polymer Group Inc., N. Charleston, SC. Profits increased 15.6% to $43.9 million. Sales growth was reportedly driven by higher volumes in all of the…

  • Judge approves Knowlton's plan

    May 4, 2005
    A U.S. Bankruptcy Court has approved a reorganization plan for Watertown, NY-based Knowlton Specialty Papers Inc. that will allow the papermaker to pay off all of its creditors in full. The company has also settled a claim with insurance companies st…

  • Synergy, AHP Join Forces In Dominican Republic

    April 28, 2005
    PHS Group, a subsidiary of Synergy Brands, Inc., plans to leverage its Dominican Republic relationships in the cigar business and enter the country's disposable diaper market as a result of an agreement with Associated Hygienic Products, LLC, Duluth…

  • K-C Merges Two Key Businesses

    April 28, 2005
    Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Dallas, TX, is underway with plans to combine its North Atlantic Personal Care and Family Care businesses into a single organization under one leader. Steve Kalmanson, currently group president-North Atlantic Personal Care…

  • Fibertex Expands Vigona Site

    April 20, 2005
    One year after purchasing Czech Republic-based nonwovens producer Vigona, Fibertex has finalized plans to add a large needlepunch line to the operation. The NSC line will be installed at a Greenfield location near the two existing Vigona sites in Svi…

  • Ihsan To Install Fleissner Line

    April 20, 2005
    Bleached cotton producer Ihsan Sons, Lahore, Pakistan, has unveiled plans to forward integrate by installing a hydroentangling line at its Lahore headquarters. The new line, featuring technology from Fleissner as well as Truetzscler and Spinnbau, wil…

  • Indian Spunlace Market Gets A Start

    April 20, 2005
    An Indian textiles producer has partnered with French systems provider Rieter Perfojet to establish its country?s first spunlace operation. Ginni Filament, based in New Delhi, will install a 3.6-meter-wide, 12,000 ton-per-year Rieter Perfojet Jetlace…

  • SAAF To Add Spunbond Line

    April 20, 2005
    Advanced Fabrics (SAAF) has purchased a Reicofil 4 multibeam machine from Reifenhäuser. The new line will be installed in SAAF?s Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia plant when it comes onstream in 2006. The investment will increase SAAF?s capacity to 30,000 m…

  • Cotton Offers Potential To Save Lives

    April 8, 2005
    Scientists at Texas Tech University's Institute of Environmental and Human Health have unveiled a new composite nonwoven cotton fabric they say will protect against biological and chemical agents. The fabric, developed with the U.S. Department of Def…

  • Weyerhaeuser Continues Paragon Denial

    April 8, 2005
    Weyerhaeuser Company will appeal a decision made by a U.S. Bankruptcy Judge awarding $460 million to the estate of diaper producer Paragon Trade Brands. Weyerhaeuser has not recorded a charge against earnings because it believes the bankruptcy decisi…

  • PGI Plans Investments In West and East

    April 4, 2005
    Polymer Group Inc. will install spunmelt lines in the U.S. and China, reinforcing its position as a leading producer of the material in the world. The U.S. line, set to begin construction this month in Mooresville, NC, will meet customer demand withi…

  • BV recommends takeover plan

    March 29, 2005
    The board of British Vita plc is recommending a ?668 million takeover bid from TPG Spring (U.K.) Ltd., a company formed at the request of funds managed or advised by Texas Pacific Group. Commenting on the proposals, David Cotterill, the chairman of B…

  • PGI adds to NA output

    March 29, 2005
    Polymer Group Inc. will install a spunmelt line in Mooresville, NC to meet customer demand within North America. This Reifenhäuser Reico IV spunmelt line will primarily serve the hygiene and industrial markets in North America. Construction was…

  • Filtration material to be made from Teflon

    March 29, 2005
    APC Filtration Inc., an OEM supplier of filters and filter bags to industrial, commercial and domestic floor care appliance manufacturers has acquired the worldwide rights to manufacture HEPA Membrane Vacuum Cleaner Filters and Bags made with DuPont…

  • FiberMark withdraws reorganization plan

    March 29, 2005
    FiberMark, Inc has withdrawn its current Plan of Reorganization because its three largest bondholders, also members of the Creditors Committee, remain unable to resolve disputes among themselves relating to corporate governance and control issues inv…

  • Polyfelt For Sale

    March 16, 2005
    In a strategic divestment intended to streamline its portfolio and put greater focus on its core business, Austria-based OMV Aktiengesellschaft will sell its fully owned Polyfelt subsidiary in 2005. OMV plans to find a strong investor for Polyfelt, c…

  • Chicopee Expands Food Service Line

    March 16, 2005
    Chicopee, Polymer Group Inc.’s industrial wipes division, has added several new products to its foodservice towel line. Improved fabrics in its Chix with Microban and Chix Utility towel lines provide better particle pickup, rinsing and scrubbin…

  • Name Change For DuPONT SA

    March 16, 2005
    DuPont Savanci Polyester GmbH is now known as Advansa. The name change comes after Sabanci’s acquisition of the polyester manufacturer. Advansa will continue to manufacture and supply polyester and maintain exclusive rights including sublicensi…

  • Cognex Hits Milestone

    March 16, 2005
    Cognex Corporation has sold its 500th SmartView web inspection system since the product was introduced in mid–2000. “SmartView has set a new standard for web inspection performance, scalability and ease of use,” said Markku Jaaskela…

  • P&G Creates New Cleaning Tool

    March 10, 2005
    Procter & Gamble has introduced Mr. Clean Magic Reach, a new cleaning tool designed for the bathroom and its hard-to-reach places. From the long-trusted Mr. Clean brand, Mr. Clean Magic Reach quickly cleans bathroom surfaces, including in and aro…

  • Freudenberg, Mustang Team Up

    March 10, 2005
    A specialty filter created for its micronAir line is featured on the new 2005 Ford Mustang. The internal cabin air filtration system, which is coupled with an electrostatic charge, helps reduce system contamination levels from the vehicle's interior,…

  • Wipes Growth Projected

    March 10, 2005
    U.S. demand for wipes, both consumer and industrial, is expected to increase nearly 6% a year to reach $1.9 billion in 2009. This growth will be propelled by further market segment and a continual spate of new product introduction, according to a rep…

  • Hygiene Report Available

    March 10, 2005
    John R. Starr, Inc has recently published a report on the world outlook for hygiene absorbent products and the key raw materials of nonwovens, fluff pulp, airlaid cores, superabsorbents and hygiene films. For many years, John R. Starr, Inc. has prepa…

  • Polyester Fiber Expansion Set For China

    March 10, 2005
    Performance Fibers, a leading global supplier of industrial fibers, today announced that it will build a second polyester fiber and fabric plant in Kaiping, China to meet demand from region's growing automotive market. The new plant will again double…

  • PGI Turns a Profit

    March 3, 2005
    Polymer Group Inc. reported net sales increased 13.3% to $223.5 million during the fourth quarter, representing the highest level achieved in more than four years. For the full year, sales grew 8.6% to $844.7 million, driven primarily by volume growt…

  • Lydall Posts Loss

    March 3, 2005
    During the fourth quarter, Lydall reported a net loss of $1.2 million compared with a net income of $0.4 million during the same period of 2003. Nets sales increased 19.8% to $75.6 million compared with $63.1 million in 2003. Filtration/Separation sa…

  • K-C Offers Toilet Training Help

    March 3, 2005
    Kimberly-Clark has added to new training pant choices to its Pull-Ups line. Pull-Ups Training Pants with Learning Designs and Pull-Ups training pants with wetness liner are designed to meet the different needs of toddlers during toilet training. Lear…

  • Pampers and Children’s Hospital Reach Out to China

    March 3, 2005
    Pampers diaper brand and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, a pediatric medical and academic research center, have jointly launched the "Cincinnati Children's Bang Bao Research Scholar Program" in Beijing today to further advanc…

  • DAK Americas Raises Prices

    March 3, 2005
    DAK Americas has subjected its staple fiber products sold to home furnishings, apparel, industrial, and fiberfill markets to a three cent per pound price increase effective with shipments beginning April 1, 2005. The decision to raise prices was dire…

  • Fitesa Announces New Line

    March 3, 2005
    Brazilian nonwovens producer Fitesa will invest in a new spunmelt line with capacity of 15,000 tons per year. The line will be installed in the company’s site in Gravataí, Brazil and is expected to start up in second half 2006. The line…

  • Protective Garments

    March 1, 2005
    ProTekt protective apparel garments are made from breathable microporous films with nonwoven fabrics, high MVTR and the highest barrier properties. They are extra lightweight, exceptionally strong and soft and offer excellent protection against a wid…

  • Sales Control Program

    March 1, 2005
    Vinamul Polymers has implemented a sales control program for its acrylic emulsion polymer products in North America, specifically those containing ethyl-acrylate monomers. This sales control program has been implemented because of shortages in the av…

  • Release Coatings

    March 1, 2005
    A new line of non-silicone release coatings available on film and paper for applications such as label printing, specialty tapes and film casting has been introduced by MPI Technologies. MPI Non-Silicone Release Coatings are designed for applications…

  • Wipe Folder

    March 1, 2005
    OMET s.r.l., the Lecco, Italy-based manufacturer of tissue converting equipment and flexo presses, is now offering the proven TV503 folder to produce nonwoven wipes with up to 24-inch cut-off length. The TV503 is one of OMET’s most popular fold…

  • Manmade Fiber

    March 1, 2005
    Dow’s Ingeo fiber is the first manmade fiber created from 100% renewable resources. This novel product combines the best of both worlds: the performance of a synthetic fiber and the advantages of a natural material. Together with W.I.P., a youn…

  • Recycling System

    March 1, 2005
    A.W.T. World Trade, Inc. has recently developed the Kleen-View Automatic, a stainless steel, fully enclosed, 100% air-operated system that safely cleans screens, recycling ink residue for disposal. The Kleen-View Automatic combines the versatility of…

  • Water Purification System

    March 1, 2005
    Millipore Corporation has developed an economical laboratory water purification system that can accommodate all purified water needs. The easy-to-use RiOs-DI 3 UV system is optimal for low volume, routine laboratory applications ranging from buffer,…

  • Roller Top Belts

    March 1, 2005
    Roller Top belts from Habsit offer ideal options for the accumulation of heavy-duty totes, crates and boxes. For heavy duty container transports HabasitLINK roller top belts offer three major advantages: minimal friction for reduced product damage, m…

  • Release Coatings

    March 1, 2005
    Dow Corning’s Syl-Off brand of solventless release coatings allows manufacturers to coat many different types and grades of filmic substrates using proven, cost-efficient, thermal-cure technology. The Syl-Off SL 9100 series of products, Dow Cor…

  • Ultrasonic Bonder

    March 1, 2005
    Sonobond Ultrasonics has unveiled its new ActiveSeam ultrasonic bonder, the latest in the company’s SeamMaster line of ultrasonic bonders for the apparel industry. Described as the only ultrasonic bonder specifically designed to produce taped s…

  • Universal Absorbent Pads

    March 1, 2005
    Orange Power absorbent pads absorb up to 25 times their weight in liquids. They contain a built-in degreaser that absorbs liquid while releasing a fresh scent of citrus fragrance. This high-capacity absorption pad effectively removes general dirt and…

  • Edge Detector

    March 1, 2005
    AccuWeb has introduced the WideArray Fusion, a patent pending edge detector that combines ultrasonic and infrared technologies in a dynamically compensated array edge detector. Designed for converters running a broad range of materials, the new Wide…