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  • 35th Annual Buyers Guide

    June 1, 2005
    This annual guide lists nearly every supplier and producer of nonwovens around the globe in one comprehensive listing. This guide is divided into six sectionsmachinery and equipment suppliers, raw material producers, roll goods manufacturers, contract se

  • IDEA Award Winners Announced

    June 1, 2005
    industry honors innovation in a number of categories

  • Fiber Finishes Expanding

    June 1, 2005
    increasing scope of nonwovens is attractive to suppliers

  • Fiber Technology Slowly Evolved

    June 1, 2005
    rising costs are making material alternatives attractive

  • Chinese Outlook

    June 1, 2005
    sunrise business is expanding

  • EXPO IN PRINT

    June 1, 2005
    companies showcase products, services

  • BATTLE OF INDUSTRIAL WIPES

    June 1, 2005
    EPA needs more equitable solutions

  • ROOFING AND CONSTRUCTION MARKET

    June 1, 2005
    housing styles fuel nonwovens growth

  • ADULT INCONTINENCE COVERAGE

    June 1, 2005
    market forecast, manufacturers directory and review of machinery companies serving the market

  • UP ON A TIGHT ROPE

    June 1, 2005
    spunlace producers strive to strike a balance

  • Consumer Wipes Continue Boom

    June 1, 2005
    new growth opportunities eyed for future

  • Safety First, Comfort Second

    June 1, 2005
    protective apparel makers try new materials to boost compliance

  • A Model Of Flexibility

    June 1, 2005
    increased competition hits hygiene market

  • Not Just Diapers

    June 1, 2005
    producers look to new areas for growth

  • Vision Gears Up for New Orleans

    June 1, 2005
    Annual competition will be a highlight of consumer products conference

  • Taking On the Diaper Challenge

    June 1, 2005
    Intense competition continues for baby diaper machinery suppliers in a crowded global market

  • Doing Time In the Disposable Baby Diaper Market

    June 1, 2005
    Niche markets, Developing regions, Fuel growth

  • Nonwovens Potential And The Unique Indian Situation

    June 1, 2005
    future looks bright for disposables and durables in India

  • Spunmelt Nonwovens Roll On

    June 1, 2005
    industry deals with supply shortages, pricing pressures and looks to new applications

  • A Clean Sweep: Is It Within Reach?

    June 1, 2005
    household wipes have registered off-the-chart growth in recent years, but now manufacturers will need to innovate even more to compete

  • IS TWO BETTER THAN ONE?

    June 1, 2005
    partnerships lead to questions over the future direction of the packaging market

  • SPUNLACE: MARKET ON THE MOVE

    June 1, 2005
    manufacturers scramble to take advantage of wipes market growth, but can it last?

  • AI FOLLOWS THE LEADER

    June 1, 2005
    producers take heed of success in baby diaper market and now offer bells and whistles for improved performance in AI products

  • U.K. Study Ranks Disposable Diapers As Safe as Cloth

    May 26, 2005
    A study conducted by the U.K. Environment Agency has found little or no difference between the environmental impact of cloth and disposable diapers. A Government-commissioned life cycle assessment (LCA), published in May, shows through independent an…

  • Kleen Test To Add Seven New Buildings

    May 26, 2005
    Kleen Test Products is planning a major expansion that would result in the company adding seven new buildings and more than 700,000 square feet of space at its Port Washington, WI site, according to reports. The expansion would be complete in five to…

  • Body-Fluid Absorbent Panel For Sanitary Wearing Article

    May 24, 2005
    A body fluid absorbent panel for a sanitary wearing article comprising a fibrous web having a compression resilience has been patented. The fibrous web comprises a number of openings extending therethrough in a direction of a thickness of the fibrous…

  • Disposable Diaper With Portion on Skin-Side Sheet to Prevent Passage of Urine Or Other Bodily Waste

    May 24, 2005
    Patented was a disposable diaper, comprising a water-repellent sheet; a skin-side sheet joined with a water-repellent sheet and an absorbent body disposed between the water-repellent sheet and the skin-side sheet. The skin-side sheet is comprised of…

  • Napkin Package

    May 24, 2005
    A napkin package formed by wrapping a sanitary napkin in folded condition with a packaging sheet has been patented. The sanitary napkin must have longitudinally extending leakage preventing walls on both sides of a liquid absorbing portion. These lea…

  • PCMC To Host Conference Next Month

    May 19, 2005
    Paper Converting Machine Company (PCMC) has announced that on June 8-9, 2005 at Northeast Wisconsin Technical Conference, the First Annual Nonwovens Converting Technical Conference will be held in Green Bay, WI. It will reportedly be the first of sev…

  • K-C Launches Moist Cloths

    May 19, 2005
    Kimberly-Clark Corporation has introduced Kleenex Moist Cloths in North America. Kleenex Moist Cloths are thick, soft, disposable hand and face cloths created for use around the home. The product provides a solution to an unmet consumer need for a di…

  • NTI Stikes Licensing Deal

    May 19, 2005
    PGI Nonwovens has licensed NonWovens Technologies, Inc.'s nanofiber extrusion technology, according to NTI general manager Greg Ward. Based in Oyster Bay, NY-based NTI has developed and patented meltblown technology for the production of nanofibers f…

  • TSI To Set Up In China

    May 19, 2005
    TSI, a joint venture company of Toray Industries and Saehan Industries based in Seoul, Korea will begin Chinese production of polypropylene-based nonwovens in China next year. After launching a feasibility study examining China's potential last year,…

  • Visionary Award Competition Kicks Off

    May 19, 2005
    Nominations are now being accepted for the 2006 Visionary Award, which in its five years of existence has become one of the most prestigious awards in the nonwoven and consumer products industries. The award, presented by INDA, annually recognizes co…

  • 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…

  • Mlnlycke 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…