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  • 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    FiberMark, Inc has withdrawn its current Plan of Reorganization because its three largest bondholders, also members of the Creditors Committee, remain unable to resolve disputes among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 Childrens 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…

  • Nonwovens Textiles

    March 1, 2005
    Kay Obendorf, professor of textiles and apparel at Cornell University, has vacated her post as vice president and assumed the role of president of The Fiber Society. Phil Gibson, materials research engineer with the U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center,…

  • Adhesives Research Has Promoted

    March 1, 2005
    Adhesives Research has promoted Greg Andrews to market manager for the Splicing Business Unit’s Web Processing group. In his new position, Mr. Andrews is responsible for generating new opportunities to develop custom adhesion solutions for unme…

  • Rohm America LLC, Part Of Degussa's Specialty Polymers Division

    March 1, 2005
    Degussa has named John Rolando president and chief executive officer of Röhm America LLC, part of Degussa's Specialty Polymers Division, effective February 1, 2005.  He succeeds Rodger Cram, who has left the company to pursue other opportun…

  • Pliant Corporation

    March 1, 2005
    Jim Kaboski has joined Pliant Corporation as vice president, strategy and business development. Mr. Kaboski will be responsible for leading the development of Pliant's long-term marketing, product and business plans. Specifically, he will drive growt…

  • Playtex Products Board Of Directors

    March 1, 2005
    Playtex Products has appointed Herb Baum to its board of directors effective immediately. Mr. Baum has a broad range of operating and marketing experience developed in key roles at The Dial Corporation, Hasbro Inc., Quaker State and Campbell Soup. Mr…

  • Kimberly-Clark Has Appointed Vice President

    March 1, 2005
    Kimberly-Clark has appointed Kim Feil vice president and senior marketing officer. In this newly created position, Ms. Feil will be responsible for accelerating innovative marketing and brand-building practices across the company's North Atlantic org…

  • Buckeye Anoints New Nonwovens VP

    March 1, 2005
    Douglas Dowdell was named senior vice president, Nonwovens, at Buckeye Tech­nologies, Memphis, TN. Mr. Dowdell graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Forestry in 1980. He began his career with Buckeye’s wood pulp operations at Pe…

  • FiberVisions To Increase Prices

    February 28, 2005
    FiberVisions, a business unit of Hercules Incorporated, will initiate a 10% price increase globally on all mono polypropylene and polyethylene fibers, effective March 15, 2005 for all new customers and for all existing customers as contracts allow. E…

  • Minority-Owned Nonwovens Producer Begins Construction

    February 28, 2005
    Amantea Nonwovens has broken ground on the first minority-owned nonwoven fabric manufacturing facility in the U.S. The groundbreaking occurred in February at the TechSolve Business Park in Cincinnati. Among the speakers at the event were Ohio Governo…

  • Avgol To Expand NC Site

    February 28, 2005
    Avgol America is planning a $24-30 million expansion to its production plant in Mocksville, NC that would add 40 to 50 jobs, according to a North Carolina transportation official. The NC Board of Transportation has agreed to pay up to $30,730 toward…

  • Spuntech Decides on U.S. Site

    February 9, 2005
    Israel’s Spuntech Industries is the latest spunlace manufacturer to announce plans to set up shop in the southeast U.S. The company announced in January is would establish its first U.S. manufacturing facility in Roxboro, NC, creating 60 jobs d…

  • Playtex Announces Business Realignment and Other Charges, and Date for Fourth Quarter Earnings Release

    February 9, 2005
    Playtex Products will realign its business to improve focus on its core categories, reduce organizational complexity and obtain a more competitive cost structure. Once fully implemented, these initiatives are expected to enable the company to be more…

  • Hills Gains Chinese Partner

    February 9, 2005
    Hills, Inc., West Melbourne, FL, and Changyuan Elastan Machine Manufacturing Co., Ltd., Zhangjiagang City, China, have formed joint development in the field of meltspun spandex fiber extrusion equipment. Hills, a leader in multicomponent fiber extrus…

  • Fi-Tech To Represent Wista and International Perforating Services

    February 9, 2005
    Wista GmbH, Schwaigern, Germany, has named Fi-Tech, Inc., Richmond, VA, as its representative serving the nonwovens, synthetic leather and converting industries in all NAFTA countries. Wista is recognized as the world leader in punch perforation equi…

  • Pliant Investment Serves Personal Care and Food Care Sites

    February 9, 2005
    Pliant Corporation will invest $15 million dollars to expand value-added production capacity at the company's personal care and food products manufacturing facilities in North America. The facilities are located in McAlester, OK; Macedon, NY and Wash…

  • Ahlstrom To Expand in Filtration

    February 2, 2005
    Ahlstrom will expand its capacity for solvent-treated filtration materials sold primarily to the automotive filtration market. The expansion will be accomplished during the next three years through a series of small investments across the global Ahls…

  • P&G Buys Gillette

    February 2, 2005
    Consumer products giant Procter & Gamble will acquire 100% of The Gillette Company, the maker of Mach3 and Venus razors and blades, Oral-B toothcare products and Duracell CopperTop batteries. The transaction is valued at approximately $57 billion…

  • K-C Sales Grow 8%

    February 2, 2005
    Kimberly-Clark’ssales advanced about 8% to $3.9 billion, establishing an all-time quarterly record, during the fourth quarter of 2004. The increase was driven by higher sales volumes of the company's health and hygiene brands, up about 5%, and…

  • P&G Grows on Diaper Strength

    February 2, 2005
    Procter & Gamble reported sales increased 9% to nearly $14.5 billion during the October-to-December quarter. Net earnings increased 12% to $2.04 billion. Baby and family care delivered strong results in the quarter with volume increasing 6% an…

  • Buckeye Reports October-December Results

    February 2, 2005
    Buckeye Technologies announced that it earned $2.9 million after tax in the quarter ended December 31, 2004. The company’s results include $7.4 million after tax in impairment costs relating to the previously announced closure of its facility i…