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  • Mitsui Chemical

    Mitsui Chemical

    January 1, 2005
    Location: Tokyo, Japan Sales: $127 Million Description: Key Personnel Toshimi Hachimori, general manager, functional fabricated products division Plants Yokkaichi and Iwakuni Processes Spunbonded, needlepunched, meltblown, thermal bonded Brand N…

  • Toyobo


    January 1, 2005
    Location: Osaka, Japan Sales: $145 million Description: Key Personnel Kazumasa Kayama, general manager, spunbond division of Toyobo; Yukio Kawasaki, president of Kureha Plants Tsuruga, Iwakuni and Shiga Processes Spunbond, needlepunch, resin b…

  • Georgia-Pacific


    January 1, 2005
    Location: Atlanta, GA Sales: $139 Million Description: Key Personnel   Mike Burandt, president, consumer business, North America; Bill Shultz, president, European consumer business; Paul Farren, vice president & general manager Nonwoven…

  • Jacob Holm

    Jacob Holm

    January 1, 2005
    Location: Allschwil, Switzerland Sales: $91 million Description: Key personnel Poul Mikkelsen, chairman; Peter Stoffel, CEO; Jack Richardson, COO; Ingo Johannsen, CFO; Michael Norboge, vice president of Personal & Home Care; Claudia De Buman, v…

  • Pegas A/S

    Pegas A/S

    January 1, 2005
    Location: Znojmo, Czech Republic Sales: $93 million Description: Key Personnel Milos Bogdan, managing director, Frantisek Klaska, technical director; Frantisek Rezac, commercial director Plants Znojmo, Bucovice, Czech Republic ISO Status ISO-9…

  • Asahi Kasei

    Asahi Kasei

    January 1, 2005
    Location: Tokyo, Japan Sales: $176 million Description: Key Personnel Yoshikazu Ban, general manager, nonwoven fabrics division; Ryujiro Yoshino, general manager, spunbonded fabric sales; Akira Naganami, general manager, Bemliese/Coldon sales Plan…

  • Sandler


    January 1, 2005
    Location: Schwarzenbach/Saale, Germany Sales: $162 million Description: Key Personnel Dipl. Kfm. Christian Heinrich Sandler, Dr. Christian Heinrich Sandler, Dieter Magiera, members of the management Board Plant Schwarzenbach/Saale, Germany ISO St…

  • British Vita

    British Vita

    January 1, 2005
    Location: Manchester, U.K. Sales: $170 million Description: Key Personnel David Cottrell, non-executive chairman; D.A. Campbell, CEO; J.J. Van Beijeren, director responsible for nonwovens Plants Belgium, France, Sweden, U.K., U.S. IS…

  • Japan Vilene

    Japan Vilene

    January 1, 2005
    Location: Tokyo, Japan Sales: $197 million Description: Key Personnel Yutaka Tanaka, president; Kazunori Imamura, managing director; Yoshiaki Mizutani, director; Mitsuo Kanno, managing director Plants Shiga and Tokyo, Japan Processes Resin bon…

  • Bonar


    January 1, 2005
    (formerly Colbond) Location: Arnhem, The Netherlands Sales: $265 million Description: Colbond Inc. Enka, NC Key Personnel Jan van Boldrik, CEO; Axel Poscher, vice president; Bart Austin, president Colbond Inc.; Randy Cook, director sales and ma…

  • Propex Fabrics

    Propex Fabrics

    January 1, 2005
    Location: Austell, GA Sales: $82 million Description: Key Personnel Donald Mercer, CEO; Jim Bryja, vice president, sales and marketing; Edmund Merchlinsky, vice president, business management; Rush Clark, vice president, supply chain; Tom Lahey,…

  • TWE Group (Lohman)

    TWE Group (Lohman)

    January 1, 2005
    Location: Dierdorf, Germany Sales: $158 million Description: Key Personnel Michael Haddon, managing director Plant Dierdorf, Germany ISO Status ISO 9001 Processes Drylaid, chemical bonded, thermal bonded, needlepunched, airthrough bonded…

  • Glatfelter


    January 1, 2005
    Location: Gatineau, Quebec Sales: $117 million Description: Key Personnel Tony Molluso, CEO Plants Gatineau, Thurso, Quebec, Germany Processes airlaid Major Markets wipes, feminine hygiene, diapers Under new management is airlaid specialist…

  • Companhia Providencia

    Companhia Providencia

    January 1, 2005
    Location: Parna, Brazil Sales: $60 million Description: Plant Location São Jose Pinhais, Paraná, Brazil Key Personnel Milan Starostik, chairman; Ana Seles Starostik, commercial director; Romeo Bregant, industrial director; Vicente…

  • Hollingsworth & Vose

    Hollingsworth & Vose

    January 1, 2005
    Location: Walpole, MA Sales: $175 Million Description: Key Personnel Val Hollingsworth, president and CEO; Charles Miller, vice president and general manager, engine and industrial filtration; Tom White, vice president and general manager battery p…

  • Fibertex


    January 1, 2005
    Location: Aalborg, Denmark Sales: $160 million Description: Key Personnel Knud Waede Hansen, managing director; Knud Erik Justesen, deputy managing director; Jorgen Bech Masen, general manager, needlepunch division; Mikael Staal Axelsen, general…

  • Avgol


    January 1, 2005
    Location: Tel Aviv, Israel Sales: $123 million Description: Key Personnel Shuki Goldwasser, chairman; Nir Peleg, CEO; Achai Bonneh, vice president of technology; Sari Goldwasser-Uri, vice president of sales Plants Tel Aviv, Israel; Mocksville, NC…

  • Buckeye


    January 1, 2005
    Location: Memphis TN Sales: $226 million Description: Key Personnel Doug Dowdell, senior vice president, Nonwovens; Chip Aiken, senior vice president, manufacturing; Susan Crenshaw, vice president of Nonwovens Product Development; Hank Hall, sales…

  • Johns Manville

    Johns Manville

    January 1, 2005
    Location: Denver, CO Sales: $525 million Description: Key Personnel Dion Persson, senior vice president, Engineered Products Group; Fred Stephan, VP/GM for High Performance Nonwovens; Zain Mahmood, VP/GM for Construction Materials and Systems; J…

  • Fiberweb


    January 1, 2005
    Location: Old Hickory, TN Sales: $1 billion Description: BBA Fiberweb – Industrial North America Old Hickory, TN BBA Fiberweb – Hygiene Americas Simpsonville, SC Plants Bethune, SC; Green Bay, WI; Gray Court, SC; Griswoldville, MA; Qu…

  • PGI


    January 1, 2005
    Location: N. Charleston, SC Sales: $845 million Description: Key Personnel James Schaeffer, chief executive officer; Willis (Billy) Moore, III, chief financial officer; Mike Hale, vice president & general manager—U.S. Nonwovens; Rolf A…

  • Ahlstrom


    January 1, 2005
    Location: Helsinki, Finland Sales: $827 million Description: Personnel Jukka Moisio, president and CEO; Randal Davis, senior vice president and general manager, Filtration; Claudio Ermondi, senior vice president and general manager, Nonwovens; Tomm…

  • Kimberly-Clark


    January 1, 2005
    Location: Dallas, TX Sales: $1.15 billion Description: Key Personnel Thomas Falk, chairman and CEO; Dudley Lehman, group president, Business to Business Sector; Rosalind Brewer, president, Global Nonwovens Operations and Technology; Mark Foreste, v…

  • DuPont


    January 1, 2005
    Location: Wilmington, DE Sales: $1.25 billion Description: Key Personnel Mark Vergnano, vice president and general manager DuPont Nonwovens; Tom Schuler, global business director—Tyvek/Typar; Nigel Budden, global business director—So…

  • Freudenberg


    January 1, 2005
    Location: Weinheim, Germany Sales: $1.4 billion Description: Key Personnel Management Board: Stephan Tanda, president and CEO, Christoph Josefiak, managing director of technical; Walter Schwarz, managing director, North America; Georg Brasch, manag…

  • SCA Increases South American Presence

    December 9, 2004
    SCA has acquired the remaining shares in its 50/50 joint venture with Mexican company Copamex, the hygiene products company Copamex Productus al Consumidor S.A. de C.V. (CPG). The goal of the acquisition was reportedly to achieve efficient coordinati…

  • PGI Launches Filtration Media

    December 9, 2004
    Polymer Group, Inc. and Midwest Filtration Co. will jointly market a new pool and spa filtration product in North America, bringing a high performance alternative media to the growing cartridge market segment. Aquapex is a pleatable 100% polyester (P…

  • TZMO To Open Hygiene Plant In India

    December 9, 2004
    Polish consumer goods maker Torunskie Zaklady Materialow Opatrunkowych (TZMO) will open a feminine hygiene products plant in India next year, according to reports. It is the first large investment by a Polish company in that country. "In India o…

  • K-C Launches Growth Strategy

    December 9, 2004
    Kimberly-Clark Corporation has made plans to increase its dividend 12.5% and to repurchase at least $1 billion of its outstanding common stock in 2005. These goals will be met through a number of strategies designed to deliver growth, improve profita…

  • Porous Biaxially Oriented High Density Polyethylene Film With Hydrophilic Properties

    December 7, 2004
    A biaxially oriented film for ink jet printing was recently patented. The film is ink-absorbing and has a water-wettable surface. The film includes a porous high density polyethylene HDPE surface layer and a coating consisting essentially of a silico…

  • Composite Containing Thin-Film Particles Having Carbon Skeleton, Method Of Reducing The Thin-Film Particles, And Process For The Production Of The Composite

    December 7, 2004
    A composite formed of various components has been issued a patent. The first component includes oxidized form thin film particles that are obtained by oxidizing graphite. The particles have a carbon skeleton, a thickness of 0.4 nm to 10 nm and a plan…

  • Preform For Composite Material And Composite Material

    December 7, 2004
    A preform for a composite material has been patented. The perform includes at least two layers of a reinforcing material made of a reinforcement fiber and, between the layers, a thermoplastic resin layer having spaces to allow liquid resin to flow th…

  • Heat-Sensitive Adhesive Material, Method Of Preparing Same And Method Of Using Same

    December 7, 2004
    Patented is a heat-sensitive adhesive composition made of a thermoplastic resin, a solid plasticizer and a supercooling improving agent. The supercooling improving agent is in the form of particles having an average particle diameter of 0.2-10 Ìm an…

  • Thermoplastic Film

    December 7, 2004
    A thermoplastic film was recently granted a patent. The film features a core layer and at least one printable skin layer. The core layer includes an orientation-enhancing polymer, a polypropylene homopolymer, at least one beta crystal nucleator of po…

  • SAAF, Ahlstrom Strike Deal

    November 30, 2004
    Advanced Fabrics (SAAF), a Saudi Arabian manufacturer of spunmelt nonwovens, has partnered with Ahlstrom Corporation, a nonwovens producer with headquarters in Finland, to market sterile barrier systems wrap to the European medical market. The agreem…

  • Bath & Body From K-C

    November 30, 2004
    Kimberly-Clark has added a full line of bath and body products to its Huggies diaper brand. Among the more than 20 new toiletry items included in the extension is a liquid powder that goes on a baby's skin as a liquid and dries as a powder, eliminati…

  • BBA Ups Nonwovens Prices

    November 30, 2004
    BBA Fiberweb has increased prices 20% on all nonwoven products shipped on or after January 1, 2005. The increase has been attributed to record oil and natural gas prices, an exceptionally strong demand for resins, tight petrochemical markets and high…

  • Absorbent Products Prices Rise

    November 30, 2004
    Effective Jan. 1, 2005, Tyco Healthcare Retail Group, King of Prussia, PA, will raise its retail prices 7%. Products affected by this increase include branded and private label baby diapers, training pants, feminine hygiene items and adult incontinen…

  • Microporous Polyolefin Film And Process For Producing The Same

    November 30, 2004
    Patented is a microporous polyolefin membrane with fine fibrils. The membrane includes a polyolefin with a weight-average molecular weight of 5_105 or more or polyolefin fibrils with a weight-average molecular weight of 5_105 or more. The fibrils are…

  • Method For Controlling Noisome Decomposition Byproducts From Human Efflux Retained In Personal Hygiene Products

    November 30, 2004
    Patented is a composition for controlling odor produced by human waste retained in a disposable hygiene product. The composition includes a hydroxydiphenyl ether in a modified aliphatic acidic carrier provided on a base substrate material in the form…

  • Pliable Pad For Collecting And Absorbing Liquids

    November 30, 2004
    An apparatus for collecting and absorbing spilled liquid recently received a patent. The apparatus includes a layer formed of a material capable of absorbing liquid and a formable material coupled with the layer formed of the absorbent material. The…

  • Fiber Reinforced Polypropylene-Based Composite Material

    November 30, 2004
    A fiber reinforced polypropylene-based composite material has been awarded a patent. The composite features reinforcing fibers and a matrix resin, which are made of different polypropylene-based resins. A melting point, Tm(F), of the polypropylene-ba…

  • Multi-Layer, White Cavitated Bioriented Polyethylene Film With A High Water Vapor Transmission Rate

    November 30, 2004
    A multi-layer, bioriented film stretched in the machine direction and in the transverse direction has been patented. The film includes a base layer made up of polyethylene and a cavitating agent. The layer has first and second side and skin layers on…

  • Absorbent Article With Bellow Pleats Allowing Transversal Expansion

    November 30, 2004
    An absorbent article in the form of a sanitary napkin, a panty liner or an incontinence protector has been patented. The article includes an elongated body with an expansion element for permitting the elongated body to expand in a transverse directio…

  • Substantially Serpentine Shaped Tampon

    November 30, 2004
    Patented is a tampon featuring a mass of absorbent material formed into a self-sustaining shape. The self-sustaining shape includes an insertion end, a withdrawal end and a center region. The insertion end is opposed to the withdrawal end and the cen…

  • Disposable Diaper

    November 30, 2004
    Patented is a disposable diaper including a front waist region, a rear waist region, a crotch region extending between the front waist region and the rear waist region and a liquid-pervious topsheet that remains at least partially exposed to a wearer…

  • Absorbent Article Having A Lotioned Topsheet

    November 30, 2004
    An absorbent article has been patented. The article includes a liquid impervious backsheet, a liquid pervious topsheet joined to the backsheet and an absorbent core positioned between the two. The topsheet has an inner surface oriented toward the int…

  • K-C Spin-Off Going Forward

    November 11, 2004
    Kimberly-Clark Corporation has released details of the spin-off of its North American paper and Canadian pulp operations which will create a new, publicly traded company called Neenah Paper Inc. K-C shareholders will receive one share of Neenah Paper…

  • Diaper Recycler Gains Investors

    November 11, 2004
    Two of the European Union's largest trash companies have purchased a minority stake in Knowaste BV, a diaper recycler. SITA and van Gansewinkel now own a combined 15% of the Netherlands-based company, a subsidiary of Toronto-based Knowaste LLC. Knowa…

  • Absorbent Article

    July 6, 2004
    An absorbent article with a topsheet and a backsheet surrounding an absorbent core has been patented. The article features leakage-preventing side walls on a liquid-receiving side. The leakage-preventing side walls extend in a longitudinal direction…