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  • 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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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…

  • Disposable Undergarment

    July 6, 2004
    A disposable undergarment has been issued a patent. The undergarment includes a substantially liquid-impervious base sheet with an inner surface; a liquid-absorbent panel attached to the inner surface of the base sheet; a front waist region; a rear w…

  • Treated Inherently Flame Resistant Polyester Fabrics

    July 6, 2004
    A textile article with flame resistant properties was patented. The article features inherently flame resistant fibers formed into a fabric and a finish on the inherently flame resistant fibers of the fabric. The finish imparts a property selected fr…

  • Tampon For Feminine Hygiene Or Medical Purposes, And Process For Producing The Same

    July 6, 2004
    Patented is a tampon for feminine hygiene or medical purposes featuring a nonwoven cover with at least one outwardly directed, smooth surface enclosing a liquid absorbing core. The cover is made of a smooth calendered nonwoven web of bicomponent fibe…

  • Pulp and Synthetic Fiber Absorbent Composites For Personal Care Products

    July 6, 2004
    Patented is a personal care product with a liquid impermeable backsheet, a liquid permeable topsheet and an absorbent composite located between the two. The article has an upper layer made of synthetic fibers with at most 20% pulp fiber, a density of…

  • Disposable Pants Of Trunks-Type

    July 6, 2004
    A patent has been issued for disposable trunks-type pants with a waist-opening and a pair of leg-openings. The pants include a pair of lateral trunk panels opposed to each other and a middle trunk panel extending between the lateral trunk panels. Eac…

  • Absorbent Articles With Refastenable Side Seams

    July 6, 2004
    An absorbent article has been awarded a patent. The article includes an absorbent chassis defining a longitudinal axis, a transverse axis, front and back waist edges parallel to the transverse axis, opposite side edges extending between the front and…

  • Liquid Reception Medium With Liquid Activated Mechanical Mass Transport Means

    July 6, 2004
    A liquid reception device has been issued a patent. The device features a liquid-receiving layer including a target zone, a peripheral zone located within or outside the liquid receiving layer and mechanical liquid transport means located within the…

  • Coating Material Comprising Linear Isotactic Polymers

    April 27, 2004
    Patented is an article made up of an element and a polymeric coating material covering at least a portion of the surface of the element. The coating material includes a polyolefinic homopolymer with one phase of molecules that exhibit a similar stere…

  • Disposable Pull-On Garment

    April 27, 2004
    A disposable pull-on garment was issued a patent. The garment features a waist-encirclable direction and a longitudinal direction orthogonal to the waist-encirclable direction. Also included in the garment is a liquid-pervious topsheet, a liquid-impe…

  • Disposable Absorbent Article

    April 27, 2004
    Patented is a disposable absorbent article for personal wear with a liquid permeable liner adapted for contiguity with the wearer’s skin; an outer cover and an absorbent body between the liner and the outer cover for absorbing liquid body waste.…

  • Disposable Absorbent Garments Having Fluid Handling Characteristics That Encourage Toilet Training

    April 27, 2004
    A disposable absorbent pant was recently patented. The article features a chassis with a waist opening and first and second leg openings. The chassis includes an outer cover, a body side liner at least partially bonded to the outer cover and an absor…

  • Tufted Pile Structure Having Binder Concentrated Beneath The Backstitches

    April 27, 2004
    A tufted pile structure has been issued a patent. The article has a backing with upper and lower faces. Many yarns are tufted into the backing, and each yarn is tufted by a separate tufting needle through a plurality of needle insertion points in the…

  • Porous Polymer Particles and Method for Preparation Thereof

    April 27, 2004
    Recently issued a patent are core/shell particles with a core of a porous polymer and a shell of an inorganic colloid. The inorganic colloid has a median diameter of less than about 0.07 mm, and the core/shell particles have a median diameter of less…

  • Pattern embossed multilayer microporous films

    April 13, 2004
    A patent has been issued for a multilayer film comprised of a microporous layer with a thickness less than 30 micrometers and a weight of 35% filler and polymer. A second microporous layer is joined with the first layer, with a thickness less than 30…

  • Velour-like pile articles and pile surface structures and methods of making

    April 13, 2004
    An automotive pile article arranged as a preform for a pile surface mat has been patented. It is comprised of an elongated support strand that has a thermoplastic outer surface and a width and a height. The strand comprises a core of continuous glass…

  • Thin-walled polyurethane articles

    April 13, 2004
    A patent has been issued for a thin-walled article comprising at least one surface layer a polyurethane elastomer. The layer is about 20-40 weight percent, based on the weight of the layer, of a molecular sieve having a mean particle size of about 1-…

  • Elastic closure tape tab for disposable absorbent articles such as diapers

    March 30, 2004
    A patent has been issued for an adhesive closure tape tab comprised of an elastic laminate made of an elastic film with an expandable fibrous layer of nonwoven thermoplastic polymer fibers. The other side has two non-elastic adhesive tape, each compr…

  • Sanitary tampon

    March 30, 2004
    A patent has been issued for a sanitary tampon comprised of a single layer absorber folded into a number of layers and compressed into a column shape while maintaining a layered structure. The single layer absorber includes an absorbent layer made of…