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  • Andrew Industries

    Andrew Industries

    January 1, 2004
    Location: Manchester, U.K. Sales: $72 MILLION Description: Plants South Carolina, Missouri, U.K., China (under construction) Processes Needlepunch, thermal bonded Brand Names Southern Felt, Slater Felt, Bondex, Andrews, Webron Marling Major Mark…

  • Lydall Inc

    Lydall Inc

    January 1, 2004
    Location: Manchester, CT Sales: $98 MILLION Description: Key Personnel W. Leslie Duffy, chairman of the board, David Freeman, president and CEO; Christopher Skomorowski, executive vide president and COO Plants Rochester, NY; Saint Rivalain, Fra…

  • Mitsui Chemical

    Mitsui Chemical

    January 1, 2004
    Location: Tokyo, Japan Sales: $115 Million Description: Key Personnel Toshimi Hachimori, general manager, functional fabricated products division Plants Yakkaichi and Iwakuni Processes Spunbonded, needlepunched, meltblown, thermal bonded Bran…

  • Toyobo

    Toyobo

    January 1, 2004
    Location: Osaka, Japan Sales: $133 MILLION Description: Key Personnel Yukio Kawasaki, general manager, spunbond division of Toyobo; Hidemichi Mukunashi, managing director of Kureha Plants: Tsuruga, Iwakuni and Shiga Processes Spunbond, needlepunc…

  • Georgia-Pacific

    Georgia-Pacific

    January 1, 2004
    Location: Atlanta, GA Sales: $133 Million Description: Key Personnel   Mike Burandt, president, consumer business, North America; Bill Schultz, president, European consumer business; Paul Farren, vice president & general manager of Nonwove…

  • Jacob Holm

    Jacob Holm

    January 1, 2004
    Location: Jyderup, Denmark Sales: $87 MILLION Description: Key Personnel Poul Mikkelsen, CEO; Peter Stoffel, COO: Michael Steen Lunde, vice president of business development; Jos van Hattum, sales director; Bruno Guymard, research and developmen…

  • Pegas A/S

    Pegas A/S

    January 1, 2004
    Location: Znojmo, Czech Republic Sales: $78 MILLION Description: Key Personnel Milos Bogdan, managing director, Frantisek Klaska, technical director; Frantisek Rezack, commercial director Plants Znojmo, Bucovice, Czech Republic ISO Status ISO-…

  • Asahi Kasei

    Asahi Kasei

    January 1, 2004
    Location: Osaka, Japan Sales: $167 MILLION Description: Key Personnel Yoshikazu Ban, general manager of nonwoven fabrics division; Ryujiro Yoshino, general manager, spunbonded fabric sales; Mistuharu Takahashi, general manager, Bemliese/Coldon sale…

  • Sandler

    Sandler

    January 1, 2004
    Location: Schwarzenbach/Saale, Germany Sales: $132 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…

  • British Vita

    British Vita

    January 1, 2004
    Location: Manchester, U.K. Sales: $154 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.…

  • Japan Vilene

    Japan Vilene

    January 1, 2004
    Location: Tokyo, Japan Sales: $185 MILLION Description: Key Personnel Yutaka Tanaka, president; Kazunori Imamura, managing director; Mitsuio Kanno, director Plants Shiga, Tokyo, Japan Processes Resin bonded, needlepunched, thermal bonded, wetlaid…

  • Bonar

    Bonar

    January 1, 2004
    (formerly Colbond) Location: Arnhem, The Netherlands Sales: $250 MILLION Description: Colbond Inc. Sand Hill Road P.O. Box 1057 Enka, NC 28728 Telephone: 828-665-5060 Key Personnel Jan van Boldrik, president; Axel Poscher, vice president market…

  • Propex Fabrics

    Propex Fabrics

    January 1, 2004
    Location: Austell, GA Sales: $80 million Description: Key Personnel Brad Mortimer, president business unit leader; Edmund Merchlinsky, general manager-industrial fabrics; Rush Clark, vice president & general manager-supply chain; Mike Jeziorski…

  • TWE Group (Lohman)

    TWE Group (Lohman)

    January 1, 2004
    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, air throug…

  • Glatfelter

    Glatfelter

    January 1, 2004
    Location: Gatineau, Quebec, Canada Sales: $117 MILLION Description: Key Personnel Raoul Heredia, president Plants Gatineau, Thurso, Quebec, Germany Processes Airlaid Major Markets Wipes, feminine hygiene, diapers Despite continued financial pro…

  • Companhia Providencia

    Companhia Providencia

    January 1, 2004
    Location: Curitiba, Paran·, Brazil Sales: $60 MILLION Description: Plant Location São Jose Pinhais-Paraná, Brazil Key Personnel Milan Starostik, chairman, Ana Seles, Starostik, commercial director; William Starostik,…

  • Hollingsworth & Vose

    Hollingsworth & Vose

    January 1, 2004
    Location: East Walpole, MA Sales: $165 Million Description: Key Personnel Val Hollingsworth, president and CEO; Charles Miller, vice president and general manager, engine and industrial filtration and vice president, international; Tom White, vice…

  • Fibertex

    Fibertex

    January 1, 2004
    Location: Aalborg, Denmark Sales: $107 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

    Avgol

    January 1, 2004
    Location: Holon, Israel Sales: $106 MILLION Description: Key Personnel Shuki Goldwasser, chairman; Nir Peleg, CEO; Achai Bonneh, vice president of technology;  Abraham Zilberfeld, CFO; Sari Goldwasser-Uri, vice president of sales Plants Tel A…

  • Buckeye

    Buckeye

    January 1, 2004
    Location: Memphis, TN Sales: $217 MILLION Description: Key Personnel Doug Dowdell,  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, 2004
    Location: Denver, CO Sales: $500 MILLION Description: Key Personnel Dion Persson, senior vice president, Engineered Products Group; Marvin Mitchell, VP for High Performance Nonwovens; Zain Mahmood, VP for Roofing Materials; Luc Mechelaere, VP of…

  • Fiberweb

    Fiberweb

    January 1, 2004
    Location: Brentwood, TN Sales: $900 MILLION Description: BBA Fiberweb–Americas Headquarters: Nashville, TN Telephone: 615-847-7507 Web: www.bbafiberweb.com Plants Bethune, SC; Green Bay, WI; Gray Court, SC; Griswoldville, MA; Queretaro, Mexi…

  • PGI

    PGI

    January 1, 2004
    Location: North Charleston, SC Sales: $730 MILLION Description: Key Personnel James Schaeffer, chief executive officer; Willis (Billy) Moore, III, chief financial officer; Mike Hale, group vice president—U.S.—nonwovens operations; Ro…

  • Ahlstrom

    Ahlstrom

    January 1, 2004
    Location: Helsinki, Finland Sales: $728 MILLION Description: Key Personnel Jukka Moisio, CEO; Business Area Leaders: Randy Davis, consumer and medical; Claudio Ermondi, Filtration; Jean-Marie Becker, industrial; Tommi Björmann, glass. Ahls…

  • Kimberly-Clark

    Kimberly-Clark

    January 1, 2004
    Location: Dallas, TX Sales: $925 MILLION Description: Nonwoven Fabrics Headquarters Roswell, GA 30076 Telephone: 770-587-8000   Key Personnel Thomas Falk, chairman and CEO; Dudley Lehman, group president, Business to Business Sector; Rosali…

  • DuPont

    DuPont

    January 1, 2004
    Location: Wilmington, DE Sales: $1.2 BILLION Description: Key Personnel Mark Vergnano, vice president and general manager DuPont Nonwovens; Tom Schuler, global business director—Tyvek/Typar; Carl Lukach, global business director—Sont…

  • Freudenberg

    Freudenberg

    January 1, 2004
    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,…

  • Disposable Pull-on Diaper Having Disposal Securing Means

    December 10, 2003
    A disposable pull-on diaper comprising a diaper body has been patented. The diaper contains an elastically stretchable fastening member and a hook member. The diaper body has in a longitudinal direction, a front and rear waist region that surrounds a…

  • Lubricated Tampon

    February 28, 2003
    A lubricated tampon system with an applicator comprising a cylindrical casing with a front and a rear end and a constant circumference has been patented. The tampon has a front and a rear end and is located within the cylindrical casing and tapers in…

  • Disposable Absorbent Article Having Reusable Fastening Means

    February 18, 2003
    A disposable absorbent article with a first and a second waist region has been patented. The article contains a topsheet, a backsheet that is partially peripherally joined to the topsheet surrounding an absorbent means. A reusable fastening device, c…

  • Prefolded Prefastened Incontinence Garment With Expandible Bellows

    February 18, 2003
    Patented is a packaged prefastened incontinence garment. The garment contains a front and a rear waist section, which include an area having a first panel with first fastening means and with edges folded outwardly of the garment and toward a longitud…

  • Absorbent Article Containing A Wetlaid Unitary Stratified Composite

    February 18, 2003
    An absorbent article, comprising a liquid-pervious topsheet, a wetlaid absorbent composite, with a first and second stratum and a transition zone intermediate and coextensive with the first and second stratum, has been patented. The first stratum com…

  • Pants Type Diaper And Method For Producing The Same

    February 18, 2003
    A pants-type diaper blank formed according to the method of forming blanks, which are adapted to be formed into pants type diaper has been patented. The diaper contains first and second parallel traveling webs with inner edges facing each other, defi…

  • Disposable Absorbent Article Having Reusable Fastening Means

    February 18, 2003
    A disposable absorbent article having a first waist region and a second waist region, said disposable absorbent article comprising a topsheet, a backsheet at least partially peripherally joined to said topsheet, and an absorbent means positioned inte…

  • Shape-stable Absorbent Article

    February 18, 2003
    Patented is an absorbent article with a longitudinal and a transverse direction. The article has two side edges extending in the longitudinal direction and two end edges extending in the transverse direction. The article contains a liquid-permeable c…

  • Absorbent Article Containing a Wetlaid Unitary Stratified Composite

    February 18, 2003
    An absorbent article, comprising a liquid-pervious topsheet, a wetlaid absorbent composite, with a first and second stratum and a transition zone intermediate and coextensive with the first and second stratum has been patented. The first stratum comp…

  • Pants Type Diaper And Method For Producing The Same

    February 18, 2003
    A pants-type diaper blank formed according to the method of forming blanks, which are adapted to be formed into pants type diaper has been patented. The diaper contains first and second parallel traveling webs with inner edges facing each other, defi…

  • Pants Type Diaper And Method For Producing The Same

    February 18, 2003
    A pants-type diaper blank formed according to the method of forming blanks, which are adapted to be formed into pants type diaper has been patented. The diaper contains first and second parallel traveling webs with inner edges facing each other, defi…

  • Liquid-Pervious Topsheet For Disposable Absorbent Article And Process For Making The Same

    February 11, 2003
    A liquid-pervious composite plastic topsheet for a disposable absorbent article has been patented. The topsheet comprises a first plastic film layer defining an upper surface of the composite plastic topsheet, a second plastic film layer defining a l…

  • Absorbent Product

    February 11, 2003
    An absorbent product comprising an essentially elongated shape with a longitudinal and a transverse direction has been patented. The product contains two long and short sides and two ends parts surrounding a center part. The product's absorption body…

  • Absorbent Article Containing A Foam-Formed Unitary Stratified Composite

    February 11, 2003
    Patented is an absorbent article, comprising a liquid-pervious topsheet, a foam-formed absorbent composite, with a first and second stratum and a transition zone intermediate and coextensive with the first and the second stratum. The first stratum co…

  • Absorbent Pack Insertion Into A Human Body Cavity

    February 11, 2003
    A device engaged by a user for use with a human body cavity has been patented. The device feature an introducer member with a hollow volume and an outlet. The introducer includes a body having first and second side walls, an intermediate wall and an…

  • Absorbent Product

    February 11, 2003
    An absorbent product comprising an essentially elongated shape with a longitudinal and a transverse direction has been patented. The product contains two long and short sides and two ends parts surrounding a center part. The product's absorption body…

  • Absorbent Article Containing A Foam-formed Unitary Stratified Composite

    February 11, 2003
    An absorbent article, comprising a liquid-pervious topsheet, a foam-formed absorbent composite, with a first and second stratum and a transition zone intermediate and coextensive with the first and the second stratum. The first stratum contains hydro…

  • Absorbent Pack Insertion Into A Human Body Cavity

    February 11, 2003
    A device engaged by a user for use with a human body cavity has been patented. The device feature an introducer member with a hollow volume and an outlet. The introducer includes a body having first and second side walls, an intermediate wall and an…

  • Absorbent Product

    February 11, 2003
    An absorbent product comprising an essentially elongated shape with a longitudinal and a transverse direction has been patented. The product contains two long and short sides and two ends parts surrounding a center part. The product’s absorption bo…

  • Absorbent Article Containing A Foam-formed Unitary Stratified Composite

    February 11, 2003
    Patented is an absorbent article, comprising a liquid-pervious topsheet, a foam-formed absorbent composite, with a first and second stratum and a transition zone intermediate and coextensive with the first and the second stratum. The first stratum co…

  • Absorbent Pack Insertion Into A Human Body Cavity

    February 11, 2003
    A device engaged by a user for use with a human body cavity has been patented. The device feature an introducer member with a hollow volume and an outlet. The introducer includes a body having first and second side walls, an intermediate wall and an…

  • Disposable Diape

    February 4, 2003
    A disposable diaper including a liquid-pervious topsheet and a liquid-impervious backsheet surrounding a liquid-absorbent core, has been patented. The diaper contains a pair of barrier cuffs formed on the diaper’s top surface, made of a nonwoven fa…

  • Efficiently Manufacturable Absorbent Disposable Articles, Such As Adult Briefs And Child Diapers, And Method Of Manufacturing Plural Such Articles

    February 4, 2003
    A disposable absorbent article arranged to be worn by a wearer to trap and collect waste has been patented. The article comprises a front, intermediate and a rear section. The front section consists of a single, flexible planar panel with a top and b…