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  • 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…

  • Diaper Having Centrally Located Chromatographic Layer With Peripherally Located Wetness Indicator

    February 4, 2003
    Patented is a diaper with a diaper substrate with a peripheral edge and a centrally located region where fluid from a user will make initial contact. A fluid transport layer is disposed within the diaper substrate and has a peripheral edge and a cent…

  • Absorptive Article Having Wing Members And Process For Manufacturing The Same

    January 28, 2003
    A process for manufacturing an absorptive article has been patented. The article includes a body with a liquid-permeable topsheet and a backsheet surrounding an absorbent layer and separate wing members attached on two side portions of the body and e…

  • Tampon Applicator With Improved Fingergrip

    January 28, 2003
    Patented is a tampon applicator comprising a barrel adapted to house a pledget and receive a plunger. The barrel has an outer surface and a fingergrip area disposed on a portion of the outer surface. The fingergrip area has two multidirectional gripp…

  • Method Of Making An Apparatus To Make A Tampon Applicator

    January 28, 2003
    A process for producing a tampon applicator has been patented. The steps consist of providing an applicator blank formed of a rectangular section of material with two oppositely disposed ends and sides; cutting out mutually separate, longitudinally e…

  • Pant-like Disposable Absorbent Article With A Releasable Line Of Weakness And A Fastener

    January 21, 2003
    A pant-like, disposable absorbent article has been patented. The article features a front and back waist region, a crotch region and a longitudinal and a lateral direction. The article also comprises an absorbent chassis, which defines an absorbent c…

  • Absorbent Article With Improved Fluid Acquisition System

    January 21, 2003
    A disposable absorbent article arranged to be worn by a wearer to trap and collect fluid waste products has been patented. The article accommodates multiple insults of fluid waste products and contains a longitudinal axis, a topsheet, a fluid-acquis…

  • Absorbent Article With Improved Liquid Acquisition Capability

    January 21, 2003
    Patented is an absorbent article with a longitudinal and a transverse direction. The article comprises a mid portion and two end portions and is adapted to be worn within a user’s panties. The article contains an absorbent upper and lower part, whi…

  • Absorbent Article With A Flap And Spacer

    January 14, 2003
    Patented is an absorbent article with a bodyside surface positioned adjacent to the wearer. The bodyside surface has a laterally central and a longitudinal axis. The article comprises a backsheet and a liquid-permeable topsheet surrounding an absorbe…

  • Absorbent Article

    January 14, 2003
    An absorbent article comprising a liquid-permeable topsheet, a liquid-impermeable backsheet and a liquid-retentive absorbent layer has been patented. The absorbent layer comprises a superabsorbent polymer and hydrophilic fiber or foam that does not s…

  • Signal Tampon

    January 14, 2003
    Patented is a tampon. The tampon contains an absorbent pledget with a proximal end for placement near the cervical bone and a distal end opposite the proximal end. The tampon features a menstrual fluid indicator that is in contact with the absorbent…

  • Composite Sheet

    January 14, 2003
    A composite sheet comprising a nonwoven fabric has been patented. Several fine, flexible and continuous filaments extend parallel to one another in a first direction and are spaced apart in the second and the first direction. The nonwoven fabric and…

  • Light Incontinent Product

    January 14, 2003
    A disposable absorbent pad to trap and collect fluid waste products has been patented. The pad is an elongated planar member with a periphery including a top and bottom and a pair of longitudinal extending side edges. The top edge extends transversel…

  • Thin Sanitary Napkin Having A Flexibility Selected To Provide A Good Comfort Potential While Reducing Bunching

    January 7, 2003
    A sanitary napkin, adapted to be worn in a crotch portion of an undergarment, has been patented. The sanitary napkin has a thickness less than 3mm, a test capacity of more than 8g, a total capacity of more than 14g and a flexural resistance from 400-…

  • Disposable Liquid Absorbent Article With Elasticizing Members

    January 7, 2003
    A disposable, liquid absorbent article with a front, middle and rear portion has been patented. The article features a liquid-impervious cover sheet and an inner sheet that is connected to the cover sheet surrounding an absorbent body. A major axis e…

  • Disposable Pull-On Undergarment:

    January 7, 2003
    Patented is a disposable pull-on undergarment with front and rear waist regions that contain transversely opposite side edge portions. The front and rear waist regions are opposed to each other and a crotch region extends between the front and rear w…