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  • Buckeye

    Buckeye

    January 1, 2003
    Location: Memphis, TN Sales: $225 billion Description: Key Personnel Kris Matula, senior vice president, nonwovens and corporate strategy; Chip Aiken, senior vice president, manufacturing—nonwovens; Susan Crenshaw, vice president nonwovens…

  • Johns Manville

    Johns Manville

    January 1, 2003
    Location: Denver, CO Sales: $525 million Description: Key Personnel Chuck Griffith, senior vice president, engineered products Group; Marvin Mitchell, global leader for high performance nonwovens; Zain Mahmood, global leader for roofing material…

  • Fiberweb

    Fiberweb

    January 1, 2003
    Location: Nashville, TN Sales: $850 million Description: BBA Fiberweb–Americas Old Hickory, TN Telephone: 615-847-7000 Web: www.bbafiberweb.com Plants Bethune, SC; Green Bay, WI; Gray Court, SC; Griswoldville, MA; Queretaro, Mexico; Old Hick…

  • PGI

    PGI

    January 1, 2003
    Location: North Charleston, SC Sales: $750 million Description: "Key Personnel James Schaeffer, chairman and CEO; Jim Boyd, executive vice president, treasurer and CFO; Rick Rerencz, group vice president—engineering and Asia; Rick Pie…

  • Ahlstrom

    Ahlstrom

    January 1, 2003
    Location: Helsinki, Finland Sales: $651 million Description: Key personnel Juha Rantanen, CEO; Jukka Moisio, division president Ahlstrom FiberComposites division Tokyo Japan Telephone: 81-3-3442-1611 Web: www.ahlstrom.com/fibercomposites E-mail…

  • Kimberly-Clark

    Kimberly-Clark

    January 1, 2003
    Location: Dallas, TX Sales: $900 million Description: Key Personnel Thomas Falk, chairman and CEO; Robert Abernathy, group president, Healthcare & Nonwovens; Sean Erwin, president, Nonwoven Fabrics Operations and Technology; Rosalind Brewer, vi…

  • DuPont

    DuPont

    January 1, 2003
    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, 2003
    Location: Weinheim, Germany Sales: $1.4 billion Description: Key Personnel Thomas Kehl, managing director, spokesman; Christoph Josefiak, managing director, technical; Walter Schwarz, managing director, North America; Andreas Kreuter and Gerhard…

  • Disposable Surface Wipe Article Having A Waste Contamination Sensor

    December 31, 2002
    A disposable surface wipe article comprising a sensor with a biosensor with an immunosensor has been patented. The sensor is adapted to detect bodily waste contamination on a surface contacted by the article and provides a signal to an article user i…

  • Package For Absorbent Article

    December 31, 2002
    A package comprising an absorbent article and a packaging member has been patented. The article comprises a backsheet and a liquid-permeable topsheet surrounding an absorbent layer. Confronting faces of each side edge region of the packaging member a…

  • Corrugated Sanitary Napkin

    December 31, 2002
    Patented is a disposable sanitary napkin with a length, a width and an absorbent core disposed between a topsheet and a lining sheet. The napkin includes longitudinally extending corrugations along the entire length and thickness of the napkin. The…

  • Refastenable Absorbent Article Exhibiting Improved Body Fit

    December 24, 2002
    Patented is a refastenable absorbent article with a longitudinal axis. The article comprises a front portion with a central section including first and second side edges and lateral sections, which are positioned adjacent to one of the first and seco…

  • Disposable Waste Containment Garment

    December 24, 2002
    A disposable waste containment article has been patented. The article comprises a waste containment structure with a backsheet and an absorbent core and a pair of liquid-pervious containment flaps joined to the structure where the thickness when wet…

  • Disposable Undergarment

    December 24, 2002
    A disposable undergarment with a longitudinal direction and a front and rear region surrounding a crotch region has been patented. The undergarment comprises a concavity depressed toward a surface that is remote from a wearer’s skin when the underg…

  • Individually Packaged Absorbent Article

    December 24, 2002
    An individually packaged absorbent article has been patented. The article consists of an absorbent article extending in a longitudinal direction with a main body portion having a pair of longitudinal side edges, a pair of end edges, a garment surfac…

  • Absorbent Article Comprising Flocked Fibers

    December 24, 2002
    An absorbent article comprising a cover with a body-facing surface, an absorbent core and a backsheet with a garment-facing surface, has been patented. The article also comprises flocked fibers, which comprise superabsorbent polymer fibers. The flock…

  • Disposable Absorbent Article With A Skin Care Composition On An Apertured Topsheet

    December 17, 2002
    A disposable absorbent article has been patented. The article comprises a liquid-pervious structured carrier with an inner surface oriented toward the interior of the disposable absorbent article. The article also features an outer surface oriented…

  • Absorbent Article Provided With A Belt

    December 17, 2002
    Patented is an absorbent article comprising a liquid-permeable topsheet and a liquid-impermeable backsheet surrounding an absorbent body. The article has a front and rear portion and a crotch portion in between, and is provided with a pair of belt po…

  • Disposable Diaper Having Pocket Containments And A Method For Manufacturing The Same

    December 17, 2002
    A diaper with a liquid-impermeable backsheet and a hydrophobic topsheet, surrounding an absorbent body, has been patented. The topsheet comprises two separate sheets, each having a concave portion between spaced convex portions. The two sheets are ar…

  • Sanitary Absorbent Napkin

    December 17, 2002
    Patented is a sanitary napkin for wearing in the crotch portion of an undergarment. The napkin consists of a first liquid-permeable sheet of material, a second liquid-permeable sheet of material that is disposed adjacent to the first sheet and an ab…

  • Outer Surface Sheet For Absorbent Articles That Include Barrier Flaps

    December 17, 2002
    An outer surface sheet for absorbent articles has been patented. The sheet contains a central part and two side parts of inelastic materials. Each of the parts have two longitudinal edge portions and adjacent longitudinal edge portions, with respecti…

  • Distribution Strip For Absorbent Products

    December 17, 2002
    Patented is an absorbent structure for a disposable product to absorb bodily fluids. The structure features a fluid storage layer including matrix fibers, a superabsorbent polymer for receiving fluids and a distribution strip positioned below the flu…

  • Disposable Absorbent Article With Waist Barrier Including Skin-Friendly Adhesive

    December 10, 2002
    A disposable absorbent article that traps and collects loose or liquid waste has been patented. The article comprises an absorbent chassis, a first barrier panel and an exposable skin-friendly adhesive. The chassis has a front and back waist portion…

  • Absorbent Article And Method Of Manufacturing

    December 10, 2002
    Patented is an absorbent article comprising a topsheet and a backsheet surrounding an absorbent core. The article’s main body contains a discrete front and rear waist portion with a top and a bottom edge. The front and rear waist portions and the…

  • Sanitary Napkin Having Conformable Side Flaps

    December 10, 2002
    A sanitary napkin comprising a central absorbent element has been patented. The napkin has a cover layer and a barrier layer surrounding an absorbent core. The central absorbent element has opposite longitudinally extending edges and opposite lateral…

  • Disposable Urine Collector

    December 10, 2002
    Patented is a disposable urine management device comprising a bag with an inside and outside layer and an aperture. The aperture is surrounded by an adhesively-faced flange for releasable attachment to the uro-genital area of the wearer and is charac…

  • Sanitary Cover For Shopping Carts And The Like

    December 10, 2002
    A child protective cover, comprising an upper layer of soft absorbent material and a lower layer of moisture-impervious materials, has been patented. The upper and lower layers form a panel with opposite sides and edges. A border area extends part wa…

  • Absorbent Pouches

    December 10, 2002
    Patented is a continuous chain of connected absorbent pouches. Each of the pouches is adapted to absorb liquids. The pouches comprise a first and second panel and a superabsorbent material. The panels are attached to each other along their respective…

  • Corrugated Absorbent System For Hygienic Products

    December 3, 2002
    An absorbent article comprising a fluid-permeable topsheet, a fluid-impermeable backsheet and a corrugated absorbent material has been patented. The absorbent material contains a plurality of alternating peaks and valleys that are disposed between th…

  • Disposable Personal Articles Which Conform And Adhere

    December 3, 2002
    A disposable personal article, comprising a polymer with a glass transition temperature ranging from 25-45°C, has been patented. The polymer is located on a surface of the article and aids in sealing the product against the wearer’s skin during us…

  • Water-decomposable Absorbent Article And Method For Producing It

    December 3, 2002
    Patented is a water-decomposable absorbent article. The article comprises an absorbent body that includes a water-decomposable topsheet and a water-decomposable backsheet surrounding a water-decomposable adsorbent core. The article also features an a…

  • Corrugated Absorbent System For Hygienic Products

    December 3, 2002
    An absorbent article comprising a fluid-permeable topsheet, a fluid-impermeable backsheet and a corrugated absorbent material has been patented. The absorbent material contains a plurality of alternating peaks and valleys that are disposed between th…

  • Blank For Producing A Shaped Element, The Shaped Element, An Absorbent Product Comprising The Shaped Element, Method Of Producing The Shaped Element, And Also Method Of Producing The Absorbent Product

    November 26, 2002
    A method of producing a shaped element has been patented. The element is characterized so that a blank, intended to constitute the shaped element, is produced in plane form with an elongate shape containing a longitudinal and a transverse direction.…

  • Absorbent Article With Central Pledget And Deformation Contro

    November 26, 2002
    Patented is an absorbent article featuring a longitudinal and transverse centerline, two longitudinal sides, a target zone and a body side. The article comprises a liquid-impervious backsheet and a liquid-pervious topsheet surrounding a lower absorbe…

  • Flat Synthetic Fiber, Method For Preparing The Same and Nonwoven Fabric Prepared Using The Same

    November 26, 2002
    A flat, polybenzazole fiber with a flattened portion has been patented. The fiber has a degree of flatness defined by the ratio of the long diameter/short diameter of the cross section. The fibers are 2mm or greater and have a short diameter up to an…

  • Nonwoven Fabric For Pleated Filters and a Production Process Therefore

    November 26, 2002
    A pleated nonwoven filter fabric that can be applied in pleated filters has been patented. The fabric comprises a plurality of sheath-core conjugate filaments in which the filament core component is made of a polymer that is higher in melting point t…

  • Device For The Support Of An Absorbent Article

    November 12, 2002
    Patented is an absorbent article. The article features a transverse forward and rear end, longitudinal first and second side extremity, two forward and rear corners joining each other, respectively, to the first and second side extremities. A waist b…

  • Protective Underwear

    November 12, 2002
    Protective underwear that is used to collect loose or liquid waste has been patented. The underwear comprises a pants-shaped chassis with a front and rear waist, belly, rear back, crotch portion and a pair of leg openings disposed on opposite sides o…

  • Disposable Pant-Type Diaper Having Enhanced Extensibility Around Waist Opening

    November 12, 2002
    A disposable garment having a front and back region surrounding a crotch region has been patented. The garment comprises a chassis with a topsheet and a backsheet surrounding and an absorbent core. The chassis has a central panel with side edges and…

  • Garment Having Integrally-Formed Surface Protrusions

    November 12, 2002
    A garment with a first and second region has been patented. The material can be softened and drawn under a vacuum and can extend in the first region. The material has a surface that has been mechanically modified to form several surface protrusions…

  • Applicator For Sanitary Tampon

    November 12, 2002
    Patented is an applicator for a sanitary tampon. The applicator features an outer tube with openings at the front and rear ends. The tampon is placed in the outer tube and an inner plunger is movable in an axial direction within the outer tube to eje…

  • Flexible Sheet For Disposable Garment

    November 12, 2002
    A flexible sheet for a disposable garment has been patented. The sheet comprises an apertured web, which contains a plastic web with longitudinal and transverse directions from approximately 0.00-0.05mm thick and flat portions that are approximately…

  • Pull-on Disposable Diaper

    November 5, 2002
    A disposable pants-type diaper, comprising a liquid-pervious topsheet and a liquid-impervious backsheet surrounding a liquid-absorbent core, has been patented. The diaper also features a front and rear waist region surrounding a crotch region. The fr…

  • Diaper Construction

    November 5, 2002
    A diaper construction comprising a waterproof outer layer, an inner absorbent layer and a moisture-proof pocket member has been patented. The pocket member is adhesively secured between the outer layer and inner layer. The outer layer has a line of p…

  • Feminine Hygiene Pad

    November 5, 2002
    A feminine hygiene pad with a wider absorbent forward pad portion and a relatively narrow rear portion has been patented. The pad is adapted to be worn between the buttocks of a user. The rear portion has a rear edge and a rear width between the rear…

  • Flexible And Breathable Absorbent Articles And Their Fixation To Undergarments

    November 5, 2002
    Patented is a flexible and breathable absorbent article for use in an undergarment. The article comprises protective side flaps, a breathable backsheet with a garment facing surface, and an absorbent core. The garment facing surface contains an adhes…

  • Multipurpose Absorbent And Cut-Resistant Sheet Materials

    October 22, 2002
    A multipurpose sheet material comprising an absorbent layer with opposing first and second surfaces has been patented. The sheet material features a cut-resistant material in contact with the absorbent layer, and a cut-resistant support system with a…

  • Disposable Body Fluids Absorbent Article

    October 22, 2002
    Patented is a disposable absorbent article comprising a liquid -pervious topsheet and a liquid-impervious backsheet, surrounding a liquid-absorbent core that is used to collect bodily fluids. The backsheet is provided with fastening members adapted…

  • Flexible Sheet Used In Disposable Garment

    October 22, 2002
    Patented is a flexible sheet that can be used as a component of a disposable garment. The flexible plastic sheet comprises an upper and lower surface, a thickness of approximately 0.001- 0.05mm, a plurality of flat portions with widths of approximate…

  • Variable Stretch Material And Process To Make It

    October 15, 2002
    Patented is a stretchable laminate material comprising an elastic sheet that is bonded to nonwoven web. The laminate material contains multiple bond lines that are oriented in a direction selected from nonparallel first and second directions to the f…