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  • Kelheim Fibres and Krones develop alternative medium for beer filtration

    February 4, 2014
    The development of a substitute for diatomite in precoat filtration in the brewing industry is the subject of a joint research project between Kelheim Fibres, manufacturer of viscose speciality fibers, and Krones AG, a producer of beverage and food t…

  • Butterfly Body Liners wins Visionary Award

    February 4, 2014
    Nonwoven feminine hygiene product helps provide solution to ABL.

  • Rockline presents awards at Vision

    February 4, 2014
    Last week at Vision 2014, Rockline Industries announced that Fiber Dynamics' High Point, NC facility and Teknoweb, Cremona, Italy, are the recipients of its Nonwovens Supplier Excellence Award and Supplier Innovation Award, respectively, for 2013…

  • PGI continues investment streak, buys Providencia

    PGI continues investment streak, buys Providencia

    Karen McIntyre, senior editor || January 30, 2014
    PGI gains access to new lines in North and South America.

  • Celanese announces acrylic emulsions price increase in Americas

    January 30, 2014
    Celanese Corporation is increasing the price of acrylic-based emulsions sold in the Americas. Pure acrylic and styrene acrylic emulsions will increase by up to $0.08 / wet pound and vinyl acrylic emulsions will increase by up to $0.02 / wet pound eff…

  • Omnova Solutions increases prices for emulsion polymers

    January 30, 2014
    Omnova Solutions Inc. has increased its prices to 8 cents per wet pound for all acrylic, styrene acrylic and vinyl acrylic emulsion polymers. The firm also said vinyl acetate emulsion polymers will increase up to 4 cents per wet pound and its Pliowa…

  • Henkel opens new technical center in Korea

    January 30, 2014
    Henkel Korea, a subsidiary of the Henkel Group, has inaugurated the Henkel Korea Technical Center. The state-of-the-art 8 billion KRW (USD $7.5 million) center will develop the latest technologies to provide engineering solutions for customers based…

  • Medline undertakes direct distribution in Ireland

    January 30, 2014
    Medline Industries, Inc. announced direct distribution availability for its entire range of European medical and surgical products in Ireland as of January 1, 2014. A U.S. based company, Medline is the largest privately held manufacturer and distrib…

  • H&V unveils Chinese version website

    January 30, 2014
    Hollingsworth & Vose has launched a website in Mandarin Chinese. The new website was built as part of H&V’s continued expansion in China. “China is a valued market for H&V as evidenced by our recent investment in our engine f…

  • Ahlstrom to cut more jobs

    January 30, 2014
    Ahlstrom says to expand its rightsizing program from the previously announced €35 million to €50 million it needs to cut more jobs. Most will occur by the end of 2014, and the full impact of the program is expected to be visible in 2015. A…

  • The Life+ Project and Fameccanica

    The Life+ Project and Fameccanica

    January 30, 2014
    On July 1, 2013 Fameccanica was granted financial support for the project proposal N° LIFE12 ENV/IT/000423, concerning the development of means for cost savings in diaper production processes. Financial support was acknowledged by Regulation (EC)…

  • Kimberly-Clark wins Catalyst Award

    January 29, 2014
    Kimberly-Clark is one of two companies that will receive the prestigious 2014 Catalyst Award, which annually honors innovative initiatives that expand leadership and opportunities for women and business. Kimberly-Clark shares this year's Catalyst…

  • Nonwoven materials and products market to reach $45 billion

    January 28, 2014
    Transparency Market Research has released a new market report titled, "Nonwoven Materials & Products (Polypropylene, Polyester, Nylon and Others) Market For Disposable and Durable Applications—Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Gro…

  • EDANA and INDA launch new shared mission and vision

    January 27, 2014
    Initiative further strengthens nonwovens association relationship between Europe and North America.

  • PGI acquires Providencia

    January 27, 2014
    Nonwovens leader to acquire Latin American manufacturer of nonwovens for hygiene, healthcare and industrial applications.

  • PHC unveils Momentum wipes canister loader

    January 24, 2014
    Product Handling Concepts (PHC), a manufacturer of custom designed and manufactured product handling equipment based in Appleton, WI, has unveiled its Momentum wipes canister loader with an operating rate of up to 180 canisters per minute, which the…

  • Cotton topsheet developed for diapers

    Cotton topsheet developed for diapers

    Karen McIntyre, senior editor || January 23, 2014
    The world is one step closer to seeing a diaper with a cotton component. Cotton maker TJ Beall and Huntsman Textile Effects have developed a diaper topsheet made from hydroentangled apertured spunlaced nonwoven material. The substrate, featuring…

  • FILTREX Europe set for October in Berlin

    January 23, 2014
    Will be held in Berlin Oct. 1-2, 2014.

  • Berry Plastics acquires Qingdao P&B

    January 23, 2014
    Berry Plastics Group, Inc. has acquired controlling interest of Qingdao P&B Co., Ltd. Berry Plastics will own 75% of P&B, with a minority ownership position retained by Peter Song, who is the original founder of P&B and the current genera…

  • Laura Raitio resigns from Ahlstrom

    January 23, 2014
    Laura Raitio, executive vice president, building and energy business area, has resigned from Ahlstrom Corporation at her own request. Raitio joined Ahlstrom in 1990 and has been a member of the executive management team since 2006. She will continue…

  • RKW names Manfred Bracher as COO

    January 23, 2014
    Manfred Bracher has been appointed to the RKW Group’s executive management board as the COO. He will be responsible for the supervision and organization of all operational and technical processes. He will also remain the vice president of the G…

  • Brand & Oppenheimer acquires Performance Textiles

    January 23, 2014
    Praesidian Capital increases investment in B&O to support acquisition.

  • TJ Beall launches new website

    January 23, 2014
    The TJ Beall Company has launched a new website at www.tjbeall.com. The new site offers an enhanced visual layout and easy navigation for users. The site is broken into two distinct segments. The first is dedicated to natural fibers for nonwovens cov…

  • HyDri Cotton certified by USDA

    January 23, 2014
    Barnhardt Manufacturing Company has earned the USDA Certified Biobased Product Label for its HyDri Cotton. The USDA Certified Biobased Product Label verifies that the product’s amount of renewable biobased ingredients meets or exceeds levels se…

  • INDA teams up with Maine Wastewater Control Association

    January 22, 2014
    INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, has teamed up with the Maine Wastewater Control Association (MWWCA) in an effort to combat a significant contributor to clogs in wastewater system equipment, flushing baby wipes. Baby wipes are…

  • Freudenberg to upgrade spunlaid operations

    January 17, 2014
    Freudenberg Nonwovens is upgrading its spunlaid production with investments in North Carolina and Germany. The company is investing several million euros in upgrades at its Durharm, NC and Kaiserlautern sites. Both investments will improve the perfor…

  • Strong investment continues in Southeast Asia

    Strong investment continues in Southeast Asia

    Karen McIntyre, senior editor || January 16, 2014
      In recent years, Asia has become a focal point for foreign nonwovens investment.  While China has certainly led the way, with a nonwovens output that rivals both Europe and the NAFTA region in size, Southeast Asia has also benefitted…

  • Depend now offers Fit-Flex protection

    January 16, 2014
    Adult diapers now offer closer-to-the-body fit

  • Pegas' Egyptian line complete

    January 16, 2014
    New line adds 20,000 tons of capacity to the region.

  • INDA to hold CAB conference in May

    January 16, 2014
    Focus will be on converting needs of automotives and home furnishing markets

  • New nonwovens market report

    Tim Wright || January 15, 2014
    World demand to rise 5.3% annually through 2017.

  • Green Innovations signs agreement with Laboratoire M2

    Tim Wright || January 15, 2014
    Green Hygenics will utilize disinfectant solution for development of the first 100% EPA approved proprietary natural disinfectant wipe.

  • Wacker expands Indian technical center

    Karen McIntyre || January 15, 2014
    Growth responds to increased demand from silicone customers

  • INDA names Joan Izzo director of marketing

    Tim Wright || January 14, 2014
    INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, has appointed Joan Izzo as its new director of marketing. Izzo brings years of experience in marketing for international nonwovens and advanced material companies to the position. Most recently…

  • PPG appoints Kevin McDonald as VP (fiber glass)

    Tim Wright || January 14, 2014
    PPG Industries has appointed Kevin McDonald, as vice president, fiber glass, effective March 1. McDonald is currently PPG general manager, reinforcements, and leader for fiber glass in the Americas and EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa). He will…

  • Centegra Health selects Medline as distributor

    Tim Wright || January 14, 2014
     Centegra Health System, headquartered in McHenry, IL, and a leading health care provider in Northeast Illinois, recently selected Medline Industries, Inc. as its preferred distribution partner for medical and surgical supplies. The three-year…

  • Goulston Technologies breaks ground on $8 million expansion

    Tim Wright || January 14, 2014
    Goulston Technologies Inc., Monroe, NC, a formulator and manufacturer of spin finishes and other specialty chemicals for man-made fiber, nonwovens and downstream production, and a wholly owned subsidiary of Japan-based Takemoto Oil & Fat Co. Ltd.…

  • Parkinson expansion ahead of schedule

    Karen McIntyre || January 14, 2014
    Parkinson Technologies has announced its facility expansion, which it says was necessary to accommodate continued growth, will be completed ahead of schedule. The expansion will double the company’s machinery assembly capacity and give Parkinso…

  • Biostime, Coco Healthcare estabish diaper JV in Hong Kong

    Karen McIntyre || January 14, 2014
    Companies to invest in five lines in next two years.

  • Conwed shares latest innovations at VISION 2014

    Tim Wright || January 14, 2014
    Plastic netting manufacturer Conwed will share its latest innovations at VISION 2014 - Consumer Products Conference, organized by INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry in Dallas, TX from Jan. 27-30. Celebrating its 13th anniversary, VISI…

  • Bertram Capital acquires Maxcess International

    January 13, 2014
    Deal brings together experts in web handling industry.

  • Berry Plastics to relocate manufacturing equipment

    Tim Wright || January 13, 2014
    Berry Plastics Group, Inc. plans to relocate manufacturing equipment to four of its Indiana manufacturing operations. The company will invest approximately $31 million for new infrastructure and equipment, and will also transfer existing equipment fr…

  • Celanese increases vinyl acetate-based emulsions prices

    Tim Wright || January 13, 2014
    Celanese Corporation says it is increasing the price of vinyl acetate-based emulsions sold in the Americas. Polyvinyl acetate (PVAc) homopolymer, vinyl acetate ethylene (VAE) and vinyl acrylic emulsions will increase by up to $0.04 / wet pound effect…

  • Techmer PM names Mark Jones global nonwovens market manager

    Tim Wright || January 13, 2014
    Jones to lead the Techmer PM nonwovens team and focus on global nonwovens growth opportunities.

  • JM increases prices

    Karen McIntyre || January 13, 2014
    Polyester nonwovens prices up 5% in Europe.

  • Xerium plans closure of European rolls facility

    Tim Wright || January 10, 2014
    Xerium Technologies, Inc. announced plans to close its rolls facility in Heidenheim, Germany. The company says it has initiated consultation proceedings with the works council at the facility. Production after a closure would be transferred to the co…

  • Tufco Technologies to be acquired by Griffin Holdings

    Tim Wright || January 10, 2014
    Contract wet wipes converter Tufco Technologies, Inc. has agreed to be taken over by Griffin Holdings, LLC. Griffin will acquire Tufco for $6.07 per share in cash, representing a purchase price of about $26 million. The price per share represents a p…

  • Suominen acquires Ahlstrom's Paulinia plant in Brazil

    Tim Wright || January 10, 2014
    Suominen and Ahlstrom have entered into agreement on the sales of the entire stock of the Brazilian Ahlstrom Fabricação de Não-Tecidos Ltda to Suominen. Formerly, the unit was part of Ahlstrom’s home and personal business…

  • Eagle Performance Products changes ownership

    Karen McIntyre || January 9, 2014
    Company celebrates 40th year with new leadership.

  • PGI to expand in Virginia sources say

    Tim Wright || January 9, 2014
    PGI in Waynesboro is investing in more research and development and adding 20 more employees.