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  • Pegas Reports 8% Sales Growth

    March 6, 2012
    Pegas Nonwovens announced that consolidated revenues were $58/€43.7 million in the third quarter of 2011, up 7.9% A key role in the development. Earnings grew 17% to reach $14.5/€10.8, million reaching the highest level in more than two yea…

  • Winner Medical reports results

    March 6, 2012
    Winner Medical Group Inc. a leading China-based exporter and retailer of high-quality medical dressings and consumer products made from 100% cotton, reported increased by 22.6% to $41.3 million from $33.7 million during the first quarter. Gross profi…

  • Providencia sales volumes up

    March 6, 2012
    Sales volume grew 11.7% to 87,700 tons in the fourth quarter for Companhia Providencia. Sales reached R$526.6 million$307 million for the year, up 16.2% more than 2010, due to an increase in sales volumes. Profits increased 15.3% to R$46.2 million/$2…

  • Buckeye sales up 8%; nonwovens sales down

    March 6, 2012
    Buckeye Technologies reported second quarter sales were up 8% to $227 million thanks to higher selling prices and increased specialty wood fibers shipments. Nonwovens shipment volume was down 10% due to seasonal weakness in Europe and lower North Ame…

  • Ahlstrom sales down on spunlace divestment

    March 6, 2012
    Ahlstrom’s sales for the third quarter of 2011 were €371.1 million compared to 416.8 million the prior year. The decline is mostly attributable to the divestment of the company’s Home and Personal Care business area to Suominen in la…

  • Glatfelter sales up 10%

    March 6, 2012
    Glatfelter today reported record sales of $1.6 billion in 2011, an increase of 10%, and earnings of $46 million, representing a 12% increase. For the fourth quarter of 2011, Glatfelter reported consolidated net sales of $391.9 million, a 4.2% increa…

  • Sandler reports record sales

    March 6, 2012
    German nonwovens producer Sandler reported its sales increased €37 million to reach €240 million in 2011. During the past five years, sales at the company have more than doubled, driven mainly by new investments. In this time period, Sandle…

  • Domtar sales up

    March 6, 2012
    Domtar Corporation, the new owner of Attends adult incontinence products, reported net earnings of $61 million during the third quarter, compared to $117 million the year before. Sales were $1.4 billion. With its roots in the pulp and paper industri…

  • Unicharm sales jump 12%

    March 6, 2012
    Japanese hygiene products giant Unicharm reported sales increased 12% to $3.8/¥315 billion during the third quarter ended December 31 compared to $3.5/¥281 billion for the same period last year. Operating income increased 17% to reach $40 mil…

  • Duni reports year end sales

    March 6, 2012
    Net sales in Sweden-based Duni’s tissue business area, which includes its airlaid operation were $64 million (SEK428 million) in 2011 compared to $75 million (SEK499) million for the prior year. The decrease was largely blamed on weaker demand…

  • K-C sales up 2%

    March 6, 2012
    Kimberly-Clark reported sales grew 2% to reach $5.2 billion in 2011. Among the highlights was a 7% increase in international sales. “We delivered solid improvements in organic sales, adjusted operating profit margins and adjusted earnings per s…

  • P&G says sales are up

    March 6, 2012
    Procter & Gamble reported 4% sales growth for the October-December quarter when sales reached $22.1 billion. Growth was driven by higher volumes and pricing actions, partially offset by a favorable geographic product mix. All six business segment…

  • Tapyrus: Targeting Thailand

    Tapyrus: Targeting Thailand

    March 6, 2012
    Futaba Takanawa Building, 5F 3-19-15 Takanawa, Minato-ku Tokyo 108-0074 Japan 81-03-5449-7911 www.tapyrus.co.jp Since 1987, Japan’s Tapyrus has been providing high quality meltblown nonwovens to customers in a range of markets. “Our goal…

  • Bissell takes home Visionary Award

    Bissell takes home Visionary Award

    March 6, 2012
    Designed to make cleaning carpet stains easy and simple, the Stomp ‘N Go Stain Lifting Pad from Bissell Homecare received the 2012 Visionary Award, presented at the Vision 2012 Consumer Products Conference in New Orleans, LA. Now in its 11th ye…

  • Winder, slitter development company formed

    March 6, 2012
    A new company has been formed as a service and technical development center for winding and slitting machines in the nonwovens, paper, foil and aluminum industries. BW Technology will officially begin operating in Schob Holte-Stukenbrock, Germany. C…

  • Oerlikon geotex line sold in India

    March 6, 2012
    Oerlikon Neumag has sold an inline plant with 12 spinning positions for the production of staple fibers for geotextiles to an Indian company. The order includes the complete machine equipment from spinning to baling including engineering and services…

  • Aplix acquires share in Parafix

    March 6, 2012
    Aplix S.A. (France) has acquired a majority share in Parafix Ltda. (Brazil). Aplix, a leading global fastening system company with operations in Europe, North America and Asia has partnered with Parafix to expand its sales in Latin America where it h…

  • Ahlstrom adds to PSA graphics line

    March 6, 2012
    Ahlstrom will launch Silco Flat Premium, a new release paper for premium pressure sensitive adhesive (PSA) graphics. Large format PSA graphics are used to apply eye-catching decoration or advertisements to large surfaces in architecture, retail, veh…

  • Fiberweb adds to roofing line

    March 6, 2012
    Fiberweb has launched a new line of premium roofing accessories under the brand name Climat. Climat is a comprehensive system of vapor permeable roof and wall membranes as well as vapor control layers that are based on three decades of experience in…

  • Jacob Holm honored by Rockline

    March 6, 2012
    Rockline Industries honored Jacob Holm Industries with its Supplier Innovation Award for 2011, which recognizes exceptional performance in the areas of product and process uniqueness, technological advancement, speed to market, sustainability and val…

  • Elmarco to show new line

    March 6, 2012
    Elmarco is set to demonstrate a new production line at the World Filtration Congress in Graz, Austria next month. The NS 1WS500U is a versatile machine able to make nanofibers efficient enough for numerous applications including air and liquid filtra…

  • Kuraray, University of Fukui develop special nonwoven

    March 6, 2012
    Through a joint project, the University of Fukui, in Japan, and Japanese nonwovens producer Kuraray, have successfully developed a special nonwoven fabric that selectively absorbs and separates metal ions. The joint effort uses advanced fiber process…

  • Havix adds to thermal bond capacity

    March 6, 2012
    Japan’s Havix Corporation is increasing its thermal bond capacity to 4800 tons per year. The new equipment, which will add 1200 tons capacity, should begin operation in October 2012. According to Nonwovens Industry Far East correspondent Kin Oh…

  • Regent completes spunbond line in Russia

    March 6, 2012
    Regent Neotex (Moscow, Russian Federation) has completed work on a new triple spunbond line from Reifenhauser Gmbh (Reicofil technology). The Reicofil R4 special line will produce polypropylene spunbond nonwovens weighing between 8 and 70 gsm for bo…

  • Unicharm adds pulpless diaper

    March 6, 2012
    Unicharm is launching a thin diaper for adults consisting only of nonwovens and a superabsorbent polymer as the absorber. The absence of pulp has allowed the product to be significantly thinner, about 1mm, and lighter, about 29 grams, than convention…

  • Domtar buys Attends EU business

    March 6, 2012
    Domtar has signed an agreement to buy privately-held Attends Healthcare Limited, a European supplier of adult incontinence products in Europe, from Rutland Partners for $235 million. In August, Domtar bought the North American arm of Attends from KPS…

  • Kotex hits billion dollar mark

    Kotex hits billion dollar mark

    March 6, 2012
    Kimberly-Clark’s Kotex brand crossed the billion-dollar global net sales mark in 2011, following two consecutive years of significant growth in the feminine care category. With this milestone, the Kotex brand enters the top tier of consumer pac…

  • National Nonwovens Adds Airlaid Needlepunch Line

    March 6, 2012
    National Nonwovens has installed a 2.4 meter airlaid needlepunch nonwoven line strategically located in a contained, cleanroom environment. Production on the line is currently focused on, but is not limited to, the manufacturing of medical products.…

  • Eagle to add line no. 3

    March 6, 2012
    Eagle Nonwovens is adding a third six-meter needlepunch line. The St. Louis, MO-based company ordered the line from Dilo Group in November 2011; it should be delivered in July. The newest line is similar to Eagle’s existing lines but has some a…

  • Tapyrus expands into Thailand

    March 6, 2012
    Tapyrus, a Japanese meltblown maker, established a Thailand subsidiary near Bangkok late last year. The new company will start commercial production in spring of next year when it will help meet the needs of a customer who has expanded into Southeast…

  • Freudenberg invests in Taiwan

    Freudenberg invests in Taiwan

    March 6, 2012
    Freudenberg Far Eastern Spunweb is investing in a new production line for PET spunlaid nonwovens. Construction will start in 2013. The new production line for spunlaid nonwovens in Tayuan will mainly serve the markets for carpet tiles, automotive int…

  • Absorbent article

    March 6, 2012
    An absorbent article comprising, in integral formation, at least, a rectangular liquid permeable top sheet, an absorbent element including an absorbent covered with a crepe paper, a rectangular water vapor permeable waterproof sheet, and a rectangula…

  • Pre-Moistened Nonwoven Webs with Visible Compressed Sites

    March 6, 2012
    A premoistened nonwoven web, has been patented. The web consists essentially of at least 90% by weight of non-thermoplastic fibers comprising rayon fibers and pulp fibers, wherein at least 20% by weight of said non-thermoplastic fibers have a fiber l…

  • Disposable Absorbent Articles Having Gender-Specific Containment Flaps

    March 6, 2012
    Kimberly-Clark researchers have patented an array of gender-specific disposable absorbent articles, the array comprising:  a first disposable absorbent article adapted to be worn by males, the article comprising: a chassis comprising a garment-s…

  • Superabsorbent polymers comprising direct covalent bonds between polymer chain segments and method of making them

    March 6, 2012
    Patented is a superabsorbent polymer particle comprising polymer chain segments. The superabsorbent polymer particle having a surface that includes a plurality of evenly distributed, homogeneous surface crosslinks and a core, that includes crosslinks…

  • Disposable Diaper and process of doing the same

    March 6, 2012
    A process of producing a disposable diaper comprising a topsheet, a backsheet, an absorbent member between the topsheet and the backsheet, and a pair of leg flaps along laterally opposing side edges of the absorbent member has been patented. T he leg…


  • Understanding Healthcare Reform And The CPSIA Periodic Testing Rule

    Jessica Franken, Director of Government Affairs and Dawnee Giammittorio, Associate Director of Government Affairs INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry || March 6, 2012
    Healthcare Reform and What It Might Mean for You Later this month, the Supreme Court will hear challenges to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the massive healthcare overhaul championed by the White House and Congressional Democ…

  • Buying Access

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || March 6, 2012
    As we went to press, SCA announced it would purchase Everbeauty, a Taiwan-based hygiene manufacturer with leading positions in the baby and adult diaper markets in China and Taiwan. Everbeauty’s major brands include Dr P for incontinence care…

  • New chemical fibers production to solve problem of raw materials shortage in Russian nonwovens industry

    New chemical fibers production to solve problem of raw materials shortage in Russian nonwovens industry

    Eugene Gerden, Contributor || March 6, 2012
    New chemical fibers production to solve problem of raw materials shortage in Russian nonwovens industry

  • Techtextil North America

    Techtextil North America

    March 6, 2012
    The technical textile and nonwovens industries will convene next month in Atlanta, GA for Techtextil North America.

  • Flame Retardants: Bedding and Beyond

    Flame Retardants: Bedding and Beyond

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || March 6, 2012
    as the industry waits for extensions on antiflammability regulations in the bedding and furniture industries, new products roll out to make nonwovens

  • Spunlace Still Sells

    Spunlace Still Sells

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || March 6, 2012
    As the wipes business continues to lag, new growth will come in new markets and new regions

  • Adult Incontinence Machinery Directory

    Adult Incontinence Machinery Directory

    March 6, 2012
    Who's Who in Adult Incontinence Machinery

  • Adult Incontinence Directory

    Adult Incontinence Directory

    March 6, 2012
    A list of global manufacturers

  • Incontinence

    Incontinence

    Ian Bell, Head of home care and tissue and hygiene research, Euromonitor || March 6, 2012
    developed to emerging economies

  • Adult Incontinence: Not Your Grandmother’s Market

    Adult Incontinence: Not Your Grandmother’s Market

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || March 2, 2012
    manufacturers cater to a new breed of incontinence sufferers

  • Ahlstrom to showcase new wallcoverings

    Karen Bitz || March 1, 2012
    EasyLife now offfers increased 3D capabilities.

  • What to expect if the Obama Administration gets a second term

    Karen Bitz || March 1, 2012
    Mayberry offers insight to what nonwovens makers can expect.

  • Young to lead DAK

    March 1, 2012
    Jorge Young has been named president and CEO of DAK Americas following the retirement of Hector Camberos who will return to his home country to assume the leadership of DAK Americas’ Argentina PET business.