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  • Faré supplies extrusion line In Tartarstan

    September 13, 2011
    Zao Polymatiz to make 12,000 tons of SMMS.

  • UK diapers to become roof tiles

    September 13, 2011
    The waste diapers will be collected from hospitals, nursing facilities and child care nurseries, prior to sterilization.

  • Tencate to develop FR fabrics for Chinese market

    September 13, 2011
    The company will partner with Chinamex to make products for defense, police and emergency response applications.

  • Incontinence Article in the Form of Pants

    September 13, 2011
    Paul Hartmann researchers have received a U.S. patent for an incontinence product in the form of pants designed to receive excrements. The article comprises a front belly section, a rear back section connected to the front section at a side seam and…

  • Pull-On Disposable Diaper

    September 13, 2011
    A pull-on disposable diaper with a waist opening and pair of leg openings has been patented. The diaper comprises a front section and a rear section, each with a first and second region. The first regions are closer to the waist opening and the secon…

  • Absorbent Article with Urine-Permeable Coversheet

    September 13, 2011
    Researchers at Procter & Gamble in Germany have received a U.S. patent for an absorbent core with a backsheet, a topsheet, an absorbent core and a urine permeable coversheet. The coversheet is partially attached to the article forming attached areas…

  • Disposable Absorbent Article With Enhanced Absorption Properties

    September 13, 2011
    A disposable absorbent article comprising a chassis including a topsheet and backsheet and a cellulose-free absorbent core has been patented by Procter & Gamble researchers. The core contains a polymer material witha saline flow conductivity greater…

  • SCA launches inco product in China

    September 12, 2011
    The Tena Belt is being hailed as a gamechanger in a growing category.

  • USDA studies virgin cotton use in nonwovens

    September 12, 2011
    Researchers successfully processed virgin cotton on newer nonwoven fabrics production equipment.

  • Diaper composting to hit the UK

    September 9, 2011
    The Envirocomp process provides a more sustainable alternative to landfill and incinerations.

  • Nursing Pad

    September 9, 2011
    A nursing pad made of a dome that allows a wearers breast to be fully enveloped has been patented by Uni-Charm. The pad comprises a liquid impermeable sheet on the external side of the pad; a liquid permeable sheet along the perimeter of the pad. The…

  • Packaged Body Adhering Absorbent Article and Method of Applying Such Article to a Wearer

    September 9, 2011
    Kimberly-Clark researchers have patented a feminine care absorbent article comprising an absorbent structure and a shell. The structure is configured for disposition adjacent to a female wearersÍ vaginal region while the shell is configured to suppor…

  • Swiffer upgrades with 'HD' technology

    September 8, 2011
    The brand re-designed its products to provide improved performance and technology, and a high definition clean.

  • Tencel-based baby wipes honored in Japan

    September 8, 2011
    Water 99% wipes deemed kid friendly.

  • Ahlstrom joins sustainable development group

    September 7, 2011
    WBCSD entry reinforces the company's commitment to sustainability.

  • NETInc keynote speakers announced

    September 7, 2011
    Carlos Richer will focus on disposable diaper trends in emerging markets.

  • Lenzing completes Austrian expansion

    September 7, 2011
    Tencel production capacity has increased to 60,000 tons per year.

  • Domtar with big plans for Attends

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || September 6, 2011
    CEO John Williams sees great organic growth potential, possibly doubling earnings within five years.

  • Poole Company gets recycled content certifications

    September 6, 2011
    The company's Ecosure is a staple fiber made from 100% PCR PET flake.

  • TAPPI names first winner of Innovation in Nonwovens Award

    September 6, 2011
    Anthony Atala will be honored for his work using nonwoven scaffolds for regenerative medicine.

  • SCA picks up Brazilian inco maker

    September 1, 2011
    Pro Descart has sales of $57mn, No. 2 position in Brazil.

  • Dounor Nonwovens

    Dounor Nonwovens

    September 1, 2011
    Neuville en Ferrain, France www.dounor.com 2011 Nonwovens Sales: $92 million Key Personnel: Christophe Willot, president; Hugues Cavrois, sales director; Stephanie Hoyas, research and development, communication manager Plants: Neuville en Fer…

  • KNH Enterprises

    KNH Enterprises

    September 1, 2011
    Taipei, Taiwan www.knh.com.tw 2011 Nonwovens Sales: $100 million Key Personnel: J.C. Tai, chairman and owner; Vicki Tai, president; George Wang, general manager, China operations; Alvin Hu, technical vice president; Kevin Chen, assistant vice pr…

  • Kuraray

    Kuraray

    September 1, 2011
    Osaka, Japan www.kuraray.co.jp 2011 Nonwovens Sales: $112 million Key personnel: Takashi Nakajima, president, Kuraray Kuraflex Plants: Okayama and Saijo, Japan Processes: Resin bonded, thermal bonded, spunlaced, meltblown, steam jet Bra…

  • Spuntech

    Spuntech

    September 1, 2011
    Upper Tiberias, Israel www.spuntech.com 2011 Nonwovens Sales: $113 million Key Personnel: Rob Stollar, global vice president, sales and marketing; Ron Broshi, vice president, new product development; John Rank, director, sales and marketing Plant…

  • Nan Liu Enterprise

    Nan Liu Enterprise

    September 1, 2011
    Kaoshing, Taiwan www.nanliugroup.com 2011 Nonwovens Sales: $118 million Key Personnel: C.S. Huang, chairman; H.S Huang, president; M.Yang, vice-president; Sam Chang vice-president; Paul Cheng, general manager; Bernard Kerstens, commercial director (…

  • Jofo Group

    Jofo Group

    September 1, 2011
    Guangzhou, Guangdong, China www.jofo.com.cn 2011 Nonwovens Sales: $120 million Plants: Guangzhou, Weifang, Shandong, China Processes: Spunbond, meltblown, SMS Major Markets: Hygiene, medical, industrial By year’s end China’s The Jofo…

  • Unitika

    Unitika

    September 1, 2011
    Osaka, Japan www.unitika.co.jp 2011 Nonwovens Sales: $122 million Key Personnel: Hiroshi Yoshihara, general manager, nonwoven fabrics; Tetsuya Yoshimura, general manager, spunbond fabrics sales Plants: Okazaki and Tarui, Japan Processes: S…

  • Fibertex Nonwovens

    Fibertex Nonwovens

    September 1, 2011
    Aalborg, Denmark www.fibertex.com 2011 Nonwovens Sales: $126 million Key Personnel: Jørgen Bech Madsen, CEO; Henrik Kjeldsen, CCO; Lars Bertelsen, COO; Henrik Eigenbrod, CFO; Keld Lauridsen, group R&D manager; Bjarne Knudsen, CEO, Czech R…

  • Hassan Group

    Hassan Group

    September 1, 2011
    Istanbul, Turkey www.hassangroup.com 2011 Nonwovens Sales: $128 million Plants: Istanbul and Tekirdag, Turkey Processes: Web Forming Technologies: airlaid, carded, spunlaid; Bonding Technologies: needle punched, air-through bonded, calender bonded,…

  • Suominen

    Suominen

    September 1, 2011
    Nakkila, Finland www.suominen.fi 2011 Nonwovens Sales: $131 million Key Personnel: Jean-Marie Becker, executive vice president, Suominen Nonwovens; Timo Hiekkaranta, vice president, Sales; Juha Jokinen, vice president, Business Development, Mimoun S…

  • Precision Custom Coatings

    Precision Custom Coatings

    September 1, 2011
    Totowa, NJ www.pcc-usa.com 2011 Nonwovens Sales: $132 million Key Personnel: Peter Longo, chairman and COO; Scott Tesser, president and CEO; Rich Noble, CFO and treasurer; Dan Kamat, vice president, Industrial Textile division; Shaile Dusaj, directo…

  • Lydall Inc

    Lydall Inc

    September 1, 2011
    Manchester, CT www.lydall.com 2011 Nonwovens Sales: $134 million Key Personnel: W. Leslie Duffy, chairman of the board; Dale Barnhart, president and CEO; David Williams, president, Performance Materials Plants: Rochester, NH; Saint Rivalain, France…

  • Propex Fabrics

    Propex Fabrics

    September 1, 2011
    Chattanooga, GA www.propexinc.com 2011 Nonwovens Sales: $140 million Key Personnel: Michael Gorey, president and CEO, Ralph Bruno, executive vice president, Sales and Marketing; Martin deVries, executive vice president and CFO Plants: Ringgold, GA…

  • Textilgruppe Hof

    Textilgruppe Hof

    September 1, 2011
    Hof/Saale, Germany www.textilgruppehof.com 2011 Nonwovens Sales: $150 million *including sales from Indian joint venture eswegee Vliesstoff GmbH Hof/Saale, Germany www.eswegee.com Techtex GmbH Vliesstoffe Mittweida, Germany www.textilgruppehof.com…

  • Andrew Industries

    Andrew Industries

    September 1, 2011
    Manchester, U.K. www.andrewindustries.com 2011 Nonwovens Sales: $150 million Key Personnel: John Lewis, president, Southern Felt; Mike Konesky, vice president, Sales & Marketing, Southern Felt Plants: South Carolina, China, U.K., India Process…

  • Georgia-Pacific

    Georgia-Pacific

    September 1, 2011
    Atlanta, GA www.gp.com 2011 Nonwovens Sales: $152 million Plants: Green Bay, WI (two facilities) Processes: Airlaid, carded Brands: Airtex, Dritex Major Markets: Baby wipes, industrial and food service wipes, feminine hygiene, absorbent cores, ta…

  • Vita Nonwovens

    Vita Nonwovens

    September 1, 2011
    London, U.K. www.vitausa.com 2011 Nonwovens Sales: $159 million Key Personnel: Joe Menendez, Vita Group CEO; Wim Warnier, Vita Nonwovens CEO Plants: Belgium, France, Sweden, U.S. Processes: Drylaid, chemical bonded, thermal bonded, needlefelt, thr…

  • Toyobo

    Toyobo

    September 1, 2011
    Osaka, Japan www.toyobo.co.jp 2011 Nonwovens Sales: $164 million Key Personnel: Shigeki Tanaka, general manager of spunbond division; Akio Oda, president Plants: Tsuruga, Iwakuni and Shiga, Japan Processes: Spunbond, needlepunch, resin bonded, spu…

  • Union Industries

    Union Industries

    September 1, 2011
    Masserano, Italy 2011 Nonwovens Sales: $184 million   Key Personnel: Matteo Moltrasio, vice president; Luigi Cassano, managing director; Alessandro Taramasso, commercial director   Plants: Masserano and Biella, Italy   Processes: Spunb…

  • Jacob Holm

    Jacob Holm

    September 1, 2011
    Basel, Switzerland www.jacob-holm.com 2011 Nonwovens Sales: $192 million Key Personnel: Poul Mikkelsen, chairman; Stephen Landon, president and COO; Finn Schoning, group controller; Richard Knowlson, global product development director; Alexis Porch…

  • Pegas A/S

    Pegas A/S

    September 1, 2011
    Znojmo, Czech Republic www.pegas.cz 2011 Nonwovens Sales: $203 million Key Personnel: Frantisek Rezac, CEO; Frantisek Klaska, technical director; Marian Rasik, CFO; Rostislav Vrbacky, production director Plants: Znojmo and Bucovice, Czech Republic…

  • Bonar

    Bonar

    September 1, 2011
    (formerly Colbond) Arnhem, The Netherlands www.colbond.com 2011 Nonwovens Sales: $210 million Key Personnel: Orwig Speltdoorn, managing director; Bart Austin, deputy managing director; Mike Holt, interim CFO; Marc Krauth, global business director, F…

  • Mitsui Chemical

    Mitsui Chemical

    September 1, 2011
    Tokyo, Japan www.mitsui.com/jp 2011 Nonwovens Sales: $219 million Key Personnel: Kensaku Takahashi, general manager, spunbond fabrics division Plants: Yokkaichi and Iwakuni, Japan Processes: Spunbond, meltblown, needlepunch, thermal bonded Brands…

  • Toray Advanced Materials

    Toray Advanced Materials

    September 1, 2011
    Seoul, South Korea www.torayamk.com 2011 Nonwovens Sales: $224 million Key Personnel: Y.K. Lee, president and CEO; W.S. Chun, vice president/head of fiber division; Hitoshi Takeuchi, senior director/fiber division; W.C. Hwang, senior director/fiber…

  • Fibertex Personal Care

    Fibertex Personal Care

    September 1, 2011
    Aalborg, Denmark www.fibertexpersonalcare.com 2011 Nonwovens Sales: $229 million Key Personnel: Mikael Staal Axelsen, group CEO; Mette Due Søgaard, CTO, Denmark; Anders Søgaard, COO, Denmark; Kenneth Mynster Dolmer, CCO, Denmark; Claus…

  • Buckeye

    Buckeye

    September 1, 2011
    Memphis, TN www.bkitech.com 2011 Nonwovens Sales: $239 million Key Personnel: Marko Rajamaa, senior vice president, Nonwovens; Michael Brown, nonwovens sales manager—Americas and Far East; Norbert Busch, nonwovens sales manager—Europe an…

  • Asahi Kasei

    Asahi Kasei

    September 1, 2011
    Osaka, Japan www.asahi-kasei.co.jp/asahi/en 2011 Nonwovens Sales: $246 million   Key Personnel: Toshio Takanashi, general manager, Nonwoven Fabrics Division; Katsuhiko Hinamoto, general manager, Spunbond Fabric Sales; Tetsuya Nakamura, general m…

  • First Quality

    First Quality

    September 1, 2011
    Great Neck, NY www.firstquality.com 2011 Nonwovens Sales: $250 million Plants: Hazleton, PA; McElhattan, PA; Wuxi, China (planned) Processes: Spunmelt, spunlace Applications: Hygiene, medical Recent news for forward integrated nonw…

  • Companhia Providencia

    Companhia Providencia

    September 1, 2011
    Paraná, Brazil www.providencia.com.br 2011 Nonwovens Sales: $260 million Key Personnel: Herminio Freitas, president and CEO; Eduardo Feldmann, CFO; Alexandre Domeque, commercial director; Romeo Bregant, engineering and technology directo…