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  • 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…

  • Japan Vilene

    Japan Vilene

    September 1, 2011
    Tokyo, Japan www.vilene.co.jp 2011 Nonwovens Sales: $263 million Key Personnel: Toshio Yoshida, president; Yoshiaki Mizutani, managing director; Yasufumi Matsumiya, director; Masahir Kimura, director Plants: Shiga and Tokyo, Japan Proces…

  • Hollingsworth & Vose

    Hollingsworth & Vose

    September 1, 2011
    East Walpole, MA www.hollingsworth-vose.com 2011 Nonwovens Sales: $300 million Key Personnel: Val Hollingsworth, president and CEO; David von Loesecke, vice president International; Mike Clark, president, High Efficiency and Specialty Filtratio…

  • Sandler

    Sandler

    September 1, 2011
    Schwarzenbach/Saale, Germany www.sandler.de 2011 Nonwovens Sales: $311 million Key Personnel: Christian Heinrich Sandler, CEO; Dipl. Ingenieur (FH) Wolfgang Höflich and Ulrich Hornfeck, members of the management board Plants: Schware…

  • Avgol

    Avgol

    September 1, 2011
    Tel Aviv, Israel www.avgol.com 2011 Nonwovens Sales: $329 million Key Personnel: Shlomo Liran, CEO Plants: Tel Aviv, Israel; Mocksville, NC; Jingmen, City, Hubei Province, China; Uzlovaya, Russia Processes: Spunbond, meltblown, hydr…

  • Fiberweb

    Fiberweb

    September 1, 2011
    London, U.K. www.fiberweb.com 2011 Nonwovens Sales: $465 million Key Personnel: Daniel Dayan, CEO; Kate Miles, group finance director Plants: Old Hickory, TN; Aschersleben, Germany; Berlin, Germany; Pontypool, U.K.; Maldon, U.K.; Aberdare…

  • Glatfelter

    Glatfelter

    September 1, 2011
    York, PA www.glatfelter.com 2011 Nonwovens Sales: $538 million Key Personnel: Dante Parrini, chairman and CEO; John Jacunski, senior vice president and CFO; Christopher Astley, vice president, corporate strategy; Jonathan Bourget, vice presiden…

  • Fitesa

    Fitesa

    September 1, 2011
    Simpsonville, SC www.fitesa.com 2011 Nonwovens Sales: $670 million Key Personnel: Silverio Baranzano, CEO, Hal Singley, CFO Plants: Gravatai, Brazil; Lima, Peru; Queretaro, Mexico; Simpsonville, SC; Green Bay, WI; Washougal, WA; Norrkopin…

  • Johns Manville

    Johns Manville

    September 1, 2011
    Denver, CO www.jm.com 2011 Nonwovens Sales: $670 million Key Personnel: Mike Lawrence, vice president and general manager, Engineered Products North America (EPNA); Enno Henze, vice president and general manager, Engineered Products Europe/Asia…

  • Ahlstrom

    Ahlstrom

    September 1, 2011
    Helsinki, Finland www.ahlstrom.com 2011 Nonwovens Sales: $1.06 billion Key Personnel: Jan Lång, president and CEO; Seppo Parvi, CFO; Laura Raitio, executive vice president, Building & Energy; William Casey, executive vice president, F…

  • PGI

    PGI

    September 1, 2011
    Charlotte, NC www.polymergroupinc.com 2011 Nonwovens Sales: $1.2 billion Key Personnel: Veronica Hagen, president and CEO; Dennis Norman, executive vice president and CFO; Mike Hale, senior vice president, global supply chain; Scott Tracey, sen…

  • Kimberly-Clark

    Kimberly-Clark

    September 1, 2011
    Dallas, TX www.kimberly-clark.com 2011 Nonwovens Sales: $1.25 billion Partnership Products and K-C  Professional Headquarters Roswell, GA www.kcprofessional.com Key Personnel: Thomas Falk, chairman and CEO; Elane B. Stock, president, K-C…

  • DuPont

    DuPont

    September 1, 2011
    Wilmington, DE www.dupont.com 2011 Nonwovens Sales: $1.35 billion Key Personnel: Thomas Powell, president, DuPont Protection Technologies; Roger Siemionko, vice president and global technology leader, DuPont Protection Technologies; Mindy Telli…

  • Freudenberg

    Freudenberg

    September 1, 2011
    Weinheim, Germany www.freudenberg-nw.com 2011 Nonwovens Sales: $1.48 billion Key Personnels: Bruce Olson, CEO; René Wollert, CFO; Frank Heislitz, CTO Plants: Weinheim, Germany; Neuenburg, Germany; Kaiserslautern, Germany; Greetland…

  • International Top Company Report

    August 31, 2011
    Expansion. Expansion. Expansion.

  • One Good Vendor

    August 31, 2011
    Berk Wiper Converting & Packaging, LLC is a true family business. It got its start in the wiper business from the family home – in the garage.

  • A new managing director for Optima

    August 31, 2011
    Oliver Rebstock has been named the new managing director of Optima filling and packaging machines GmbH.

  • Lightweight Spun-Bonded Nonwoven Fabric Having Special Barrier Properties

    August 31, 2011
    Lightweight Spun-Bonded Nonwoven Fabric Having Special Barrier Properties: No. 7,919,420 B2; Steffen Bornemann and Markus Haberer, assignors to Fiberweb Corovin GmbH, Peine, Germany Filed 3/20/2009, issued 4/5/2011. Patented recently is an inventio…

  • Automatic core cutter

    August 31, 2011
    Appleton Mfg. Division has introduced the A301 Automatic Core Cutter.

  • P&G posts profits, lowers forecast

    August 31, 2011
    Procter & Gamble (P&G) said that profits in the April-June period jumped 15%, but it also gave a disappointing forecast for the current quarter.

  • Free trade agreements finally here

    Jessica Franken, INDAu2008Director of Government Affairs || August 31, 2011
    Senate leaders announce breakthrough on long-delayed FTAs

  • Where will we be 12 months from now?

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || August 31, 2011
    For more than 30 years—this year included—Freudenberg has been at the top of our annual top companies report. This global company with its roots in apparel and current strengths in automotives, filtration and other technical markets has a…

  • Entanglement tester

    August 31, 2011
    Lawson-Hemphill Inc., has introduced its latest generation entanglement tester called the EST.

  • Industrial cutting machine

    August 31, 2011
    Integrated Textile Solutions (ITS) has recently purchased a new industrial cutting machine, the GERBERcutter Z7.

  • Moisture measurement system

    August 31, 2011
    Streat Instruments of New Zealand has launched the new Drycom 8+ Moisture Measurement system.

  • Reusable bag

    August 31, 2011
    Centurybox, a Belgium-based packaging company, has launched a new type of reusable bag, the US-TNT.

  • Dual-mandrel core cutter

    August 31, 2011
    Core Systems' announces the Dual Mandrel Shark, a dual-mandrel core cutter that eliminates the expense and floor space of two core cutters, as well as time consuming and cumbersome tooling changeovers.

  • Specialty sheeter

    August 31, 2011
    Sheeting of abrasive materials such as emery paper, sand papers or abrasive cloth can now be achieved with minimal knife wear with a new specialty sheeter from Maxson Automatic Machinery Company.

  • Tank cleaning machine

    August 31, 2011
    Lechler's M20 tank cleaning machine is a powerful, gear-driven unit that is designed to clean the largest tanks and handle the most difficult cleaning applications.

  • Fiberweb profit falls amid rising costs

    August 31, 2011
    Britain's Fiberweb Plc posted a lower first-half profit, hurt by sharply increasing raw material prices, but the nonwoven fabrics maker said it expects full-year performance to be slightly ahead of last year.

  • DuPont profits, raises 2011 forecast

    August 31, 2011
    DuPont's quarterly profit beat expectations on strong sales of seeds, titanium dioxide pigment for paint, and Kevlar bulletproof vests, sending shares up as much as 2.6%.

  • Lydall reports strong 2Q

    August 31, 2011
    Lydall reported second quarter 2011 net sales of $98.8 million, reflecting an increase of $21.8 million, or 28.2%, compared to the second quarter of 2010.

  • 3M sales rise 14% to a record $7.7 billion

    August 31, 2011
    3M reported record second-quarter sales of $7.7 billion, up 14.1% year-on-year.

  • Buckeye reports record fiscal 2011

    August 31, 2011
    Buckeye Technologies Inc., the Memphis-based manufacturer of specialty fibers and nonwovens, set sales and earnings records for its fiscal year 2011.

  • Ahlstrom cuts outlook as it divests wipes unit

    August 31, 2011
    Finnish fiber and specialty paper company Ahlstrom Corporation cut its full-year guidance as it announced the divestment of its wiping fabrics business, Home & Personal, which will be sold to Finnish company Suominen Corporation for about €170 million.

  • Kimberly-Clark tops Q2 estimates

    August 31, 2011
    Kimberly-Clark (K-C) reports its second quarter adjusted EPS of $1.18, is ahead of consensus estimates of $1.15 per share.

  • Michelman's Marshall Wiseman announces retirement

    August 31, 2011
    Michelman has announced the retirement of 30 year veteran Marshall Wiseman.

  • Freudenberg adds greener interlinings

    August 30, 2011
    The new offering is made from recycled polyester.

  • A.Celli opens manufacturing arm in China

    August 30, 2011
    Plant will serve paper, nonwovens industries domestically.

  • Mitsui establishes Chinese operation

    August 30, 2011
    A 15,000-ton spunbond line will come onstream in late 2013.

  • Unicharm acquires diaper and femcare company in Vietnam

    August 30, 2011
    By acquiring Diana Viet Nam, Unicharm hopes to expand its local presence and compete with US rival Kimberly-Clark.

  • Huggies goes camouflage

    August 30, 2011
    For every pack of Huggies Camo Diapers purchased, Huggies Every Little Bottom program will help diaper a baby in need by donating to Operation Homefront.

  • Ontex Expands AI Range

    August 25, 2011
    Lille Healthcare does business in Europe, Australia

  • K-C To Build Innovation Center in Colombia

    August 25, 2011
    Joins other centers in Korea and North America

  • SCA eyeing Brazil, China

    August 24, 2011
    The company is also keen on growing in the Middle East, its CEO said.

  • Lenzing has record second quarter

    August 24, 2011
    The company succesfully carried out several selling price increases, most recently for its specialty fibers.

  • Winner gets Cotton Mark license

    August 22, 2011
    Recognizes use of US-grown cotton in disposables and nonwovens.

  • Offering Comfort And Flexibility

    August 21, 2011
    Founded in Italy in 1995 by Gianni Boscolo, roll goods producer Albis SpA is comprised of two German companies—Ascania and Arborea—which are part of a group that draws on previous decades of experience in the field of nonwovens.