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  • Toray Advanced Materials

    Toray Advanced Materials

    January 1, 2010
    Location: Seoul, Korea Sales: $150 million Description: Plants Gumi, Kyungsang-Bukdo, South Korea; Nantong, Jiangsu, Province, China Key Personnel Y.K. Lee, president and CEO;  Y.K. Kim, Vice president/head of fiber division; Yasuhiko Tanabe,…

  • Andrew Industries

    Andrew Industries

    January 1, 2010
    Location: Manchester, U.K. Sales: $130 million Description: Key Personnel John Lewis, president, Southern Felt;  Mike Konesky, vice president, Southern Felt Plants South Carolina, China, U.K. Processes Needlepunch, thermal bonded, chemical f…

  • Union Industries

    Union Industries

    January 1, 2010
    Location: Masserano, Italy Sales: $120 million Description: Key Personnel Matteo Moltrasio, vice president; Luigi Cassano, managing director; Alessandro Taramasso, commercial director Plant Masserano, Biella, Italy Processes Spunbond, spunmelt, c…

  • Lydall Inc

    Lydall Inc

    January 1, 2010
    Location: Manchester, CT Sales: $98 million Description: Key Personnel W. Leslie Duffy, chairman of the board; Dale Barnhart, president and CEO; Thomas Smith, vice president, CFO and Treasurer; Mona Estey, vice president—Human Resources; Mary…

  • Mitsui Chemical

    Mitsui Chemical

    January 1, 2010
    Location: Tokyo, Japan Sales: $164 million Description: Key Personnel Haruhiro Uesugi, general manager, spunbond fabrics division Plants Yokkaichi, Iwakuni, Japan Processes Spunbond, needlepunch, meltblown, thermal bonded Brand Names Tafnel, Syn…

  • Toyobo

    Toyobo

    January 1, 2010
    Location: Tokyo, Japan Sales: $144 million Description: Personnel Yukio Kawasaki, general manager, spunbond division of Toyobo; Akio Oda, president of Kureha Plants Tsuruga, Iwakuni, Shiga, Japan Processes Spunbond, needlepunch, resin bonded, spu…

  • Georgia-Pacific

    Georgia-Pacific

    January 1, 2010
    Location: Atlanta, GA Sales: $152 million Description: Plants Green Bay, WI (two facilities); Glen, France; Avigliano, Italy Processes   Airlaid, carded Brand Names Airtex, Dritex Major Markets Baby wipes, industrial and food service wipes,…

  • Jacob Holm

    Jacob Holm

    January 1, 2010
    Location: Basel, Switzerland Sales: $156 million Description: Key Personnel Poul Mikkelsen, chairman; Stephen Landon, president and COO; Finn Schoning, group controller; Ginny Casstevens, sales director – Americas; Jean Francois De Gruttola,…

  • Pegas A/S

    Pegas A/S

    January 1, 2010
    Location: Znojmo, Czech Republic Sales: $160 million Description: Key Personnel Milos Bogdan, managing director; Frantisek Klaska, technical director; Frantisek Rezac, commercial director, Ales Gerza, financial director; Rostislav Vrbacky, producti…

  • Asahi Kasei

    Asahi Kasei

    January 1, 2010
    Location: Osaka, Japan Sales: $195 million Description: Key Personnel Toshio Takanashi, general manager, nonwoven fabrics division; Katsuhiko Hinamoto, general manager, spunbond fabric sales; Tetsuya Nakamura, general manager, Bemliese sales Plant…

  • Sandler

    Sandler

    January 1, 2010
    Location: Schwarzenbach/Saale, Germany Sales: $218 million Description: Key Personnel Dr. Christian Heinrich Sandler, CEO, Dieter Magiera, Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Wolfgang Höflich, members of the management board Plant Schwarzenbach/Saale, Germany P…

  • Sandler

    Sandler

    January 1, 2010
    Location: Schwarzenbach/Saale, Germany Sales: $218 million Description: s…

  • Japan Vilene

    Japan Vilene

    January 1, 2010
    Location: Tokyo, Japan Sales: $239 million Description: Key Personnel Toshio Yoshida, president, Oshiaki Mizutani, managing director; Yasufumi Matsumiya, director; Masahir Kimura, director Plants Shiga, Tokyo Processes Resin bonded, needlepunched…

  • Bonar

    Bonar

    January 1, 2010
    (formerly Colbond) Location: Arnhem, The Netherlands Sales: $163 million Description: Key Personnel Jan van Boldrik, CEO; Bart Austin, president Colbond Inc.; Harry Verbakel, director sales and marketing floor coverings; Blair Rawes, director sale…

  • Propex Fabrics

    Propex Fabrics

    January 1, 2010
    Location: Chattanooga, TN Sales: $165 million Description: Key Personnel Stan Brant, president and CEO, Martin deVries, executive vice president and chief financial officer Plants Ringgold, GA Process Needlepunch Major Markets Geosynthetics, flo…

  • TWE Group (Lohman)

    TWE Group (Lohman)

    January 1, 2010
    Location: Dierdorf, Germany Sales: $260 million Description: Key Personnel Michael Haddon Plants Emsdettern, Germany, Dierdorf, Germany; Hangzhou, China Processes Drylaid, chemical bonded, thermal bonded, needlepunched, air through bonded Applic…

  • Glatfelter

    Glatfelter

    January 1, 2010
    Location: York, PA Sales: $350 million Description: Key Personnel George Glatfelter, CEO; Dante Parrini, executive vice president and COO; Jonathan Bourget, vice president and general manager  Advanced Airlaid Materials; Lionel Bitton, general…

  • Companhia Providencia

    Companhia Providencia

    January 1, 2010
    Location: Parana, Brazil Sales: $225 million Description: Plant Locations São José dos Pinhais-Paraná, Brazil and Pouso Alegre-Minas Gerais, Brazil Key Personnel Herminio Freitas, president and CEO; Eduardo Feldmann, CFO; …

  • Hollingsworth & Vose

    Hollingsworth & Vose

    January 1, 2010
    Location: Walpole, MA Sales: $215 million Description: Key Personnel Val Hollingsworth, president and CEO; David von Loesecke, vice president and general manager, Engine and Industrial Filtration; Mike Clark, vice president and general manager, Hi…

  • Fibertex

    Fibertex

    January 1, 2010
    Location: Aalborg, Denmark Sales: $236 million Description: Key Personnel Mikael Staal Axelsen, CEO, Fibertex Personal Care;  Jorgen Bech Madsen, CEO, Fibertex Industrial Nonwovens; Ole Houmann, CFO; Kenneth Mynster Dolmer, purchasing director…

  • Avgol

    Avgol

    January 1, 2010
    Location: Tel Aviv, Israel Sales: $213 million Description: Key Personnel Shuki Goldwasser, chairman; Achai Bonneh, vice chairman & CTO; Shlomo Liran, CEO Plants Tel Aviv, Israel; Mocksville, NC; Jingmen City, Hubei Province, China; Uzlovaya,…

  • First Quality

    First Quality

    January 1, 2010
    Location: Great Neck, NY Sales: $220 million Description: Plants Hazleton, PA; McElhattan, PA Processes Spunmelt Applications Hygiene, medical First Quality Nonwovens continues to invest in both its nonwovens and its packaged goods business with…

  • Buckeye

    Buckeye

    January 1, 2010
    Location: Memphis, TN Sales: $247 million Description: Key Personnel Marko Rajamaa, senior vice president, Nonwovens; Michael Brown, Nonwovens sales manager—Americas and Far East; Norbert Busch, Nonwovens Sales Manager—Europe and Middl…

  • Johns Manville

    Johns Manville

    January 1, 2010
    Location: Denver, CO Sales: $670 million Description: Key Personnel Bob Wamboldt, vice president and general manager, Engineered Products North America (EPNA), Enno Henze, vice president and general manager Engineered Products Europe/Asia (EPEA); K…

  • Fiberweb

    Fiberweb

    January 1, 2010
    Location: London, U.K. Sales: $800 million Description: Key Personnel Daniel Dayan, CEO; Dan Abrams, CFO; Ian Barnes, president, Consumer Fabrics; Derek Chan, president, Asia;  John Juric, president, Americas Industrial division; Paul Glover,…

  • Freudenberg

    Freudenberg

    January 1, 2010
    Sales: $1.53 billion   Location: Weinheim, Germany   Description: Key Personnel  Management Board: Bruce Olson, CEO; René Wollert, CFO; Frank Heislitz, CTO    Plants  Weinheim, Germany; Neuenburg,…

  • Special Interest Showdown?

    Peter Mayberry, The President of Arlington, VA-based Mayberry & Associates || December 28, 2009
    Peter Mayberry On How New Lobbyist Rules Will Impact Nonwovens.

  • SCA Upgrades Pulp Mill in Sweden

    December 23, 2009
    Investment to save costs, reduce carbon footprint

  • SCA Invests In Russian AI Market

    December 23, 2009
    New line to meet demands for region.

  • PGI to Invest in Nonwovens Technology in U.S. and Asia

    December 22, 2009
    New spunmelt materials with improved properties to be commercially available in mid-2011.

  • Parkinson Technologies Expands Manufacturing Capabilities

    December 16, 2009
    Parkinson Technologies purchases new Vision Wide CNC bridge mill.

  • Fiberweb, Chisso Explore Partnership

    December 15, 2009
    JV would make spunmelt in China.

  • Disposable Absorbent Article Designed To Facilitate An Easy Intuitive Change

    December 15, 2009
    A disposable absorbent article received a patent. It is worn about the lower torso and facilitates an easy, intuitive change. The article includes at least one serviceable indicium that facilitates an easy, intuitive change by aligning the article re…

  • Absorbent Article

    December 15, 2009
    Patented is an absorption article such as a pant diaper, having a liquid-permeable topsheet, a liquid-impermeable backsheet and an absorption body positioned between. The article has a front end portion, a rear end portion and a crotch portion. The r…

  • Rieter Exits Nonwovens

    December 14, 2009
    Sells JetLace, SpunJet to Andritz

  • Lenzing: Capacity Expansion Continues

    December 14, 2009
    Upgrades underway in Austria, Thailand, the U.K.

  • Nir Peleg Ends His Role as the CEO of AVGOL

    December 14, 2009
    Achai Bonneh will be appointed as Interim CEO.

  • Polymer Group Appoints Dennis Norman Chief Financial Officer

    December 11, 2009
    Keith Hall Named Interim Chief Accounting Officer.

  • Filtration 2009: Event Lived Up To Its Reputation

    December 10, 2009
    Three-day industry event attracted over 1,400 Attendees to Chicago’s Navy Pier last month.

  • Marves Industries Occupies Bauer Industries Site

    December 10, 2009
    Capabilities include green needlepunch, highloft nonwovens

  • Nutek Introduces New Soy-Based Biodegradable Wipes

    December 9, 2009
    Simply Soy biodegradable wipes lubricate and clean.

  • New Owners For Enka Tecnica

    December 9, 2009
    Management, Fi-Tech purchase spinnerett maker.

  • Awaiting Apparel

    December 8, 2009
    despite a lot of interest, nonwovens have not yet made inroads in clothing

  • Crazy about cars

    December 8, 2009
    doing business in automotives is more challenging than ever, but nonwovens are proving themselves vital to the next generation of cars

  • The Hygiene Market

    December 8, 2009
    component suppliers are raising the bar on innovation while keeping costs at bay

  • Will It Ever Happen? Nonwovens—The Fabrics Of Our Lives.

    Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor || December 8, 2009
    The other day, my four-year-old and I were playing with dolls when she asked me to make some new clothes for her princesses—she wanted to create some sort of uniform for them.

  • Absorbent Article Having Passage Holes In A Central Region

    December 8, 2009
    Patented is an absorbent article that is elongated to have longitudinally opposed front and rear edges and transversely opposed left and right edges. The absorbent article includes a stack of: a backsheet having a liquid barrier effect; a liquid abso…

  • Nonwovens Take On The World

    Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor || December 4, 2009
    A lot has been said about globalization in the nonwovens industry in recent years.

  • EPA Seeks To Reduce Pollutants In Diesel Engines

    Peter Mayberry and Jessica Franken || December 4, 2009
    rule could impact 81,500 engines and cost $57 million a year

  • Far East Report

    December 4, 2009
    Battery Separators In Japan