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  • The Medical Market: Charting Progress

    June 14, 2005
    manufacturers seek balance of protection and comfort

  • Diaper Portal Offers Discounts

    June 14, 2005
    The first U.S. website delivery of brand name diapers, wipes and formula at wholesale prices with free shipping has been opened officially after a successful five-month test period. 1800Diapers delivers many of the most popular Pampers, Huggies and L…

  • PCMC Lines to Fuel Tufco's Wipes Business

    June 9, 2005
    Tufco Technologies will acquire additional converting equipment to support its growth in the expanding disposable, nonwovens wipes market. The company has agreed to purchase a Clipper wet wipes converter, capable of converting at a rate of up to 300…


    June 6, 2005
    breathability and barrier resistance are key requirements in the medical sector


    June 6, 2005
    with new scented products hitting the shelves, femcare producers are hoping to enjoy the sweet smell of success


    June 6, 2005
    manufacturers are finding new life for the process in specialty applications


    June 6, 2005
    is the overcapacity crisis over for airlaid?

  • The International Top 40

    June 6, 2005
    a look at the top companies in nonwovens

  • R&D Gains New Focus

    June 6, 2005
    roll goods producers must innovate to ensure continued success

  • Machinery & Equipment Review

    June 6, 2005
    increased competition hits hygiene market

  • Airlaid Grabs Hold In Food Packaging

    June 6, 2005
    manufacturers develop new uses for technology

  • 35th Annual Buyers’ Guide

    June 1, 2005
    This annual guide lists nearly every supplier and producer of nonwovens around the globe in one comprehensive listing. This guide is divided into six sections—machinery and equipment suppliers, raw material producers, roll goods manufacturers, contract se

  • Fiber Finishes Expanding

    June 1, 2005
    increasing scope of nonwovens is attractive to suppliers

  • Fiber Technology Slowly Evolved

    June 1, 2005
    rising costs are making material alternatives attractive


    June 1, 2005
    EPA needs more equitable solutions


    June 1, 2005
    spunlace producers strive to strike a balance

  • Consumer Wipes Continue Boom

    June 1, 2005
    new growth opportunities eyed for future

  • Not Just Diapers

    June 1, 2005
    producers look to new areas for growth

  • Vision Gears Up for New Orleans

    June 1, 2005
    Annual competition will be a highlight of consumer products conference

  • Nonwovens Potential And The Unique Indian Situation

    June 1, 2005
    future looks bright for disposables and durables in India

  • Spunmelt Nonwovens Roll On

    June 1, 2005
    industry deals with supply shortages, pricing pressures and looks to new applications

  • A Clean Sweep: Is It Within Reach?

    June 1, 2005
    household wipes have registered off-the-chart growth in recent years, but now manufacturers will need to innovate even more to compete


    June 1, 2005
    partnerships lead to questions over the future direction of the packaging market


    June 1, 2005
    manufacturers scramble to take advantage of wipes market growth, but can it last?

  • Kleen Test To Add Seven New Buildings

    May 26, 2005
    Kleen Test Products is planning a major expansion that would result in the company adding seven new buildings and more than 700,000 square feet of space at its Port Washington, WI site, according to reports. The expansion would be complete in five to…

  • K-C Launches Moist Cloths

    May 19, 2005
    Kimberly-Clark Corporation has introduced Kleenex Moist Cloths in North America. Kleenex Moist Cloths are thick, soft, disposable hand and face cloths created for use around the home. The product provides a solution to an unmet consumer need for a di…

  • Visionary Award Competition Kicks Off

    May 19, 2005
    Nominations are now being accepted for the 2006 Visionary Award, which in its five years of existence has become one of the most prestigious awards in the nonwoven and consumer products industries. The award, presented by INDA, annually recognizes co…

  • Athea Laboratories Makes Acquisition

    May 10, 2005
    Athea Laboratories, Inc., a Milwaukee, WI-based wet wipes and specialty chemical manufacturer, has recently obtained the assets of Converted Products' wipes division. The recent move is expected to expand the capabilities of Athea's wipes division to…

  • Tufco Launches new Flexographic Technology

    May 10, 2005
    Contract manufacturing specialist Tufco Technologies, Inc., Green Bay, WI, has unveiled new capabilities to print nonwoven substrates for wipes and other products. A converter of contract packaged wipes and towelettes, Tufco uses state-of-the-art fle…

  • Ihsan To Install Fleissner Line

    April 20, 2005
    Bleached cotton producer Ihsan Sons, Lahore, Pakistan, has unveiled plans to forward integrate by installing a hydroentangling line at its Lahore headquarters. The new line, featuring technology from Fleissner as well as Truetzscler and Spinnbau, wil…

  • Indian Spunlace Market Gets A Start

    April 20, 2005
    An Indian textiles producer has partnered with French systems provider Rieter Perfojet to establish its country?s first spunlace operation. Ginni Filament, based in New Delhi, will install a 3.6-meter-wide, 12,000 ton-per-year Rieter Perfojet Jetlace…

  • Chicopee Expands Food Service Line

    March 16, 2005
    Chicopee, Polymer Group Inc.’s industrial wipes division, has added several new products to its foodservice towel line. Improved fabrics in its Chix with Microban and Chix Utility towel lines provide better particle pickup, rinsing and scrubbin…

  • Wipes Growth Projected

    March 10, 2005
    U.S. demand for wipes, both consumer and industrial, is expected to increase nearly 6% a year to reach $1.9 billion in 2009. This growth will be propelled by further market segment and a continual spate of new product introduction, according to a rep…

  • Wipe Folder

    March 1, 2005
    OMET s.r.l., the Lecco, Italy-based manufacturer of tissue converting equipment and flexo presses, is now offering the proven TV503 folder to produce nonwoven wipes with up to 24-inch cut-off length. The TV503 is one of OMET’s most popular fold…

  • Manmade Fiber

    March 1, 2005
    Dow’s Ingeo fiber is the first manmade fiber created from 100% renewable resources. This novel product combines the best of both worlds: the performance of a synthetic fiber and the advantages of a natural material. Together with W.I.P., a youn…

  • K-C Sales Grow 8%

    February 2, 2005
    Kimberly-Clark’ssales advanced about 8% to $3.9 billion, establishing an all-time quarterly record, during the fourth quarter of 2004. The increase was driven by higher sales volumes of the company's health and hygiene brands, up about 5%, and…

  • P&G Grows on Diaper Strength

    February 2, 2005
    Procter & Gamble reported sales increased 9% to nearly $14.5 billion during the October-to-December quarter. Net earnings increased 12% to $2.04 billion. Baby and family care delivered strong results in the quarter with volume increasing 6% an…

  • Polypropylene Absorbent Fiber

    February 1, 2005
    FiberVisions has launched a new functional fiber under the FiberVisions HY-Entangle WA name. The new fiber marks a considerable expansion of the application area of polypropylene fibers within the spunlace area because the new fiber will be able to c…

  • Wipe Folder

    February 1, 2005
    Omet srl now offers the TV503 folder to produce nonwoven wipes with up to 24-inch cut off length. The TV503 is one of Omet’s most popular folders and includes Omet’s signature components such as its superior interchangeable folding heads…

  • Kuraray


    January 1, 2005
    Location: Osaka, Japan Sales: $71 million Description: Key Personnel Nobuaki Sumita, president, Kuraray Kuraflex Plants Okayama, Saijo and Ibaragi Processes Resin bonded, thermal bonded, spunlaced and meltblown Brand names Kuraf…

  • KNH Enterprises

    KNH Enterprises

    January 1, 2005
    Location: Taipei, Taiwan Sales: $65 Million Description: Key Personnel J.C. Tai, president and owner; Dr. Kirk Hwang, vice president corporate planning and international operations; George Wong, hygiene business director; Herman Tai, industria…

  • Precision Custom Coatings

    Precision Custom Coatings

    January 1, 2005
    Location: Totowa, NJ Sales: $70 Million Description: 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, director industr…

  • Unitika


    January 1, 2005
    Location: Osaka, Japan Sales: $85 Million Description: Key Personnel Masaru Tsugawa, general manager, spunbond fabrics division; Hiroshi Kawasaki, general manager, spunbond fabrics sales Plants Okazaki and Tarui, Japan Processes Spunbo…

  • Suominen


    January 1, 2005
    Location: Nakkila, Finland Sales: $93.5 Million Description: Key Personnel Suominen Corporation: Heikki Bergholm, president and CEO, Esa Palttala, executive vice president, Wipes and Nonwovens; Juha Henttonen, vice president, Flexible Packaging;…

  • Mitsui Chemical

    Mitsui Chemical

    January 1, 2005
    Location: Tokyo, Japan Sales: $127 Million Description: Key Personnel Toshimi Hachimori, general manager, functional fabricated products division Plants Yokkaichi and Iwakuni Processes Spunbonded, needlepunched, meltblown, thermal bonded Brand N…

  • Georgia-Pacific


    January 1, 2005
    Location: Atlanta, GA Sales: $139 Million Description: Key Personnel   Mike Burandt, president, consumer business, North America; Bill Shultz, president, European consumer business; Paul Farren, vice president & general manager Nonwoven…

  • Jacob Holm

    Jacob Holm

    January 1, 2005
    Location: Allschwil, Switzerland Sales: $91 million Description: Key personnel Poul Mikkelsen, chairman; Peter Stoffel, CEO; Jack Richardson, COO; Ingo Johannsen, CFO; Michael Norboge, vice president of Personal & Home Care; Claudia De Buman, v…

  • Asahi Kasei

    Asahi Kasei

    January 1, 2005
    Location: Tokyo, Japan Sales: $176 million Description: Key Personnel Yoshikazu Ban, general manager, nonwoven fabrics division; Ryujiro Yoshino, general manager, spunbonded fabric sales; Akira Naganami, general manager, Bemliese/Coldon sales Plan…

  • Sandler


    January 1, 2005
    Location: Schwarzenbach/Saale, Germany Sales: $162 million Description: Key Personnel Dipl. Kfm. Christian Heinrich Sandler, Dr. Christian Heinrich Sandler, Dieter Magiera, members of the management Board Plant Schwarzenbach/Saale, Germany ISO St…

  • British Vita

    British Vita

    January 1, 2005
    Location: Manchester, U.K. Sales: $170 million Description: Key Personnel David Cottrell, non-executive chairman; D.A. Campbell, CEO; J.J. Van Beijeren, director responsible for nonwovens Plants Belgium, France, Sweden, U.K., U.S. IS…