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  • Tredegar Unveils New Elastic Laminate

    March 2, 2009
    Super-soft, stretchable elastic laminates will target diaper ear applications.

  • K-C Releases Fourth Quarter 2008 Results

    March 1, 2009
    Kimberly-Clark released sales and earnings results for the 2008 forth quarter and year end. Quarterly sales decreased 3.4% to $4.6 billion, as the effect of weaker foreign currency exchange rates more than offset organic sales growth of approximately…

  • Elastic Laminate

    March 1, 2009
    Tredegar Film Products, a global leader in elastics innovation is introducing Flex?Feel elastic laminateÑa super-soft, stretchable elastic laminate for diaper ears and large area applications.FlexFeel is a breakthrough elastic laminate that responds…

  • K-C Releases Fourth Quarter 2008 Results

    February 28, 2009
    Kimberly-Clark released sales and earnings results for the 2008 forth quarter and year end.

  • Spunmelt Savvy

    Ellen Wuagneux, Associate Editor || February 11, 2009
    today's economic pressures make the margin for error slimmer than ever for spunmelt makers

  • For Disposable Diapers, The Future is Green

    Jonathan Roberts, Roberts Media || February 11, 2009
    In a unique project called WooDi, Sodra Cell, SCA and Chalmers University have joined forces to produce a diaper that could one day be made entirely of wood-based fibers

  • Absorbent Cores For Absorbent Diapers Having Reduced Thickness and Improved Liquid Handling And Retention Performance And Comprising A Superabsorbent Polymer

    February 10, 2009
    A disposable absorbent article comprising an absorbent core was patented. The absorbent core comprises a superabsorbent polymer in the form of particles and a nitrogenous polymer comprising from five to 17 mol/kg, based on the total weight of the nit…

  • Unicharm Looks to Russia, India For Growth

    February 5, 2009
    New Russian plant to be complete next year.

  • K-C Releases Fourth Quarter 2008 Results

    January 29, 2009
    Quarterly net sales were $4.6 billion, a decrease of approximately 3% from 2007.

  • Absorbent Article

    January 27, 2009
    An absorbent pants diaper was recently given a patent. It comprises an elastic waist portion and an absorbent element that has a length and a width and is adapted to at least cover the genitals of a wearer when the article is worn. The diaper also fe…

  • Evolutionary Equipment

    Ellen Wuagneux, Associate Editor || January 19, 2009
    Considering the current economic environment, maybe equipment suppliers' description of today's hygiene market as evolutionary (rather than revolutionary) isn't so bad after all.

  • A Stack Of Issues

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || January 19, 2009
    The disposable diaper market continues to be dominated by two multinational companies-Kimberly-Clark and Procter & Gamble-however, these two giants continue to feel pressure from competing store brands as cash-strapped consumers are favoring private label products.

  • PLMA Show Shows Strengths and Weaknesses

    Susan Stransbury, Contributor || January 19, 2009
    interesting new products show up at store brands expo in Chicago

  • Fitesa


    January 1, 2009
    Location: GRAVATAI, BRAZIL Sales: $103 Million Description: Plants Gravatai, Brazil; North America Process Spunmelt, meltblown Major Markets Hygiene, medical, industrial, filtration, sorbents This is the last year Brazilian nonwovens producer…

  • Toray Advanced Materials

    Toray Advanced Materials

    January 1, 2009
    Location: SEOUL, KOREA Sales: $144 Million Description: Plant Locations Gumi, Kyungsang-Bukdo, South Korea; Nantong, JIangsu Province, China ISO Status ISO-9001: 2009; ISO-14001 (environmental certification): 2004; ISO-18001 (operational certifi…

  • Mitsui Chemical

    Mitsui Chemical

    January 1, 2009
    Location: TOKYO, JAPAN Sales: $155 Million Description: Key Personnel Haruhiro Uesugi, general manager, life and energy materials division Plants Japan, Thailand Processes Spunbonded, needlepunched, meltblown, thermal bonded Brand Names Tafnel…

  • Fibertex


    January 1, 2009
    Location: AALBORG, DENMARK Sales: $295 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 Pl…

  • First Quality

    First Quality

    January 1, 2009
    Location: GREAT NECK, NY Sales: $250 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 busine…

  • PGI


    January 1, 2009
    Location: CHARLOTTE, NC Sales: $1.15 billion Description: Key Personnel Veronica Hagen, chief executive officer; Robert Kocourek, chief financial officer; Mike Hale, chief operating officer; Bob Dale, vice president of research and development; J…

  • Kimberly-Clark


    January 1, 2009
    Location: DALLAS, TX Sales: $1.3 Billion Description: Key Personnel Thomas Falk, chairman and CEO; Jan Spencer, Professional & Other; Richard Thorne, vice president, Professional North America; Stephanie Rossignol, director, Professional Wipe…

  • The Year That Was

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || December 11, 2008
    despite economic crises, raw material pricing and consolidation, the nonwovens industry continue to invest in the future.

  • Many Shapes And Forms

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || December 11, 2008
    no matter how you define it, composite technology is allowing nonwovens to penetrate new markets.

  • Sitting Pretty

    Ellen Wuagneux, Associate Editor || December 11, 2008
    hygiene component suppliers prepare for pricing let-up

  • Unicharm Expands Diaper Business

    November 10, 2008
    Buyers Australian company with 20% share of local market.

  • In Defense Of Disposables

    Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor || November 10, 2008
    Disposing of disposables has been a huge issue in nonwovens since long before it became ultra-cool to be green and every other company out there put sustainability at the top of their list of corporate goals.

  • Low Odor, Light Color, Disposable Article Construction Adhesive

    November 4, 2008
    Patented is a disposable diaper comprising a polyolefin film layer bonded to a synthetic nonwoven layer using a low odor hot melt construction adhesive. The adhesive penetrates the fiber of the nonwoven layer to embed the fiber in the adhesive. The c…

  • P&G Honors Suppliers

    October 27, 2008
    Pegas, Fibertex among those recognized.

  • Disposable Diaper Market To Reach $26.6 Billion by 2012

    October 23, 2008
    Growth to be derived through more sophisticated products.

  • What's Next for Airlaid?

    Karen Bitz McIntyre || October 15, 2008
    When I took over the post of editor of Nonwovens Industry nearly eight years ago, the airlaid market was one of the most buzzed-about topics out there. Concert had announced plans to add two side-by-side airlaid lines in Quebec. Its key North America…

  • Sustainability And Value Creation

    Christoph Schmitz, Concepts 4 Success || October 15, 2008
    new product designs with reduced raw material usage

  • Airlaid: All The Way Back

    Philip Mango, Nonwovens Staff || October 15, 2008
    Recovery Complete... What's Next?

  • Kraton Offers New Stretch Technology

    September 2, 2008
    Papers to be read at INTC, Insight.

  • P&G Raises Prices In China

    August 21, 2008
    Pampers and Whisper products to jump as much as 10%.

  • Machinery & Equipment Focus

    Nonwovens Staff, Nonwovens Staff || August 13, 2008
    a look at the latest offerings and news from suppliers in this busy sector

  • P&G Test Markets Diapers With Removable Absorbent Pads

    July 16, 2008
    Pampers Change 'N Go available online.

  • Hood Joins Pantex

    July 9, 2008
    Company names GM of Pantex MENA in United Arab Emirates.

  • P&G Program To Benefit UNICEF

    May 15, 2008
    Salma Hayek launches Pampers One Pack = One Vaccine Program.

  • Safeway Launches Baby Care Line

    May 13, 2008
    mom to mom line features more than 80 items

  • First Quality, Covidien Deal Finalized

    April 21, 2008
    Deal propels First Quality into diaper market.

  • INDEX08 Preview

    Nonwovens Staff, Nonwovens Staff || March 20, 2008
    exhibitors have big plan for the year's largest nonwovens exhibition

  • Covidien To Sell European AI Business

    March 10, 2008
    Unit renamed Lille Healthcare.

  • Korean Hygiene Company Set For Growth

    March 8, 2008
    In 1994 Sambo Co. Ltd. began its nonwovens business, which was built upon the textile business the company started in 1979.

  • SCA Invests in Russia, Europe and Latin America

    March 5, 2008
    Investments focus on personal care.

  • Disposable Diaper Having Tape For Disposal Thereof

    February 26, 2008
    Patented is a disposable diaper with a body-facing surface and a garment-facing surface. An adhesive tape is provided on the garment-facing surface for holding the diaper in a rolled-up state for disposal. The adhesive tape comprises a first tape and…

  • K-C To Invest In Peru

    February 12, 2008
    Free trade pact with U.S. makes country attractive to investment.

  • Disposable Paper Diaper And Method Of Attaching Expansible Members Of The Disposable Paper Diaper

    February 12, 2008
    A disposable diaper was recently issued a patent. The diaper features an absorbent, a waist opening and right and left leg openings that are formed when the diaper is in use. A plurality of stretchable rubber threads are provided along the peripheral…

  • Pull-On Disposable Diaper

    February 12, 2008
    Patented is a pull-on disposable diaper with a height direction, a transverse direction that is orthogonal to the height direction and a back-and-forth direction. The diaper is substantially symmetric about a longitudinal center line extending in the…

  • Pantex Adds Perforation Line

    February 7, 2008
    Technology prevents superabsorbent from penetrating nonwoven.

  • Supply Shift

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || February 6, 2008
    capacity expansion, proposed mergers and a changing customer base add up to exciting times for spunmelt producers

  • Luxury Or Necessity?

    Ellen Wuagneux, Associate Editor || February 6, 2008
    producers still aren't convinced that automatic inspection is a need, not a want