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  • 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

  • Doing Double Time With Disposable Diapers

    Karen Bitz McIntyre || January 10, 2008
    My dual roles as the editor of this magazine and a mother of two children causes me to spend a lot of time thinking about disposable diapers. Not only how they perform but also why they perform the way they do and which products give the best bang fo…

  • Stretching Sales

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || January 10, 2008
    with the focus clearly on fit, the nonwovens industry adds more elastics to give hygiene producers what they want

  • Consumers Continue to Win with Disposable Baby Diapers

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || January 10, 2008
    competition keeps price down, innovation up

  • Unicharm Develops Thinner Absorbent Pad

    January 9, 2008
    Innovation to be launched in diaper pants.

  • Mitsui Chemical

    Mitsui Chemical

    January 1, 2008
    Location: Tokyo, Japan Sales: $136 Million Description: Key Personnel Motoyuki Ezaki, general manager, life and energy materials division Plants Yokkaichi and Iwakuni Processes Spunbonded, needlepunched, meltblown, thermal bonded Mitsui Chemical…

  • Avgol


    January 1, 2008
    Location: TEL AVIV, ISRAEL Sales: $237 million Description: Key Personnel Shuki Goldwasser, chairman; Nir Peleg, CEO; Achai Bonneh, director  of technology Plants Tel Aviv, Israel; Mocksville, NC; Jingmen City, Hubei Province, China; Uzlovaya…

  • First Quality

    First Quality

    January 1, 2008
    Location: GREAT NECK, NY Sales: $250 million Description: Plants Hazleton, PA; McElhattan, PA Processes Spunmelt Applications Hygiene, medical Formed in 1996, First Quality Nonwovens has steadily in­vested in its nonwovens business to mak…

  • Kimberly-Clark


    January 1, 2008
    Location: DALLAS, TX Sales: $1.3 billion Description: Partnership Products and K-C Professional Headquarters Roswell, GA 30076 Telephone: 770-587-8000 Key Personnel Thomas Falk, chairman and CEO; Jan Spencer, president, K-C Professional global;…

  • First Quality to Acquire Covidien Retail Product Business

    December 17, 2007
    Acquisition includes large private label hygiene business.

  • to Market Biolane Products

    December 12, 2007
    Portal exclusive U.S. supplier of French baby toiletries, wipes

  • Hygiene Hype

    Christine Esposito, Nonwovens Staff || December 5, 2007
    suppliers feel the squeeze as costs and expectations soar

  • Nonwovens Sales Expected to Reach $5.8 Billion

    November 21, 2007
    Study predicts 4.5% growth until 2011.

  • Japanese Airlaids Made From Food Waste

    November 9, 2007
    Japan-based airlaid producer Kinsei Seishi uses tea leaves, coffee beans and orange peels as raw materials for its nonwovens production.

  • Disposable Diaper Capable Of Being Put On Either The Front Or The Back Of A Wearer

    October 30, 2007
    Patented is a disposable diaper capable of being put on from either the front or the back of a wearer. The article includes a liquid permeable topsheet, a liquid impermeable backsheet and a liquid retentive absorbent member interposed between the top…

  • What Goes Around, Comes Around

    Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor || October 10, 2007
    In 2001, when I took over as editor of Nonwovens Industry, airlaid, so the experts said, was poised for growth.

  • Pros & Cons Of The PL Diaper Market

    Carlos Richer, Diaper Consulting Services || October 10, 2007
    industry insider offers advice on what to do and what to avoid

  • K-C To Raise Diaper Prices

    October 10, 2007
    Beginning Feb. 3, the company will boost prices 4-7%.

  • P&G Expands Pampers Baby Wipes Offering

    September 7, 2007
    Stages baby diaper and training pant line-up broadened to include corresponding wipes.

  • K-C Continues Plant Shutdown Plans

    September 4, 2007
    The next-to-last chapter in the shutdown of Kimberly-Clark's Lakeview Diaper plant is just around the corner.

  • Global Wipes Demand On The Rise

    August 27, 2007
    The Freedonia Group has published a report on global demand for consumer and industrial wipes.

  • PGI Adds New Line In North America

    August 13, 2007
    LIne will serve diaper, hygiene markets.

  • TSI To Expand Into China

    July 24, 2007
    Plans are underway at Korean spunbond specialist Toray Saehan, Inc. (TSI) to expand from its Korean base into China. The company plans to focus on the growing Chinese hygiene market as a new investment target. In line with this strategy, the company…

  • 2007 International Buyers' Guide

    Karen McIntyre, Nonwovens Staff || July 23, 2007
    our 38th annual edition

  • Technical Textiles Come to Frankfurt

    Technical Textiles Come to Frankfurt

    Helena Engqvist, Nonwovens Staff || July 16, 2007
    last month's Techtextil and Advantex fairs break

  • Disposable Diaper

    July 10, 2007
    A disposable diaper was granted a patent. It comprises a basic absorbent batt structure and at least one supplementary absorbent batt structure. The basic absorbent batt structure has a liquid-pervious body faceable surface and a liquid-impervious ga…

  • P&G Exits AI Market

    June 14, 2007
    Attento brand sold to Daio in Japan.

  • What Is Your Nonwoven Made Of?

    What Is Your Nonwoven Made Of?

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || June 7, 2007
    new fiber technology changes the face of nonwovens

  • A Review of the Personal Wipes Market and Opportunities For Future Growth

    A Review of the Personal Wipes Market and Opportunities For Future Growth

    Adrian Atterby, Nonwovens Staff || June 7, 2007
    trend continues despite lifestyle change

  • K-C Continues Diaper Plant Consolidation

    May 31, 2007
    Half of production to be cut at Lakeview site.

  • Diatec Celebrates 15th Anniversary

    May 17, 2007
    Hygiene maker was established June 15, 1992.

  • K-C Reports Huge Profit Spike

    May 2, 2007
    Personal care product giant Kimberly-Clark, Dallas, TX, has reported a whopping 64% increase in first-quarter profit, helped by cost cutting and strength in emerging markets. K-C, which has struggled in recent quarters with rising commodity costs, re…

  • Diaper Package

    May 1, 2007
    A diaper package composed of a plurality of disposable diapers has been patented. Each diaper comprises a liquid-pervious topsheet, a liquid-impervious backsheet and a liquid-absorbent core with a stiffness higher than these sheets and interposed bet…

  • Study Reports Wipes Growth

    April 19, 2007
    Demand for wipes in the U.S. is forecast to increase 6.1% per year to $2.2 billion in 2011, propelled by a continual spate of new product introductions and further segmentation of the market. The number and variety of wipes on the market continue to…

  • Incontinence Diaper For Adults

    April 10, 2007
    A disposable incontinence diaper for adults has been patented. The diaper features a front area, a rear area and a center area between the front and rear areas. The center area comes to rest in a crotch region of the user. The diaper comprises first…

  • AI: In The News Again

    || March 13, 2007
    During the past three weeks, there has been more news relating to adult incontinence than there has been all year. First, Paperpak announced it had a new owner; then, Whitestone bought fellow AI manufacturer Humanicare and finally Procter & Gambl…

  • Making Moves In The AI Market

    Making Moves In The AI Market

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || March 12, 2007
    strong growth prospects have led to M&A activity in North America

  • Wipes Study Released

    March 7, 2007
    Demand for wipes in the U.S. is forecast to increase 6.1% per annum to $2.2 billion in 2011, propelled by a continual spate of new product introductions and further segmentation of the market. The number and variety of wipes on the market will contin…

  • Edge Seal For Absorbent Article And Method For Making

    February 20, 2007
    A disposable diaper comprising a topsheet, a backsheet and an absorbent core between the two has been patented. The topsheet and the backsheet define a periphery and longitudinal edges. Portions of the longitudinal edges define leg openings when the…

  • P&G Exits Japan's AI Market

    February 15, 2007
    Procter & Gamble is seeking a buyer for its Japanese adult diaper business even as the market posts steady growth due to the country's aging population. P&G said it was looking to unload its Attento diaper brand because it did not fit into it…

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

    February 13, 2007
    An absorbent core for the collection of bodily liquids, such as urine, was patented. The core comprises a superabsorbent gelling material in the form of particles featuring a longest and a smallest dimension with a particulate ratio of longest to sma…

  • Household Wipes: Searching For The Next Swiffer

    Household Wipes: Searching For The Next Swiffer

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || February 12, 2007
    growth slows as the market awaits its next blockbuster

  • K-C Sales Hit New Quarterly High

    January 30, 2007
    At Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Dallas, TX, net sales in the fourth quarter of 2006 rose 7.4% to $4.3 billion, a new quarterly high. Operating profit was $611 million in the fourth quarter of 2006, compared with $572 million in 2005. For the full year…

  • Pull-on Disposable Diaper

    January 30, 2007
    A pull-on disposable diaper was patented with a height direction and a transverse direction that is orthogonal to the height direction. The diaper is generally symmetric about a center line bisecting the diaper in the transverse direction. The diaper…

  • Pull-On Disposable Diaper Wearing Article

    January 23, 2007
    A pull-on disposable wearing article has been patented. The article includes a front waist region, a rear waist region and a crotch region extending in a longitudinal direction between the front and rear waist regions. One of the front and rear waist…

  • Absorbent Member Having Three Dimensional Guards

    January 16, 2007
    An absorbent article was recently patented featuring a liquid permeable surface sheet, a liquid impermeable leakage-prevention sheet and an oblong liquid-retaining absorbent. The absorbent article is located on longitudinal opposite sides of the arti…

  • Absorbent Member Having Three Dimensional Guards

    January 16, 2007
    An absorbent article with a liquid permeable surface sheet has been issued a patent. A liquid impermeable leakage-prevention sheet and a liquid-retaining absorbent is formed in an oblong shape. The absorbent article is provided on longitudinal opposi…

  • Diaper With Segregated Reservoir

    January 9, 2007
    Patented is a diaper to be worn by a user, comprising a first absorbent layer with a center portion. The center portion has an inward facing surface directed toward the user when the diaper is worn and an outward facing surface directed away from the…

  • Baby, Baby: Diaper Technology Needs To Be Examined

    January 3, 2007
    Around here, January is baby diaper month and this issue is chock full of information about the global diaper market. Thanks to the help of diaper consultant Carlos Richer and market tracker Euromonitor, I think it's safe to say that this issue conta…