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  • Competition Afoot In The Diaper Market

    Competition Afoot In The Diaper Market

    Carlos Richer, Richer Consulting || January 3, 2007
    Producers too focused on the fight for marketshare to concentrate on technology changes

  • A Two-Prong Attack On The Global Diaper Market

    A Two-Prong Attack On The Global Diaper Market

    Adrian Atterby, Euromonitor International || January 3, 2007
    Declining birth rates in the developed world are having an adverse affect on diaper manufacturers' ability to expand their businesses. Birth rates among the major industrial nations have declined by almost 20% during the last 30 years and are no…

  • Toray Advanced Materials

    Toray Advanced Materials

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Seoul, Korea Sales: $115 million Description: Plant Locations Gumi, Kyungsang-Bukdo, South Korea; Nantong, JIangsu Province, China (February 2008) ISO Status ISO-9001: 1999; ISO-14001 (environmental certification): 1999; ISO-18001 (opera…

  • Mitsui Chemical

    Mitsui Chemical

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Tokyo, Japan Sales: $130 Million Description: Key Personnel Motoyuki Ezaki, general manager, life and energy materials division Plants Yokkaichi and Iwakuni Processes Spunbonded, needlepunched, meltblown, thermal bonded Brand Names Taf…

  • Asahi Kasei

    Asahi Kasei

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Osaka, Japan Sales: $170 million Description: Key Personnel Toshio Takanashi, general manager, nonwoven fabrics division; Katsuhiko Hinamoto, general manager, spunbonded fabric sales; Akira Enami, general manager Bemliese sales Plants…

  • Buckeye

    Buckeye

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Memphis, TN Sales: $259 million Description: Key Personnel Marko Rajamaa,  senior vice president, nonwovens; Chip Aiken, senior vice president, manufacturing;  Mike Brown,  nonwovens sales manager—Americas and Far Eas…

  • Fiberweb

    Fiberweb

    January 1, 2007
    Location: London, U.K. Sales: $1.08 billion Description: Fiberweb Americas Old Hickory, TN americas@fiberweb.com Plants Green Bay, WI; Queretaro, Mexico; Old Hickory, TN; Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil; Simpsonville, SC; Washougal, WA Processes C…

  • Kimberly-Clark

    Kimberly-Clark

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Dallas, TX Sales: $1.25 billion Description: Key Personnel Thomas Falk, chairman and CEO; Bob Stargel, vice president, Non­­wovens Operations and Technology; Mark Foreste, vice president, Partnership Products Plants Corinth, M…

  • The Hygiene Market: A Tale Of Two Cities

    The Hygiene Market: A Tale Of Two Cities

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || December 4, 2006
    component suppliers balance innovation and pricing pressures

  • FMS Builds First Chinese Diaper Line

    November 14, 2006
    Last month Fameccanica Machinery Shanghai (FMS)—the wholly owned China-based arm of Italian hygiene machinery producer Fameccanica.Data SpA—successfully completed the qualification of the first full FA-X baby diaper machine built at its S…

  • SPIC’s Specialty Spunbond

    November 13, 2006
    Specialized Industries Company (SPIC), a subsidiary of Nuqul Group, was established in 1988, becoming the first producer of nonwoven fabric in the Middle East.

  • Closure Tapes

    October 20, 2006
    Koester has added Combi-Tape to its line of closure tapes for incontinence briefs. The two-layer mechanical Combi-Tape consists of a soft nonwoven material and features a combination of glue with an innovative hook system—the FHL Flex Hook. Thi…

  • Time For Champagne? Maybe Not Yet

    October 16, 2006
    A few weeks ago, financial analyst Jim Cramer proclaimed his faith in disposable diapers by appearing on his Mad Money television show wearing a diaper. Known for his crazed antics, Cramer wore the diaper to underscore why buying Kimberly-Clark stock…

  • Airlaid: The Comeback Kid

    Airlaid: The Comeback Kid

    Ellen Wuagneux, Associate Editor || October 16, 2006
    once plagued by overcapacity and pricing challenges, are airlaids ready to get back in the ring?

  • K-C Mexico To Ramp Up Diaper Investment

    September 21, 2006
    Kimberly-Clark de Mexico SA, the country's largest producer of consumer paper goods, agreed to sell its industrial products division for $434 million in a plan to focus on its more profitable consumer products business. K-C will receive $384 million…

  • Companies To Watch

    September 11, 2006
    a look at some other important nonwovens producers

  • Kuraray

    September 11, 2006
    Kuraray Osaka, Japan www.kuraray.co.jp $72 million (¥9 billion) Key Personnel Nobuaki Sumita, president, Kuraray Kuraflex Plants Okayama, Saijo and Ibaragi Processes Resin bonded, thermal bonded, spunlaced, meltblown steam jet Brand n…

  • MItsui Chemicals

    September 11, 2006
    Mitsui Chemicals Tokyo, Japan www.mitsui.com $132 million (¥14.6 billion) Key Personnel Yasushi Nawa, general manager, functional fabricated products division Plants Yokkaichi and Iwakuni Processes Spunbonded, needlepunched, meltblown, t…

  • Suit Challenges Diaper Reduction

    September 5, 2006
    A class action suit has been filed against Hogla-Kimberly Ltd., a company owned by American Israeli Paper Mills and Kimberly-Clark. The suit has alleged that H-K has reduced the number of diapers in packages of its Titulim brand of disposable diapers…

  • Koester Launches New Closure Product

    August 31, 2006
    Koester has added Combi-Tape to its line of closure tapes for incontinence briefs. The two-layer mechanical Combi-Tape consists of a soft nonwoven material and features a combination of glue with an innovative hook system—the FHL Flex Hook. Thi…

  • Renewable Diaper Launched

    August 28, 2006
    Wellness Innovation Project, W.I.P., Prato, Italy, has created a brand new, ecological concept in diapers. The new diapers are 80% biodegradable and hypoallergenic, as tested by Clinica Dermatologica of Parma University, without sacrificing performan…

  • K-C Revamps Supreme Diaper Line

    August 24, 2006
    Kimberly-Clark has added two super premium diapers to its Huggies line, which will replace the brand’s current supreme offerings. Huggies Supreme Gentle Care and Huggies Supreme Natural Fit diapers  provide customized comfort to meet babie…

  • Emerging Markets: China, India, Latin American and Eastern Europe

    Emerging Markets: China, India, Latin American and Eastern Europe

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || August 17, 2006
    A NONWOVENS INDUSTRY Special Report

  • Disposable Diaper

    August 15, 2006
    A disposable diaper has been granted a patent. The diaper features an air permeable cover member with front and rear waist regions and a crotch region. A body fluid absorbent member is attached to an inner surface of the cover member and extends in a…

  • K-C Delays Close of Nonwovens Plant

    August 1, 2006
    Kimberly-Clark Corp. will keep its Neenah, WI nonwovens plant open until the end of 2008, two years longer than previously planned due to greater-than-expected demand for its baby and child care products, which is expected to continue. In March, the…

  • Kimberly-Clark To Restart Diaper Line

    July 17, 2006
    Consumer product giant Kimberly-Clark, Dallas, TX, plans to restart one idle diaper production machine at its Lakeview production facility in Menasha, WI next month. The company will bring back 20 to 25 of the workers it laid off in June as part of a…

  • Nordenia Restructures In North America

    June 20, 2006
    Nordenia International will cease operations at its Belleville, Canada facility in September as part of an ongoing restructuring of its North American operations. The Germany-based manufacturer of flexible packaging solutions began making diaper bags…

  • K-C Announces Diaper Plant Layoffs

    April 13, 2006
    Kimberly-Clark plans to cut 130 workers at its Lakeview diaper plant in Menasha, WI in June. The layoffs are part of a previously announced plan to close the facility by the end of 2007. Discussions are still underway to determine who will be let go,…

  • K-C To Close Diaper, Nonwovens Plants

    March 15, 2006
    Kimberly-Clark Corp. is proposing to close its Lakeview Diaper Plant in the Menasha, WI and sell or close its Neenah Nonwovens Mill, also in Wisconsin, according to company officials.     Lakeview’s diaper plant and distribution…

  • Household Care: A Homerun For Wipes

    Household Care: A Homerun For Wipes

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || February 10, 2006
    floor cleaning cloths boost household wipes market beyond baby wipes in North America

  • Spunmelt: What

    Spunmelt: What's With All The Hype?

    Nonwovens Staff, Nonwovens Staff || February 10, 2006
    in response to demand from hygiene and medical markets, manufacturers add capacity throughout the world

  • Pull-On Disposable Diaper

    February 7, 2006
    A pull-on disposable diaper has been issued a patent. The article includes a liquid-pervious topsheet, a liquid-impervious backsheet, a liquid-absorbent core between the top- and backsheet and a front waist region with transversely opposite side edge…

  • Fitti Set To Grow In Dominican Republic

    February 6, 2006
    PHS Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of Synergy Brands, will expand its Fitti diaper business in the Dominican Republic.  The company believes that the Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), which has been delayed, as well as promotional…

  • Tredegar To Shut Down Georgia Facility

    February 2, 2006
    Tredegar Film Products will close its plant in LaGrange, GA by May 1 after efforts to find a buyer for the facility were unsuccessful. The plant, which employs 76 people, has been for sale since early 2005. Efforts to find a suitable buyer have been…

  • Disposable Diaper

    January 31, 2006
    A disposable diaper has been patented. The diaper includes a cover member with a front waist region, a back waist region and a crotch region. A liquid-absorbent panel includes a top sheet defining a body-facing surface, a back sheet defining an oppos…

  • Nonwovens Study Published

    January 26, 2006
    Demand for nonwoven roll goods is projected to increase 4% to $5.1 billion in 2009, driven by gains in filtration, construction, wipes and electronics, according to a recent study conducted by the Freedonia Group. Gains, however, wll be limited to so…

  • K-C Quarterly Results Released

    January 24, 2006
    Absorbent product giant Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Dallas, TX, today reported that sales in the fourth quarter of 2005 rose 2.8% to $4 billion, with higher sales volumes, net selling prices and favorable product mix all contributing to the improveme…

  • Tyco Announces Plans To Split

    January 17, 2006
    Tyco International Ltd. has announced intentions to split into three separate public companies, ending years of speculation about the company's future as a single entity. The company said it will split its electronics and health care—including…

  • Diaper-Free? I Doubt It.

    January 6, 2006
    In the past couple of months, there has been a lot of talk in the media about a new movement, among some mothers, to toilet train their children when they are months, or even weeks, old. According to a website operated by Diaper-Free Baby, a non-prof…

  • Diaper Manufacturers Pay Their Dues

    Diaper Manufacturers Pay Their Dues

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || January 5, 2006
    success requires innocation, global expansion and cost competitiveness

  • Kuraray

    Kuraray

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Osaka, Japan Sales: $72 million Description: Key Personnel Nobuaki Sumita, president, Kuraray Kuraflex Plants Okayama, Saijo and Ibaragi Processes Resin bonded, thermal bonded, spunlaced, meltblown steam jet Brand names…

  • Mitsui Chemical

    Mitsui Chemical

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Tokyo, Japan Sales: $132 Million Description: Key Personnel Yasushi Nawa, general manager, functional fabricated products division Plants Yokkaichi and Iwakuni Processes Spunbonded, needlepunched, meltblown, thermal bonded Brand Names…

  • Uni-Charm To Take Over Saudi Producer

    December 22, 2005
    Japanese diaper producer Uni-Charm plans to acquire 51% of Gulf Hygiene Industries, a Saudi hygiene product manufacturer. The transaction will result in Gulf Hygiene becoming a Uni-Charm subsidiary effective this month. Established in 1992, Gulf Hygi…

  • K-C Invests In Turkey

    December 20, 2005
    Kimberly-Clark will invest $120 million in production in Turkey over the next five years and create about 1,000 jobs. The maker of Huggies diapers said in July it would cut its workforce by about 10% and  close or sell 20 plants as it works to i…

  • Hygiene Component Suppliers Provide Form, Fit and Function

    Hygiene Component Suppliers Provide Form, Fit and Function

    December 8, 2005
    pricing pressures, demands for innovation continue to define industry

  • P&G Revamps Diaper Pricing

    November 23, 2005
    Procter & Gamble will roll back part of this summer's U.S. price increase on diapers next month but raise prices on its premium diapers in April. Effective Dec. 5, the Cincinnati, OH-based company will lower Pampers prices 2.8% and Luvs prices 3.…

  • Spandex Maker Adds Capacity

    November 18, 2005
    Spandex maker RadiciSpandex has added capacity of its Type S-17OC spandex for the baby diaper market at its plant in Tuscaloosa, AL.  RadiciSpandex has stepped up production of S-17PC, which is now a more robust and stronger fiber that allows be…

  • Huggies Supreme Named America's Favorite Diapers By Consumer Mag

    November 15, 2005
    Kimberly-Clark Corporation's Huggies Supreme diapers have been named America's Favorite Diapers by American Baby magazine. Huggies Supreme received the honor in connection with the 2005 "American Baby Best of Year AMBY Awards."  year,…

  • Disposable Absorbent Article Having Backsheet Strips

    November 8, 2005
    Patented is a disposable diaper with a front waist region, a back waist region and a crotch region between the waist regions. The diaper also includes an absorbent assembly with an interior surface, an exterior surface and laterally opposing longitud…

  • Rayonier Sells Airlaid Business

    October 20, 2005
    Rayonier, the maker of Novathin airlaid absorbent core material, has entered into an agreement to sell its Engineered Absorbent Materials business (EAM Corporation) to a New York-based private equity firm. The division will continue to operate under…