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  • 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…

  • Oh Baby!

    Oh Baby!

    Ellen Wuagneux, Associate Editor || January 3, 2007
    disposable hygiene machinery producers strive to maintain flexibility, bump up performance and lower costs

  • 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


    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


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

  • 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 $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 $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

  • 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…