January 6, 2014 We kick-off the New Year with our annual look at market and technology trends in baby diapers. Changing consumer dynamics and emerging markets have contributed significantly to growth in all hygiene sectors in general. Be it female hygiene products,…
December 30, 2013 Wanhua Chemical Group, Shanghai, China, says it is entering the superabsorbent polymers (SAP) market with a new plant that in its first phase will produce 30,000 tons of SAP when it is finished sometime in 2014. The overall project is expected to hav…
November 12, 2013 H.B. Fuller has been recognized with a New Product Innovation Leadership Award from Frost & Sullivan for its hot melt adhesive product innovation and technical leadership in the nonwoven hygiene market.
The award recognizes the development and c…
November 6, 2013 US Patent No.: 8,298,204 B2
Inventor(s): Toshifumi Otsubo, Kanonji, Japan.
Company: Uni-Charm Corporation, Ehime, Japan.
A disposable pull-on type diaper comprising: a crotch region; a front waist region extending in a…
November 6, 2013 US Patent No.: 8,298,203 B2
Inventor(s): Andreas Peter Motsch, Waldems, Germany; Beate Christine Janik, Kelkheim, Germany; and Martin Werner Frank, Bad Vilbel, Germany.
Company: The Procter & Gamble Company, Cincinnati, Ohio, US.
November 5, 2013 On Oct. 19th, 2013, Heng Chang Machinery (HCH) hosted a new product and technology demonstration at its facility in Anqing, China. HCH, which manufacturers complete production lines for disposable hygiene products, showed the TNK800PPM zero waste ela…
November 5, 2013 Japan-based baby care products manufacturer Unicharm Corporation is setting up a $40 million manufacturing facility at Sri City Special Economic Zone in India. The company is one of the world's leading companies in manufacturing and distribution…
October 9, 2013 US Patent No.: 8,282,617 B2
Inventor(s): Masahiro Kaneda, Shikokuchuo, Japan.
Company: Daio Paper Corporation, Ehime, Japan.
An underpants type disposable diaper, comprising: a barrel-shaped waist portion that include…
Tim Wright, editor || October 9, 2013 In this issue we include a special focus on China, which has become of the largest and fastest growing producers of nonwovens. With rising wages, a rapidly expanding middle class, and a new focus on domestic consumption driving increased sales of non…
October 7, 2013 Lidl has launched a new diaper range using the latest DryLock technology to the UK market. The patented-design diapers are just 3mm thick, compared with an average of 8mm, and contain no glue or fluff at the core. The benefits of this slim, fluffless…
October 1, 2013 Japanese firm Sumitomo Seika says its super absorbent polymer (SAP), Aqua Keep, has been well received by the market and to meet the increased demand for Aqua Keep, it has steadily increased its production capacity. Anticipating a continued robust gr…
September 23, 2013 Val Marinov, Ph.D., associate professor, University of North Dakota-Fargo and his team have created a new form of "smart" materials using RFID technology.
Using their patent-pending process called Laser Enabled Advanced Packaging (LEAP), u…
September 16, 2013 Pampers has launched major upgrades across its entire line of diapers, training pants and wipes. By interviewing over 9,000 moms about what was important for their baby, Pampers found the number one unmet need is a diaper that provides superior overn…
September 16, 2013 Absorbent hygiene products manufacturer Domtar plans to invest $100,000 over the next three years at the Attends facility in Greenville, NC. The company has already invested approximately $20 million in eastern North Carolina over the past two years.…
September 11, 2013 Procter & Gamble will raise diaper prices 5-7% to offset prices and better reflect improvements in absorbency and other features. The price increase will become effective later this month as new package counts begin hitting store shelves.
In a p…
September 11, 2013 Last month, Japanese hygiene manufacturer Unicharm said it completed the scheduled acquisition of CFA International Paper Products in Singapore, who owns 88% of shares in Myanmar Care Products, a leading supplier of feminine napkin and disposable bab…
September 10, 2013 Kaoshiung City, Taiwan
2013 Nonwovens Sales: $152 million
C.S. Huang, chairman; H.S Huang, president; M. Yang, vice-president; Sam Chang, vice president; Paul Cheng, general manager; Bernard Kerstens, commercial dir…
September 10, 2013 Basel, Switzerland
2013 Nonwovens Sales: $171 million
Poul Mikkelsen, chairman; Martin Mikkelsen, CEO; Stephen Landon, president and COO; Finn Schoning, group controller; Alexis Porcher, global commercial…
September 10, 2013 Gaziantep, Turkey
2013 Nonwovens Sales: $180 million
Mehmet Kuyucu, general manager nonwovens and films
Gaziantep, Turkey and Cairo, Egypt
September 10, 2013 Tokyo, Japan
2013 Nonwoven Sales: $186 million
Kensaku Takahashi, general manager, spunbond fabircs division
Japan, China, Thailand
September 10, 2013 Great Neck, NY, U.S.
2013 Nonwovens Sales: $310 million
Hazleton, PA, U.S.; McElhattan, PA, U.S.; Wuxi, China