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  • DISPOSABLE DIAPER

    October 9, 2013
    US Patent No.: 8,287,511 B2 Inventor(s): Koichiro Mitsui, Kagawa-ken, Japan; Hironao Minato, Kagawa-ken, Japan); and Yasushi Sayama, Kagawa-ken, Japan. Company: Uni-Charm Corporation, Ehime, Japan. Filed: 5/26/04 Issued: 10/16/12 A disposable diaper…

  • DISPOSABLE DIAPER

    October 9, 2013
    US Patent No.: 8,282,617 B2 Inventor(s): Masahiro Kaneda, Shikokuchuo, Japan. Company: Daio Paper Corporation, Ehime, Japan. Filed: 12/28/07 Issued: 10/9/12 An underpants type disposable diaper, comprising: a barrel-shaped waist portion that include…

  • Chinese Nonwovens Investment Continues

    Chinese Nonwovens Investment Continues

    Karen McIntyre, senior editor || October 9, 2013
    Companies continue to announce new lines to follow growth in the hygiene market.

  • Airlaid Nonwovens Report

    Airlaid Nonwovens Report

    Karen McIntyre, senior editor || October 9, 2013
    As the world waits to see how the Buckeye/G-P merger plays out, many factors influence growth in the airlaid arena.

  • Chinese growth continues

    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…

  • Fitesa confirms growth plan

    October 9, 2013
    Company will add 50,000 tons of spunmelt capacity globally.

  • NDSU Researcher Integrates Electronics Into Diapers

    NDSU Researcher Integrates Electronics Into Diapers

    Karen McIntyre, senior editor || October 8, 2013
    RFID system can make adult diaper changes more efficient.

  • Lidl launches eco-friendly diaper range

    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…

  • Pampers ranked 29th most valuable brand

    October 1, 2013
    Interbrand releases 14th annual Best Global Brands report.

  • Sumitomo Seika expands SAP production capacity

    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…

  • “Don’t Baby Me”

    “Don’t Baby Me”

    Steve Callahan, President, Perimeter Brand Packaging || September 26, 2013
    A Consumer Insights Study on Beauty Wipes Packaging

  • RFID to help know ‘end of life’ for incontinence products

    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…

  • Pampers launches large product innovation across entire line of diapers and wipes

    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…

  • Domtar expands Attends facility in Greenville, NC

    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.…

  • SCA to introduce Tena, Tork and Libero brands in India

    September 12, 2013
    Hygiene leader will invest $113 million in country

  • P&G to raise diaper prices

    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…

  • Unicharm completes acquisition of Myanmar Care Products

    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…

  • Nan Liu Enterprise

    Nan Liu Enterprise

    September 10, 2013
    Kaoshiung City, Taiwan www.nanliugroup.com 2013 Nonwovens Sales: $152 million Key Personnel C.S. Huang, chairman; H.S Huang, president; M. Yang, vice-president; Sam Chang, vice president; Paul Cheng, general manager; Bernard Kerstens, commercial dir…

  • Jacob Holm

    Jacob Holm

    September 10, 2013
    Basel, Switzerland www.jacob-holm.com 2013 Nonwovens Sales: $171 million   Key Personnel Poul Mikkelsen, chairman; Martin Mikkelsen, CEO; Stephen Landon, president and COO; Finn Schoning, group controller; Alexis Porcher, global commercial…

  • Gulsan

    Gulsan

    September 10, 2013
    Gaziantep, Turkey www.gulsan-group.com 2013 Nonwovens Sales: $180 million   Key Personnel Mehmet Kuyucu, general manager nonwovens and films   Plants Gaziantep, Turkey and Cairo, Egypt   Processes Spunbond  …

  • Mitsui Chemical

    Mitsui Chemical

    September 10, 2013
    Tokyo, Japan www.mitsuichem.com 2013 Nonwoven Sales: $186 million Key Personnel Kensaku Takahashi, general manager, spunbond fabircs division Plants Japan, China, Thailand Processes Spunbond Brand names Syntex Major markets Hygiene While nonwov…

  • Asahi Kasei

    Asahi Kasei

    September 10, 2013
    Osaka, Japan www.asahi-kasei.co.jp 2013 Nonwovens Sales: $200 million Key Personnel Hiroshi Takasahi, president Asahi Kasei Fibers; Katsuhiko Hinamoto, general manager, nonwoven fabircs division; Hiroshi Maruo, general manager, spunbond fabric…

  • First Quality

    First Quality

    September 10, 2013
    Great Neck, NY, U.S. www.firstquality.com 2013 Nonwovens Sales: $310 million   Plants Hazleton, PA, U.S.; McElhattan, PA, U.S.; Wuxi, China   Processes Spunmelt, spunlace   Applications Hygiene, medical First Quality…

  • Kimberly-Clark

    Kimberly-Clark

    September 10, 2013
    Dallas, TX www.kimberly-clark.com 2013 Nonwovens Sales: $1.3 billion (estimated)   Partnership Products & K-C Professional Roswell, GA www.kcprofessional.com   Key Personnel Thomas Falk, chairman and CEO; Elane Stoc…

  • Wearable Article Having A Temperature Element

    September 6, 2013
    US Patent No.: 8,273,940 B2 Inventor(s): Donald C. Roe, West Chester, OH, US; Patrick J. Allen, Cincinnati, OH, US; and Edward P. Carlin, Maineville, OH, US. Company: The Procter & Gamble Company, Cincinnati, OH, US. Filed: 10/2/09 Issued: 9/25/1…

  • K-C reports sales rise in second quarter

    September 4, 2013
    Kimberly-Clark Corporation reported sales of $5.3 billion in the second quarter of 2013 were even with the year-ago period. Organic sales rose 3 percent, with increased sales volumes of 2 percent and higher net selling prices of 1 percent. Lost sales…

  • Pampers Launches Love, Sleep & Play Campaign

    Pampers Launches Love, Sleep & Play Campaign

    September 3, 2013
    Diaper brand displays 3-D photo experience in New York City's Grand Central Terminal.

  • K-C says Pull-Ups Night Time Training Pants are just as absorbent as diapers

    September 3, 2013
    Using superabsorbent technology, Pull-Ups Brand Night Time training pants retain more than 30 times their weight in fluid, equivalent to a quarter of a liter, according to recently released data from the brand owner Kimberly-Clark. Research shows th…

  • Pampers unveils Love, Sleep & Play campaign

    August 26, 2013
    Pampers, the world-renowned diaper brand, has placed babies across the country center stage to unveil their new Love, Sleep & Play campaign, which celebrates the millions of unique ways babies experience love, sleep and play. Pampers understands…

  • ADM joins with CIC Holdings and Chemanex on SAP venture

    August 23, 2013
    At Sri Lanka plant, starches from agricultural feedstocks will be converted to renewable chemicals.

  • Daio, Tokushu Tokai form partnership

    August 14, 2013
    Business relations will focus on disposable diapers.

  • Machinery & Equipment Review

    Machinery & Equipment Review

    Compiled by Nonwovens Industry staff || August 7, 2013
    Major suppliers of nonwovens machinery offer new technological developments.

  • Reusable Diapers

    August 7, 2013
    U.S. Patent No.: 8,262,635 B2 Inventor(s): Jennifer Lynn Labit, Arnold, MO, U.S.; and James Andrew Labit, Arnold, MO, U.S. Filed: 3/31/08 Issued: 9/11/12 A gender neutral reusable diaper, comprising: an inner layer comprising an absorbent material;…

  • Diaper Having Hip Stretch Panels

    August 7, 2013
    U.S. Patent No.: 8,257,335 B2 Inventor(s): Gary Dean LaVon, Liberty Township, OH, U.S.; and Kevin Michael Smith, Cincinnati, OH, U.S. Company: The Procter & Gamble Company, Cincinnati, OH, U.S. Filed: 1/31/07 Issued: 9/4/12 A disposable diaper c…

  • Disposable Pant-type Diaper Having Improved Protection Against Red Marking

    July 24, 2013
    U.S. Patent No.: 8,257,334 B2 Company: P&G. Filed: 2/13/03 Issued: 9/4/12 Description A disposable pull-on garment having a front region, a back region and a crotch region between the front region and the back region, comprising: a chassis provi…

  • Reusable Diaper Compositions

    July 24, 2013
    U.S. Patent No.: 8,258,368 B2 Inventor(s): Suzanne Gillies, King City, Canada. Filed: 3/5/10 Issued: 9/4/12 Description A reusable and washable absorptive mat for the absorption, dispersion and retention of a liquid comprising: a plurality of non-wo…

  • Oerlikon Neumag expands into SMMS technology

    July 18, 2013
    Meltblown inserts expand scope of existing spunbond lines.

  • Toray adds to Chinese nonwovens operation

    June 25, 2013
    Second site in Nantong will add 20,000 tons to capacity.

  • Kao adding to Japanese operation

    June 24, 2013
    New plant will meet demand for adult diapers in Japan, baby diapers globally.

  • PGI to upgrade Nanhai, China operation

    June 18, 2013
    New site will offer state-of-the-art chemical bonded products.

  • Diaper Closure System

    June 14, 2013
    A diaper comprising: a front with a front outside surface, and a back; at least two, substantially non-elastic attachment tapes connected to the back, wherein each attachment tape includes a mechanical hook fastener; and a two-dimensional landing zon…

  • Zuleyka Rivera Partners with Huggies Brand

    Zuleyka Rivera Partners with Huggies Brand

    June 13, 2013
    Former Miss Universe offers insights on parenting with a webisode series, tips and more.

  • Middle East, States of Flux

    Middle East, States of Flux

    Ian Bell, Head of Tissue and Hygiene Research, Euromonitor International || June 12, 2013
    The Middle East is a region of great diversity and is also undergoing something of a period of transition, both socially and culturally. The Arab Spring is the most obvious expression of this, but much of this ‘revolutionary’ activity has…

  • Wipes Continue to Expand

    Wipes Continue to Expand

    Karen McIntyre, Senior Editor || June 12, 2013
    Consumers’ craving for convenience drives sales across many categories.

  • Japanese producers set up shop offshore

    Japanese producers set up shop offshore

    Kim Ohmura, Osaka Marketing || June 12, 2013
    Many companies follow hygiene makers’ move to southeast Asia

  • Domtar acquires Associated Hygienic Products

    May 30, 2013
    Expands personal care business with purchase of number 1 supplier of store brand infant diapers in the U.S.

  • H.B. Fuller launches two nonwoven adhesive families

    May 20, 2013
    Launches meet demand for lower odor adhesives.

  • EDANA Hosts Nonwovens Symposium in Russia

    EDANA Hosts Nonwovens Symposium in Russia

    May 16, 2013
    Topics covered in St. Petersburg cover the entire spectrum of the nonwovens value chain.

  • Absorbing Disposable Incontinence Diaper

    May 8, 2013
    U.S. Patent No.: 8,251,967 B2  Inventor(s): Krzysztof D. Malowaniec, Heidenheim, Germany; and Wolfgang Ostertag, Gerstetten, Germany. Company: Paul Hartmann Aktiengesellschaft, Heidenheim, Germany. Filed: 12/31/08 Issued: 8/28/12 A disposab…

  • Daio adding plant in Nantong City, China

    May 6, 2013
    New site already under construction.