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  • Nippon Shokubai restarts U.S. resin plant

    December 7, 2012
    Plant can make up to 60,000 tons of SAP per year.

  • SCA reports results

    December 6, 2012
    SCA’s sales increased 3% to SEK61.963, or $9.1 billion while operating profit rose 11% to SEK6,224 million ($922 million) during the first nine months of 2012. According to CEO Jan Johannsen, the acquisition of Georgia-Pacific’s tissue bu…

  • K-C reports 3Q results

    December 6, 2012
    Kimberly-Clark reported third quarter net sales declined 3% to $5.2 billion while net income per share increased to $1.30 from $1.09. Organic sales increased 3% thanks to a good performance by K-C International as well as success in several new produ…

  • Eastern Promises

    Eastern Promises

    Ian Bell, head of tissue and hygiene research, Euromonitor International || December 4, 2012
    Russia is leading Eastern Europe’s diaper boom.

  • The Year That Was 2012

    The Year That Was 2012

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || December 4, 2012
    New investments, new business strategies dominated the headlines this year.

  • Hygiene Components: Market & Technology Trends

    Hygiene Components: Market & Technology Trends

    Tim Wright, Managing Editor || December 4, 2012
    Consumer needs and sustainability are driving the hygiene components market forward.

  • Disposable Diaper

    December 4, 2012
    U.S. Patent No.: 8,216,205 B2  Inventor(s): Sachiyo Suzuki, Kagawa-ken, Japan; and Toshifumi Otsubo, Kagawa-ken, Japan. Company: Uni-Charm Corporation, Ehime, Japan. Issued: 7/10/12 Description: A disposable diaper having a longitudinal dire…

  • Side Panel For An Absorbent Article, Such As A Diaper, An Incontinence Guard Or Similar Item

    December 4, 2012
    U.S. Patent No.: 8,216,204 B2  Inventor(s): Filip Jansson, Göteborg, Sweden. Company: SCA Hygiene Products AB, Göteborg, Sweden. Issued: 7/10/12 Description: An absorbent article having a front region, a rear region and a crotch re…

  • Washable Diaper And Method Of Assembly

    December 4, 2012
    U.S. Patent No.: 8,216,201 B2  Ineventor(s): Sandra C. Beck, Rensselaer, NY, U.S. Issued: 7/10/12 Description: A washable diaper comprising: an outer article configured with a front end, a back end and opposing side edges connecting the front…

  • Absorbent Article Comprising A Thin Film Including An Active Agent

    December 4, 2012
    U.S. Patent No.: 8,217,220 B2  Inventor(s): Carolyn Berland, Mölndal, Sweden; and Shabira Abbas, Göteborg, Sweden. Company: SCA Hygiene Products AB, Göteborg, Sweden. Issued: 7/10/12 Description: An absorbent article, wherein…

  • Lean Times Ahead

    Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor || December 4, 2012
    Last month, Veronica Hagen, CEO of PGI Nonwovens, one of the largest—if not the largest—makers of spunmelt nonwovens in the world, made a (not so) startling revelation. It could take until 2016 before the world’s major hygiene marke…

  • U.S. demand for wipes to reach $2.5 billion in 2016

    U.S. demand for wipes to reach $2.5 billion in 2016

    December 3, 2012
    Personal hygiene and general purpose household cleaning wipes projected to register the fastest gains in consumer market.

  • Kurt Nonwovens completes investment

    November 27, 2012
    SMS brings company's capacity to 15,000 tons.

  • Kimberly-Clark makes executive appointments

    November 19, 2012
    Nancy Loewe is the new chief strategy officer; Michael Hsu named president of North America consumer products.

  • Disposable Diaper

    November 16, 2012
    A patent was granted for a disposable diaper comprising: an absorbent member comprising an absorber, a top sheet covering an upper surface of the absorber and at least partially formed of a liquid permeable material, and a back sheet covering a lower…

  • Disposable Pant-Type Diaper

    November 16, 2012
    A patent was issued for a disposable pant-type diaper comprising a front portion, a back portion, and a crotch portion which is positioned between the front and back portions, in which a waist opening and a pair of leg openings are formed by joining…

  • Disposable Diaper

    November 16, 2012
    A disposable diaper has been patented comprising: a topsheet; a backsheet; a front waist region extending between and to transversely opposite side edges of the disposable diaper; a rear waist region extending between and to the transversely opposite…

  • K-C Exits Europe: A Win-Win?

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || November 16, 2012
    Last month, Kimberly-Clark announced it would halt diaper production in Western and Central Europe, areas where the maker of Huggies diapers has struggled since entering the market in the 1990s. This announcement was not met with surprise by industr…

  • Pegas responds to K-C's European exit

    November 16, 2012
    Says K-C's decision shouldn't impact volumes in 2013.

  • K-C to exit diaper category in western and central Europe

    November 16, 2012
    Huggies maker will remain active in Italy.

  • K-C announces new appointments

    November 15, 2012
    Names new head of NA consumer products, chief strategy officer

  • K-C Withdrawal From European Diaper Biz: An Expected Move

    K-C Withdrawal From European Diaper Biz: An Expected Move

    Karen Bitz McIntyre, editor || October 25, 2012
    Industry insiders say move will benefit private labelers, allow K-C to focus on healthier markets

  • WooDi: Research into green diapers continues

    WooDi: Research into green diapers continues

    Amanda Marcus, Pryorroberts Communications || October 18, 2012
    As a four-year R&D project into producing a renewable diaper core comes to a close, the main players discuss their findings.

  • Foreign Investment Reshapes Chinese Disposables Market

    Foreign Investment Reshapes Chinese Disposables Market

    Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor || October 8, 2012
    Baby diapers, adult incontinence see explosive growth as feminine hygiene streamlines and wet wipes face lower pricing levels.

  • Airlaid Market Positioned for Progress

    Airlaid Market Positioned for Progress

    Sean Moloughney, Managing Editor || October 8, 2012
    Growing demand in the feminine hygiene sector and a strong sustainability story will help move the airlaid market forward.

  • Diaper shortage could be imminent

    October 1, 2012
    Explosion hits Japanese SAP maker.

  • Mondi Group acquires Nordenia

    October 1, 2012
    Deal creates global packaging group.

  • TWE Group Sees Great Benefits in Libeltex Purchase

    TWE Group Sees Great Benefits in Libeltex Purchase

    Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor || September 20, 2012
    Better economies of scale, larger manufacturing footprint are certain.

  • Nan Liu Enterprise

    Nan Liu Enterprise

    September 11, 2012
    Kaoshiung City, Taiwan www.nanliugroup.com 2012 Nonwovens Sales: $128 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, commercia…

  • Gulsan

    Gulsan

    September 11, 2012
    Gaziantep, Turkey www.gulsan-group.com 2012 Nonwovens Sales: $160 million   Key Personnel: Mehmet Kuyucu, general manager nonwovens and films   Plants: Gaziantep, Turke and Cairo, Egypt   Processes: Spunbond   Major markets: Baby…

  • Jacob Holm

    Jacob Holm

    September 11, 2012
    Basel, Switzerland www.jacob-holm.com 2012 Nonwovens Sales: $171 million   Key Personnel: Poul Mikkelsen, chairman; Stephen Landon, president and COO; Finn Schoning, group controller; Alexis Porcher, global commercial manager; Richard Knowlson,…

  • Asahi Kasei

    Asahi Kasei

    September 11, 2012
    Osaka, Japan www.asahikasei.co.jp 2012 Nonwovens Sales: $201 million   Key Personnel: Katsuhiko Hinamoto, general manager, nonwoven fabrics; Hiroshi Maruo, general manager, spunbond fabric sales; Yasumasa Shii, general manager, Bemliese sales &n…

  • First Quality

    First Quality

    September 11, 2012
    Great Neck, NY www.firstquality.com 2012 Nonwovens Sales: $250 million   Plants: Hazleton, PA; McElhattan, PA; Wuxi, China   Processes: Spunmelt, spunlace   Applications: Hygiene, medical   First Quality Nonwovens started off 2013…

  • Toray Advanced Materials

    Toray Advanced Materials

    September 11, 2012
    Seoul, South Korea www.torayamk.com 2012 Nonwovens Sales: $251 million   Key Personnel: Y.K. Lee, chairman and CEO; W.C. Hwang, vice president/head of fiber division; Hitoshi Takeuchi, senior director/fiber division; W.S. Chun, senior…

  • Avgol

    Avgol

    September 11, 2012
    Tel Aviv, Israel www.avgol.com 2012 Nonwovens Sales: $315 million   Key Personnel: Shlomo Liran, CEO   Plants: Tel Aviv, Israel; Mocksville, NC; Jingmen, City, Hubei Province, China; Uzlovaya, Russia   Processes: Spunbond, meltblown, h…

  • TWE Group (Lohman)

    TWE Group (Lohman)

    September 11, 2012
    Emsdetten, Germany www.twe-group.com 2012 Nonwoven Sales: $400 million   Key Personnel: Warnier Wim, CEO; Ortmeier Jörg, COO   Plants: Germany, France, Belgium, Sweden, China   Processes: Air through bonded, chemical bonded, needl…

  • Fitesa

    Fitesa

    September 10, 2012
    Simpsonville, SC www.fitesa.com 2012 Nonwovens Sales: $712 million   Key Personnel:Silverio Baranzano, CEO, Hal Singley, CFO   Plants:Gravatai, Brazil; Lima, Peru; Queretaro, Mexico; Simpsonville, SC; Green Bay, WI; Washougal, WA; Norrkopin…

  • PGI

    PGI

    September 10, 2012
    Charlotte, NC www.polymergroupinc.com 2012 Nonwovens Sales: $1.15 billion   Key Personnel: Joel J. Hackney, Jr, president and CEO; Dennis Norman, executive vice president and CFO; Mike Hale, senior vice president and advisor to the CEO; Michael…

  • Kimberly-Clark

    Kimberly-Clark

    September 10, 2012
    Dallas, TX www.kimberly-clark.com 2012 Nonwovens Sales: $1.25 billion (estimated)   Partnership Products and K-C Professional Headquarters Roswell, GA www.kcprofessional.com   Key Personnel: Thomas Falk, chairman and CEO; Elane B. Stock, pr…

  • SCA extends TENA personal care range

    September 6, 2012
    Products include self-tests for early detection of urinary tract infections and wet gloves.

  • Diaper market report published

    September 4, 2012
    Transparency Market Research predicts market to reach $63 billion by 2017.

  • Hartmann names next CEO

    August 22, 2012
    Andreas Joehle to lead company beginning in July 2013.

  • Kao completes baby diaper plant in China

    August 9, 2012
    Investment responds to growth in Asian demand.

  • Disposables Consultancy Service launches testing device

    August 8, 2012
    Hardy Integrity Tester evaluates thin diaper cores.

  • Nonwovens Spotlight: Machinery & Equipment Review

    Nonwovens Spotlight: Machinery & Equipment Review

    Nonwovens Industry Staff || August 6, 2012
    Major suppliers of nonwovens machinery offer new technological developments.

  • Absorbent incontinence article with improved closure system

    August 6, 2012
    German researchers have received a U.S. patent for an absorbent incontinence diaper with an improved closure system. The article comprises: a main part having an inner face directed toward a user body and an outer face directed away from the user bod…

  • K-C’s Pull-Ups launches glow-in-the-dark designs

    August 1, 2012
    Designs introduce a new nighttime routine to help make potty training easier for parents and children.

  • Kao to add second plant in Indonesia

    July 27, 2012
    Company will expand laundry detergent, san pro production late next year.

  • Unicharm establishes Chinese subsidiary

    July 23, 2012
    New venture will make and sell diapers, feminine hygiene items.

  • Customized Closures Support Branding Diaper Trend

    Birgitta Van den Driessche, Global Product Manager, Personal Care, Avery Dennison Performance Tapes || July 17, 2012
    Manufacturers can establish brand preference by catering to needs of diverse markets.