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    It's a Small World

    Steve Katz, Managing Editor || November 11, 2011
    Research is leading to developments in the intriguing nanotechnology sector of the nonwovens industry.

  • Filtration: Focus of Many

    Filtration: Focus of Many

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || November 11, 2011
    Vast in the number of markets it serves and types of nonwovens technologies it uses, the filtration market has been the subject of much attention in recent years as older players broaden their scope and newcomers enter the fold.

  • Fiberweb exits hygiene business

    November 11, 2011
    Sells division to Fitesa parent in $286 million deal.

  • Airlaid's New Strengths

    Susan Stanbury, Executive Director of Converting Influence || November 10, 2011
    Stansbury discusses what is driving airlaid forward.

  • Radici gets on board of antimicrobial project

    November 7, 2011
    Starlight feel expected to advance EU-sponsored project.

  • Glatfelter expands German filter bag business

    October 31, 2011
    Demand for tea bags and single serve coffee applications are driving the growth.

  • Freudenberg recycling efforts lead to growth

    October 28, 2011
    Freudenberg Texbond recycles more than one million plastic drink bottles per day in production of its nonwoven materials.

  • FibeRio to launch new Cyclone at Filtration

    October 27, 2011
    The system builds on FibeRio's efforts to scale up its Cyclone L-1000 Forcespinning research laboratory equipment to commercial production.

  • NatureWorks wins prestigious award

    October 20, 2011
    UN Leader of Change award recognizes commitment to sustainability.

  • EU defines nanomaterials

    October 20, 2011
    The move is designed to address potential risks to the environment and human health.

  • Support Substrate for Separation Membrane

    October 18, 2011
    A separation membrane support substrate composite of a laminated nonwovens fabric with a front coating layer, a middle layer and aback layer which are formed by heat bonding and subjected to calendered treatment has been patented. The front layer con…

  • Absorbent Composites Having Improved Fluid Wicking and Web Integrity

    October 18, 2011
    An absorbent article comprising an absorbent composite has been patented wherein the absorbent composite comprises substantially water insoluble, water swellable, non-regenerated, carboxyalkyl cellulose fibers, which appear like cellulose fibers. The…

  • The Converter Roundup

    The Converter Roundup

    Steve Katz, Managing Editor || October 5, 2011
    Converting companies are an integral of the nonwovens supply chain. For all of the advantages the industry’s products provide, a lot has to happen prior to their end use. Nonwovens need to be cut into a variety of shapes and sizes, scaled down…

  • Industrial Nonwovens

    Industrial Nonwovens

    Steve Katz, Managing Editor || October 5, 2011
    While wipers are still a market mainstay, new products and technologies continue to emerge.

  • The Future of Superabsorbents in Food Packaging: Nonwovens Powders or Fibers?

    The Future of Superabsorbents in Food Packaging: Nonwovens Powders or Fibers?

    Phil Mango , Phil Mango Consulting || October 4, 2011
    The inclusion of superabsorbents has opened up doors for airlaid nonwovens in this market.

  • Geotextile Growth in the Middle East and Beyond

    October 4, 2011
    Despite being a relative newcomer to the nonwovens industry, Mattex Geosynthetics, a division of the Mattex Group, is committed to becoming a global leader in the geotextiles market.

  • Spunbond nonwovens

    September 30, 2011
    Nonwovens maker Avanti has launched a revolutionary new product made from 100% polyethylene spunbond nonwoven fabric.

  • Lenzing launches eco-friendly fiber

    September 26, 2011
    Carbon-neutral Lenzing Modal is extracted from beech wood.

  • Thai firm buys Wellman

    September 21, 2011
    Indorama seeks to expand recycling capabilities.

  • FibeRio gets capital for industrial nanofiber equipment line

    September 21, 2011
    The company continues to build upon its Forcespinning technology.

  • Finalists named for first RISEDurable Products Award

    September 19, 2011
    One of five nominees will be honored as being the top commercially sold, durable nonwoven product.

  • International Top Companies Report 2011

    International Top Companies Report 2011

    September 17, 2011
    Expansion. Expansion. Expansion.

  • Weyerhaeuser honored for sustainability

    September 14, 2011
    The company joins the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index.

  • UK diapers to become roof tiles

    September 13, 2011
    The waste diapers will be collected from hospitals, nursing facilities and child care nurseries, prior to sterilization.

  • USDA studies virgin cotton use in nonwovens

    September 12, 2011
    Researchers successfully processed virgin cotton on newer nonwoven fabrics production equipment.

  • Tencel-based baby wipes honored in Japan

    September 8, 2011
    Water 99% wipes deemed kid friendly.

  • Ahlstrom joins sustainable development group

    September 7, 2011
    WBCSD entry reinforces the company's commitment to sustainability.

  • Lenzing completes Austrian expansion

    September 7, 2011
    Tencel production capacity has increased to 60,000 tons per year.

  • Domtar with big plans for Attends

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || September 6, 2011
    CEO John Williams sees great organic growth potential, possibly doubling earnings within five years.

  • Poole Company gets recycled content certifications

    September 6, 2011
    The company's Ecosure is a staple fiber made from 100% PCR PET flake.

  • KNH Enterprises

    KNH Enterprises

    September 1, 2011
    Taipei, Taiwan www.knh.com.tw 2011 Nonwovens Sales: $100 million Key Personnel: J.C. Tai, chairman and owner; Vicki Tai, president; George Wang, general manager, China operations; Alvin Hu, technical vice president; Kevin Chen, assistant vice pr…

  • Fibertex Nonwovens

    Fibertex Nonwovens

    September 1, 2011
    Aalborg, Denmark www.fibertex.com 2011 Nonwovens Sales: $126 million Key Personnel: Jørgen Bech Madsen, CEO; Henrik Kjeldsen, CCO; Lars Bertelsen, COO; Henrik Eigenbrod, CFO; Keld Lauridsen, group R&D manager; Bjarne Knudsen, CEO, Czech R…

  • Textilgruppe Hof

    Textilgruppe Hof

    September 1, 2011
    Hof/Saale, Germany www.textilgruppehof.com 2011 Nonwovens Sales: $150 million *including sales from Indian joint venture eswegee Vliesstoff GmbH Hof/Saale, Germany www.eswegee.com Techtex GmbH Vliesstoffe Mittweida, Germany www.textilgruppehof.com…

  • Jacob Holm

    Jacob Holm

    September 1, 2011
    Basel, Switzerland www.jacob-holm.com 2011 Nonwovens Sales: $192 million Key Personnel: Poul Mikkelsen, chairman; Stephen Landon, president and COO; Finn Schoning, group controller; Richard Knowlson, global product development director; Alexis Porch…

  • Toray Advanced Materials

    Toray Advanced Materials

    September 1, 2011
    Seoul, South Korea www.torayamk.com 2011 Nonwovens Sales: $224 million Key Personnel: Y.K. Lee, president and CEO; W.S. Chun, vice president/head of fiber division; Hitoshi Takeuchi, senior director/fiber division; W.C. Hwang, senior director/fiber…

  • Fibertex Personal Care

    Fibertex Personal Care

    September 1, 2011
    Aalborg, Denmark www.fibertexpersonalcare.com 2011 Nonwovens Sales: $229 million Key Personnel: Mikael Staal Axelsen, group CEO; Mette Due Søgaard, CTO, Denmark; Anders Søgaard, COO, Denmark; Kenneth Mynster Dolmer, CCO, Denmark; Claus…

  • Hollingsworth & Vose

    Hollingsworth & Vose

    September 1, 2011
    East Walpole, MA www.hollingsworth-vose.com 2011 Nonwovens Sales: $300 million Key Personnel: Val Hollingsworth, president and CEO; David von Loesecke, vice president International; Mike Clark, president, High Efficiency and Specialty Filtratio…

  • Sandler

    Sandler

    September 1, 2011
    Schwarzenbach/Saale, Germany www.sandler.de 2011 Nonwovens Sales: $311 million Key Personnel: Christian Heinrich Sandler, CEO; Dipl. Ingenieur (FH) Wolfgang Höflich and Ulrich Hornfeck, members of the management board Plants: Schware…

  • Fiberweb

    Fiberweb

    September 1, 2011
    London, U.K. www.fiberweb.com 2011 Nonwovens Sales: $465 million Key Personnel: Daniel Dayan, CEO; Kate Miles, group finance director Plants: Old Hickory, TN; Aschersleben, Germany; Berlin, Germany; Pontypool, U.K.; Maldon, U.K.; Aberdare…

  • Fitesa

    Fitesa

    September 1, 2011
    Simpsonville, SC www.fitesa.com 2011 Nonwovens Sales: $670 million Key Personnel: Silverio Baranzano, CEO, Hal Singley, CFO Plants: Gravatai, Brazil; Lima, Peru; Queretaro, Mexico; Simpsonville, SC; Green Bay, WI; Washougal, WA; Norrkopin…

  • Johns Manville

    Johns Manville

    September 1, 2011
    Denver, CO www.jm.com 2011 Nonwovens Sales: $670 million Key Personnel: Mike Lawrence, vice president and general manager, Engineered Products North America (EPNA); Enno Henze, vice president and general manager, Engineered Products Europe/Asia…

  • PGI

    PGI

    September 1, 2011
    Charlotte, NC www.polymergroupinc.com 2011 Nonwovens Sales: $1.2 billion Key Personnel: Veronica Hagen, president and CEO; Dennis Norman, executive vice president and CFO; Mike Hale, senior vice president, global supply chain; Scott Tracey, sen…

  • Kimberly-Clark

    Kimberly-Clark

    September 1, 2011
    Dallas, TX www.kimberly-clark.com 2011 Nonwovens Sales: $1.25 billion Partnership Products and K-C  Professional Headquarters Roswell, GA www.kcprofessional.com Key Personnel: Thomas Falk, chairman and CEO; Elane B. Stock, president, K-C…

  • DuPont

    DuPont

    September 1, 2011
    Wilmington, DE www.dupont.com 2011 Nonwovens Sales: $1.35 billion Key Personnel: Thomas Powell, president, DuPont Protection Technologies; Roger Siemionko, vice president and global technology leader, DuPont Protection Technologies; Mindy Telli…

  • Freudenberg

    Freudenberg

    September 1, 2011
    Weinheim, Germany www.freudenberg-nw.com 2011 Nonwovens Sales: $1.48 billion Key Personnels: Bruce Olson, CEO; René Wollert, CFO; Frank Heislitz, CTO Plants: Weinheim, Germany; Neuenburg, Germany; Kaiserslautern, Germany; Greetland…

  • International Top Company Report

    August 31, 2011
    Expansion. Expansion. Expansion.

  • Where will we be 12 months from now?

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || August 31, 2011
    For more than 30 years—this year included—Freudenberg has been at the top of our annual top companies report. This global company with its roots in apparel and current strengths in automotives, filtration and other technical markets has a…

  • Moisture measurement system

    August 31, 2011
    Streat Instruments of New Zealand has launched the new Drycom 8+ Moisture Measurement system.

  • Reusable bag

    August 31, 2011
    Centurybox, a Belgium-based packaging company, has launched a new type of reusable bag, the US-TNT.

  • Fiberweb profit falls amid rising costs

    August 31, 2011
    Britain's Fiberweb Plc posted a lower first-half profit, hurt by sharply increasing raw material prices, but the nonwoven fabrics maker said it expects full-year performance to be slightly ahead of last year.