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  • Luxury Or Necessity?

    Ellen Wuagneux, Associate Editor || February 6, 2008
    producers still aren't convinced that automatic inspection is a need, not a want

  • Fibertex JV Offers Printed Nonwovens

    February 6, 2008
    Innowo Print offers diversification in personal care.

  • Fibertex Brings Compoflex to the U.S.

    February 6, 2008
    Innovative surface fabric ideal for wind turbine, racing and boat building.

  • HighTex Unites Technical Textiles In Turkey

    February 5, 2008
    November exhibition features more than 300 companies from 17 countries

  • Propex Funding Approved

    February 4, 2008
    Needlepunch maker secures funds post bankruptcy filing.

  • Buckeye Marks Highest Quarterly Revenue Ever

    January 30, 2008
    The fiber and roll goods producer had an exceptional quarter.

  • Seamless Absorbent Incontinence Garment

    January 29, 2008
    Patented is a seamless absorbent garment, washable and reusable for retention of body fluids when worn on a person’s lower body part. The garment comprises a crotch portion with a pocket, which has a closed end and an open end that is adapted for r…

  • Avgol In Talks To Buy Fiberweb

    January 22, 2008
    Cash deal would create nonwovens giant.

  • Equity Firm Buys Fibermark

    January 21, 2008
    Nonwovens producer sold to American Securities.

  • Performance & Comfort - All In One?

    Ellen Wuagneux, Associate Editor || January 10, 2008
    new protective garments prove two key features aren't mutually exclusive

  • Stretching Sales

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || January 10, 2008
    with the focus clearly on fit, the nonwovens industry adds more elastics to give hygiene producers what they want

  • Fibertex CEO Resigns

    January 10, 2008
    Michael Meulengracht seeks new opportunities.

  • Chinese Producer Goes Green

    January 8, 2008
    American Hygienics Corporation (AHC) is a quickly growing supplier of differentiated nonwoven-based hygiene products with the manufacturing capacity to meet the growing demand for a variety of personal care hygiene items such as wipes, baby diapers, adult diapers, sanitary pads and nursing pads.

  • Absorbent Article With Improved Fit

    January 8, 2008
    Patented is an absorbent product with a longitudinal direction and a transverse direction. The absorbent product comprises a front portion, a rear portion, a crotch portion located between the rear portion and the front portion, an absorbent element…

  • Textilgruppe Hof

    Textilgruppe Hof

    January 1, 2008
    Location: Hof/Saale, Germany Sales: $98 Million Description: Plants Hof/Saale, Germany (eswegee Vliesstoff),  Mittweida, Germany (Techtex), Lincolnton, NC (Hof Textiles, Inc.) Key Personnel Harald Stini, managing director; Rudolf Schlotter,…

  • Albis

    Albis

    January 1, 2008
    Location: ROASIO, ITALY Sales: $100 million Description: Key Personnel Gianni Boscolo, president; Carlo Soave, CEO; Pietro Lan­done, commercial director Plants Roasio, Italy; Aschersleben, Germany; Cincinnati, OH Processes Carded t…

  • Fitesa

    Fitesa

    January 1, 2008
    Location: GRAVATAI, BRAZIL Sales: $103 million Description: Plant Locations Gravatai, Brazil; North America Processes Spunmelt, meltblown Major Markets Hygiene, medical, industrial, filtration, sorbents Nonwovens sales of $103 million are set…

  • Foss Manufacturing

    Foss Manufacturing

    January 1, 2008
    Location: HAMPTON, NH Sales: $108 million Description: Key Personnel A.J. Nassar, CEO Plants Hampton, NH ISO Status All businesses are QS 9000, ISO 9001, and ISO 17025 certified and are close to ISO 14,000 (environmental registration b…

  • Mitsui Chemical

    Mitsui Chemical

    January 1, 2008
    Location: Tokyo, Japan Sales: $136 Million Description: Key Personnel Motoyuki Ezaki, general manager, life and energy materials division Plants Yokkaichi and Iwakuni Processes Spunbonded, needlepunched, meltblown, thermal bonded Mitsui Chemical…

  • Georgia-Pacific

    Georgia-Pacific

    January 1, 2008
    Location: Atlanta, GA Sales: $150 Million Description: Plants Green Bay, WI (two facilities); Glen, France; Avigliano, Italy Processes   Airlaid, carded Brand Names Airtex, Dritex Major Markets Baby wipes, industrial and food service wipes,…

  • Asahi Kasei

    Asahi Kasei

    January 1, 2008
    Location: OSAKA, JAPAN Sales: $170 million Description: Key Personnel Toshio Takanashi, general manager, nonwoven fabrics division; Katsuhiko Hinamoto, general manager, spunbonded fabric sales; Tetsuya Nakamura, general manger, Bemliese sales Plan…

  • Propex Fabrics

    Propex Fabrics

    January 1, 2008
    Location: RINGGOLD, GA Sales: $210 million Description: Key Personnel Woody McGee, president and CEO; Lee McCarter, executive vice president and CFO; William Stanley Brant, Jr., executive vice president of operations Nonwovens Plants Ringgold, GA,…

  • Hollingsworth & Vose

    Hollingsworth & Vose

    January 1, 2008
    Location: Walpole, MA Sales: $225 Million Description: Key Personnel Val Hollingsworth, president and CEO; David von Loesecke, vice president and general manager, engine and industrial filtration; Bob Schiller, vice president and general manager…

  • Fibertex

    Fibertex

    January 1, 2008
    Location: AALBORG, DENMARK Sales: $294 million Description: Key Personnel Mikael Staal Axelsen, General Manager, Personal Care Division;  Jorgen Bech Madsen, General Manager, Technical Division; Ole Houmann, Finance Director; Kenneth Mynste…

  • Avgol

    Avgol

    January 1, 2008
    Location: TEL AVIV, ISRAEL Sales: $237 million Description: Key Personnel Shuki Goldwasser, chairman; Nir Peleg, CEO; Achai Bonneh, director  of technology Plants Tel Aviv, Israel; Mocksville, NC; Jingmen City, Hubei Province, China; Uzlovaya…

  • Johns Manville

    Johns Manville

    January 1, 2008
    Location: DENVER, CO Sales: $670 million Description: Key Personnel Dion Persson, senior vice president, engineered products group; Ken Forden, NA nonwovens and Enno Henze, EU nonwovens; Bob Wambolt NA Fibers; PO Fibers EU Plants Waterville, OH…

  • Fiberweb

    Fiberweb

    January 1, 2008
    Location: LONDON, U.K. Sales: $948 million Description: Key Personnel Daniel Dayan, CEO, Carsten Heldmann, head of global research and development; David Keough, global commercial director; Alberto Gaudiano, global finance director; Gary Drews, dir…

  • Ahlstrom

    Ahlstrom

    January 1, 2008
    Location: HELSINKI, FINLAND Sales: $1.28 billion Description: Personnel Risto Anttonen, president and CEO; Randal Davis, senior vice president, Filtration; Claudio Ermondi, senior vice president, Advanced Nonwovens; Tommi Bjormann, senior vice p…

  • Kimberly-Clark

    Kimberly-Clark

    January 1, 2008
    Location: DALLAS, TX Sales: $1.3 billion Description: Partnership Products and K-C Professional Headquarters Roswell, GA 30076 Telephone: 770-587-8000 Key Personnel Thomas Falk, chairman and CEO; Jan Spencer, president, K-C Professional global;…

  • DuPont

    DuPont

    January 1, 2008
    Location: WEINHEIM, GERMANY Sales: $1.35 billion Description: Key Personnel Barry Granger, vice president and general manager, DuPont Nonwovens; James Pawloski, global business director, Tyvek; Nigel Budden, global business director, Sontara and Ty…

  • Freudenberg

    Freudenberg

    January 1, 2008
    Location: WEINHEIM, GERMANY Sales: $1.45 billion Description: Key Personnel Management Board: Bruce Olson, president and CEO; René Wollert, CFO; Thomas Reibelt, CTO Worldwide Divisions: Dr. Heino Freudenberg, general manager of interlinin…

  • Oerlikon Neumag To Consolidate R&D

    December 11, 2007
    Dawsonville pilot acitivies to move to Neumunster.

  • A New Face In The Industry

    December 9, 2007
    United Nonwovens is a new manufacturing company located in Mobile, AL.

  • Correction: Fiberweb On Track For 2007

    December 6, 2007
    Company expects performance to meet expectation.

  • Fibertex Invests in Technical Business

    December 5, 2007
    Company will add airlaid and needlepunch line.

  • Performance Fibers Expands Operation

    December 4, 2007
    Acquisition includes Invista's industrial filament and tire cord businesses.

  • Ahlstrom To Consolidate Plants

    November 19, 2007
    Ahlstrom recently announced that it will consolidate its air filtration sites in Bellingham, MA and Darlington, SC to its Bethune plant in South Carolina.

  • More Price Increases For DAK

    November 15, 2007
    DAK Americas will increase prices for all polyester staple fiber products as a result of the additional cost of ethylene glycol.

  • A BeautifulMarket For Nonwovens

    November 9, 2007
    Beauty Cloth’s line of Exfolia disposable cleansing cloths, featuring Evolon nonwoven microfiber fabrics from Freudenberg, Weinheim, Germany, is now available.

  • More Growth Ahead For Wipes

    Karen Bitz McIntyre || November 8, 2007
    Last month, Ahlstrom dedicated a new spunlace line at its Green Bay, WI facility, a site acquired from Green Bay Nonwovens two years ago. At the ceremony, Martin Davis, the general manager of Ahlstrom's global wipes business, called the $30 million i…

  • DAK To Raise Staple Fiber Price

    November 1, 2007
    DAK Americas will increase prices for all polyester staple fiber products.

  • Typar To Appear On Extreme Makeover

    November 1, 2007
    The Typar Weather Protection System from Fiberweb, Old Hickory, TN, will be featured on an edition of the popular ABC television program, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

  • Hybrid Laminated Fiber Sheets

    October 30, 2007
    A ballistic laminate was patented. It comprises a first nonwoven layer with two or more types of unidirectional fibers of different composition in a matrix. The fibers extending in a first fiber direction are arranged in a side-by-side relationship a…

  • High-Durability Non-Woven Fabric With Melange Appearance And Method For Manufacture

    October 16, 2007
    A nonwoven fabric with a melange appearance and high-durability was patented. A fiber part includes at least one of a melange appearance fiber and a mixture of at least two fibers with different dyeability characteristics. A matrix binder comprises a…

  • What Goes Around, Comes Around

    Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor || October 10, 2007
    In 2001, when I took over as editor of Nonwovens Industry, airlaid, so the experts said, was poised for growth.

  • Investment Continues In The Global Nonwovens Industry

    Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor || October 10, 2007
    Despite concerns over market maturity and pricing pressures in many key markets for nonwovens, this year’s annual Top Company report proves that this market remains in growth mode.

  • Celanese Dedicates New Facility In China

    September 19, 2007
    Celanese formally dedicated its 10th global polymer emulsions facility today in Nanjing, China.

  • Companies To Watch

    September 19, 2007
    profiles of other important nonwovens producers

  • International Top 40

    September 19, 2007
    a look at the leading nonwovens producers in the world

  • DAK Raises PET Price

    September 17, 2007
    Effective October 15, 2007, DAK Americas will increase polyester staple fiber prices by $0.03 per pound.