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  • Awards Honor Two Industry Veterans

    March 12, 2007
    Two men who helped guide the nonwovens industry through its formative years and into today’s vital global business will be recognized for their outstanding contributions during the IDEA07 Achievement Awards ceremony to be held at the IDEA07 Int…

  • Superabsorbent Fiber Specialist To Be Sold

    March 2, 2007
    Acordis Beheer bv (Acordis) and Ciba Specialty Chemicals (Ciba) have signed an agreement to sell their polyacrylate super absorbent fiber business, Technical Absorbents Limited, located in Grimsby, U.K., to Bluestar Fibres Company Ltd.  Financia…

  • World Fiber Output Up In 2006

    February 28, 2007
    World fiber output increased by 5.1% to 74.7 million tons in 2006, according to preliminary data in an annual report on world fiber production from textile machinery maker Oerlikon Saurer Textile. The full report “The Fiber Year 2006/07”…

  • Crosslappers

    February 14, 2007
    Habasit has introduced two new products representing a new generation of crosslappers. The ENB-6EE is matte while the ENT-6EE  features a structured surface. Both are light but offer a high level of ridigity. The smooth surface of the ENT-6EE pr…

  • Release Liners

    February 14, 2007
    Mondi Packaging, a global provider of high-performance packaging and release liner solutions, has extended it geographical presence through acquisitions in Europe and the U.S. With its recent investments, Mondi Packaging continues to demonstrate comm…

  • Silicone Emulsion

    February 14, 2007
    Wacker Group has developed a one-component silicone-based softener emulsion for finishing fiberfill. Advalon FF 220 achieves marked benefited in the finishing of fiberfill, enabling polyester fiber to be treated at significantly lower temperatures th…

  • New Director Of Purchasing And International Sales

    February 14, 2007
    Martex Fiber Southern Corporation, the Spartanburg, SC-headquartered recycled industrial textile product specialist, has brought on Elton Hardy as its new director of purchasing and international sales under Jimmy Jarrett, COO. Mr. Hardy joins Martex…

  • Polyolefin Compositions

    February 13, 2007
    An article comprising a fiber or film substrate was patented. The article is comprised of a blend of polyolefin and an acrylic/polyether comb-branched copolymer. The polyolefin is present in an amount of at least 70% by weight based on the total weig…

  • British Vita's CEO Steps Down

    February 12, 2007
    John Oliver has been appointed interim CEO at British Vita following the decision of Howard Harris to step down from the CEO role. Mr. Harris remains a non-executive director. Mr. Oliver is a partner at British Vita's private equity owners Texas Paci…

  • Rock The Vote: Rewarding Innovation

    Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor || February 12, 2007
    One of the best things about a democracy is the right to vote.

  • Riding The Wave

    Riding The Wave

    Ellen Wuagneux, Associate Editor || February 12, 2007
    to stay afloat, producers of spunmelt nonwovens must balance high raw material costs, tough competition and overcapacity issues

  • Food Pads: A Great Market For Airlaid

    Food Pads: A Great Market For Airlaid

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || February 12, 2007
    absorbency requirements open up opportunities in food packaging

  • Household Wipes: Searching For The Next Swiffer

    Household Wipes: Searching For The Next Swiffer

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || February 12, 2007
    growth slows as the market awaits its next blockbuster

  • Chinese Company Launches Cotton Nonwoven

    January 29, 2007
    Shenzhen, China-based Winner Medical Group Inc. has begun production of PurCotton, its new cotton nonwoven material and expects to ship the first order by the end of January. The first order—jumbo rolls of raw PurCotton material—was recei…

  • Fiberweb Expands Airlaid Capacity In China

    January 24, 2007
    The world’s fourth largest roll goods producer Fiberweb plc is in the process of building a second airlaid production line at its site at Tianjin, China, adding 10,000 tons of capacity to the 16,000 tons already installed. The investment reinfo…

  • Buckeye To Sell Fiberline Biz

    January 23, 2007
    Plans are underway at specialty fiber and nonwovens producer Buckeye Technologies, Memphis, TN, to sell its Lumberton, NC-based Fiberline operation. Buckeye Lumberton entered the bleached cotton fiber market in September 2001 with state-of-the-art eq…

  • Multiple Layer Absorbent Article

    January 23, 2007
    Patented is an absorbent article with a fluid permeable coverstock configured to engage a body surface and defining longitudinal sides. The coverstock includes a bicomponent fiber with a polypropylene inner core and a polyethylene outer sheath. An ab…

  • Polyamide

    January 17, 2007
    Stanyl, a high-heat polyamide 46 (PA46) resin from DSM Engineering Plastics, is adding a new market segment, fiber and film, to its existing portfolio of injection molded, high-tech and high-heat engineered applications. As with injection molded desi…

  • Fibertex Buys Out Malaysian Partner

    January 10, 2007
    In early 2007, Fibertex acquired a remaining 40% share in its Malaysian operations Fibertex Nonwovens Sdn Bhd from partner Industrialiseringsfonden for Udviklingslandene (IFU) for a reported DKK 135 million. Fibertex and IFU established the subsidiar…

  • INDA Seeks Web Updates

    January 10, 2007
    Any INDA member who visits www.inda.org between now and the opening of the IDEA07 International Engineered Fabrics Conference and Exposition, April 24, 2007, will be eligible to win an iPod.     “It is important for us to keep…

  • Filtrex 2006 - Over 300 Delegates Flock to EDANA's Filtration Conference

    January 3, 2007
    EDANA's second edition of the FILTREX conference and exhibition, which took place in Munich on 24th -25th October was judged a major success, according to an opinion survey of its 303 participants.

  • Advances in Fibrous Materials, Nonwoven and Technical Textiles

    Seshadri Ramkumar, Texas Tech University || January 3, 2007
    Cotton City in India Hosts First International Collaborative Conference

  • KNH Enterprises

    KNH Enterprises

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Taipei, Taiwan Sales: $71 Million Description: Key Personnel J.C. Tai, chairman and owner; Dr. Kirk Hwang, president; George Wang, general manager China operations; Alvin Hu, wastewater business unit officer; Dr. Y. S. Chiu, technica…

  • Precision Custom Coatings

    Precision Custom Coatings

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Totowa, NJ Sales: $82 Million Description: Key Personnel Peter Longo, chairman and COO, Scott Tesser, president and CEO; Rich Noble, CFO and treasurer; Dan Kamat, vice president, Industrial Textile Division; Shaile Dusaj, director industr…

  • Albis

    Albis

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Roasio, Italy Sales: $87 million Description: Key Personnel Gianni Boscolo, president; Carlo Soave, CEO; Pietro Landone, commercial director Plants Roasio, Italy; Aschersleben, Germany; Cincinnati, OH Processes Carded thermal…

  • Foss Manufacturing

    Foss Manufacturing

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Hampton, NH Sales: $100 million Description: Plants Hampton, NH ISO Status All businesses are both QS 9000 and ISO 9001 certified and are close to ISO 14,000 (environmental registration based on efforts to reduce emissions, solid…

  • Georgia-Pacific

    Georgia-Pacific

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Atlanta, GA Sales: $150 Million Description: Personnel Mitsuo Kanno, president; Minoro Tanaka, managing director; Yoshiaki Mizutani, director; Kazuo Hamada, managing director Plants Shiga, Tokyo, Japan Processes Resin bonded, needlep…

  • Asahi Kasei

    Asahi Kasei

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Osaka, Japan Sales: $170 million Description: Key Personnel Toshio Takanashi, general manager, nonwoven fabrics division; Katsuhiko Hinamoto, general manager, spunbonded fabric sales; Akira Enami, general manager Bemliese sales Plants…

  • Sandler

    Sandler

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Schwarzenbach/Saale, Germany Sales: $140 million Description: Key Personnel Dipl. Kfm. Christian Heinrich Sandler, Dr. Christian Heinrich Sandler, Dieter Magiera, members of the management board Plant Schwarzenbach/Saale, Germany ISO St…

  • Propex Fabrics

    Propex Fabrics

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Ringgold, GA Sales: $231 million Description: Key Personnel Joe Dana, president and CEO; W. Michael Coffin, executive vice president and COO; Lee McCarter, executive vice president and CFO; Mac Bridger, executive vice president worldwide…

  • Hollingsworth & Vose

    Hollingsworth & Vose

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Walpole, MA Sales: $210 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, h…

  • Fibertex

    Fibertex

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Aalborg, Denmark Sales: $222 million Description: Key Personnel Michael Meulengracht, managing director; Mikael Staal Axelsen, general manager, Personal Care Division;  Jorgen Bech Madsen, general manager, Technical Division; Kenn…

  • Buckeye

    Buckeye

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Memphis, TN Sales: $259 million Description: Key Personnel Marko Rajamaa,  senior vice president, nonwovens; Chip Aiken, senior vice president, manufacturing;  Mike Brown,  nonwovens sales manager—Americas and Far Eas…

  • Fiberweb

    Fiberweb

    January 1, 2007
    Location: London, U.K. Sales: $1.08 billion Description: Fiberweb Americas Old Hickory, TN americas@fiberweb.com Plants Green Bay, WI; Queretaro, Mexico; Old Hickory, TN; Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil; Simpsonville, SC; Washougal, WA Processes C…

  • Ahlstrom

    Ahlstrom

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Helsinki, Finland Sales: $1.01 billion Description: Personnel Jukka Moisio, president and CEO; Randal Davis, senior vice president, filtration; Claudio Ermondi, senior vice president, nonwovens; Tommi Bjormann, senior vice president, glas…

  • Kimberly-Clark

    Kimberly-Clark

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Dallas, TX Sales: $1.25 billion Description: Key Personnel Thomas Falk, chairman and CEO; Bob Stargel, vice president, Non­­wovens Operations and Technology; Mark Foreste, vice president, Partnership Products Plants Corinth, M…

  • DuPont

    DuPont

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Wilmington, DE Sales: $1.35 billion Description: Key Personnel Matt Trerotola, vice president and general manager DuPont Nonwovens; Mahesh Mansukhani, global business director-Tyvek/Typar and Nigel Budden, global business director-Sont…

  • Freudenberg

    Freudenberg

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Weinheim, Germany Sales: $1.4 billion Description: Key Personnel Management Board: Bruce Olson, president and CEO, Dr. René Wollert, CFO; Georg Brasch, managing director; Worldwide Divisions: Dr. Heino Freudenberg and Gerhard Sc…

  • Fiberweb Makes Host Of Appointments

    December 19, 2006
    Fiberweb plc, Simpsonville, SC, has made several recent appointments. Among them, the company has promoted Pamela Lewis and added Robert Baldy and Hollynn Moody to its Hygiene/Medical Americas sales and marketing teams. In June 2006, Ms. Lewis was na…

  • Fiberweb plc, Simpsonville, SC, has made several recent appointments

    December 14, 2006
    Fiberweb plc, Simpsonville, SC, has made several recent appointments. Among them, the company has promoted Pamela Lewis and added Robert Baldy and Hollynn Moody to its Hygiene/Medical Americas sales and marketing teams. In June 2006, Pamela Lewis was…

  • Defensive Drivers

    Defensive Drivers

    Ellen Wuagneux, Associate Editor || December 4, 2006
    automotive suppliers continue to face a rocky road as they dodge cost pressures & competition

  • The Hygiene Market: A Tale Of Two Cities

    The Hygiene Market: A Tale Of Two Cities

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || December 4, 2006
    component suppliers balance innovation and pricing pressures

  • Fiberweb Diversifies Spunlace

    December 4, 2006
    Fiberweb’s upgrade to its Bethune, SC spunlace line is complete, the company has announced. The investment, which increases the line’s fiber-type flexibility, is intended to satisfy market demand for more natural fabrics in baby, personal…

  • JM Adds To Filtration Offerings

    November 30, 2006
    Johns Manville Engineered Products has introduced three new filtration products that offer added value to the filtration markets and help filter manufacturers expand their product lines and increase sales. “Our global presence, technological kn…

  • Ahlstrom Launches NanoAlumina Filtration Media

    November 30, 2006
    Ahlstrom has completed an exclusive licensing agreement with the Argonide Corporation to manufacture and commercialize patented electrostatic nano fiber filter media under the Disruptor brand name. Disruptor is a wetlaid technology designed to be use…

  • Fiberweb Releases Shares Of CNC

    November 30, 2006
    CPPC, based in Bangkok, Thailand, has purchased from Fiberweb Holdings Limited (FHL) all of its shares in CNC International Company Limited (CNC). Until the acquisition, CNC, a leading manufacturer of nonwoven spunbond materials located in Rayong, Th…

  • BBA Fiberweb Demerger Complete

    November 22, 2006
    BBA Group has completed the demerger of its nonwovens division Fiberweb plc and has changed its name to BBA Aviation. Fiberweb plc's issued shares now have a separate listing London Stock Exchange, where they will be traded under the ticker symbol FW…

  • EDANA To Hold Two New Events

    November 20, 2006
    EDANA, the European Nonwovens Association, will hold a Middle East Nonwovens Symposium and Tabletop exhibition, in Dubai, UAE February 20-21. The symposium, which takes place in the JW Marriott Hotel, will feature 13 expert speakers from leading regi…

  • Andrew Industries

    November 17, 2006
    Andrew Industries 2005 Sales: $96 million Plants South Carolina, Missouri, China, U.K. Processes Needlepunch, thermal bonded Brand names Southern Felt, Slater Felt, Bondex, Andres, Webron Marling Major Markets Filtration Manchester, U.K.…

  • Color and Additive Masterbatches

    November 16, 2006
    Americhem supplies color and additive masterbatches to the manmade fibers industry. Since 1986, the company has offered a diverse color and additives product line for virtually every synthetic fiber application, particularly the solution dyed nylon c…