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  • President of its newly consolidated Fiberweb Americas

    May 23, 2007
    Fiberweb has named Dave Rousse to serve as president of its newly consolidated Fiberweb Americas unit. Mr. Rousse joined Fiberweb in late 2005 as president of Hygiene/Medical Americas. Derek Anderson, formerly president, Fiberweb Industrial Americas,…

  • Neumag Has Big Plans For Techtextil

    May 21, 2007
    Full range of nonwovens technology will be shown.

  • Ahlstrom To Buy Property In India

    May 7, 2007
    Plans to start production in region.

  • Acquisitions To Spur Sales Growth For Ahlstrom

    May 2, 2007
    For the first quarter of 2007, Ahlstrom Corporation reported a 3.4% increase in net sales to €416.5 million from €414.6 million during last year’s first quarter. According to the company, its net sales were affected by the weakened U.…

  • Lenzing Acquires Massen Nonwovens Technology

    May 2, 2007
    Effective this month, Austrian machinery specialist Lenzing Instruments has taken over the nonwovens inspection technology of Massen, Konstanz, Germany. Lenzing supplies testing instruments for the fiber, textile and nonwovens industries, ranging fro…

  • Green Fiber Launched By Foss

    May 1, 2007
    Polyester made from 100% recycled plasti bottles.

  • Rieter Unveils Meltblown System

    April 27, 2007
    Machinery specialist Rieter Textile Systems chose IDEA07 in Miami, FL as the venue for launching its most recent innovation in melt blown technology. The brand new system offers excellent basis weight distribution, very narrow fiber size distribution…

  • Glatfelter Composite Fibers Pools Its Expertise in Europe

    April 19, 2007
    As part of the U.S.-based Glatfelter Company, two long-established players in the European paper industry, Schoeller & Hoesch and Lydney (formerly JR Crompton), are operating jointly as Glatfelter Composite Fibers effective of last month. “…

  • Lenzing To Expand Into India

    April 18, 2007
    Lenzing will build a new viscose fiber production facility in India in cooperation with the Indian Modi Group. The new plant will initially be able to produce 80,000 tons of viscose fibers for textiles and nonwovens and will employ 700. It will be lo…

  • Performance Fibers, Inc. has named Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

    April 12, 2007
    Polyester fiber specialist Performance Fibers, Inc. has named Torben Wetche vice president and chief financial officer. Mr. Wetche brings more than 23 years of financial experience to Performance Fibers, an affiliate of Sun Capital Partners. His…

  • Protecting America

    Protecting America's Bravest

    Michael Ciampo, Lieutenant || April 12, 2007
    nonwovens technology used in bunker gear and personal protection equipment for firefighters

  • K-C Names New President of North Atlantic Family Care Biz

    April 12, 2007
    Personal care products giant Kimberly-Clark Corporation has brought Gordon Knapp on board as president of its North Atlantic Family Care business. In this role, Mr. Knapp will be responsible for identifying and pursuing strategic growth opportunities…

  • Up In Flames

    Up In Flames

    Ellen Wuagneux, Associate Editor || April 12, 2007
    upgraded flame retardants bump up the performance of nonwovens in both residential and industrial end uses

  • Strong & Steady

    Strong & Steady

    Ellen Wuagneux, Associate Editor || April 12, 2007
    roofing and construction markets see solid growth and promise potential for future expansion

  • Fiberweb Americas Names Leader

    April 4, 2007
    Fiberweb will consolidate its two North American units into one unit, Fiberweb Americas, and has tapped Dave Rousse to serve as president of that unit. Mr. Rousse joined Fiberweb in late 2005 as president of Hygiene/Medical Americas.    &n…

  • Indian Conference Seeks Abstracts

    April 2, 2007
    Global players in all fields of textiles from fiber to fabric and defense textiles to nonwoven textiles will gather in textile city, Coimbatore from June 18-20, 2007. This international meeting showcases INDO-US collaboration and is being organized b…

  • Ahlstrom Buys Fiberweb's Consumer Wipes Business

    April 1, 2007
    Fiberweb has sold its hygiene wipes business Ahlstrom Corporation in a deal that include facilities in South Carolina, Italy and Spain. The transaction, which is subject to regulatory approvals, is expected to close by the end of June and is valued a…

  • Sandler To Expand Role In Wipes

    March 28, 2007
    Sandler will add a second higher performance nonwovens line to make materials mainly targeted at the wipes market. According to the company, Sandler will invest €20 million in the new line, its second for the wipes market. The new line will be 1…

  • New Member Of The Board Of Directors

    March 15, 2007
    Technical fiber producer Gruppo Tessile Abati has made Ezio Mazzoleni a new member of the board of directors of Abafil/Tecnofilati. According to the company, this appointment is grounded on a strategy aimed at fostering Gruppo Tessile Abati’s k…

  • Spunlace: Still Wiping Up?

    Spunlace: Still Wiping Up?

    Ellen Wuagneux, Editor || March 12, 2007
    overcapacity and pricing issues worry producers, but there is hope that product differentiation will lead the way

  • 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…