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  • 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…

  • Visitors Flock To CINTE Techtextil

    Visitors Flock To CINTE Techtextil

    November 8, 2006
    attendance increases reinforce event's position

  • Filtration Attracts A Crowd

    Filtration Attracts A Crowd

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || November 8, 2006
    high volumes, high margins make filtration a winning bet for many nonwovens producers

  • Absorbent Article With Liquid Acquisition Layer

    November 7, 2006
    An absorbent article has been granted a patent. It comprises a liquid-permeable topsheet appearing on a skin surface; a backsheet appearing on a garment surface and a liquid absorbent layer between the topsheet and the backsheet. A liquid acquisition…

  • Fiber Adhesive Material

    November 7, 2006
    An adhesive material for attaching to a mating surface has received a patent. The material includes a base and an array of electroflocked first fibers bonded to the base, each having a cross sectional diameter of less than approximately 15 microns. A…

  • Airlaid Technology And Its Material in China

    John Xuan, Nonwovens Staff || November 3, 2006
    Similar to other nonwovens technologies, much of Chinea’s airlaid machinery comes from the U.S, Europe and other developed areas. This market began at the end of the 1990s when Rite, based in Wuzhong, built a commercial airlaid line, based on…

  • Fiberweb Spin-Off To Be Complete Next Month

    October 24, 2006
    BBA Group, plc, a London-based holding company, has announced details of the proposed demerger/spin-off of its Fiberweb nonwovens business unit and its planned listing as a separate public company, Fiberweb plc, on the London Stock Exchange. The spin…

  • Release Liners

    October 20, 2006
    Mondi Packaging, a global provider of high-performance packaging and release liner solutions, focuses on improving its customer services worldwide. Business acquisitions in Europe and the U.S. have allowed Mondi Packaging to extend its geographic pre…

  • Nip Stations

    October 20, 2006
    Custom-engineered AccuNip nip stations from PFE Rolls, Inc. can be configured for a wide range of uses in the textile industry, including laminating, thermal bonding, fabric heating/cooling and pulling and squeezing. Other unique applications include…

  • Filter Media

    October 20, 2006
    Sandler’s sawascreen fine filter series is available with a laminated pre-filter. The progressive fiber combination from coarse to fine helps to ensure uniform dust absorption. Voluminous, needle­punched polyester nonwovens and the lower-pr…

  • Personnel Changes At Performance Fibers

    October 20, 2006
    Polyester producer Performance Fibers has made two recent personnel changes. In the first, Clark Halladay has been appointed global marketing director, Americas sales director for its industrial segment. Mr. Halladay will lead the company’s gro…

  • The Comforts Of Home

    The Comforts Of Home

    Ellen Wuagneux, Associate Editor || October 16, 2006
    nonwovens make themselves comfortable in the home furnishing sector, from bedding and window treatments to wallcovering applications

  • Airlaid: The Comeback Kid

    Airlaid: The Comeback Kid

    Ellen Wuagneux, Associate Editor || October 16, 2006
    once plagued by overcapacity and pricing challenges, are airlaids ready to get back in the ring?

  • Neumag Acquires Nordson's Fiber Systems Group

    October 13, 2006
    Nordson Corporation has sold its Fiber Systems Group to Saurer Ltd.’s business unit, Neumag, which offers a wide range of turnkey systems for the production of nonwovens. Terms of the purchase were not disclosed.  Based in Dawsonville, GA,…

  • Finalists Named For 2007 Visionary Award

    October 10, 2006
    Six consumer products from the U.S. and Europe—ranging from advanced hygiene products to pet care to beer can construction—have been nominated as finalists for the 2007 Visionary Award by INDA, the North American nonwovens association. No…

  • AATCC Joins INDA, TAPPI and The Fiber Society To Publish Journal

    October 4, 2006
    Three leading trade associations and a professional society have entered into a partnership to publish the Journal of Engineered Fibers and Fabrics (JEFF), an electronic publication of original research and advances in fibers, fibrous materials and t…

  • Wellman To Consolidate Operations, Close Plant

    September 28, 2006
    Wellman Inc., Shrewsbury, NJ, will consolidate all of its U.S. fiber production at its Palmetto plant in Darlington, SC and close the fiber operation at its Johnsonville, SC facility. According to the company, which sells polyester to the apparel, ho…

  • Fraunhofer, Weyerhaeuser, Reicofil Develop Technology

    September 28, 2006
    The Germany-based Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research, Weyerhaeuser Company in the U.S. and Germany’s Reifenhäuser Reicofil have patented a new technology to manufacture cellulosic self-bonded meltblown nonwovens using the ly…

  • FiberLok Named IT Manager

    September 14, 2006
    FiberLok, Fort Collins, CO, recently named Cary Bergeron IT manager. Our rapid growth creates a constant need for streamlined IT and communication solutions, said Brown Abrams, co-founder and CEO of FiberLok. Ms. Bergeron will serve as a resourcef…

  • BBA To Build Second Chinese Line

    September 13, 2006
    Plans are in the works at BBA Fiberweb to invest in a second production line at its plant in Tianjin, China. Utilizing local technology, the new line will target the growing Chinese market for airlaid products and will complement the plant’s ex…

  • U.S. Announces Further Investigation Of Imported Polyester Fiber

    Peter Mayberry and Jessica Franken || September 11, 2006
    domestic manufacturers accuse China of "dumping"

  • The Indian Technical Textiles Market

    Devaraj Parthasarathy, Nonwovens Staff || September 11, 2006
    segment growth is estimated at 6%

  • Lantor

    September 11, 2006
    Lantor Veenendaal, The Netherlands www.lantor.nl $55 million Key Personnel Nico Boot, managing director; Albert Feyts, finance director, Paul Verwoerd, sales and marketing director, Jan Sikkenga, production director Processes Drylaid web formin…

  • KNH

    September 11, 2006
    KNH Taipei, Taiwan www.knh.com.tw $71 million Key Personnel J.C. Tai, president and owner; Dr. Kirk Hwang, president; George Wong, hygiene business director; Herman Tai, industrial specialties business director; Alvin Hu, technical vice president…

  • Precision Custom Coatings

    September 11, 2006
    Precision Custom Coatings Totowa, NJ www.pcc-usa.com $75 million 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, dir…

  • Albis

    September 11, 2006
    Albis Roasio, Italy albisnw.com $79 million (€63 million) Key Contacts Gianni Boscolo, president; Carlo Soave, CEO; Pietro Landone, commercial director Plants Roasio, Italy; Aschersleben, Germany, Cincinnati, OH Processes Carded thermal…

  • Suominen Nonwovens

    September 11, 2006
    Suominen Nonwovens Nakkila, Finland www.suominen.fi $85 million Key Personnel Suominen Corporation: Heikki Bergholm, president and CEO, Esa Palttala, executive vice president, Wipes and Nonwovens; Juha Henttonen, vice president, Flexible Packaging;…

  • Textilgruppe Hof

    September 11, 2006
    Textilgruppe Hof Hof/Saale, Germany www.textilgruppe.com $87 million Key Personnel Manfred Knieling, managing director; Harald Stini, managing director; Rudolf Scholtter, managing director; Detlev Käppel, managing director-Techtex and global…

  • Foss Manufacturing

    September 11, 2006
    Foss Manufacturing Hampton, NH www.fossmfg.com $100 million Key Personnel A.J. Nassar, CEO 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…

  • Sandler

    September 11, 2006
    Sandler Schwarzenbach/Saale, Germany www.sandler.com $145 million (€113 million) Key Personnel Dipl. Kfm. Christian Heinrich Sandler, Dr. Christian Heinrich Sandler, Dieter Magiera, members of the management board Plant Schwarzenbach/Saale…