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  • 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…

  • Georgia-Pacific

    September 11, 2006
    Georgia-Pacific Atlanta, GA www.gp.com $145 million Key Personnel  Mike Burandt, president, Consumer Business, North America; Bill Shultz, president, European Consumer Business; Kathy Walters, president, Commercial Business; Remi Perin, sales…

  • Japan Vilene

    September 7, 2006
    Japan Vilene Tokyo, Japan www.vilene.co.jp $200 million (¥22 billion) Key Personnel Yutaka Tanaka, president; Minoru Tanaka, managing director; Yoshiaki Mizutani, director; Mitsuo Kanno, managing director Plants Shiga and Tokyo, Japan Pr…

  • Hollingsworth & Vose

    September 7, 2006
    Hollingsworth & Vose Walpole, MA www.hollingsworth-vose.com $187 million Key Personnel Val Hollingsworth, president and CEO; David von Loesecke, vice president and general manager, engine and industrial filtration and high efficiency and…

  • Fibertex

    September 7, 2006
    Fibertex Aalborg, Denmark www.fibertex.dk $190 million Key Personnel Knud Waede Hansen, managing director; Mikael Staal Axelsen, general manager, Personal Care Division;  Jorgen Bech Madsen, general manager, Technical Division; Etienne Ficht…

  • Propex Fabrics

    September 7, 2006
    Propex Fabrics Ringgold, GA www.propexfabrics.com $200 million Key Personnel Joe Dana, president and CEO; W. Michael Coffin, executive vice president and COO; Phil Barnes, vice president, CFO and treasurer; Lee McCarter, executive vice president…

  • Ahlstrom

    September 7, 2006
    Ahlstrom Helsinki, Finland www.ahlstrom.com $928 million Personnel Jukka Moisio, president and CEO; Randal Davis, senior vice president and general manager, filtration; Claudio Ermondi, senior vice president and general manager, nonwovens; Tommi B…

  • BBA Fiberweb

    September 7, 2006
    BBA Fiberweb Old Hickory, TN www.bbafiberweb.com $1.1 billion (£619m) BBA Fiberweb - Industrial North America Old Hickory, TN BBA Fiberweb - Hygiene Americas Simpsonville, SC Plants Bethune, SC; Green Bay, WI; Gray Court, SC; Griswoldville,…

  • Freudenberg

    September 6, 2006
    Freudenberg Nonwovens Weinheim, Germany www.freudenberg.com $1.4 billion Key Personnel Management Board: Stephan Tanda, president and CEO, Dr. René Wollert, CFO; Walter Schwarz, managing director, North America; Georg Brasch, managing direc…

  • 2006 Top 40 Company Report

    September 6, 2006
    Investment Heavy In Global Nonwovens Industry

  • Ahlstrom Adds To Glass Fiber Investment

    September 6, 2006
    Ahlstrom  will invest an additional €5 million ($6.3 million) in a new specialty glassfiber reinforcement plant in the U.S. Ahlstrom announced in June that it would invest €5.2 million in a specialty glass fiber reinforcement plant in…

  • Superior Fabrics Makes Glass Media Acquisition

    September 6, 2006
    Superior Fibers Incorporated, Bremen, OH, has purchased Chicago-based Hollinee, LLC. The acquisition makes Superior Fibers the largest glass fiber filtration manufacturer in the world, according to Superior Fibers board chairman Bill Miller. “T…

  • BBA To Demerger Fiberweb This Fall

    September 5, 2006
    BBA Group plans to post the demerger of its Fiberweb nonwovens unit by the end of October and have the deal finalized one month later, the company has reported. This announcement comes amidst significantly decreased earnings for the nonwovens divisio…

  • Process for Producing Laminated Sheet Comprising Alumina Fiber Precursor

    September 5, 2006
    A continuous alumina fiber sheet with a basis weight was patented. The sheet includes a predetermined weight percentage of Al2O3 and a predetermined weight percentage of SiO2. The predetermined weight percentages of the Al2O3 and the SiO2 are selecte…

  • Method for Making Absorbent Items and an Absorbent Item Obtained Using This Method

    September 5, 2006
    An absorbent item of the type with a soft retaining cover has been patented. The item has a first and a second face that are opposite one another and comprise at least one sheet of material and one pad. The pad is inside the cover, between the first…

  • Extensible and Elastic Conjugate Fibers and Webs Having a Nontacky Feel

    September 5, 2006
    Patented is an extensible conjugate fiber having a total heat of melting of less than about 80 Joules per gram. The fiber comprises from 0.001% to about 20% by weight of the total fiber of a first component that comprises at least a portion of the fi…

  • Propylene-Based Copolymers, A Method Of Making The Fibers And Articles Made From The Fibers

    September 5, 2006
    An extensible fiber comprising a propylene copolymer has been patented. The copolymer comprises at least about 50 weight percent of units derived from propylene and at least about 5 weight percent of units derived from a comonomer other than propylen…

  • Renewable Diaper Launched

    August 28, 2006
    Wellness Innovation Project, W.I.P., Prato, Italy, has created a brand new, ecological concept in diapers. The new diapers are 80% biodegradable and hypoallergenic, as tested by Clinica Dermatologica of Parma University, without sacrificing performan…

  • Freudenberg Texbond To Invest $10M

    August 24, 2006
    Freudenberg Texbond will expand its Macon, GA facility to accommodate demand for nonwoven polyester materials in the roofing industry. The company will spend $10 million on a new 50,000-square-foot facility. The new facility will include recycling an…

  • Biax-FiberFilm Has A Restructured Management Team

    August 17, 2006
    Following the departure of John Stan, sales manager for the last five years, Biax-FiberFilm has a restructured management team in place at its new, larger manufacturing facility. Duane Zacharius, chemist, is heading up the company’s R&D efforts and c…

  • Emerging Markets: China, India, Latin American and Eastern Europe

    Emerging Markets: China, India, Latin American and Eastern Europe

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || August 17, 2006
    A NONWOVENS INDUSTRY Special Report

  • High-Tech Hybrids

    High-Tech Hybrids

    Ellen Wuagneux, Associate Editor || August 17, 2006
    By whatever name you call them, composites are proving that innovative substrate and fiber combinations are an increasingly beneficial option for new product developers

  • Looking for Safety and Comfort? Medical Workers Give Nonwovens A Try

    Looking for Safety and Comfort? Medical Workers Give Nonwovens A Try

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || August 17, 2006
    nonwovens up the ante in innovation to give healthcare personnel what they want

  • Fibertex Names Next CEO

    August 16, 2006
    Following the retirement of Knud Wæde Hansen, Fibertex’s CEO will Michael Meulengracht, who has worked for the Foss group of companies in Hillerød for the past four years. Most recently, he was responsible for sales via the group&r…