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  • 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 companys 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…

  • Turkish Twist

    August 14, 2006
    The Akmina Paz. A.S. group of companies was established in 1994 with the launch of a production line for thermal bonded nonwoven felts.

  • EDANA Releases European Statistics

    August 10, 2006
    According to figures released by EDANA, the international association serving the nonwovens and related products industries, production of nonwovens in Europe grew by just over 5% in 2005 to reach 1.4 million tons. This compares with 1.33 million ton…

  • BBA Fiberweb's Green Bay Site Honored

    August 8, 2006
    BBA Fiberweb’s Green Bay WI facility has been recognized for its exemplary safety record by being designated a Star Site for the twelfth consecutive year in OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program. “The Green Bay site has gone nine full…

  • Neumag Opens Carding Center In Austria

    July 31, 2006
    At the end of July, the new Neumag Carding Center was officially opened at Neumag Austria (formerly Fehrer) in Linz, Austria. The center contains a carded nonwovens production line extending from bale opening to end product winding and offers a compl…

  • Creation and Evolution Of A Nonwovens Design Course

    Creation and Evolution Of A Nonwovens Design Course

    Brian George, School of Engineering and Textiles - Philadelphia University || July 18, 2006
      Carded, needled and quilted felt handbags, courtesy of Deanna Wood Artificial flowers needled to carded and needled felt for use in handbags, courtesy of Michelle Ritondo Creation and Evol…

  • Nonwovens 101

    Nonwovens 101

    Ellen Wuagneux, Associate Editor || July 18, 2006
    VCU students fuse fashion and function to create innovative disposable clothing designs

  • Low-Cost Elastic Laminate Material

    July 18, 2006
    An elastic laminate material comprising a thermoplastic elastic material and a first non-bonded staple fiber web layer has received a patent. The non-bonded staple fiber web layer is bonded to a thermoplastic elastic material. The thermoplastic elast…

  • Trevira Moves Headquarters

    June 28, 2006
    Fiber supplier Trevira has transferred its head office to Bobingen, Germany from Hattersheim. The transfer will allow the company’s head offices to be closer to the production facilities, according to executives. In other news, Trevira has…

  • EDANA Names New Board Leader

    June 28, 2006
    At its annual general meeting, held June 7 in Vienna, Austria, EDANA elected Luc Maes, chairman of British Vita Nonwovens Division (Libeltex BVBA) to a one-year term as chairman of EDANA. He will replace Knud Waede Hansen, who will retire from his po…

  • Lydall Raises Prices

    June 23, 2006
    Lydall Filtration/Separation, Manchester, CT, has initiated a general price increase effective with orders shipped after August 4. According to the company, this increase is necessary as a result of the continuing increases in energy and raw material…

  • EDANA Schedules Second FILTREX Event

    June 22, 2006
    Plans are underway by European nonwovens association EDANA for a second edition of FILTREX. The event has been slated for October 24-25, 2006 at the ArabellaSheraton Grand Hotel in Munich, Germany. FILTREX will feature 20 papers from industry speaker…

  • Price Increases Announced

    June 15, 2006
    Nonwovens-related companies have continued the trend of responding to raw material and energy price increases with price hikes. Nonwovens and filtration media maker Hollingsworth & Vose has announced it will raise general prices throughout its bu…

  • Environmentally Friendly Brand

    June 14, 2006
    Jintex Yarns and Martex Fiber have introduced the innovative Eco2Cotton brand, giving companies the opportunity to produce an environmentally friendly, responsible cotton product while promoting their roles in reducing landfill waste and conserving w…

  • Several Management Changes At Nordson Corporation

    June 14, 2006
    Nordson Corporation has made several changes in the management of its adhesive dispensing and nonwoven fiber systems business. These changes, which will be effective immediately, will better focus senior management to growth opportunities and the con…

  • Strut Your Stuff

    Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor || June 14, 2006
    One thing that is constantly reverberating throughout the pages of Nonwovens Industry is this industry’s constant search for new ideas and innovations.

  • Fighting Fire With... Technology

    Fighting Fire With... Technology

    Ellen Wuagneux, Associate Editor || June 14, 2006
    the market for flame retardants is heating up as new innovative components hit the scene

  • Fiber Producers Search For New Ideas

    Fiber Producers Search For New Ideas

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || June 14, 2006
    with pricing still high and demands for diversity increasing, fiber manufacturers are focusing on research and development for the nonwovens industry

  • Wipe Developed for Glass and Computers

    June 6, 2006
    Mitsubishi Paper has developed nonwovens from nano  fibers for the glass and computer wipes markets. These thinner increase the wiping capabilities  and, unlike traditional nanofibers, do not have linting problems. Mitsuibishi solved the li…

  • Pantex, Chisso To Build Chinese Line

    June 5, 2006
    Italian topsheet producer Pantex International is establishing a business relationship with Japanese fiber and nonwovens producer Chisso Corp. to produce and sell unique perforated nonwovens. This innovative product was introduced at ANEX 2006 where…

  • FiberMark Installs New Laminator

    June 1, 2006
    FiberMark Gessner, a  global supplier of automotive and vac bag filter media as well as a manufacturer of backing papers for coated abrasives and adhesive  tapes, has added a laminator to its technical capabilities. This laminator will not…

  • FiberVisions Delaware Corporation

    May 17, 2006
    FiberVisions Delaware Corporation, Wil­mington, DE, has named Stephen Wood as president and CEO. Gary Spitz was named chief financial officer. Dr. Wood previously served as CEO of Kraton Polymers, a specialty chemical company, and as chairman and…

  • Senior Management Changes at DuPont

    May 17, 2006
    DuPont, Wilmington, DE, has initiated changes in its senior management. Among them, Diane Gulyas, chief marketing and sales officer, was named group vice president, DuPont Performance Materials. She succeeds Jeffrey Keefer, who will focus on increasi…

  • Development Of Nonwoven Fabrics For Military Applications

    Development Of Nonwoven Fabrics For Military Applications

    Stephen Szczesuil, Natick Soldier System || May 17, 2006
    nonwoven composite technology lends key performance characteristics to uniforms, equipment

  • Crimped Thermoplastic Multicomponent Fiber And Fiber Webs And Method Of Making

    May 16, 2006
    A crimped thermoplastic multicomponent fiber has been issued a patent. The fiber includes first and second thermoplastic components arranged in a crimpable cross-sectional configuration. The first thermoplastic component includes at least about 5% by…

  • Long Glass Fiber Filler Reinforced Resin Material For Molding, Method For Molding Article And Molded Article Molded by The Method

    May 16, 2006
    Patented is a long glass fiber filler reinforced resin material for molding. The article comprises a masterbatch formed of a composite of a matrix resin of homopolypropylene with a pentad isotactic index of at least 95% and a long glass fiber filler.…

  • Ahlstrom To Run Cotton In Green Bay

    May 10, 2006
    Ahlstrom, has invested in new capabilities for the production of cotton-containing spunlace products at its Green Bay, WI, plant. As a quick reaction to market demand for cotton-containing materials, Ahlstrom upgraded current systems and installed ca…

  • Natureworks Celebrates Earth Month

    May 10, 2006
    In conjunction with Earth month, several new sustainable products using its Natureworks’ Ingeo brand of sustainable fibers. Among these are Earth Friendly Baby’s eco baby wipes, the first U.K. disposable product made with Ingeo fibers. Th…

  • High Speed Spinning Procedures For The Manufacture Of High Denier Polypropylene Fibers And Yarns

    May 9, 2006
    Patented is a polypropylene fiber comprising at least 100 ppm of a nucleator that does not impart visible color to the fiber. The fiber is textured and exhibits a denier of at least 5 dpf. It demonstrates tensile strength such that the fiber exhibits…