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  • Celanese Expands Chinese Presence

    May 2, 2006
    Celanese has begun construction on an emulsion polymers facility in Nanjing, China, its tenth such facility worldwide. The new plant will allow Celanese to meet demand for emulsion polymers in Asia for nonwovens, adhesive,s coatings and high tech gla…

  • BBA To Spin Nonwovens Off

    April 30, 2006
    BBA Group PLC will demerge its Fiberweb business unit making it a separate public company listed on the London Stock Exchange this fall. The action will be the final result of a process to separate its nonwovens business, which achieved sales of $1 b…

  • Buckeye Reports Third Quarter Loss

    April 27, 2006
    Specialty fiber and roll goods producer Buckeye Technologies, Memphis, TN, has reported third quarter results. Net sales in the third quarter were flat, up 0.3% from $181 million in the third quarter 2005, to $181 million in this fiscal year's third…

  • K-C Releases Quarterly Results

    April 27, 2006
    At Dallas, TX-based Kimberly-Clark, first-quarter profit fell by more than one-third due to higher costs for energy and raw materials, but the company plans to meet 2006 earnings goals despite more inflation in the rest of the year. During the quarte…

  • Friction Factor Software

    April 18, 2006
    Friction in materials plays an essential role in manufacturing, new product development, quality and product marketability. The smaller the frictional forces, the smoother the fabric surface is, which makes a softer and higher quality material. Resea…

  • Cotton Incorporated Creates New Division

    April 18, 2006
    In order to better achieve its mission of increasing the demand for and profitability of cotton, Cotton Incorporated has created a new division, Global Product Supply Chain, based at the company’s headquarters in Cary, NC. The new division…

  • New Applications Seen At Techtextil 2006

    New Applications Seen At Techtextil 2006

    Nonwovens Staff, Nonwovens Staff || April 17, 2006
    Held March 28-30, 2006 at Cobb Galleria Center in Atlanta, GA, Techtextil North America 2006 attracted 4000 visitors who viewed 288 exhibitors from a record-breaking 25 countries. Techtextil North America showcased the higher performance areas of…

  • It

    It's A Wrap

    Ellen Wuagneux, Associate Editor || April 17, 2006
    roofing and construction markets expand to meet new demands for high performance weatherizaton products

  • Nonwovens For Civil Engineering and Roofing Felts In China

    Nonwovens For Civil Engineering and Roofing Felts In China

    John Xuan, Nonwovens Staff || April 17, 2006
    products have been used on a wide-scale basis since the early 1990s

  • DuPont Shakes Up Management

    April 13, 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…

  • Conductive Polyvinyl Alcohol Fiber

    April 11, 2006
    A conductive polyvinyl alcohol fiber comprising a polyvinyl alcohol polymer and copper sulfide nano-particles was patented. The nano-particles have a mean particle size of at most 50 nm, which are finely dispersed in the polymer. The content of the n…

  • Heat-Resistant Synthetic Fiber Sheet

    April 11, 2006
    Patented is a heat-resistant synthetic fiber sheet comprising, as principal components, a plurality of staple fibers. Also included is a heat-resistant organic synthetic polymeric material and a binding member selected from the group consisting of he…

  • Clopay Restructures European Operations

    March 23, 2006
    Clopay Clopay Plastic Products Company has recently announced that it has merged its two European operations under a single European management team. The integration of Finotech Verbundstoffe GmbH and Böhme Clopay GmbH into one Clopay Europe o…

  • L&P, Felters Group Partner in Fire Retardants

    March 23, 2006
    Leggett & Platt and The Felters Group have entered into a strategic alliance to manufacture and distribute fire retardant products, primarily in the bedding market. The collaboration combines Felters’ capabilities in chemistry, product deve…

  • Ahlstrom Will Build In Russia

    March 22, 2006
    Ahlstrom will invest approximately €38 million in a new glassfiber tissue production plant in Russia. The investment further strengthens Ahlstrom’s position as a leading developer and manufacturer of specialty glass fiber tissue for the bu…

  • PCC Adds to Needlepunch Operation

    March 15, 2006
    Precision Custom Coatings, a Totowa, NJ-based producer and supplier of nonwoven and coated fabrics for the apparel industry and industrial market applications, has added a second needlepunch production line in its North East, MD facility. The investm…

  • BBA To Expand Airlaid Business

    March 7, 2006
    BBA Fiberweb will construct a new airlaid production at its Korma facility near Monza, Italy. The project includes the next  generation of flexible and modular airlaid technology, developed by M&J Fibretech, a division of Neumag, and represe…

  • Lack of U.S. Rayon Supply Will Lead to Short Supply Requests

    Peter Mayberry and Jessica Franken || March 6, 2006
    what industry representatives in North America need to know

  • Spunlace Market Report

    Spunlace Market Report

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || March 6, 2006
    with a slate of new capacity coming onstream, producers look beyond commodities to add value in wipes and other markets

  • BBA To Move Forward With Fiberweb Sale

    February 28, 2006
    BBA Group is moving forward with the demerger of its nonwovens business. While a possibility of selling the division still exists and the company has received several expressions of interest for the sale, BBA will for now explore the demerger. The co…

  • BBA Nonwovens Business Now Thought to be De-merged

    February 23, 2006
    Just weeks after the Time of London reported that rival Polymer Group Inc. was in negotiations to buy rival BBA Fiberweb’s nonwovens business, the Daily Telegraph is reporting that BBA is favoring a demerger of the division over a sale or trade…

  • Rumors Arise Over BBA Sale

    February 13, 2006
    Reports are emerging that Polymer Group Inc. is set to purchase its rival BBA Fiberweb. According to the Times of London, PGI has fended off competition from private equity groups including Condover and Doughty Hanson to purchase its rival in nonwove…

  • The Nanoval process - Best for finefiber spunbonds

    February 10, 2006
    Main features are the use of cold air at moderate pressure with robust equipment to produce fine filaments. The process is based on a different mechanism producing fine and finest filaments: one melt monofil splits up into a number (normally around 5…

  • New Senior Leadership Team In Place

    February 10, 2006
    Georgia-Pacific Corp., Atlanta, GA, which was recently purchased by Koch In­dustries, has put a new senior leadership team in place. Among the new leaders is Bill Caffey, who will serve as executive vice president, operations and compliance. The…

  • Spunmelt Directory

    February 10, 2006
    Advanced Design Concepts Rethanustrasse 12 D-30159 Hanover Germany Telephone: 49-517-1408660 Fax: 49-517-1408601 E-mail: jabed@bbafiberweb.com Web: www.advanceddesignconcepts.com   Advanced Fabrics (SAAF) P.O. Box 1065 Al Ahsa…

  • The QC Quest

    The QC Quest

    Ellen Wuagneux, Associate Editor || February 10, 2006
    quality control and inspection system suppliers keep striving for perfection as customers continue to demand it

  • Household Care: A Homerun For Wipes

    Household Care: A Homerun For Wipes

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || February 10, 2006
    floor cleaning cloths boost household wipes market beyond baby wipes in North America

  • Spunmelt: What

    Spunmelt: What's With All The Hype?

    Nonwovens Staff, Nonwovens Staff || February 10, 2006
    in response to demand from hygiene and medical markets, manufacturers add capacity throughout the world

  • Pressure Sensitive Adhesive Fibers With A Reinforcing Material

    February 7, 2006
    An adhesive nonwoven web made of pressure sensitive adhesive fibers was patented. The pressure sensitive adhesive fibers comprise: a pressure sensitive adhesive component and an organic polymeric reinforcing material with a plurality of substantially…

  • Sandler Adds To Technical Nonwovens

    February 3, 2006
    Sandler AG  is investing €25 million in its Schwarzenbach/Saale, Germany site to bolster its technical nonwovens operations.  This investment follows a smaller effort, valued at €10 million, to establish new technology for the pro…

  • Hercules Sells Portion of FiberVisions

    February 2, 2006
    Hercules Incorporated will sell a 51% interest in FiberVisions to Snow, Phipps & Guggenheim, L. P., an affiliate of SPG Partners, LLC ("SPG"), a New York-based private equity firm. Under terms of the agreement, Hercules will receive an…

  • Fiber Reinforced Composite Article, Fiber Member, And Method For Making

    January 17, 2006
    A fiber reinforced composite article was recently patented. The article includes a first surface, a second surface opposed to and spaced apart from the first surface, a matrix and reinforcing fibers there between. It has a plurality of discrete regio…

  • Buckeye To Establish New Organization, Makes Management Changes

    January 12, 2006
    Buckeye Technologies Inc. will establish a new organization effective February 1, 2006 with a mission of bringing new products to the market on an accelerated schedule. The new organization will be led by Jeffery Cook who will be appointed senior vic…

  • Saurer Continues Buying Spree

    January 4, 2006
    Saurer has acquired 100% of the capital of Fincarde Group a maker of carding equipment for woolen, worsted and nonwovens processes. The company is based in Biella, Italy and has an annual turnover of approximately €13 million. Fincarde will be i…

  • FiberMark Exits Bankruptcy Protection

    January 3, 2006
    FiberMark has completed its financial reorganization and emerged from chapter 11 as a private company. In conjunction with its emergence from chapter 11, the company closed on its exit financing facilities. The package includes $80 million in revolvi…

  • KNH Enterprises

    KNH Enterprises

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Taipei, Taiwan Sales: $71 Million Description: 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…

  • Lantor

    Lantor

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Veenendaal, The Netherlands Sales: $55 million Description: Key Personnel Nico Boot, managing director; Albert Feyts, finance director, Paul Verwoerd, sales and marketing director, Jan Sikkenga, production director Processes D…

  • Precision Custom Coatings

    Precision Custom Coatings

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Totowa, NJ Sales: $75 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, 2006
    Location: Roasio, Italy Sales: $79 million Description: Key Contacts Gianni Boscolo, president; Carlo Soave, CEO; Pietro Lan­done, commercial director Plants Roasio, Italy; Aschersleben, Germany, Cincinnati, OH Processes Carded the…

  • Suominen

    Suominen

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Nakkila, Finland Sales: $85 Million Description: Key Personnel Suominen Corporation: Heikki Bergholm, president and CEO, Esa Palttala, executive vice president, Wipes and Nonwovens; Juha Henttonen, vice president, Flexible Packaging; Pekk…

  • Foss Manufacturing

    Foss Manufacturing

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Hampton, NH Sales: $100 million Description: 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…

  • Georgia-Pacific

    Georgia-Pacific

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Atlanta, GA Sales: $145 Million Description: Key Personnel   Mike Burandt, president, Consumer Business, North America; Bill Shultz, president, European Consumer Business; Kathy Walters, president, Commercial Business; Remi Perin,…

  • Sandler

    Sandler

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Schwarzenbach/Saale, Germany Sales: $145 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…

  • Japan Vilene

    Japan Vilene

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Tokyo, Japan Sales: $200 million Description: Key Personnel Yutaka Tanaka, president; Minoru Tanaka, managing director; Yoshiaki Mizutani, director; Mitsuo Kanno, managing director Plants Shiga and Tokyo, Japan Processes Resin bonded, n…

  • Propex Fabrics

    Propex Fabrics

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Ringgold, GA Sales: $200 million Description: 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 and CF…

  • Hollingsworth & Vose

    Hollingsworth & Vose

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Walpole, MA Sales: $187 Million Description: Key Personnel Val Hollingsworth, president and CEO; David von Loesecke, vice president and general manager, engine and industrial filtration and high efficiency and specialty filtration; Tom Wh…

  • Fibertex

    Fibertex

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Aalborg, Denmark Sales: $190 million Description: Key Personnel Knud Waede Hansen, managing director; Mikael Staal Axelsen, general manager, Personal Care Division;  Jorgen Bech Madsen, general manager, Technical Division; Etienne…

  • Fiberweb

    Fiberweb

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Old Hickory, TN Sales: $1.1 billion Description: BBA Fiberweb - Industrial North America Old Hickory, TN BBA Fiberweb - Hygiene Americas Simpsonville, SC Plants Bethune, SC; Green Bay, WI; Gray Court, SC; Griswoldville, MA; Queretaro, Me…

  • Ahlstrom

    Ahlstrom

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Helsinki, Finland Sales: $928 million Description: Personnel Jukka Moisio, president and CEO; Randal Davis, senior vice president and general manager, filtration; Claudio Ermondi, senior vice president and general manager, nonwovens; T…

  • Freudenberg

    Freudenberg

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Weinheim, Germany Sales: $1.4 billion Description: "Key Personnel Management Board: Stephan Tanda, president and CEO, Dr. René Wollert, CFO; Walter Schwarz, managing director, North America; Georg Brasch, managing director,…