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  • Trilobal Fiber

    December 8, 2005
    Viscose manufacturer Kelheim Fibres GmbH is a leading producer of speciality fibers for the nonwovens industry. With its trilobal Galaxy fiber it is the largest supplier worldwide for tampon fibers. Just recently Kelheim has added Viloft nonwoven to…

  • New Chairman of the American Fiber Manufacturers Association

    December 8, 2005
    William Ghitis has been named chairman of the American Fiber Manufacturers Asso­ciation. Vice president of apparel for Invista, Mr. Ghitis succeeds Walter Hub­bard, CEO of Honeywell Nylon. Vice president of Unifi-SANS Technical Fibers, Zach Z…

  • The Great Nonwovens Sell-Off

    Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor || December 8, 2005
    Who Will Be Next?

  • Review & Forecast

    December 8, 2005
    As 2005 draws to a close, nonwovens executives describe the year as positive for the industry.

  • It

    It's What's Inside That Counts

    Ellen Wuagneux, Associate Editor || December 8, 2005
    nonwovens play expanding role in automotive interiors

  • Hygiene Component Suppliers Provide Form, Fit and Function

    Hygiene Component Suppliers Provide Form, Fit and Function

    December 8, 2005
    pricing pressures, demands for innovation continue to define industry

  • FiberMark Reorganization Plan Approved

    December 5, 2005
    The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Vermont has confirmed FiberMark’s Plan of Reorganization, setting the stage for the company's emergence from chapter 11 as a private company in early January 2006. The plan, dated November 1, 200…

  • Lenzing and Zimmer Conclude Licensing Agreement

    November 29, 2005
    Lenzing and Zimmer AG, an enterprise of the GEA Group, have concluded a licensing agreement on the extended application of lyocell fiber technology, amicably bringing an end to previous differences concerning patent issues. Zimmer AG may use some Len…

  • Asahi Kasei Makes Spandex Acquisition

    November 22, 2005
    Asahi Kasei says it has signed a memorandum of understanding to purchase Lanexess’ Dorlastan spandex business including production facilities in Dormagen, Germany and Bushy Park, SC. Lanxess’s annual spandex capacity is 9000 metric tons a…

  • Poly(trimethylene dicarboxylate) Fibers, Their Manufacture And Use

    November 22, 2005
    A process for preparing poly(trimethylene terephthalate) fiber has been issued a patent. The process involves providing a poly(trimethylene terephthalate) composition comprising about 0.05 to about 10 weight % ionomer and spinning the polymer composi…

  • Spandex Maker Adds Capacity

    November 18, 2005
    Spandex maker RadiciSpandex has added capacity of its Type S-17OC spandex for the baby diaper market at its plant in Tuscaloosa, AL.  RadiciSpandex has stepped up production of S-17PC, which is now a more robust and stronger fiber that allows be…

  • Lenzing To Raise Prices In 2006

    November 18, 2005
    The Lenzing Group, will  increase prices of its manmade cellulosic fibers by at least 5% at the beginning of the first quarter 2006. The exact price increases will depend on the fiber type and new  new prices apply to textile and nonwoven f…

  • Spunbond Drive Continues At BBA

    November 17, 2005
    Fiberweb, BBA Group’s nonwovens business, will invest $25 million in adding a 20,000 meter per year Reifenhauser 4 spunbond production line at its Norrköping, Sweden nonwovens facility. The 5.2 meter line, which will replace existing techn…

  • Non-Iron Stretch Fabric

    November 15, 2005
    Dow Fiber Solutions has unveiled Dow XL fiber, a new stretch solution that can be combined with non-iron finishes to create easy-wear, easy-care textiles. The company is partnering with the textile industry to provide differentiated solutions for bra…

  • Several Personnel Changes at Nordson

    November 15, 2005
    Nordson Corporation has made several personnel changes. In the company’s EFD business segment, Peter Lambert has been elected a corporate vice president and president of this business area, which is based in East Providence, RI. Mr. Lambert ass…

  • The Filtration Evolution

    The Filtration Evolution

    November 15, 2005
    growth continues as this highly technical nonwovens sector faces new demands and challenges

  • BBA Group Looks To Sell Off Nonwovens

    November 3, 2005
    London’s BBA Group has announced plans to separate its Fiberweb business through a variety of options including demerger or sale. The Fiberweb business, which comprises BBA’s large nonwovens operation, reported sales above $1 billion last…

  • Five Finalists Named for 2006 Visionary Award

    October 28, 2005
    Five unique consumer products—ranging from a disaster relief blanket to a host of personal and household care items from the industry’s leading manufacturers – have been nominated as finalists for the prestigious 2006 Visionary Awar…

  • Fibers Having Improved Dullness And Products Containing The Same

    October 25, 2005
    A fiber with two or more lobes extending from a central core has been granted a patent. The two or more lobes are equally spaced about an outer periphery of the central core. Each lobe has a substantially similar lobal cross-sectional configuration w…

  • High Strength Polyethylene Fibers And Their Applications

    October 25, 2005
    A net made of a high strength polyethylene fiber was recently issued a patent. The fiber comprises a high molecular weight polyethylene consisting of a repeating unit of ethylene. It has an intrinsic viscosity number of five or larger and an average…

  • Disposable Absorbent Article Comprising Expandable Fibers And Being Capable Of Self-Shaping In Use

    October 25, 2005
    Patented is a sanitary napkin to be worn by a female user adjacent to her pudendal region. The sanitary napkin has a longitudinal centerline and an orthogonally located lateral centerline, which make up longitudinal and lateral directions, respectiv…

  • Rayonier Sells Airlaid Business

    October 20, 2005
    Rayonier, the maker of Novathin airlaid absorbent core material, has entered into an agreement to sell its Engineered Absorbent Materials business (EAM Corporation) to a New York-based private equity firm. The division will continue to operate under…

  • Rieter Makes Acquisition

    October 5, 2005
    Swiss-based Rieter recently acquired Hogra Holding AG, parent company of Graf Group. The move is expected to further augment Rieter Textile Systems' role as a leading supplier of technology components in the staple fiber machinery sector. Graf Group…

  • Staple Fiber

    October 3, 2005
    Rhodia Polyamide has introduced new Polyphenylene Sulfide (PPS) staple fibers based on Ticona's Fortron PPS polymer. Polyphenylene Sulfide (PPS) is a high-temperature resin that offers an excellent combination of thermal, mechanical and chemical resi…

  • Personnel Changes At Nordson Corporation

    October 3, 2005
    Several personnel changes are underway at Nordson Corporation. John Keane was elected a corporate senior vice president and will have worldwide responsibility for the Adhesive Dispensing and Nonwoven Fiber Systems business segment. Additionally,…

  • Several Recent Personnel Changes at BBA Fiberweb

    October 3, 2005
    BBA Fiberweb, Simpsonville, SC, has made several recent personnel changes. Sam Depriest has joined BBA Fiberwebs Graphic Arts group as area manager for the Midwest territory. Also new to the group is Shawn Davis, who will cover the Northeast region…

  • BASF Names New Leader Of European Adhesive and Construction Business

    October 3, 2005
    BASF Names New Leader Of European Adhesive and Construction Business BBA Fiberweb, Simpsonville, SC, has made several recent personnel changes. Sam Depriest has joined BBA Fiberweb’s Graphic Arts group as area manager for the Midwest territ…

  • Liberty Fibers Files For Bankruptcy

    October 3, 2005
    Rayon staple fiber producer Liberty Fibers Corporation, Lowland, TN, has closed its Lowland plant and filed for Chapter 11 protection with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court. The operation was previously known as the Lenzing Fibers plant of former parent comp…

  • Ahlstrom To Add Nanofiber Line

    September 21, 2005
    Plans are underway at Ahlstrom Corporation, Helsinki, Finland, to add proprietary nanofiber production capabilities in North America, particularly for its filtration business. The new line will allow Ahlstrom to apply nanofibers to a variety of filtr…

  • Fiber Prices To Increase

    September 7, 2005
    Austrian cellulose fiber producer The Lenzing Group has announced plans to increase fiber prices beginning in the fourth quarter. Increases of at least 5%, depending on fiber type, are expected, taking effect October 1. The increases will apply to fi…

  • DAK Americas Announces Force Majeure

    September 7, 2005
    In response to the recent hurricane on the U.S. Gulf Coast, DAK Americas has added a $.15/lb. price surcharge, effective September 5, 2005, to all of its staple fiber products sold to carpet, home furnishings, apparel, industrial and fiberfill market…

  • Specialty Fibers For Nonwovens Applications

    August 31, 2005
    The Germany-based manufacturer of viscose fibers Kelheim Fibres GmbH has released the trilobal fiber Galaxy within the nonwovens industry. Galaxy has previously been known for its role in the production of raw materials for the feminine hygiene indus…

  • Nanofiber Composite For Filtration Materials

    August 31, 2005
    Hollingsworth & Vose has unveiled new technology, the Nanoweb, to aid in the filtration of hazardous emissions (i.e. from automobiles). Since filtration capabilities are based on the fineness of fibers, Hollingsworth & Vose makes use of the e…

  • New Melt Additives JV Formed

    August 31, 2005
    Goulston Technologies, Inc., Monroe, NC, and Hammonton, NJ-based Polyvel, Inc. have formed a joint venture to manufacture and market melt additives for the global synthetic fiber and nonwovens industries. The venture will bring together the combined…

  • International Top 40

    August 30, 2005
    a look at the leading nonwovens producers in the world

  • Specialty Fibers For Nonwovens Applications

    August 30, 2005
    The Germany-based manufacturer of viscose fibers, Kelheim Fibres GmbH, has released the trilobal fiber Galaxy within the nonwovens industry. Galaxy has previously been known for its role in the production of raw materials for the feminine hygiene ind…

  • Nanofiber Composite For Filtration Materials

    August 30, 2005
    Hollingsworth & Vose has unveiled new technology, the Nanoweb, to aid in the filtration of hazardous emissions (i.e. from automobiles). Since filtration capabilities are based on the fineness of fibers, Hollingsworth & Vose makes use of the e…

  • EDANA Has Elected Chairman

    August 30, 2005
    EDANA has elected Knud Waede Hansen, managing director of Fibertex A/S, its chairman for a one-year term. He will be replacing Rolf Altdorf, who is group vice president of EMEA, PGI Nonwovens. Mr. Altdolf has notably diversified the company's members…

  • The Call for Composites

    August 30, 2005
    Creative fabric and fiber combinations help boost versatility in this busy segment

  • Machinery & Equipment Focus

    August 30, 2005
    a look at the latest innovations and company highlights from suppliers of machinery and equipment

  • Performance Fibers Finalizes Diolen Acquisition

    August 25, 2005
    Performance Fibers, Colonial Heights, VA, an affiliate of Sun Capital Partners, Inc., has acquired the North American business of Diolen Industrial Fibers, Inc. The acquisition is a key element of Performance Fibers' global growth strategy and will s…

  • Cotton Incorporated Introduces Nonwoven Seal

    August 23, 2005
    Cotton Incorporated, Cary, NC, has introduced a new seal specific to nonwoven products with the release of Costco’s Kirkland Signature Cotton Enhanced baby wipes. Available on shelves beginning in August, the wipes are the first nonwoven produc…

  • The Excelle Card

    August 17, 2005
    NSC's new carding concept, the Excelle card, introduces new innovations to the market including: TSD air flow, patented A frame, LDS and WID doffing and transfer systems, IPC rack, quick frame opening and VarioWeb. The Excelle card is designed to ens…

  • Nanophase System

    August 17, 2005
    New NanoPhase systems from Nordson Corporation improve meltblown and spunbond nonwoven fabrics by increasing the percentage of sub-micron fibers. Nordson's patent-pending fiber splitting technology improves polymer and air processes to produce finer…

  • Web Forming Card

    August 17, 2005
    The Dilo System Group has introduced a new development in web forming and needling technology, The Spinnbau Del­ta-Sigma-Card. As a machine that operates without a cross-layer or lap drifter, The Spinnbau Delta-Sigma-Card can deliver batts up to…

  • Trevira GmbH

    August 17, 2005
    Trevira GmbH has appointed Jrg Hellwig managing director, effective July 1. Mr. Hellwig will be taking over the duties of current chief executive officer, Bernd Sassenrath, who will be retiring at the end of the year. Prior to Trevira, Mr. Hellwig w…

  • Viscose Yarn

    August 17, 2005
    Linz Textil has launched a unique viscose yarn quality under the brand name Viscoblend. In cooperation with fiber producer Lenzing AG and the spinning machinery manufacturer Rieter AG, Linz Textil has succeeded in developing an entirely new yarn gene…

  • Hoffer To Lead Foss Performance Fibers

    August 17, 2005
    Foss Manufacturing Company has named Leon Hoffer market manager of Performance Fibers. Mr. Hoffer's re­sponsibilities include identifying new and innovative opportunities for Foss in the high performance hosiery market as well as promoting Foss…

  • Fibers Fight Back

    August 17, 2005
    despite raw material prices, supply shortages, suppliers focus on innovation to secure a brighter future

  • Filter Focus

    August 17, 2005
    roll goods producers view segment as a good one for growth and innovation