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  • IS TWO BETTER THAN ONE?

    June 1, 2005
    partnerships lead to questions over the future direction of the packaging market

  • SPUNLACE: MARKET ON THE MOVE

    June 1, 2005
    manufacturers scramble to take advantage of wipes market growth, but can it last?

  • NTI Stikes Licensing Deal

    May 19, 2005
    PGI Nonwovens has licensed NonWovens Technologies, Inc.'s nanofiber extrusion technology, according to NTI general manager Greg Ward. Based in Oyster Bay, NY-based NTI has developed and patented meltblown technology for the production of nanofibers f…

  • Visionary Award Competition Kicks Off

    May 19, 2005
    Nominations are now being accepted for the 2006 Visionary Award, which in its five years of existence has become one of the most prestigious awards in the nonwoven and consumer products industries. The award, presented by INDA, annually recognizes co…

  • Fibertex Expands Vigona Site

    April 20, 2005
    One year after purchasing Czech Republic-based nonwovens producer Vigona, Fibertex has finalized plans to add a large needlepunch line to the operation. The NSC line will be installed at a Greenfield location near the two existing Vigona sites in Svi…

  • Ihsan To Install Fleissner Line

    April 20, 2005
    Bleached cotton producer Ihsan Sons, Lahore, Pakistan, has unveiled plans to forward integrate by installing a hydroentangling line at its Lahore headquarters. The new line, featuring technology from Fleissner as well as Truetzscler and Spinnbau, wil…

  • Foss Names Fiber Head

    April 8, 2005
    Foss Manufacturing Company has appointed Jeff Dellinger as managing director of its Fiber Business Unit. Mr. Dellinger's responsibilities include the management of several key areas for Foss's Fiber Unit as well as global sales and marketing, technic…

  • FiberMark withdraws reorganization plan

    March 29, 2005
    FiberMark, Inc has withdrawn its current Plan of Reorganization because its three largest bondholders, also members of the Creditors Committee, remain unable to resolve disputes among themselves relating to corporate governance and control issues inv…

  • Polyester Fiber Expansion Set For China

    March 10, 2005
    Performance Fibers, a leading global supplier of industrial fibers, today announced that it will build a second polyester fiber and fabric plant in Kaiping, China to meet demand from region's growing automotive market. The new plant will again double…

  • DAK Americas Raises Prices

    March 3, 2005
    DAK Americas has subjected its staple fiber products sold to home furnishings, apparel, industrial, and fiberfill markets to a three cent per pound price increase effective with shipments beginning April 1, 2005. The decision to raise prices was dire…

  • Manmade Fiber

    March 1, 2005
    Dow’s Ingeo fiber is the first manmade fiber created from 100% renewable resources. This novel product combines the best of both worlds: the performance of a synthetic fiber and the advantages of a natural material. Together with W.I.P., a youn…

  • Nonwovens Textiles

    March 1, 2005
    Kay Obendorf, professor of textiles and apparel at Cornell University, has vacated her post as vice president and assumed the role of president of The Fiber Society. Phil Gibson, materials research engineer with the U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center,…

  • FiberVisions To Increase Prices

    February 28, 2005
    FiberVisions, a business unit of Hercules Incorporated, will initiate a 10% price increase globally on all mono polypropylene and polyethylene fibers, effective March 15, 2005 for all new customers and for all existing customers as contracts allow. E…

  • Minority-Owned Nonwovens Producer Begins Construction

    February 28, 2005
    Amantea Nonwovens has broken ground on the first minority-owned nonwoven fabric manufacturing facility in the U.S. The groundbreaking occurred in February at the TechSolve Business Park in Cincinnati. Among the speakers at the event were Ohio Governo…

  • Hills Gains Chinese Partner

    February 9, 2005
    Hills, Inc., West Melbourne, FL, and Changyuan Elastan Machine Manufacturing Co., Ltd., Zhangjiagang City, China, have formed joint development in the field of meltspun spandex fiber extrusion equipment. Hills, a leader in multicomponent fiber extrus…

  • Undirectionally Cold Stretched Nonwoven Webs of Multipolymer Fibers for Stretch Fabrics and Disposable Absorbent Articles Containing Them

    February 1, 2005
    Patented is a nonwoven web formed of highly elongatable multipolymer fibers. The fibers are substantially oriented in one direction and the web has a number of discrete point bond sites throughout the web bonding the fibers together. The point bond…

  • Polypropylene Absorbent Fiber

    February 1, 2005
    FiberVisions has launched a new functional fiber under the FiberVisions HY-Entangle WA name. The new fiber marks a considerable expansion of the application area of polypropylene fibers within the spunlace area because the new fiber will be able to c…

  • Ergonomic Air Shaft Calculator

    February 1, 2005
    Tidland has launched a new tool to help customers quickly identify ergonomic alternatives for air shafts based upon specific application requirements. Those responsible for ergonomic initiatives in the workplace will find this tool a useful aid in el…

  • Liberty Fibers Corporation Named COO

    February 1, 2005
    Peter Grant has been named chief operating officer of Liberty Fibers Corporation pursuant to the rayon producer’s acquisition by equity firm Lewis Hollingsworth. Tim Cates, formerly of Mission Valley Textiles, has been named chief financial off…

  • FiberMark Continues Proceedings

    January 20, 2005
    FiberMark has filed a notice advising the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Vermont that it has filed a notice advising the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Vermont that disagreements among bondholder members of the company's credito…

  • Spontaneously Degradable Fibers and Goods Made Thereof

    January 18, 2005
    Patented is a conjugated fiber comprising a crystalline aliphatic polyester having a melting point of not less than 140°C. The fiber has a composition comprising an aliphatic polyester and 1-50% by weight of one compound selected from the group con…

  • Fibers Having Improved Dullness And Products Containing The Same

    January 11, 2005
    A fiber made up of two or more lobes extending from a central core has been patented. The two or more lobes are equally spaced around an outer periphery of the central core. Each lobe has a substantially similar lobal cross-sectional configuration co…

  • Coatings On Fiber Reinforced Composites

    January 3, 2005
    Patented is a fiber reinforced composite material comprising a fiber reinforced polymer substrate and a first polymeric layer coating for joining two different polymeric composites. The first polymeric layer is free of fibers and particulate. A secon…

  • Polyester Type Conjugate Fiber Package

    January 3, 2005
    Patented is a polyester pre-oriented conjugate fiber of either a side-by-side or an eccentric sheath/core configuration in which two kinds of polyester components are adhered to each other to form a single filament. At least one of the components con…

  • KNH Enterprises

    KNH Enterprises

    January 1, 2005
    Location: Taipei, Taiwan Sales: $65 Million Description: Key Personnel J.C. Tai, president and owner; Dr. Kirk Hwang, vice president corporate planning and international operations; George Wong, hygiene business director; Herman Tai, industria…

  • Lantor

    Lantor

    January 1, 2005
    Location: Veenendaal, The Netherlands Sales: $53 million Description: Key Personnel Nico Boot, managing director; Albert Feyts, finance director, Paul Verwoerd, sales and marketing director, Jan Sikkenga, production director ISO Status ISO…

  • Foss Manufacturing

    Foss Manufacturing

    January 1, 2005
    Location: Hampton, NH Sales: $157 million Description: Key Personnel Stephen Foss, president and CEO, David Rowell, executive vice president and COO, (New CFO to be named shortly.) Plants Hampton, NH; Pulversheim, France ISO Status All…

  • Lydall Inc

    Lydall Inc

    January 1, 2005
    Location: Manchester , CT Sales: $126 million Description: Key Personnel W. Leslie Duffy, chairman of the board, David Freeman, president and CEO; Christopher Skomorowski, executive vice president and COO; Thomas Smith, vice president, chief fin…

  • Jacob Holm

    Jacob Holm

    January 1, 2005
    Location: Allschwil, Switzerland Sales: $91 million Description: Key personnel Poul Mikkelsen, chairman; Peter Stoffel, CEO; Jack Richardson, COO; Ingo Johannsen, CFO; Michael Norboge, vice president of Personal & Home Care; Claudia De Buman, v…

  • Bonar

    Bonar

    January 1, 2005
    (formerly Colbond) Location: Arnhem, The Netherlands Sales: $265 million Description: Colbond Inc. Enka, NC Key Personnel Jan van Boldrik, CEO; Axel Poscher, vice president; Bart Austin, president Colbond Inc.; Randy Cook, director sales and ma…

  • Hollingsworth & Vose

    Hollingsworth & Vose

    January 1, 2005
    Location: Walpole, MA Sales: $175 Million Description: Key Personnel Val Hollingsworth, president and CEO; Charles Miller, vice president and general manager, engine and industrial filtration; Tom White, vice president and general manager battery p…

  • Fibertex

    Fibertex

    January 1, 2005
    Location: Aalborg, Denmark Sales: $160 million Description: Key Personnel Knud Waede Hansen, managing director; Knud Erik Justesen, deputy managing director; Jorgen Bech Masen, general manager, needlepunch division; Mikael Staal Axelsen, general…

  • Johns Manville

    Johns Manville

    January 1, 2005
    Location: Denver, CO Sales: $525 million Description: Key Personnel Dion Persson, senior vice president, Engineered Products Group; Fred Stephan, VP/GM for High Performance Nonwovens; Zain Mahmood, VP/GM for Construction Materials and Systems; J…

  • Fiberweb

    Fiberweb

    January 1, 2005
    Location: Old Hickory, TN Sales: $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; Qu…

  • PGI

    PGI

    January 1, 2005
    Location: N. Charleston, SC Sales: $845 million Description: Key Personnel James Schaeffer, chief executive officer; Willis (Billy) Moore, III, chief financial officer; Mike Hale, vice president & general manager—U.S. Nonwovens; Rolf A…

  • Ahlstrom

    Ahlstrom

    January 1, 2005
    Location: Helsinki, Finland Sales: $827 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; Tomm…

  • Freudenberg

    Freudenberg

    January 1, 2005
    Location: Weinheim, Germany Sales: $1.4 billion Description: Key Personnel Management Board: Stephan Tanda, president and CEO, Christoph Josefiak, managing director of technical; Walter Schwarz, managing director, North America; Georg Brasch, manag…

  • Preform For Composite Material And Composite Material

    December 7, 2004
    A preform for a composite material has been patented. The perform includes at least two layers of a reinforcing material made of a reinforcement fiber and, between the layers, a thermoplastic resin layer having spaces to allow liquid resin to flow th…

  • BBA Ups Nonwovens Prices

    November 30, 2004
    BBA Fiberweb has increased prices 20% on all nonwoven products shipped on or after January 1, 2005. The increase has been attributed to record oil and natural gas prices, an exceptionally strong demand for resins, tight petrochemical markets and high…

  • Fiber Reinforced Polypropylene-Based Composite Material

    November 30, 2004
    A fiber reinforced polypropylene-based composite material has been awarded a patent. The composite features reinforcing fibers and a matrix resin, which are made of different polypropylene-based resins. A melting point, Tm(F), of the polypropylene-ba…

  • Pulp and Synthetic Fiber Absorbent Composites For Personal Care Products

    July 6, 2004
    Patented is a personal care product with a liquid impermeable backsheet, a liquid permeable topsheet and an absorbent composite located between the two. The article has an upper layer made of synthetic fibers with at most 20% pulp fiber, a density of…

  • Bundles Of Fibers Useful For Moving Liquids At High Fluxes And Acquisition/Distribution Structures That Use The Bundles

    July 6, 2004
    Patented is a liquid acquisition/distribution structure. The article includes a top layer that is permeable to a liquid and a distribution layer with a capillary system of a parallel bundle of synthetic fibers arranged so that in a region their axes…

  • Tufted Pile Structure Having Binder Concentrated Beneath The Backstitches

    April 27, 2004
    A tufted pile structure has been issued a patent. The article has a backing with upper and lower faces. Many yarns are tufted into the backing, and each yarn is tufted by a separate tufting needle through a plurality of needle insertion points in the…

  • Hydrophilic polyester fiber and hydrophilic nonwoven fabric using the same and their production

    March 30, 2004
    A patent has been issued for a hydrophilic polyester fiber comprising a polyester fiber and a coating on the fiber. The coating is made of a polyester-polyether block copolymer comprising a polyester component and a polyether component. There is also…

  • Sound absorbent thin-layer laminate

    March 30, 2004
    A patent has been issued for a sound-absorbing thin-layer laminate comprised of a backing layer and an open-celled fiber layer. The backing layer consists of an open-celled plastic foam layer with a density of 16-32 kg/m3 and a thickness of at least…

  • Hydrophilic polyester fiber and hydrophilic nonwoven fabric using the same and their production

    March 30, 2004
    1. A hydrophilic polyester fiber comprising: a polyester fiber; and a coating on the fiber comprising (a) a polyester-polyether block copolymer comprising a polyester component and a polyether component; (b) an ion complex comprising (i) an anionic s…

  • Propylene polymer fibers and yarns

    March 30, 2004
    1. Bulked continuous filament yarn consisting essentially of substantially continuous filaments and having a bulk level of about 2 to about 20%, denier of about 500 to about 3000, shrinkage of about 1 to about 15% and Plug Crush Recovery of at least…

  • Propylene Polymer Fibers and Yarns

    March 30, 2004
    A patent has been issued for bulked continuous filament yarn made up essentially of substantially continuous filaments. The yarn has a bulk level of 2-20%, denier of 500-3000. The shrinkage is 1-15% and the Plug Crush Recovery is at least 85%. The fi…

  • Absorbent Materials Having Improved Absorbent Properties

    March 16, 2004
    An absorbent fibrous foam, comprised of a water insoluble fiber and a superabsorbent material has been patented. The absorbent fibrous foam comprises a fluid intake capacity of at least 15 g/g, a vertical wicking distance of at least 10 cm and an abs…

  • Absorbent Materials Having Improved Absorbent Properties

    March 16, 2004
    An absorbent fibrous foam, comprised of a water insoluble fiber and a superabsorbent material has been patented. The absorbent fibrous foam comprises a fluid intake capacity of at least 15 g/g, a vertical wicking distance of at least 10 cm, and an ab…