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  • 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…

  • Polyester fiber tow having substantially uniform primary and secondary crimps

    March 16, 2004
    A patent has been issued for a polyester fiber tow comprised of a number of crimped polyester fibers with uniform primary and secondary crimps. Each uniform secondary crimp includes more than one of the substantially uniform primary crimps with a ten…

  • Small Cross-section Composites of Longitudinally Oriented Fibers and a Thermoplastic Resin as Concrete Reinforcement

    March 16, 2004
    A reinforced concrete structure has been patented. The structure is comprised of a composite having more than one longitudinally oriented fibers embedded in a matrix of a depolymerizable and repolymerizable. rigid thermoplastic polyurethane resin tha…

  • Panty liner

    March 16, 2004
    A panty liner with active additives has been patented. It is comprised of a liquid-permeable top sheet that lies next to the wearer during use and a liquid-impermeable backing sheet that lies behind the wearer in use. The panty liner is made up of on…

  • Absorbent Materials Having Improved Absorbent Properties

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

  • Absorbent Materials Having Improved Absorbent Properties

    February 28, 2004
    An absorbent fibrous foam, comprising 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…

  • Body Fluid Absorbent Panel

    February 28, 2004
    A body fluid absorbent panel, comprising of a first sheet which is liquid-pervious and a second sheet has been patented. This structure has a core disposed between the first and second sheets that comprises component fibers defining a three dimensio…

  • Polyester fiber tow having substantially uniform primary and secondary crimps

    February 28, 2004
    This patent is for a polyester fiber tow made up of crimped polyester fibers that have substantially uniform primary crimps and substantially uniform secondary crimps. Each uniform secondary crimp includes a number of substantially uniform primary c…

  • Small Cross-section Composites Longitudinally Oriented Fibers and a Thermoplastic Resin as Concrete Reinforcement

    February 28, 2004
    The patent is for a reinforced concrete structure that makes up a composite having many longitudinally oriented fibers embedded in a matrix of a depolymerizable and repolymerizable rigid thermoplastic polyurethane resin. This resin has a glass transi…

  • Biologically Soluble Honeycomb Structure

    February 28, 2004
    A honeycomb structure made from a nonwoven fabric containing biologically soluble fiber, wherein the volume shrinkage rate when heated for 3 hours at 800° C. is less than 10%.…

  • High-strength Chemically Resistant Thin Sheath Fibers and Methods of Manufacture

    February 28, 2004
    1. A fiber comprising: a core that is formed from a core material, and a sheath that is formed from a sheath material and at least partially surrounds the core, wherein the sheath material comprises a fluoropolymer; and wherein the sheath material ha…

  • Biologically Soluble Honeycomb Structure

    February 28, 2004
    A honeycomb structure made from a nonwoven fabric containing biologically soluble fiber, wherein the volume shrinkage rate when heated for 3 hours at 800° C. is less than 10%.…

  • Tenotex

    Tenotex

    January 1, 2004
    Location: Bergamo, Italy Sales: $88 MILLION Description: Key Personnel Giovanni Moscheni, chief executive officer; Aldo Ghira, managing director; Mauro Moscheni, marketing and sales director; Gampiero Crotti, plant manager Italy; Mimoun Saim,…

  • Kuraray

    Kuraray

    January 1, 2004
    Location: Osaka, Japan Sales: $66 MILLION Description: Key Personnel Seiich Takigawa, general manager, Kuraflex department 1; Mamoru Fujiwara, general manager, Kuraflex department 2 Plants Okayama and Saijo Processes Resin bonded, ther…

  • KNH Enterprises

    KNH Enterprises

    January 1, 2004
    Location: Taipei, Taiwan Sales: $55 Million Description: Key Personnel J.C. Tai, president and owner;  Kirk Hwang, vice president corporate planning and international operations; George Wong, hygiene business director; Herman Tai, industr…

  • Foss Manufacturing

    Foss Manufacturing

    January 1, 2004
    Location: Hampton, NH Sales: $157 MILLION Description: Key Personnel Stephen Foss, president and CEO; David Rowell, executive vice president and COO; Kevin Sexton, Senior Vice President and CFO Plants Hampton, New Hampshire, Pulversheim…

  • Sandler

    Sandler

    January 1, 2004
    Location: Schwarzenbach/Saale, Germany Sales: $132 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…

  • Hollingsworth & Vose

    Hollingsworth & Vose

    January 1, 2004
    Location: East Walpole, MA Sales: $165 Million Description: Key Personnel Val Hollingsworth, president and CEO; Charles Miller, vice president and general manager, engine and industrial filtration and vice president, international; Tom White, vice…

  • Fibertex

    Fibertex

    January 1, 2004
    Location: Aalborg, Denmark Sales: $107 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, 2004
    Location: Denver, CO Sales: $500 MILLION Description: Key Personnel Dion Persson, senior vice president, Engineered Products Group; Marvin Mitchell, VP for High Performance Nonwovens; Zain Mahmood, VP for Roofing Materials; Luc Mechelaere, VP of…

  • Fiberweb

    Fiberweb

    January 1, 2004
    Location: Brentwood, TN Sales: $900 MILLION Description: BBA Fiberweb–Americas Headquarters: Nashville, TN Telephone: 615-847-7507 Web: www.bbafiberweb.com Plants Bethune, SC; Green Bay, WI; Gray Court, SC; Griswoldville, MA; Queretaro, Mexi…

  • Ahlstrom

    Ahlstrom

    January 1, 2004
    Location: Helsinki, Finland Sales: $728 MILLION Description: Key Personnel Jukka Moisio, CEO; Business Area Leaders: Randy Davis, consumer and medical; Claudio Ermondi, Filtration; Jean-Marie Becker, industrial; Tommi Björmann, glass. Ahls…

  • Freudenberg

    Freudenberg

    January 1, 2004
    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,…

  • Liquid acquisition layer for absorbent articles

    February 18, 2003
    A liquid acquisition layer for an absorbent article has been patented. The layer contains a carrier layer with a first and a second surface. Individual fibers with two fiber ends are attached with one fiber end against the carrier layer's first surfa…

  • Liquid Acquisition Layer For Absorbent Articles

    February 18, 2003
    A liquid acquisition layer for an absorbent article has been patented. The layer contains a carrier layer with a first and a second surface. Individual fibers with two fiber ends are attached with one fiber end against the carrier layer's first surfa…

  • Liquid acquisition layer for absorbent articles

    February 18, 2003
    A liquid acquisition layer for an absorbent article has been patented. The layer contains a carrier layer with a first and a second surface. Individual fibers with two fiber ends are attached with one fiber end against the carrier layer’s first sur…

  • Absorbent Nonwoven Fabric:

    January 21, 2003
    A nonwoven fabric, with a repeating pattern of three interconnected fiber arrays and a first fiber array comprising several parallel fiber segments has been patented. A second fiber array is adjacent to the first fiber array and contains several twis…

  • Absorbent Article

    January 14, 2003
    An absorbent article comprising a liquid-permeable topsheet, a liquid-impermeable backsheet and a liquid-retentive absorbent layer has been patented. The absorbent layer comprises a superabsorbent polymer and hydrophilic fiber or foam that does not s…

  • Tenotex

    Tenotex

    January 1, 2003
    Location: Bergamo, Italy Sales: $59 million Description: Key Personnel Giovanni Moscheni, chief executive officer; Aldo Ghira, managing director; Mauro Moscheni, marketing and sales director; Gampiero Crotti, plant manager Italy; Mimoun Saim,…

  • KNH Enterprises

    KNH Enterprises

    January 1, 2003
    Location: Taipei, Taiwan Sales: $55 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, 2003
    Location: Verlaat, The Netherlands Sales: $47 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, 2003
    Location: Hampton, NH Sales: $150 million Description: Key Personnel Stephen Foss, president and CEO, David Rowell, executive vice president and COO, Kevin Sexton, senior vice president and CFO Plants Hampton, NH, Pulversheim, France IS…

  • Sandler

    Sandler

    January 1, 2003
    Location: Schwarzenbach/Saale, Germany Sales: $119 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 St…

  • Hollingsworth & Vose

    Hollingsworth & Vose

    January 1, 2003
    Location: East Walpole, MA Sales: $150 Million Description: Key Personnel Val Hollingsworth, president and CEO; Charles Miller, vice president and general manager, engine and industrial filtration; Kevin Porter, vice president and general manager,…

  • Fibertex

    Fibertex

    January 1, 2003
    Location: Aalborg Ost, Denmark Sales: $89 million Description: Key Personnel Knud Waede Hansen, managing director; Knud Erik Justesen, deputy managing director; Jesper Bech Masen, general manager, needlepunch division; Mikael Staal Axelsen, gene…

  • Buckeye

    Buckeye

    January 1, 2003
    Location: Memphis, TN Sales: $225 billion Description: Key Personnel Kris Matula, senior vice president, nonwovens and corporate strategy; Chip Aiken, senior vice president, manufacturing—nonwovens; Susan Crenshaw, vice president nonwovens…

  • Johns Manville

    Johns Manville

    January 1, 2003
    Location: Denver, CO Sales: $525 million Description: Key Personnel Chuck Griffith, senior vice president, engineered products Group; Marvin Mitchell, global leader for high performance nonwovens; Zain Mahmood, global leader for roofing material…

  • Fiberweb

    Fiberweb

    January 1, 2003
    Location: Nashville, TN Sales: $850 million Description: BBA Fiberweb–Americas Old Hickory, TN Telephone: 615-847-7000 Web: www.bbafiberweb.com Plants Bethune, SC; Green Bay, WI; Gray Court, SC; Griswoldville, MA; Queretaro, Mexico; Old Hick…

  • Ahlstrom

    Ahlstrom

    January 1, 2003
    Location: Helsinki, Finland Sales: $651 million Description: Key personnel Juha Rantanen, CEO; Jukka Moisio, division president Ahlstrom FiberComposites division Tokyo Japan Telephone: 81-3-3442-1611 Web: www.ahlstrom.com/fibercomposites E-mail…

  • DuPont

    DuPont

    January 1, 2003
    Location: Wilmington, DE Sales: $1.2 billion Description: Key Personnel Mark Vergnano, vice president and general manager DuPont Nonwovens; Tom Schuler, global business director—Tyvek/Typar; Carl Lukach, global business director—Sont…