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  • 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…

  • Freudenberg

    Freudenberg

    January 1, 2003
    Location: Weinheim, Germany Sales: $1.4 billion Description: Key Personnel Thomas Kehl, managing director, spokesman; Christoph Josefiak, managing director, technical; Walter Schwarz, managing director, North America; Andreas Kreuter and Gerhard…

  • Absorbent Article Comprising Flocked Fibers

    December 24, 2002
    An absorbent article comprising a cover with a body-facing surface, an absorbent core and a backsheet with a garment-facing surface, has been patented. The article also comprises flocked fibers, which comprise superabsorbent polymer fibers. The flock…

  • Flat Synthetic Fiber, Method For Preparing The Same and Nonwoven Fabric Prepared Using The Same

    November 26, 2002
    A flat, polybenzazole fiber with a flattened portion has been patented. The fiber has a degree of flatness defined by the ratio of the long diameter/short diameter of the cross section. The fibers are 2mm or greater and have a short diameter up to an…

  • Nonwoven Fabric Containing Fine Fiber And A Filter Material

    October 22, 2002
    Patented is a nonwoven fiber capable of generating fine fibers with a diameter of 5mm or less. The fiber contains a high melting point polypropylene component with a melting point of 166°C or more. The cross-sectional shape of the fiber is an island…

  • Absorbent Product Comprising At Least One Thermoplastic Component To Bond Layers

    October 8, 2002
    An absorbent product comprising a liquid-permeable casing layer, a liquid-barrier layer surrounding an absorption element, has been patented. The product also contains a liquid-transfer layer, which is disposed between the casing layer and the absorp…

  • Tenotex

    Tenotex

    January 1, 2002
    Location: Bergamo, Italy Sales: $61 million Description: Key Personnel Giovanni Moscheni, chief executive officer; Aldo Ghira, managing director; Mauro Moscheni, marketing and sales director; Gampiero Crotti, plant manager; Mimoun Saïm, g…

  • KNH Enterprises

    KNH Enterprises

    January 1, 2002
    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 market director; Herman Tai, indus…

  • Suominen

    Suominen

    January 1, 2002
    Location: Nakkila, Finland Sales: $76 Million Description: Key Personnel Kari Parviainen, president and chief executive officer; Harri Myllylä, senior vice president, marketing, sales and business development; Esa Palttala, vice president,…

  • Foss Manufacturing

    Foss Manufacturing

    January 1, 2002
    Location: Hampton, NH Sales: $146 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…

  • Lydall Inc

    Lydall Inc

    January 1, 2002
    Location: Manchester, CT Sales: $120 Million Description: Key Personnel Roger Widmann, chairman of the board; Christopher Skomo­rowski, president and CEO; Walter Ruschmeyer, executive vice president of finance and administration and CFO; Ray…

  • Sandler

    Sandler

    January 1, 2002
    Location: Saale, Germany Sales: $112 Million Description: Key Personnel Dipl. Kfm. Christian Heinrich Sandler, Dr. Christian Heinrich Sandler, Dieter Magier, managing directors Plant Schwarzenbach/Saale Germany ISO Status ISO 9001, ISO 14001 cert…

  • Hollingsworth & Vose

    Hollingsworth & Vose

    January 1, 2002
    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, 2002
    Location: Aalborg Ost, Denmark Sales: $78 million Description: Key Personnel Knud Waede Hansen, managing director; Knud Erik Justesen, deputy managing director; Jesper Frank Carstens, general manager, needlepunch division; Mikael Staal Axelsen,…

  • Johns Manville

    Johns Manville

    January 1, 2002
    Location: Denver, CO Sales: $500 million Description: Personnel Steve Hochhauser, senior vice president, Engineered Products Group; Marvin Mitchell, vice president of Engineered Products Division; John Robertson, interim general manager of Filtrati…

  • Fiberweb

    Fiberweb

    January 1, 2002
    Location: Nashville, TN Sales: $750 Million Description: Key Personnel Wayne Sanders, chairman and CEO; Thomas Falk, president and COO; Robert Abernathy, group president, Business to Business Sector; Sean Erwin, president, Nonwoven Fabrics Operatio…

  • PGI

    PGI

    January 1, 2002
    Location: North Charleston, SC Sales: $734 Million Description: Key Personnel Jerry Zucker, chairman, president and CEO; James Schaeffer, executive vice president and president and COO of Nonwovens Division; Jim Boyd, executive vice president, trea…

  • Ahlstrom

    Ahlstrom

    January 1, 2002
    Location: Helsinki, Finland Sales: $596 million Description: Key Personnel Juha Rantanen, CEO; Jukka Moisio, division president Ahlstrom FiberComposites Division 7F, Ebisu IS Building 13-6 Ebisu 1 - Chome Shibuya-Ku Tokyo 150 Japan Telephone: 81-3…

  • DuPont

    DuPont

    January 1, 2002
    Location: Wilmington, DE Sales: $1.2 Billion Description: Key Personnel Keith McLoughlin, vice president and general manager; Mark Vergnano, global business director—Tyvek/Typar; Carl Lukach, global business director—Sontara/Cambrelle…

  • Freudenberg

    Freudenberg

    January 1, 2002
    Location: Weinheim, Germany Sales: $1.4 Billion Description: Key Personnel Christoph Josefiak, managing director, spokesman; Arnold Weghmann, managing director, technical; Walter Schwarz, managing director, North America; Ludger Neuwinger-Heimes, m…

  • Strong investment continues in Southeast Asia

    Karen McIntyre, senior editor || November 30, -0001
    In recent years, Asia has become a focal point for foreign nonwovens investment.  While China has certainly led the way, with a nonwovens output that rivals both Europe and the NAFTA region in size, Southeast Asia has also benefitted from fo…

  • Clarcor acquires Bekaert Advanced Filtration

    Tim Wright || November 30, -0001
    Clarcor Inc. has acquired the Bekaert Advanced Filtration business from NV Bekaert SA for approximately €6 million ($8 million). The advanced filtration business is engaged in the same line of business as Clarcor’s subsidiary, Purolator EF…