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  • Food Pads: A Great Market For Airlaid

    Food Pads: A Great Market For Airlaid

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || February 12, 2007
    absorbency requirements open up opportunities in food packaging

  • JM Launches Seal-It

    February 8, 2007
    Johns Manville has launched a new line of housewrap tape and flashings called Seal-It, which is specifically formulated to adhere to Gorilla Wrap, JM’s housewrap. Seal-It enhances the building envelope by tightly sealing housewrap seams and win…

  • Thermoplastic Resin Film And Process For Producing The Same

    January 23, 2007
    A heat-shrinkable resin film for a label was issued a patent. The film consists of a monolayer polyester resin film or a polystyrene resin film. The film has a heat shrinkage in the maximum shrinkage direction of 40% or higher, when a 10 cm x 10 cm s…

  • Multiple Layer Absorbent Article

    January 23, 2007
    Patented is an absorbent article with a fluid permeable coverstock configured to engage a body surface and defining longitudinal sides. The coverstock includes a bicomponent fiber with a polypropylene inner core and a polyethylene outer sheath. An ab…

  • Polyamide

    January 17, 2007
    Stanyl, a high-heat polyamide 46 (PA46) resin from DSM Engineering Plastics, is adding a new market segment, fiber and film, to its existing portfolio of injection molded, high-tech and high-heat engineered applications. As with injection molded desi…

  • Multi-layer Barrier Film Structure

    January 16, 2007
    A laminate film was recently issued a patent. A polyetheramine resin-containing layer on a first polyolefin resin-containing layer has a functional group. The laminate film has substantially zero percent peel-off.…

  • Multi-Layer Barrier Film Structure

    January 16, 2007
    Patented is a laminate film with a polyetheramine resin-containing layer. This layer is on a first polyolefin resin-containing layer with a functional group. The laminate film has substantially 0% peel-off.…

  • From Paper To Nonwovens

    January 16, 2007
    Established in 1991 with just a sheeter and a trimmer, Precision Paper Converters (PPC) has grown into a converter of coated and uncoated papers, paperboard and OPP films as well as tissue products.

  • PGI To Shutter Two U.S. Plants

    January 4, 2007
    In an effort to lower operating costs and improve its performance, Polymer Group Inc. will close plants in Rogers, AK and Gainseville, GA and transfers portions of its business to other locations in North America and Asia. Operations at the two plant…

  • Oh Baby!

    Oh Baby!

    Ellen Wuagneux, Associate Editor || January 3, 2007
    disposable hygiene machinery producers strive to maintain flexibility, bump up performance and lower costs

  • Competition Afoot In The Diaper Market

    Competition Afoot In The Diaper Market

    Carlos Richer, Richer Consulting || January 3, 2007
    Producers too focused on the fight for marketshare to concentrate on technology changes

  • Transparent, Sealable, Flame-Retardant Polyester Film, Method For The Production And Use Thereof

    January 2, 2007
    Patented is a polyester film that has a base layer B made from a thermoplastic polyester that has a sealable outer layer A. On the other side of the base layer is a nonsealable outer layer C. The outer layers A and C comprise at least one antiblockin…

  • KNH Enterprises

    KNH Enterprises

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Taipei, Taiwan Sales: $71 Million Description: Key Personnel J.C. Tai, chairman and owner; Dr. Kirk Hwang, president; George Wang, general manager China operations; Alvin Hu, wastewater business unit officer; Dr. Y. S. Chiu, technica…

  • Suominen

    Suominen

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Nakkila, Finland Sales: $84.5 Million Description: Key Personnel Suominen Corporation: Kalle Tanhuanpää, president and CEO, Suominen; Nonwovens: Sakari Santa-Paavola, vice president and general manager Margareta Huldén, p…

  • Propex Fabrics

    Propex Fabrics

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Ringgold, GA Sales: $231 million Description: Key Personnel Joe Dana, president and CEO; W. Michael Coffin, executive vice president and COO; Lee McCarter, executive vice president and CFO; Mac Bridger, executive vice president worldwide…

  • PGI

    PGI

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Charlotte, NC Sales: $1.02 billion Description: Key Personnel Veronica  Hagen, chief executive officer; Willis (Billy) Moore, III, chief financial officer; Mike Hale, chief operating officer; Bob Dale, vice president of research a…

  • DuPont

    DuPont

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Wilmington, DE Sales: $1.35 billion Description: Key Personnel Matt Trerotola, vice president and general manager DuPont Nonwovens; Mahesh Mansukhani, global business director-Tyvek/Typar and Nigel Budden, global business director-Sont…

  • Loparex Starts Up Chinese Extrusion Line

    December 11, 2006
    Film supplier Loparex has invested in a new extrusion line at its Guangzhou, China plant. The investment is part of a strategy to strengthen the company's operations in Asia and expand its Guangzhou facility's product range to polycoated release line…

  • The Hygiene Market: A Tale Of Two Cities

    The Hygiene Market: A Tale Of Two Cities

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || December 4, 2006
    component suppliers balance innovation and pricing pressures

  • Flexible Barrier Film Structure

    November 7, 2006
    Patented is a barrier film for separating liquid and air. It comprises a liquid crystalline polymer layer with a glass transition temperature in the range from 80°C. to about 115°C. The film has a thickness of less than about 15 microns, a heat-sea…

  • Reprocessing Brochure

    October 20, 2006
    Precision AirConvey has published a new brochure highlighting its range of custom engineered solutions for cutting virgin material and energy costs by reprocessing plastic film and sheet reclaim waste. “Reclaim You Resin Costs” spotlights…

  • Multilayer Transparent, Biaxially Oriented Polyester Film

    October 17, 2006
    A multilayer, transparent, biaxially oriented polyester film made from at least one base layer has been issued a patent. It comprises at least 80% by weight of thermoplastic polyester and from, applied to this base layer, at least one transparent, po…

  • Biaxially Oriented Polyester Film And Production Process Therefore

    October 17, 2006
    A biaxially oriented polyester film has been granted a patent. The film has a Young’s modulus in a longitudinal direction of 8 to 12 Gpa; a Young’s modulus in a transverse direction of 6.5 to 9 Gpa; a temperature expansion coefficient in the tran…

  • Flame Retardant Corrosive Resistant Conductive Fabric Article And Method

    September 12, 2006
    A flame retardant metalized fabric article was recently patented. The article includes a polymer fabric substrate having a reverse side and an obverse side; a conductive metal layer on one side of the substrate; and a flame retardant coating intermed…

  • The Indian Technical Textiles Market

    Devaraj Parthasarathy, Nonwovens Staff || September 11, 2006
    segment growth is estimated at 6%

  • KNH

    September 11, 2006
    KNH Taipei, Taiwan www.knh.com.tw $71 million 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 vice president…

  • Suominen Nonwovens

    September 11, 2006
    Suominen Nonwovens Nakkila, Finland www.suominen.fi $85 million Key Personnel Suominen Corporation: Heikki Bergholm, president and CEO, Esa Palttala, executive vice president, Wipes and Nonwovens; Juha Henttonen, vice president, Flexible Packaging;…

  • Propex Fabrics

    September 7, 2006
    Propex Fabrics Ringgold, GA www.propexfabrics.com $200 million 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…

  • PGI Nonwovens

    September 7, 2006
    Polymer Group, Inc. Charlotte, NC www.polymergroupinc.com $948 million Key Personnel William Hewitt, acting chief executive officer; Willis (Billy) Moore, III, chief financial officer; Mike Hale, vice president and general manager—U.S. Nonwo…

  • Laminate Antioxidant Film

    September 5, 2006
    A packaging laminate comprising an outer layer impermeable to a butylated phenolic antioxidant was recently patented. The laminate features an adhesive layer between the outer layer and an inner layer, which is in contact with both the outer and inne…

  • Polyethylene Films

    September 5, 2006
    Patented is a film comprising a polyethylene composition possessing a density of between 0.944 and 0.962 g/cm3, an I21 value of from 6 to 14 dg/min and a Mw/Mn value of from greater than 35. The polyethylene composition extrudes at a melt temperature…

  • White, Biaxially Oriented Polyester Film

    September 5, 2006
    Patented is a white, biaxially oriented polyester film with a base layer comprising a thermoplastic polyester and pigment and/or filler consisting essentially of titanium dioxide. The R value of the film is smaller than 43 daN/mm2, the emax ratio of…

  • DuPont Bridges Gap Between Nonwovens and Film

    August 30, 2006
    DuPont has introduced Hybrid Membrane Technology (HMT), a new offering for air and liquid filtration that is poised to fill the performance gap between traditional nonwovens and microporous films. Comprised of continuous sub-micron fibers and availab…

  • Biax-FiberFilm Has A Restructured Management Team

    August 17, 2006
    Following the departure of John Stan, sales manager for the last five years, Biax-FiberFilm has a restructured management team in place at its new, larger manufacturing facility. Duane Zacharius, chemist, is heading up the companys R&D efforts and c…

  • High-Tech Hybrids

    High-Tech Hybrids

    Ellen Wuagneux, Associate Editor || August 17, 2006
    By whatever name you call them, composites are proving that innovative substrate and fiber combinations are an increasingly beneficial option for new product developers

  • Shaftless Inline Slitter

    July 18, 2006
    The SML Winder 3000 is a turret-type shaftless inline slitter especially suitable for LLDPE stretch film. Production speeds up to 600 m/min can be achieved and a roll diamer of 400 mm for the production of jumbo rolls can be achieved. Because it elii…

  • Nonwovens 101

    Nonwovens 101

    Ellen Wuagneux, Associate Editor || July 18, 2006
    VCU students fuse fashion and function to create innovative disposable clothing designs

  • Low-Cost Elastic Laminate Material

    July 18, 2006
    An elastic laminate material comprising a thermoplastic elastic material and a first non-bonded staple fiber web layer has received a patent. The non-bonded staple fiber web layer is bonded to a thermoplastic elastic material. The thermoplastic elast…

  • Preparation Of Polyethylene Films

    July 18, 2006
    Patented is a method that includes converting a polyethylene resin into a film by a high-stalk blown extrusion process. The polyethylene resin has a density within the range of 0.935 to 0.948 g/cc and an MI2 within the range of 0.08 to 0.15 dg/min. T…

  • Biaxially Oriented And Heat-Set Multilayer Thermoplastic Film For Packaging

    June 20, 2006
    Patented is a multi-layer, thermoplastic film, biaxially oriented at a stretching ratio greater than or equal to 3.0:1 in the machine direction and at a stretching ratio greater than or equal to 6.0:1 in the transverse direction. The film comprises a…

  • Repelletizers

    June 14, 2006
    Precision AirConvey will introduce a line of plastic repelletizers to enable plastic film processors to capture edge trim, roll scrap and other film waste, convert it to pellets and reintroduce it into the extrusion process in a closed reclamation lo…

  • Customer Driven Converting

    June 12, 2006
    American Custom Converting of Green Bay, WI is considered a multi-faceted converter. Better yet is the fact that its processing expertise is applied mainly to nonwovens.

  • EDANA Tackles Infection Control

    EDANA Tackles Infection Control

    May 17, 2006
    first-ever IN CONTROL! conference held in Prague

  • Transparent Biaxially Oriented Polyolefin Film

    May 9, 2006
    Transparent, single- or multilayered, oriented polypropylene film has been issued a patent. The film comprises at least one layer with a layered dry-ground silicate without a coating of metal oxides, which has an irregular surface structure. The amou…

  • 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

  • Polyester Film And Method For Producing The Same

    April 11, 2006
    A polyester film has received a patent. The film surface portion contains no protrusion with 10 nm or more in height and constitutes at least 5% of the whole film surface. The number of protrusions with not less than 3 nm and less than 5 nm in protru…

  • Oriented Films From Improved Propylene Polymers

    April 11, 2006
    A film comprising a crystalline propylene polymer composition has been patented. The film comprises from 10 to 90 weight percent of a crystalline propylene homopolymer composition featuring a first propylene homopolymer and a second propylene homopol…

  • Ownership Change for Lysac

    April 4, 2006
    Archer Daniels Midland Company has acquired all the assets of Group Lysac, a Canadian manufacturer of superabsorbent material. The purchase includes all intellectual property and technological assets held by Lysac to make biodegradable products from…