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  • The AI Market is Baby BOOMING

    The AI Market is Baby BOOMING

    Tim Wright, Editor || March 21, 2014
    As the worldwide population ages, the adult incontinence market is poised for healthy growth in the years ahead. However, meeting the increasingly sophisticated demands of a restless age group is challenging and pushing manufacturers to innovate the technology to meet their needs.

  • The Spunlace Market: A search for new opportunities

    The Spunlace Market: A search for new opportunities

    Karen McIntyre, Senior Editor || March 21, 2014
    Wipes continue to dominate but new market development is the focus.

  • Geotextiles Market Report

    Geotextiles Market Report

    Karen McIntyre, Senior Editor || March 21, 2014
    Nonwovens continue to find new uses across numerous platforms.

  • Duni profit up on hygiene exit

    March 20, 2014
    Swedish tabletop and airlaid maker has reported its results for 2013. Sales increased 4.7%, when adjusted for exchange rates, to $581 million. Earnings per share ammountd to 86 cents. Improvements were mainly attributable to strong Christmas sales a…

  • Glatfelter reports record sales year

    March 20, 2014
    Glatfelter reported consolidated net sales of $434 million for the fourth quarter of 2013 compared to $391 million for the fourth quarter of 2012. Earnings increased from $11.2 million to $15 million. “Our growth businesses of Composite Fibers…

  • Suominen sales up 7%

    March 20, 2014
    Suominen reports its sales from continuing operations increased 7% to $144 million during the fourth quarter and the company expects sales to remain at the same level in 2014. Operating profit is expected to improve. Full year sales at Suominen were…

  • Ahlstrom continues to work on financial performance

    March 20, 2014
    Ahlstrom reports that its net sales were $334 million for the fourth quater ended December 31, 2013, up from $329 million. During the quarter, the company continued to launch new product to improve its sales mix and profit margin. One key launch was…

  • SCA gains sales, profits

    March 20, 2014
    SCA’s net sales increased 4% to reach $13.6 billion while operating profit increased 15% to $1.5 billion. Among the highlights of the year was a strengthening in emerging markets including the acquisition of Chinese tissue company Vinda and inv…

  • K-C sales flat for 2013

    March 20, 2014
    Kimberly-Clark has released its year-end 2013 results and 2014 outlook. For the full year, Kimberly-Clark sales were $21.2 billion, essentially even with the prior year. Operating profit, meanwhile incrased 19% to $2.6 billion in 2013 and adjusted op…

  • P&G posts gains in baby, feminine and family care

    March 20, 2014
    Procter & Gamble reported flat sales for the second quarter of 2014. Sales remained steady at $22.3 billion including a negative three percentage point impact from foreign exchange. Organic sales grew 3% while diluted net earnings decreased 15% v…

  • Absorbent article having pigmented composite backsheet with hunter value

    March 20, 2014
    US Patent No.: 8,613,736 B2 Inventor(s): Martin Schnabel, Frankfurt am Main, Germany; Radhakrishnan Janardanan Nair, Kobe, Japan; and Kesyin Fugger Hsueh, Cincinnati, OH, US Company: The Procter & Gamble Company, Cincinnati, OH, US. Filed: 12/8/0…

  • P.T. Multi Spunindo Jaya

    P.T. Multi Spunindo Jaya

    March 20, 2014
    Pioneering spunbond development in Indonesia.

  • Nonwovens Production Trends In Asia

    Nonwovens Production Trends In Asia

    Kin Ohmura, Osaka Chemical Service || March 20, 2014
    India, Thailand and Indonesia are expected to scale up in production.

  • Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Update

    Jessica Franken, Director of Government Affairs & Dawnee Giammittorio, Associate Director of Government Affairs INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry || March 20, 2014
    FDA proposes rule on antibacterial soaps; global trade initiative on environmental goods; and WTO completes trade facilitation deal.

  • Filtration Industry Consolidates

    March 20, 2014
    As we went to press, Lydall announced it had acquired the industrial filtration business belonging to Andrew Industries for $83 million. The move strengthens Lydall’s position as an industry-leading global provider of filtration and engineered…

  • Nordson opens technical center in China

    March 20, 2014
    Nordson Corp. has opened a 21,500-square-foot technical center in Shanghai that will help the maker of automated spraying and dispensing equipment serve what it called “the company's large and growing customer base throughout China and the…

  • 3M introduces the Emphaze AEX Hybrid Purifier

    March 20, 2014
    Laboratory and scale-up single use capsules available mid-2014; production capsules available late 2014.

  • INDA showcases strengths at annual meeting

    INDA showcases strengths at annual meeting

    March 20, 2014
    Wahlquist, Justice receive awards.

  • World of Wipes conference to begin in June

    March 20, 2014
    Hundreds of key executives from the entire global wipes supply chain will gather in Minneapolis, MN, for three days of market-leading information and networking when the 2014 World of Wipes (WOW) International Conference convenes June 2-5 at the Depo…

  • H.B. Fuller raises polymer emulsion prices in North America

    March 20, 2014
    H.B. Fuller Company announced that, effective April 14, 2014, or as contracts allow, the North America Polymer group of H.B Fuller will increase the price for all vinyl acetate-based emulsion polymer products. Vinyl acetate ethylene (VAE) copolymers,…

  • Green Hygenics' wipes to hit Save Mart shelves

    March 20, 2014
    Save Mart has placed their first order for Green Hygenics' Premium Formulations Cosmetic Wipes for distribution in their 96 stores located throughout Central California and Northern Nevada.  The wipes are soft, skin-conditioning cloths with…

  • Smart Spun rPET for nonwovens

    March 20, 2014
    Kilop USA, Inc, a minority- and woman-owned business, has introduced Smart Spun, a 100% recycled PET fiber specifically designed for the high-speed demands of nonwovens carding equipment. This US-produced fiber is available with certification of the…

  • Lenzing offers new fiber concept for nonwovens

    March 19, 2014
    Eurocel offers many advantages to European nonwovens makers.

  • All systems go for H.B. Fuller in India

    March 18, 2014
    H.B. Fuller’s adhesive plant in Pune, India, is now fully operational. Developed to meet the needs of the region’s fast growing nonwovens market, the $12 million state-of-the-art production facility is already impressing customers. Exten…

  • Henkel opens adhesives factory in China

    March 18, 2014
    Henkel inaugurated what it says is the world’s largest adhesives factory in Shanghai in September 2013 and four months later the new plant is running on planned output schedule. The new factory, known as the Dragon Plant, comprises 150,000 squ…

  • Huntsman partners with TJ Beall

    March 18, 2014
    Huntsman Textile Effects and TJ Beall Company have formed a joint effort to create a new generation of sustainable diaper composite layers produced from un-bleached (greige) cotton. Ultraphil CO is a novel development that combines Huntsman’s U…

  • Suominen's Hydraspun passes third edition flushability standard

    March 18, 2014
    Company will add to capacity in Sweden.

  • Suominen continues to see opportunities for spunlace

    Suominen continues to see opportunities for spunlace

    March 13, 2014
    Technology developments open up new doors in wipes and beyond

  • Griffin Holdings completes acquisition of Tufco Technologies

    March 13, 2014
    Griffin Holdings, LLC, a privately held investment firm, has completed the acquisition of Tufco Technologies Inc. Effective immediately, Tufco shares will be delisted and will cease to trade on the NASDAQ Capital Markets. Tufco, based in Green Bay, W…

  • Autoneum unveils Ultra-Silent in North America

    March 13, 2014
    To meet the high demand from international automobile manufacturers, Autoneum is launching underfloor and under engine shields made from the lightweight and multifunctional material Ultra-Silent onto the North American market. Starting in 2015, these…

  • Medline to expand medical supply distribution operations

    March 13, 2014
    New energy efficient facility supports Medline’s fast-growing business.

  • ExxonMobil to build hydrogenated hydrocarbon plant

    March 13, 2014
    New capacity will serve hot melt adhesive makers

  • Union Industries Announces Investments

    March 12, 2014
    Plan calls for lines in Poland, North Africa

  • Autefa purchases IP from Strahm

    March 10, 2014
    Deal expands company into thermal bonding, drying and cutting/winding equipment.

  • PFG develops nonwoven cleaning towel

    March 6, 2014
    Nonwoven laminate can be washed up to 20 times

  • Butterfly liners help folks with ABL

    Butterfly liners help folks with ABL

    Tim Wright, Editor || March 6, 2014
    Category creating product has already won awards, gained nationwide distribution.

  • EDANA announces INDEX award finalists

    March 5, 2014
    INDEX 14, the largest global meeting place between the players in the nonwovens supply chain and its customers, will once again showcase the INDEX 14 Award “Excellence in the nonwovens and related industries.” The award winners will be an…

  • Bostik launches ad campaign in Paris

    Bostik launches ad campaign in Paris

    March 4, 2014
    Adhesive company Bostik has launched its new brand identity campaign with a bold outdoor ad that features a giant gecko clinging to the side of a nine-story Paris building on a route traveled by millions of motorists each day. It launched the ad…

  • RKW establishes RKW Agri GmbH & Co. KG

    March 4, 2014
    RKW concentrates expertise in a new company and intends to acquire the Belgian company Hyplast

  • Seminar on Taiwan nonwoven technology and fabrics in Mumbai

    March 4, 2014
    Taiwan Nonwoven Fabrics Industry Association (TNFIA) in association with Technicaltextile.net is jointly organizing a seminar on "Taiwanese Nonwoven Technologies" in Mumbai on March 21, 2014. The objective behind the seminar is to showcase…

  • Medline establishes new international headquarters in Arnhem

    March 4, 2014
    Medline Industries, Inc., a leading U.S.-based provider of medical and surgical supplies, officially opened its new international headquarters with the Alderman of the City of Arnhem, Michiel van Wessem in Arnhem’s World Trade Center. One hundr…

  • EDANA appoints new regulatory affairs manager

    March 4, 2014
    Marianne Rosborg joins the EDANA team.

  • Tufco enhances printing capabilities

    March 4, 2014
    Nonwoven wipes and disinfectant wipes manufacturer Tufco Technologies Inc. says it now offers full-color flexographic printing capabilities on spunbond, super-lightweight nonwoven material. These porous, low basis-weight substrates are common in the…

  • HH nonwovens develops new spunbond nonwoven machinery

    March 4, 2014
    HH nonwovens Machinery Co., Ltd. specializes in spunbond and meltblown machinery and is based in China. The company reports achievements in the polypropylene spunbond area have been obtained during the past few years, including a single beam spunbond…

  • K-C makes executive changes

    March 4, 2014
    Kimberly-Clark has announced executive changes designed to enhance its focus on executing its global business plan and driving global expansion. Elane Stock, group president of Kimberly-Clark Professional (KCP), has been elected group president of K…

  • Superior Felt & Filtration expands operations

    March 3, 2014
    Moves to new facility to support continued growth.

  • Zoltek completes merger with Toray Industries

    March 3, 2014
     Zoltek Companies, Inc. announced that it had completed the merger contemplated by the Agreement and Plan of Merger with Toray Industries, Inc. The company and Toray announced the execution of the merger agreement on September 26, 2013. Under th…

  • Celanese raises vinyl acetate-based emulsions prices

    March 3, 2014
    Celanese Corporation will increase the price of vinyl acetate-based dispersions sold in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. PVAc homopolymer, vinyl acetate ethylene (VAE) and vinyl copolymer dispersions will increase by up to €50/MT effective Ap…

  • Non Woven Solutions launches new website

    March 3, 2014
    Non Woven Solutions, LLC (NWS) has launched of its new website, www.nonwovensolutions.com. The new site features an innovative design, refreshed feel and improved navigation for information on products and services says the company. "The websit…

  • Glatfelter makes executive management promotions

    March 3, 2014
    Glatfelter has made several following executive management promotions, effective March 1, 2014. John Jacunski has been promoted to executive vice president and CFO. Jacunski joined Glatfelter in October 2003 as vice president and corporate controlle…