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  • Too Much Of A Good Thing?

    Karen McIntyre || January 19, 2009
    Last month, INDA announced it was postponing its Link With Asia, East Meets West conference, which intended to convene the Asian nonwovens industry in Vancouver this spring. Citing negative economic conditions and saying this was just not the right…

  • Five Products To Vie For 2009 Visionary Award

    Nonwovens Staff, Nonwovens Staff || January 19, 2009
    new nonwovens-based goods showcase expansion of technology in consumer markets

  • Evolutionary Equipment

    Ellen Wuagneux, Associate Editor || January 19, 2009
    Considering the current economic environment, maybe equipment suppliers' description of today's hygiene market as evolutionary (rather than revolutionary) isn't so bad after all.

  • A Stack Of Issues

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || January 19, 2009
    The disposable diaper market continues to be dominated by two multinational companies-Kimberly-Clark and Procter & Gamble-however, these two giants continue to feel pressure from competing store brands as cash-strapped consumers are favoring private label products.

  • PLMA Show Shows Strengths and Weaknesses

    Susan Stransbury, Contributor || January 19, 2009
    interesting new products show up at store brands expo in Chicago

  • INDA Hosts Filtration 2008

    Nonwovens Staff, Nonwovens Staff || January 19, 2009
    filtration industry meets in Philly to discuss recent developments

  • Geosynthetics Go Global

    January 17, 2009
    Founded in 2001, Polypropylene Fiber Industry Ltd., better known as Polyfibers, is a privately held manufacturer and distributor of polypropylene-based multi- andmono-fibrillated yarns, crimped staple fibers, reinforcement fibers, geosynthetic bags and needlepunched nonwovens for technical and industrial end uses.

  • INDA Appoints New Government Affairs Directors

    January 16, 2009
    Rick Mann and Jessica Franken to head up Washington-based efforts.

  • Galileo Delays Two Spunbond Lines

    January 15, 2009
    Plans delay launch of two new spunbond lines this quarter.

  • Clorox Adds Wipes To Green Line

    January 13, 2009
    Biodegradable wipes are eighth product in Green Works brand.

  • Ahlstrom Adds To Executive Team

    January 13, 2009
    Rami Raulas will become senior VP sales and marketing in February.

  • Suominen Initiates Temporary Layoffs

    January 12, 2009
    Measure to affect most employees.

  • Pantex Delays UAE Investment, Plans To Add Chinese Line

    January 8, 2009
    Line now scheduled to come onstream in Spring 2009.

  • Focke To Sponsor Packaging Event

    January 7, 2009
    Packaging solutions to be on display; presentations planned.

  • Ahlstrom Streamlines Wipes Business

    January 7, 2009
    Plan includes plant closures, line reductions.

  • Lang Starts as Ahlstrom CEO

    January 5, 2009
    Riston Anttonen named deputy.

  • Avgol To Add Chinese Line

    January 5, 2009
    Company also announced NC line upgrades.

  • EDANA has named Abby Bailey its new marketing and communications director

    January 1, 2009
    EDANA has named Abby Bailey its new marketing and communications director, effective November 2008. In this newly expanded role combining both the marketing and communications needs of the association and its member companies, Ms. Bailey is responsib…

  • Shawn Hickey has joined Daikin’s Uni­dyne sales team

    January 1, 2009
    Shawn Hickey has joined Daikin’s Uni­dyne sales team as a technical sales representative responsible for the day-to-day sales activities of Unidyne products. The Unidyne products are a family of fluorochemicals designed to impart superior water, o…

  • Since January 2008, Fibertex has been operating under new management

    January 1, 2009
    Since January 2008, Fibertex has been operating under new management with two top executives being responsible for their business areas. More recently, the Aalborg, Denmark-based nonwovens producer has named these two executives—Mikael Axelsen and…

  • Expanded Repair Services

    January 1, 2009
    Menges Roller Co., a full-service roller manufacturer, has announced its expanded repair services for rollers used in converting, paper, nonwovens, film and foil industries. "We can often relieve the need to buy new rollers," said Matthew Menges, pre…

  • Meltblown Nanofiber Technology

    January 1, 2009
    A licensing agreement was recently signed between NonWoven Technologies, Inc. (NTI), Oyster Bay, NY, and Arthur G. Russell (AGR), Bristol, CT. AGR was given sole exclusivity for the right of use to NTIs breakthrough, patented high speed meltblown na…

  • Shalag Industries

    Shalag Industries

    January 1, 2009
    Location: UPPER GALILEE, ISRAEL Sales: $80 Million Description: Plant Locations Israel, U.S. (planned) Major Processes thermal bonded The biggest news from Israel’s Shalag Group is a recent announcementthat the company investe…

  • Spuntech

    Spuntech

    January 1, 2009
    Location: UPPER TIBERIAS, ISRAEL Sales: $90 Million Description: Key Personnel Rob Stollar, vice president, global sales and marketing, Ron Broshi, vice president of new product development; John Rank, director of sales and marketing—The Am…

  • Vita Nonwovens

    Vita Nonwovens

    January 1, 2009
    Location: MANCHESTER, U.K. Sales: $170 Million Description: Key Personnel Joe Menendez, Vita Group CEO Wim Warnier, Vita Nonwovens CEO Plants Belgium, France, Sweden, U.S. ISO Status ISO 9001:2000; ISO / TS 16949 Processes Drylaid, chemical bo…

  • Kuraray

    Kuraray

    January 1, 2009
    Location: OSAKA, JAPAN Sales: $85 Million Description: Key Personnel Takashi Nakajima, president, Kuraray Kuraflex Plants Okayama, Saijo and Ibaragi Processes Resin bonded, thermal bonded, spunlaced, meltblown, steam jet Brand N…

  • KNH Enterprises

    KNH Enterprises

    January 1, 2009
    Location: TAIPEI, TAIWAN Sales: $80 Million Description: Key Personnel J.C. Tai, chairman and owner; Kirk Hwang, Wang, general manager China operations; Alvin business unit officer Plants Taipei, Taiwan; Shanghai, China Processes A…

  • Precision Custom Coatings

    Precision Custom Coatings

    January 1, 2009
    Location: TOTOWA, NJ Sales: $100 Million Description: Key Personnel Peter Longo, chairman and COO; Scott Tesser, president and CEO; Rich Noble, CFO and treasurer; Dan Kamat, vice president, Industrial Textile Division; Shaile Dusaj, director indu…

  • Unitika

    Unitika

    January 1, 2009
    Location: OSAKA, JAPAN Sales: $97 Million Description: Key Personnel Masaru Tsugawa, general manager, nonwoven fabrics division; Hiroshi Kawasaki, general manager, nonwoven fabrics sales Plants Okasaki and Tarui Brand Names Marix,…

  • Textilgruppe Hof

    Textilgruppe Hof

    January 1, 2009
    Location: HOF/SAALE, GERMANY Sales: $98 Million Description: Key Personnel Harald Stini, managing director; Detlev Käppel, managing director—Techtex and Global sales director eswegee, technical nonwovens; Lothar Hackler, president&mdas…

  • Royal Ten Cate (Polyfelt)

    Royal Ten Cate (Polyfelt)

    January 1, 2009
    Location: LINZ, AUSTRIA Sales: $102 Million Description: Key Personnel Wally Moore, CEO; Rich McLeod, director sales marketing, Jean-Pasqual Mermet, marketing director; Jan-Willem Heezen, marketing director; Günter Froschauer, marketi…

  • Fitesa

    Fitesa

    January 1, 2009
    Location: GRAVATAI, BRAZIL Sales: $103 Million Description: Plants Gravatai, Brazil; North America Process Spunmelt, meltblown Major Markets Hygiene, medical, industrial, filtration, sorbents This is the last year Brazilian nonwovens producer…

  • Suominen

    Suominen

    January 1, 2009
    Location: NAKKILA, FINLAND Sales: $107 Million Description: Key Personnel Petri Rolig, president and CEO of Suominen Corporation; Paul-Erik Toivo, vice president and general manager of Suominen Wiping; Mads Kiilerich, director operations of Suomi…

  • Foss Manufacturing

    Foss Manufacturing

    January 1, 2009
    Location: HAMPTON, NH Sales: $80 Million Description: Key Personnel A.J. Nassar, CEO; Mike DeGrace, president Plants Hampton, NH ISO Status All businesses are QS 9000, ISO 9001, and ISO 17025 certified and are close to ISO 14,000 (…

  • Toray Advanced Materials

    Toray Advanced Materials

    January 1, 2009
    Location: SEOUL, KOREA Sales: $144 Million Description: Plant Locations Gumi, Kyungsang-Bukdo, South Korea; Nantong, JIangsu Province, China ISO Status ISO-9001: 2009; ISO-14001 (environmental certification): 2004; ISO-18001 (operational certifi…

  • Andrew Industries

    Andrew Industries

    January 1, 2009
    Location: MANCHESTER, U.K. Sales: $130 Million Description: Plants South Carolina, China, U.K. Processes Needlepunch, thermal bonded and chemical finishes Brand Names Fiberlox, Microfelt, Checkstatic and Pleatlox Major Markets Filtration, Tech…

  • Union Industries

    Union Industries

    January 1, 2009
    Location: MASSERANO, ITALY Sales: $143 Million Description: Key Personnel Matteo Moltrasio, vice president; Luigi Cassano, managing director; Alessandro Taramasso, commercial director Plant Masserano, Biella, Italy ISO Status since 1997 ISO 900…

  • Lydall Inc

    Lydall Inc

    January 1, 2009
    Location: MANCHESTER, CT Sales: $112 Million Description: Key Personnel W. Leslie Duffy, chairman of the board; Dale Barnhart, president and CEO; Thomas Smith, vice president, CFO and treasurer; Mona Estey, vice president—Human Resources; M…

  • Mitsui Chemical

    Mitsui Chemical

    January 1, 2009
    Location: TOKYO, JAPAN Sales: $155 Million Description: Key Personnel Haruhiro Uesugi, general manager, life and energy materials division Plants Japan, Thailand Processes Spunbonded, needlepunched, meltblown, thermal bonded Brand Names Tafnel…

  • Toyobo

    Toyobo

    January 1, 2009
    Location: TOKYO, JAPAN Sales: $163 Million Description: Key Personnel Yuuji Taneda, general manager, spunbond division of Toyobo; Yukio Kawasaki, president of Kureha Plants Tsuruga, Iwakuni, Shiga Brand Names Volans, Ecule, Bonden, Kurelock, Ku…

  • Georgia-Pacific

    Georgia-Pacific

    January 1, 2009
    Location: ATLANTA, GA Sales: $150 Million Description: Plants Green Bay, WI (two facilities); Avigliano, Italy Processes Airlaid, carded Brand Names Airtex, Dritex Major Markets Baby wipes, industrial and food service wipes, feminine hygiene,…

  • Jacob Holm

    Jacob Holm

    January 1, 2009
    Location: BASEL, SWITZERLAND Sales: $172 Million Description: Key Personnel Poul Mikkelsen, chairman; Finn Schoning, group controller; operations USA; Alain Héberlé, director of marketing and Porcher, global commercial account direc…

  • Pegas A/S

    Pegas A/S

    January 1, 2009
    Location: ZNOJMO, CZECH REPUBLIC Sales: $209 Million Description: Key Personnel Frantisek Rezac, Chief executive officer; Frantisek Klaska, Technical director; Ales Gerza, Chief financial officer; Rostislav Vrbacky, Production director Plan…

  • Asahi Kasei

    Asahi Kasei

    January 1, 2009
    Location: OSAKA, JAPAN Sales: $195 Million Description: Key Personnel Toshio Takanashi, general manager, nonwoven fabrics division; Katsuhiko Hinamoto, general manager, spunbonded fabric sales; Tetsuya Nakamura, general manger, Bemliese sales Pla…

  • Sandler

    Sandler

    January 1, 2009
    Location: SCHWARTZENBACH/SAALE, GERMANY Sales: $232 Million Description: Key Personnel Christian Heinrich Sandler, chief executive officer; Dipl. Kfm. Christian Heinrich Sandler, Dieter Magiera, members of the management board Plant Schwarzenbac…

  • Japan Vilene

    Japan Vilene

    January 1, 2009
    Location: TOKYO, JAPAN Sales: $222 Million Description: Key Personnel Mitsuo Kanno, president; Minoru Tanaka, managing director; Yoshiaki Mizutani, director; Kasuo Hamada, managing director Plants Shiga, Tokyo, Japan Processes Resin bonded, nee…

  • Bonar

    Bonar

    January 1, 2009
    (formerly Colbond) Location: ARNHEM, THE NETHERLANDS Sales: $195 Million Description: Key Personnel Jan van Boldrik, CEO; Bart Austin, president Colbond Inc.; Harry Verbakel, director sales and marketing floor coverings; Blair Rawes, directo…

  • Propex Fabrics

    Propex Fabrics

    January 1, 2009
    Location: CHATTANOOGA, GA Sales: $175 Million Description: Key Personnel Stan Brant, president and CEO, Martin de Vries, president and chief financial officer Plants Ringgold, GA Process Needlepunch Major Markets Geosynthetics, flooring, furni…

  • Companhia Providencia

    Companhia Providencia

    January 1, 2009
    Location: PARANA, BRAZIL Sales: $225 Million Description: Key Personnel Herminio Freitas, President and CEO; Eduardo Feldmann, CFO; Alexandre Domeque, commercial director; Romeo Bregant, industrial director Plant Locations São Jose Pinhai…

  • Fibertex

    Fibertex

    January 1, 2009
    Location: AALBORG, DENMARK Sales: $295 Million Description: Key Personnel Mikael Staal Axelsen, CEO, Fibertex Personal Care; Jorgen Bech Madsen, CEO, Fibertex Industrial Nonwovens; Ole Houmann, CFO; Kenneth Mynster Dolmer, purchasing director Pl…