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Published March 27, 2007
Jacob Holm & Sønner A/S has sold its shareholding in Jacob Holm & Sons STA A/S to LD Equity. Jacob Holm & Sønner A/S continues its 100% ownership of the Jacob Holm Industries operations in France (Soultz) and USA (Asheville)… Read More »
Published March 26, 2007
Israeli roll goods producer Avgol released financial figures for 2006, its first such posting as a public company. Boasting $60 million in revenue for the fourth quarter, the company’s gross profit margin rose to 24% of turnover, from 22% in th… Read More »
Published March 21, 2007
INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, Cary, NC, has named Steve Ogle its new technical director. A long-time veteran of the nonwovens and technical textiles industry, Mr. Ogle replaces Cos Camelio, who is retiring in June after six year… Read More »
Published March 21, 2007
Plans are underway at Polish nonwovens producer Lentex to build a second spunlace line. With production start-up slated for the end of 2007, the turnkey line will be manufactured by Asselin-Thibeau and will include spunlace equipment from Rieter Perf… Read More »
Published March 15, 2007
Parkinson’s new Contractor Roll Winder is designed to produce finished rolls in line with the process or off-line from jumbo rolls. With the Contractor Roll Winder, the customer can generate finished rolls on contractor size cores ranging from… Read More »
Published March 15, 2007
Universal Slice applicators from Nordson Corporation dispense different hot melt adhesive patterns from a single applicator, allowing users to simultaneously produce multiple intermittent applications. These can include lamination, stabilization and… Read More »
Published March 15, 2007
The antistatic ventilation belt Conduct for the technical weaver GKD ensures reliable g rounding and prevents electrostatic charging in the nonwovens and wood processing industries. Conducto 2 is the name of the latest development of this proven perf… Read More »
Published March 15, 2007
Patent-pending Universal Signature spray nozzles from Nordson Corporation produce random hot melt adhesive patterns with dense, uniform coverage for nonwovens, wide and narrow web coating and general manufacturing and assembly applications. Continuou… Read More »
Published March 15, 2007
Effective March 2007, Stephan Tanda has left Freudenberg Nonwovens to join Royal DSM N.V., where he has been elected to the management board. Effective the same date, George Cartwright, former executive director of BBA Group, will assume the role of… Read More »
Published March 14, 2007
According to a new and updated technical market research report, The Market for Nonwoven Filter Materials, from BCC RESEARCH (www.bccresearch.com), the North American market for nonwoven filter media was worth $588 million in 2005 and will be $617 mi… Read More »
By Peter Mayberry and Jessica Franken
Published March 13, 2007
REACH program would require industry to prove chemical safety Read More »
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Published March 13, 2007
During the past three weeks, there has been more news relating to adult incontinence than there has been all year. First, Paperpak announced it had a new owner; then, Whitestone bought fellow AI manufacturer Humanicare and finally Procter & Gambl… Read More »
Spunlace: Still Wiping Up?
By Ellen Wuagneux, Editor
Published March 12, 2007
overcapacity and pricing issues worry producers, but there is hope that product differentiation will lead the way Read More »
Making Moves In The AI Market
By Karen McIntyre, Editor
Published March 12, 2007
strong growth prospects have led to M&A activity in North America Read More »
Published March 12, 2007
Net sales topped $1 billion for the first time last year at nonwovens producer Polymer Group Inc. The company’s sales increased 7.7% to $1.02 billion. Meanwhile, fourth quarter sales also increased, 9.8%, to $263.9 million, and gross profit inc… Read More »
Published March 12, 2007
Two men who helped guide the nonwovens industry through its formative years and into today’s vital global business will be recognized for their outstanding contributions during the IDEA07 Achievement Awards ceremony to be held at the IDEA07 Int… Read More »
Published March 12, 2007
Winner Medical Group‚Äôs operating subsidiary Winner Medical Group Ltd. (WMG) was incorporated in 1991 and is one of the largest medical disposable product manufacturers in China. Read More »
Published March 9, 2007
Influenced by tax credits and incentives, Colbond has decided to expand its Asheville, NC nonwovens production facility by adding 20 jobs and $7million in equipment. The Netherlands-based company chose to expand in Asheville, over its Obernberg, Germ… Read More »
Published March 7, 2007
Demand for wipes in the U.S. is forecast to increase 6.1% per annum to $2.2 billion in 2011, propelled by a continual spate of new product introductions and further segmentation of the market. The number and variety of wipes on the market will contin… Read More »
Published March 5, 2007
 American Israeli Paper Mills Ltd.'s Turkish subsidiary had struck and agreement to have its goods sold by consumer goods giant Unilever in Turkey. Unilever has a large sales and distribution network in Turkey, and its agreement with Kimberly Cl… Read More »
Published March 2, 2007
Acordis Beheer bv (Acordis) and Ciba Specialty Chemicals (Ciba) have signed an agreement to sell their polyacrylate super absorbent fiber business, Technical Absorbents Limited, located in Grimsby, U.K., to Bluestar Fibres Company Ltd.  Financia… Read More »
Published March 2, 2007
Consumer product giant Kimberly-Clark, Dallas, TX, today opened a research and development center in Korea’s Yongin, Kyonggi Province. The company’s innovation center marks its first R&D facility to be launched outside of the U.S.… Read More »
Published March 1, 2007
Air and liquid filtration systems specialist Donaldson Company has acquired St. Charles, MO-based Aerospace Filtration Systems (AFS). A manufacturer of high-performance air filters for commercial and military aircraft, AFS had annual sales of approxi… Read More »
Published March 1, 2007
Plastics solutions provider Borealis is investing in a polyolefin meltblown line to increase nonwoven innovation. The investment includes the installation of an in-house pilot line alongside other laboratory equipment. According to Borealis, this is… Read More »
Published March 1, 2007
Japan Vilene is promoting a new gas-diffusion porous substrate in the Japanese market for polymer electrolyte fuel cells, as well as a stationary fuel-cell filter for removing exhaust and dust from fuel cells. The gas-diffusion product is made up of… Read More »
Published March 1, 2007
Plans are underway at Italian roll goods producer Texsus SpA to start up a new line during the second quarter of 2007 to produce biodegradable highloft acquisition/distribution layers. The three-meter-wide line will have an annual capacity of 4000 to… Read More »
Published February 28, 2007
World fiber output increased by 5.1% to 74.7 million tons in 2006, according to preliminary data in an annual report on world fiber production from textile machinery maker Oerlikon Saurer Textile. The full report “The Fiber Year 2006/07”… Read More »
Published February 28, 2007
Acworth, GA-based Americo Manufacturing Company has named Riches Associates its sales representative covering Canada. John Riches, Bob Domenichelli, Michel Leger, Ryan McDougall and Greg Murphy from Riches Associates will represent Americo products f… Read More »
Published February 28, 2007
Kimberly-Clark Professional has introduced a dispenser for pre-saturated alcohol wipes that provides convenient one-handed dispensing with no need to hold a package or re-seal a closing flap. "Until now, pre-saturated wiper packages were anythin… Read More »
Published February 21, 2007
Kimberly-Clark Corporation has added several new and improved baby and toddler hygiene products to its well-known Huggies brand including an improved Huggies Supreme baby wipe, a new naturally refreshing line of Huggies baby wipes and toiletries and… Read More »
Published February 20, 2007
Six years after the establishment of sister company Zhejiang Huayin Plastics Co. in 1992, spunbond nonwovens producer Zhejiang Huayin Nonwovens was born. Read More »
Published February 20, 2007
A.Celli Nonwovens’ Wingformer has been selected as the airlaid technology for two new projects with China-based Dalian Ruiguang Nonwoven Group and Italian producer Main SpA, respectively. In order to further expand its operations in the hygiene… Read More »
Published February 16, 2007
Johns Manville has begun operating a new nonwoven spunbond mat production line in Luoyang, China. Located in the Henan province, this new state-of-the-art line underscores JM’s commitment to its roofing, specialty and geotextiles customers. &ld… Read More »
Published February 15, 2007
Playtex Products, Westport, CT, posted better-than-expected fourth-quarter profit but its shares fell 3% after the consumer products company said that it might have to look at acquisitions to meet its 2008 goals. Playtex, whose products include tampo… Read More »
Published February 15, 2007
Americo Manufacturing, a leading maker of floor pads, hand pads, filter media, geotextiles and other nonwoven materials, has expanded its manufacturing capabilities with a new state-of-the-art production line. According to company executives, the new… Read More »
Published February 15, 2007
Procter & Gamble is seeking a buyer for its Japanese adult diaper business even as the market posts steady growth due to the country's aging population. P&G said it was looking to unload its Attento diaper brand because it did not fit into it… Read More »
Published February 14, 2007
TrueCoat slot applicators from Nordson Corporation provide exceptional thermal performance and application accuracy in continuous or intermittent coating applications.  The compact, configurable design is ideal for coating a wide variety of subs… Read More »
Published February 14, 2007
TenCate Geosynthetics North America, Pendergrass, GA, has entered into an exclusive partnership with Toledo, OH-based Owens Corning whereby TenCate will sell, market and distribute Owens Corning’s TruPave Engineered Paving Mat in North America.… Read More »
Published February 13, 2007
Both sales and earnings for the last quarter of 2006 were up, according to DuPont, Wilmington, DE. The company’s fourth quarter profits soared to $871 million compared to $154 million in the fourth quarter of 2005. Sales revenues were up 8% to… Read More »
Published February 13, 2007
Effective March 1, 2007, Stephan Tanda will leave Freudenberg Nonwovens to join Royal DSM N.V., where he will be elected to the management board. Effective the same date, George Cartwright, former executive director of BBA Group, will assume the role… Read More »
Published February 13, 2007
A spunbonded nonwoven fabric has been issued a patent. With an approximate basis weight of 7-250 grams per square meter, the material has a plurality of continuous filaments and an inserted yarn. The inserted yarn is made from the group consisting of… Read More »
By Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor
Published February 12, 2007
One of the best things about a democracy is the right to vote. Read More »
By Peter Mayberry and Jessica Franken
Published February 12, 2007
action seeks to complete rule on employer payment for personal protection equipment Read More »
By Ellen Wuagneux, Associate Editor
Published February 12, 2007
to stay afloat, producers of spunmelt nonwovens must balance high raw material costs, tough competition and overcapacity issues Read More »
Food Pads: A Great Market For Airlaid
By Karen McIntyre, Editor
Published February 12, 2007
absorbency requirements open up opportunities in food packaging Read More »
Household Wipes: Searching For The Next Swiffer
By Karen McIntyre, Editor
Published February 12, 2007
growth slows as the market awaits its next blockbuster Read More »
Published February 12, 2007
Polymer Group, Inc. will invest in technology for an entirely new category of high performance, cost-effective engineered materials for wipes and other uses. The company will debut its new family of Spinlace fabrics at IDEA07 in Miami in April. Initi… Read More »
Published February 9, 2007
The chairman of the Lenzing AG supervisory board, Karl Schmutzer, has denied recurrent rumors stating that Lenzing will be sold to a strategic investor, in particular the Indian Birla Group.     "As a member of the management o… Read More »
Published February 8, 2007
Fifteen  innovative, successful new products in the nonwovens and engineered fabrics industries of the past three years have been nominated as finalists for the prestigious IDEA07 Achievement Awards. The finalists were selected from hundreds of… Read More »
Published 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… Read More »