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  • PCMC Reduces Workforce

    July 26, 2005
    Paper Converting Machine Company, Green Bay, WI has reportedly laid off 58 office and administrative workers due to general business conditions and the company's ongoing restructuring efforts. The layoffs were reportedly not related to the company's…

  • Fleissner Develops Technology For Smaller Companies

    July 26, 2005
    Fleissner is set to unveil a new concept for the spunlace nonwovens market. Fleissner Lean AquaJet is a highly efficient spunlace system with limited investment costs for sanitary, medical, hygiene and cosmetic products as well as all kinds of wet wi…

  • Loparex Sold To Investment Group

    July 14, 2005
    UPM has sold Loparex Group, a part of its converting division, to an investment company belonging to ABN AMRO Capital Group. The transaction is expected to be concluded during the third quarter of 2005. Loparex is the world's leading manufacturer of…

  • SCA Brand Extends To India

    July 12, 2005
    India's J K Aansell will market SCA's Tena range of incontinence products in India through an agreement with the Swedish hygiene specialist. J K Ansell, owner of the Kama Sutra brand of condoms and marketer of imported surgical gloves, will market Te…

  • WNI Expands U.S. Capacity

    July 11, 2005
    In a $2 million investment, roll goods producer Western Nonwovens (WNI), Carson, CA, has initiated an expansion in the eastern U.S. to service its growing customer base using new and existing continuous filament products and new insulation roll good…

  • Clopay Buys Out Finotech Venture

    July 11, 2005
    Clopay Plastic Products Company has purchased the remaining 40% stake in its Finotech jont venture from partner BBA Group. The $82 million cash transaction is expected to strengthen Clopay’s European business and streamline its German operation…

  • Nonwovens Line Set For Egypt

    July 7, 2005
    A joint venture between a Chinese company and an Egyptian firm will begin construction on a nonwoven fabric facility, worth $12.5 million in the Free Trade Zone, west of the Gulf of Suez, 130 kilometers east of Cairo. Called Egypt CTMC Nonwovens Co.…

  • H&V Strikes Licenese Technology

    July 7, 2005
    Hollingsworth & Vose, East Walpole, MA, has signed a global licensing agreement with Minneapolis-based Donaldson Company, covering technology used to produce nanofiber filter media and nanofiber-containing filter elements for pleated air filters…

  • Filtration Group Continues Strides in HEPA

    July 7, 2005
    Filtration Group has introduced a new M-Series HEPA filter, marking a major advancement in HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filtration. This line of filters has redefined HEPA value, versatility and performance, according to executives, and its…

  • Kusters Loses Longtime Friend

    July 7, 2005
    Hans Hendrix, a longtime employee of Kusters, passed away July 1. He was 56 years old. Mr. Hendrix joined Kusters as an apprentice 42 years ago. Having completed his training as an engine fitter, he worked first as an assembler for a good number of y…

  • Expansion Planned for Airflex Emulsion Products

    July 7, 2005
    Air Products Polymers will expand production capacity of Airflex vinyl acetate-ethylene (VAE) emulsions by 65 million wet pounds per year during the next six months through low-cost debottlenecking efforts at its two U.S. manufacturing facilities in…

  • DAK Retructures PSF Manufacturing

    June 30, 2005
    DAK Americas will close its Polykron Fiber Manufacturing Plant in Monterrey, Mexico after 40 years in operation on July 31, 2005. The facility, which produces polyester staple fiber, currently employs approximately 150 employees. DAK Americas will co…

  • Australian Diaper Maker Gets New Owner

    June 30, 2005
    New York private equity firm Castle Harlan said its Champ affiliate in Australia sold a disposable diaper maker for around $58 million. Champ -- short for Castle Harlan Australian Mezzanine Partners—sold its Australian Pacific Paper Products op…

  • Spunlace Producer Established in Algeria

    June 30, 2005
    Inotis is hoping to benefit from Algeria’s status as an oil-producing nation by establishing a spunlace nonwovens line in the country. Located near Oran, the country’s second largest city, the production line features Fleissner spunlace t…

  • EDANA Looks For Filtration Papers

    June 23, 2005
    Building on the success of Filtrex 2004, EDANA's first-ever filtration conference and exhibition, the European nonwovens association has issued a call for papers for a second edition, Filtrex 2006. To allow more space for the exhibition part of the e…

  • PCMC Assumes New Ownership

    June 21, 2005
    In an effort to ensure its long-term viability, equipment supplier Paper Converting Machine Company, Green Bay, WI, has signed of letter of intent to be acquired by Barry-Wehmiller Companies, f St. Louis, MO. "By combining forces with Barry-Wehm…

  • DuPont Execs Elaborate On Korean Investment

    June 16, 2005
    DuPont Nonwovens, Wilmington, DE, has revealed more details surrounding its decision to construct a new facility near Seoul, Korea. Last month, the nonwovens producer announced it had finalized an agreement to build a $12 million nonwovens market dev…

  • Freudenberg Expands Asian Tuft Business

    June 16, 2005
    Freudenberg, the world's leading nonwovens producer, will add to its polyester spunbond output in Ta-Yuan, Taiwan. A new line, scheduled to start up by late 2007, will produce 12,000 tons of PET spunbond to support growth of Freudenberg's Asian custo…

  • Award Honors Medical Dressing

    June 16, 2005
    3M Form Adhesive Dressing, Heel Design, has received a Silver 2005 Medical Design Excellence Award for design innovation. Available now as 3M Foam Adhesive Dressing, the dressing will soon be part of 3M's established and trusted Tegaderm brand line.…

  • K-C Looks At RFID Options

    June 16, 2005
    Kimberly-Clark has begun formal testing of Generation 2 Radio Frequency Identification hardware. The Generation 2 hardware provides a universal solution to RFID technology on a global basis, replacing numerous and incompatible systems with one system…

  • Industry Job Listings On INDA Site

    June 16, 2005
    INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Association, has expanded and upgraded its classified advertising and job mart listings available online at Available free of charge for INDA members worldwide and for a nominal fee to non-membe…

  • PCMC Event Draws More Than 200

    June 16, 2005
    Officials at Paper Converting Machine Company (PCMC) say that the First Annual Nonwovens Converting Technical Conference in Green Bay, WI, June 8-9, 2005 exceeded all expectations. "It was an overwhelming success," said David Kessenich, Glo…

  • Techtextil Preview

    June 16, 2005
    a look at what companies will be showcasing at next month's event in Frankfurt, Germany

  • INDEX Draws Largest Crowd Ever

    June 16, 2005
    attendance tops 12,000

  • Expo in Print

    June 16, 2005
    company profiles submitted by this month's display advertisers

  • Geononwovens hang tight

    June 16, 2005
    increasingly specialized nonwovens adapt to meet performance criteria for a variety of geotextile uses in an effort to avoid commoditization

  • Building a brighter future

    June 16, 2005
    nonwovens meet the grade in roofing and construction markets where educated home buyers and builders are demanding higher performing products

  • Making a better nonwoven with technology

    June 16, 2005
    tips to avoid commoditization and add value using raw materials

  • Spunbonded and Meltblown Nonwovens

    June 15, 2005
    manufacturers continue to focus on these two markets, despite lower pricing and overcapacity issues

  • Hygiene Machinery Update

    June 14, 2005
    machinery manufacturers have a good view of the hygiene segment

  • Baby Diaper Market Update

    June 14, 2005
    manufacturers continue to provide the best comfort, stretch and flexibility

  • As Needlepunch Sales Lag, Manufacturers Remain Optimistic

    June 14, 2005
    plagued by overcapacity problems, needlepunch manufacturers are looking for growth opportunities

  • Wiping Up Profits

    June 14, 2005
    outlook for home and commercial wipes sales remains strong

  • Innovation Boosts Spunlace

    June 14, 2005
    emerging hybrid technologies and growing specialty markets hit the scene

  • Give Me Shelter

    June 14, 2005
    jittery Americans boost protective apparel sales but manufacturers view growth with skepticism

  • 21st Annual Expo in Print

    June 14, 2005
    advertisers highlight company products, technologies and services

  • Air Through Bulks Up

    June 14, 2005
    versatility, uniformity and a clean production process have manufacturers applauding air through bonded nonwovens

  • Taking Roofs To A Higher Level

    June 14, 2005
    nonwovens enhancements shape residential and commercial roofing markets

  • INDA, Nonwovens Industry Team Up For IDEA Awards

    June 14, 2005
    prestigious awards ceremony to highlight IDEA 04

  • Synthetic Fiber Update

    June 14, 2005
    polyester, polypropylene, others positioned well for future growth

  • Natural Fibers Win Laurels

    June 14, 2005
    lured by a variety of benefits, nonwovens continue to go natural in many applications

  • 34th Annual Buyers Guide

    June 14, 2005
    This annual guide lists nearly every supplier and producer of nonwovens around the globe in one comprehensive listing. This guide is divided into six sectionsmachinery and equipment suppliers, raw material producers, roll goods manufacturers, contract se

  • A Winning Combination

    June 14, 2005
    composites gain importance as the nonwovens industry looks for new technology

  • Machinery & Equipment Review

    June 14, 2005
    a look at whats new with equipment suppliers

  • THE TOP 40

    June 14, 2005
    profiles of the top worldwide manufacturers of nonwovens


    June 14, 2005
    expanded services, upgraded machinery and new markets ease competition

  • ITMA 2003 Hits Birmingham

    June 14, 2005
    machinery manufacturers to promote latest technologies

  • Nonwovens Hit The Wall

    June 14, 2005
    wallcovering market receives boost from new applications

  • Nonwovens Flow Into Filtration

    June 14, 2005
    stringent standards and heightened awareness lead to innovation

  • The Medical Market: Charting Progress

    June 14, 2005
    manufacturers seek balance of protection and comfort