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  • Hof Expands U.S. Operation

    May 10, 2005
    Nonwovens producer Hof Textiles will invest in new equipment at its Lincolnton, NC manufacturing facility. The $2.7 million unspecified investment will create at least five new jobs paying $9-17 per hour. A subsidiary of Germany's eswegee Vliesstoff…

  • Price increases from DuPont

    May 10, 2005
    DuPont Nonwovens has announced price increases for its Sontara and Advance Composite Technology (ACT) nonwoven fabrics, effective immediately. Marketed under the brand names DuPont Suprel, Softesse and Sontara, these products are used in the health c…

  • Mölnlycke changes ownership

    May 10, 2005
    Nordic Capital and other major shareholders have entered into a definitve agreement to sell Mölnlycke Health Care to funds advised by Apax Partners, one of the world's leading private equity investment groups. Headquartered in Sweden, Mölnl…

  • Tencel Acquisition Leads to Name Change for Lenzing

    May 4, 2005
    Following its acquisition of Tencel, the Lenzing Group, Lenzing, Austria, has changed names of some of its member companies. Lenzing Lyocell, based in Heiligenkruez, Austria will now be known as Lenzing Fibers GmbH; Tencel Ltd., Grimsby, U.K., has be…

  • Nonwovens Study Published

    May 4, 2005
    International Newsletters has published “World Markets for Nonwovens and Other Unspun Products to 2010.” This report has been produced by experts assembled by the internationally renowned organization Comite International de la Rayonne et…

  • PGI Sales Continue To Climb

    May 4, 2005
    First quarter sales grew 18.5% to reach $244.4 million during the first quarter ended April 2, 2005 at Polymer Group Inc., N. Charleston, SC. Profits increased 15.6% to $43.9 million. Sales growth was reportedly driven by higher volumes in all of the…

  • Nonwovens Research Academy: Encore Scheduled

    May 4, 2005
    EDANA’s Nonwovens Research Academy kicked off at INDEX 05 in Geneva last month. A newly launched initiative of EDANA, Europe’s nonwovens-related trade organization, the aim of the Academy is to provide an exchange of ideas and research re…

  • Judge approves Knowlton's plan

    May 4, 2005
    A U.S. Bankruptcy Court has approved a reorganization plan for Watertown, NY-based Knowlton Specialty Papers Inc. that will allow the papermaker to pay off all of its creditors in full. The company has also settled a claim with insurance companies st…

  • Synergy, AHP Join Forces In Dominican Republic

    April 28, 2005
    PHS Group, a subsidiary of Synergy Brands, Inc., plans to leverage its Dominican Republic relationships in the cigar business and enter the country's disposable diaper market as a result of an agreement with Associated Hygienic Products, LLC, Duluth…

  • K-C Merges Two Key Businesses

    April 28, 2005
    Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Dallas, TX, is underway with plans to combine its North Atlantic Personal Care and Family Care businesses into a single organization under one leader. Steve Kalmanson, currently group president-North Atlantic Personal Care…

  • Fibertex Expands Vigona Site

    April 20, 2005
    One year after purchasing Czech Republic-based nonwovens producer Vigona, Fibertex has finalized plans to add a large needlepunch line to the operation. The NSC line will be installed at a Greenfield location near the two existing Vigona sites in Svi…

  • Ihsan To Install Fleissner Line

    April 20, 2005
    Bleached cotton producer Ihsan Sons, Lahore, Pakistan, has unveiled plans to forward integrate by installing a hydroentangling line at its Lahore headquarters. The new line, featuring technology from Fleissner as well as Truetzscler and Spinnbau, wil…

  • Indian Spunlace Market Gets A Start

    April 20, 2005
    An Indian textiles producer has partnered with French systems provider Rieter Perfojet to establish its country?s first spunlace operation. Ginni Filament, based in New Delhi, will install a 3.6-meter-wide, 12,000 ton-per-year Rieter Perfojet Jetlace…

  • SAAF To Add Spunbond Line

    April 20, 2005
    Advanced Fabrics (SAAF) has purchased a Reicofil 4 multibeam machine from Reifenhäuser. The new line will be installed in SAAF?s Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia plant when it comes onstream in 2006. The investment will increase SAAF?s capacity to 30,000 m…

  • Cotton Offers Potential To Save Lives

    April 8, 2005
    Scientists at Texas Tech University's Institute of Environmental and Human Health have unveiled a new composite nonwoven cotton fabric they say will protect against biological and chemical agents. The fabric, developed with the U.S. Department of Def…

  • Weyerhaeuser Continues Paragon Denial

    April 8, 2005
    Weyerhaeuser Company will appeal a decision made by a U.S. Bankruptcy Judge awarding $460 million to the estate of diaper producer Paragon Trade Brands. Weyerhaeuser has not recorded a charge against earnings because it believes the bankruptcy decisi…

  • Concert Head Named

    April 8, 2005
    Concert Industries has appointed Tony Molluso president and chief executive officer, effective April 11, 2005. Mr. Molluso joins Concert from Vicwest Corporation where, as president and CEO, he recently completed a highly successful turnaround mandat…

  • Saurer Adds Festooner To Nonwovens Biz

    April 8, 2005
    Saurer has acquired a 100% stake in Kortec GmbH, a supplier of festooning machinery for the nonwovens industry. Kortec will be merged into Neumag, which manages Sauer's nonwovens business. Kortec offers a wide range of festooning machine types and en…

  • Foss Names Fiber Head

    April 8, 2005
    Foss Manufacturing Company has appointed Jeff Dellinger as managing director of its Fiber Business Unit. Mr. Dellinger's responsibilities include the management of several key areas for Foss's Fiber Unit as well as global sales and marketing, technic…

  • PGI Plans Investments In West and East

    April 4, 2005
    Polymer Group Inc. will install spunmelt lines in the U.S. and China, reinforcing its position as a leading producer of the material in the world. The U.S. line, set to begin construction this month in Mooresville, NC, will meet customer demand withi…

  • BV recommends takeover plan

    March 29, 2005
    The board of British Vita plc is recommending a ?668 million takeover bid from TPG Spring (U.K.) Ltd., a company formed at the request of funds managed or advised by Texas Pacific Group. Commenting on the proposals, David Cotterill, the chairman of B…

  • PGI adds to NA output

    March 29, 2005
    Polymer Group Inc. will install a spunmelt line in Mooresville, NC to meet customer demand within North America. This Reifenhäuser Reico IV spunmelt line will primarily serve the hygiene and industrial markets in North America. Construction was…

  • Filtration material to be made from Teflon

    March 29, 2005
    APC Filtration Inc., an OEM supplier of filters and filter bags to industrial, commercial and domestic floor care appliance manufacturers has acquired the worldwide rights to manufacture HEPA Membrane Vacuum Cleaner Filters and Bags made with DuPont…

  • FiberMark withdraws reorganization plan

    March 29, 2005
    FiberMark, Inc has withdrawn its current Plan of Reorganization because its three largest bondholders, also members of the Creditors Committee, remain unable to resolve disputes among themselves relating to corporate governance and control issues inv…

  • Polyfelt For Sale

    March 16, 2005
    In a strategic divestment intended to streamline its portfolio and put greater focus on its core business, Austria-based OMV Aktiengesellschaft will sell its fully owned Polyfelt subsidiary in 2005. OMV plans to find a strong investor for Polyfelt, c…

  • Chicopee Expands Food Service Line

    March 16, 2005
    Chicopee, Polymer Group Inc.’s industrial wipes division, has added several new products to its foodservice towel line. Improved fabrics in its Chix with Microban and Chix Utility towel lines provide better particle pickup, rinsing and scrubbin…

  • Name Change For DuPONT SA

    March 16, 2005
    DuPont Savanci Polyester GmbH is now known as Advansa. The name change comes after Sabanci’s acquisition of the polyester manufacturer. Advansa will continue to manufacture and supply polyester and maintain exclusive rights including sublicensi…

  • Cognex Hits Milestone

    March 16, 2005
    Cognex Corporation has sold its 500th SmartView web inspection system since the product was introduced in mid–2000. “SmartView has set a new standard for web inspection performance, scalability and ease of use,” said Markku Jaaskela…

  • P&G Creates New Cleaning Tool

    March 10, 2005
    Procter & Gamble has introduced Mr. Clean Magic Reach, a new cleaning tool designed for the bathroom and its hard-to-reach places. From the long-trusted Mr. Clean brand, Mr. Clean Magic Reach quickly cleans bathroom surfaces, including in and aro…

  • Freudenberg, Mustang Team Up

    March 10, 2005
    A specialty filter created for its micronAir line is featured on the new 2005 Ford Mustang. The internal cabin air filtration system, which is coupled with an electrostatic charge, helps reduce system contamination levels from the vehicle's interior,…

  • Wipes Growth Projected

    March 10, 2005
    U.S. demand for wipes, both consumer and industrial, is expected to increase nearly 6% a year to reach $1.9 billion in 2009. This growth will be propelled by further market segment and a continual spate of new product introduction, according to a rep…

  • Degussa To Invest in Krefeld Site

    March 10, 2005
    Degussa AG, Dusseldorf, is set to expand its superabsorbents capacities in Krefeld, Germany by 2007. The raw material supply for this new capacity will be secured through an expansion of its acrylic acid-producing joint venture with Rohm & Haas i…

  • Glenro, TRCM Consolidate

    March 10, 2005
    Glenro, Paterson, NJ, and TRCM, Maysville, KY, have consolidated operations effective January 1, 2005, under the Glenro Inc. name. The Maysville, KY operations will now be known as TRCM Division of Glenro Inc. Since 1988 TRCM, a contract manufacturin…

  • Hygiene Report Available

    March 10, 2005
    John R. Starr, Inc has recently published a report on the world outlook for hygiene absorbent products and the key raw materials of nonwovens, fluff pulp, airlaid cores, superabsorbents and hygiene films. For many years, John R. Starr, Inc. has prepa…

  • Polyester Fiber Expansion Set For China

    March 10, 2005
    Performance Fibers, a leading global supplier of industrial fibers, today announced that it will build a second polyester fiber and fabric plant in Kaiping, China to meet demand from region's growing automotive market. The new plant will again double…

  • Nonwovens Turnaround For British Vita

    March 10, 2005
    British Vita Reported that 2004 sales increased 2% to £959 million while profit was £49 million, down 3% on challenging raw material prices. The company's nonwovens division, including facility in the U.K., Europe and the U.S., enjoyed pr…

  • PGI Turns a Profit

    March 3, 2005
    Polymer Group Inc. reported net sales increased 13.3% to $223.5 million during the fourth quarter, representing the highest level achieved in more than four years. For the full year, sales grew 8.6% to $844.7 million, driven primarily by volume growt…

  • Lydall Posts Loss

    March 3, 2005
    During the fourth quarter, Lydall reported a net loss of $1.2 million compared with a net income of $0.4 million during the same period of 2003. Nets sales increased 19.8% to $75.6 million compared with $63.1 million in 2003. Filtration/Separation sa…

  • K-C Offers Toilet Training Help

    March 3, 2005
    Kimberly-Clark has added to new training pant choices to its Pull-Ups line. Pull-Ups Training Pants with Learning Designs and Pull-Ups training pants with wetness liner are designed to meet the different needs of toddlers during toilet training. Lear…

  • Pampers and Children’s Hospital Reach Out to China

    March 3, 2005
    Pampers diaper brand and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, a pediatric medical and academic research center, have jointly launched the "Cincinnati Children's Bang Bao Research Scholar Program" in Beijing today to further advanc…

  • DAK Americas Raises Prices

    March 3, 2005
    DAK Americas has subjected its staple fiber products sold to home furnishings, apparel, industrial, and fiberfill markets to a three cent per pound price increase effective with shipments beginning April 1, 2005. The decision to raise prices was dire…

  • Fitesa Announces New Line

    March 3, 2005
    Brazilian nonwovens producer Fitesa will invest in a new spunmelt line with capacity of 15,000 tons per year. The line will be installed in the company’s site in Gravataí, Brazil and is expected to start up in second half 2006. The line…

  • Nonwovens Textiles

    March 1, 2005
    Kay Obendorf, professor of textiles and apparel at Cornell University, has vacated her post as vice president and assumed the role of president of The Fiber Society. Phil Gibson, materials research engineer with the U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center,…

  • Buckeye Anoints New Nonwovens VP

    March 1, 2005
    Douglas Dowdell was named senior vice president, Nonwovens, at Buckeye Tech­nologies, Memphis, TN. Mr. Dowdell graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Forestry in 1980. He began his career with Buckeye’s wood pulp operations at Pe…

  • DOA Adds to Offerings

    February 28, 2005
    Dr. Otto Angleitner (DOA) has developed a thermal bonding oven to complement its Sheet Forming Line. The oven is engineered not only to handle the extremely high production of DOA Sheet Forming lines but also to be able to apply up to 250 kilos press…

  • FiberVisions To Increase Prices

    February 28, 2005
    FiberVisions, a business unit of Hercules Incorporated, will initiate a 10% price increase globally on all mono polypropylene and polyethylene fibers, effective March 15, 2005 for all new customers and for all existing customers as contracts allow. E…

  • Minority-Owned Nonwovens Producer Begins Construction

    February 28, 2005
    Amantea Nonwovens has broken ground on the first minority-owned nonwoven fabric manufacturing facility in the U.S. The groundbreaking occurred in February at the TechSolve Business Park in Cincinnati. Among the speakers at the event were Ohio Governo…

  • Avgol To Expand NC Site

    February 28, 2005
    Avgol America is planning a $24-30 million expansion to its production plant in Mocksville, NC that would add 40 to 50 jobs, according to a North Carolina transportation official. The NC Board of Transportation has agreed to pay up to $30,730 toward…

  • Spuntech Decides on U.S. Site

    February 9, 2005
    Israel’s Spuntech Industries is the latest spunlace manufacturer to announce plans to set up shop in the southeast U.S. The company announced in January is would establish its first U.S. manufacturing facility in Roxboro, NC, creating 60 jobs d…

  • Playtex Announces Business Realignment and Other Charges, and Date for Fourth Quarter Earnings Release

    February 9, 2005
    Playtex Products will realign its business to improve focus on its core categories, reduce organizational complexity and obtain a more competitive cost structure. Once fully implemented, these initiatives are expected to enable the company to be more…