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  • Fi-Tech To Represent Wista and International Perforating Services

    February 9, 2005
    Wista GmbH, Schwaigern, Germany, has named Fi-Tech, Inc., Richmond, VA, as its representative serving the nonwovens, synthetic leather and converting industries in all NAFTA countries. Wista is recognized as the world leader in punch perforation equi…

  • Pliant Investment Serves Personal Care and Food Care Sites

    February 9, 2005
    Pliant Corporation will invest $15 million dollars to expand value-added production capacity at the company's personal care and food products manufacturing facilities in North America. The facilities are located in McAlester, OK; Macedon, NY and Wash…

  • EDANA Enhances INDEX

    February 9, 2005
    EDANA, the sponsor of INDEX 05, will launch a new event at the April nonwovens exhibition. The Nonwovens Research Academy is geared toward providing an exchange of ideas and research results, encouraging the development of technical knowledge to supp…

  • Ahlstrom To Expand in Filtration

    February 2, 2005
    Ahlstrom will expand its capacity for solvent-treated filtration materials sold primarily to the automotive filtration market. The expansion will be accomplished during the next three years through a series of small investments across the global Ahls…

  • P&G Buys Gillette

    February 2, 2005
    Consumer products giant Procter & Gamble will acquire 100% of The Gillette Company, the maker of Mach3 and Venus razors and blades, Oral-B toothcare products and Duracell CopperTop batteries. The transaction is valued at approximately $57 billion…

  • K-C Sales Grow 8%

    February 2, 2005
    Kimberly-Clark’ssales advanced about 8% to $3.9 billion, establishing an all-time quarterly record, during the fourth quarter of 2004. The increase was driven by higher sales volumes of the company's health and hygiene brands, up about 5%, and…

  • P&G Grows on Diaper Strength

    February 2, 2005
    Procter & Gamble reported sales increased 9% to nearly $14.5 billion during the October-to-December quarter. Net earnings increased 12% to $2.04 billion. Baby and family care delivered strong results in the quarter with volume increasing 6% an…

  • Buckeye Reports October-December Results

    February 2, 2005
    Buckeye Technologies announced that it earned $2.9 million after tax in the quarter ended December 31, 2004. The company’s results include $7.4 million after tax in impairment costs relating to the previously announced closure of its facility i…

  • High-speed Nonwovens Cutter

    February 1, 2005
    New from Maxson Automatic Machinery Company is a nonwovens cutter designed to operate at speeds up to 300 cuts per minute. The use of air at the cutter and the vacuum transfer roll allow the unit to handle lightweight and flimsy stock at higher opera…

  • Polymer Group Has Appointed Its CEO

    February 1, 2005
    Polymer Group Inc. has appointed James Schaeffer, its CEO, to the company’s board of directors. The appointment brings the board’s size to eight members. Mr. Schaeffer has been CEO of PGI since March 2003. During this time, the company ha…

  • Web Industries Buys Converters

    January 20, 2005
    Web Industries has purchased the assets of the converting services division of KT Industries. This acquisition involves only KT's Fort Wayne, IN operation, not the on-going operation in Winnipeg, Manitoba. KT's converting services division, which wil…

  • FiberMark Continues Proceedings

    January 20, 2005
    FiberMark has filed a notice advising the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Vermont that it has filed a notice advising the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Vermont that disagreements among bondholder members of the company's credito…

  • JM Responds to Roofing Demands

    January 11, 2005
    Johns Manville will build a new polyester spunbond production line in Bobingen, Germany. The line, which represents an investment of more than E30 million for the Berkshire Hathaway company, is part of a strategic plan to meet the rising demand for r…

  • DuPont Ups Stake In Elastomers Venture

    January 11, 2005
    DuPont will purchase The Dow Chemical Company's remaining equity interest in the companies' joint venture DuPont Dow Elastomers (DDE) for $87 million once Dow exercises an option to acquire certain assets of the company. The assets will primarily rel…

  • Freudenberg Politex Enters Russia

    January 11, 2005
    The Freudenberg Politex Group is establishing a nonwovens production facility in Russia's Nizhniy Novgorod region. The newly formed subsidiary Freudenberg Politex OOO, founded in September 2004, will begin renovating a recently purchased building to…

  • Rohm and Haas Opens New Legal Entity in Turkey

    January 11, 2005
    Rohm and Haas Company opened a new legal entity in Gebze/Turkey, located 50 km east of Istanbul, in early January. Named, Rohm and Haas Kimyasal Ürünler Dagitim ve Ticaret A.S., the entity will be a marketing and sales office serving the te…

  • Filtration Group Forms Alliance

    January 11, 2005
    Filtration Group has entered into an alliance with Mikropor, a Turkish filter manufacturing company.  The partnership will allow both companies to broaden their gas turbine product lines and expand their global presence.  Filtration Group a…

  • Owens-Corning

    Owens-Corning

    January 1, 2005
    Location: Aiken, SC Sales: $191 Million Description: Key Personnel   North & South America: Boudewijn Morelissen—General Manager; Europe & Asia-Pacific:  Steven Vermeulen—General Manager Plants Aiken, SC; Ft.…

  • Kuraray

    Kuraray

    January 1, 2005
    Location: Osaka, Japan Sales: $71 million Description: Key Personnel Nobuaki Sumita, president, Kuraray Kuraflex Plants Okayama, Saijo and Ibaragi Processes Resin bonded, thermal bonded, spunlaced and meltblown Brand names Kuraf…

  • KNH Enterprises

    KNH Enterprises

    January 1, 2005
    Location: Taipei, Taiwan Sales: $65 Million Description: Key Personnel J.C. Tai, president and owner; Dr. Kirk Hwang, vice president corporate planning and international operations; George Wong, hygiene business director; Herman Tai, industria…

  • Lantor

    Lantor

    January 1, 2005
    Location: Veenendaal, The Netherlands Sales: $53 million Description: Key Personnel Nico Boot, managing director; Albert Feyts, finance director, Paul Verwoerd, sales and marketing director, Jan Sikkenga, production director ISO Status ISO…

  • Unitika

    Unitika

    January 1, 2005
    Location: Osaka, Japan Sales: $85 Million Description: Key Personnel Masaru Tsugawa, general manager, spunbond fabrics division; Hiroshi Kawasaki, general manager, spunbond fabrics sales Plants Okazaki and Tarui, Japan Processes Spunbo…

  • Textilgruppe Hof

    Textilgruppe Hof

    January 1, 2005
    Location: Hof/Saale, Germany Sales: $91 million Description: Textilgruppe Hof AG Hof/Saale, Germany Tel: 49-9281-4980 E-mail: info@eswegee.com Web: www.textilgruppe.com Eswegee Vliesstoff GmbH A company of Textilgruppe Hof Fabrikzeile 21, 95208 Ho…

  • Fitesa

    Fitesa

    January 1, 2005
    Location: Gravatai, Brazil Sales: $37 million Description: Plant Locations Gravataí, Rio Grande do Sul state, and Horizonte, Ceará state, Brazil Key Personnel Silvério Baranzano, director; Daniel Svirski, sales and marketin…

  • Suominen

    Suominen

    January 1, 2005
    Location: Nakkila, Finland Sales: $93.5 Million Description: Key Personnel Suominen Corporation: Heikki Bergholm, president and CEO, Esa Palttala, executive vice president, Wipes and Nonwovens; Juha Henttonen, vice president, Flexible Packaging;…

  • Foss Manufacturing

    Foss Manufacturing

    January 1, 2005
    Location: Hampton, NH Sales: $157 million Description: Key Personnel Stephen Foss, president and CEO, David Rowell, executive vice president and COO, (New CFO to be named shortly.) Plants Hampton, NH; Pulversheim, France ISO Status All…

  • Toray Advanced Materials

    Toray Advanced Materials

    January 1, 2005
    Location: Seoul, Korea Sales: $80 million Description: Plant Locations Gumi, Kyungsang-Bukdo, South Korea Key Personnel Y.K. Lee/President and CEO, Y.K. Kim, senior vice president; Shigeto Fukuda, senior vice president Processes Spunbond PP, PET…

  • Andrew Industries

    Andrew Industries

    January 1, 2005
    Location: Manchester, U.K. Sales: $89 million Description: Plants South Carolina, Missouri, China, U.K. Processes Needlepunch, thermal bonded Brand names Southern Felt, Slater Felt, Bondex, Andres, Webron Marling Major Markets Filtration Ma…

  • Lydall Inc

    Lydall Inc

    January 1, 2005
    Location: Manchester , CT Sales: $126 million Description: Key Personnel W. Leslie Duffy, chairman of the board, David Freeman, president and CEO; Christopher Skomorowski, executive vice president and COO; Thomas Smith, vice president, chief fin…

  • Mitsui Chemical

    Mitsui Chemical

    January 1, 2005
    Location: Tokyo, Japan Sales: $127 Million Description: Key Personnel Toshimi Hachimori, general manager, functional fabricated products division Plants Yokkaichi and Iwakuni Processes Spunbonded, needlepunched, meltblown, thermal bonded Brand N…

  • Toyobo

    Toyobo

    January 1, 2005
    Location: Osaka, Japan Sales: $145 million Description: Key Personnel Kazumasa Kayama, general manager, spunbond division of Toyobo; Yukio Kawasaki, president of Kureha Plants Tsuruga, Iwakuni and Shiga Processes Spunbond, needlepunch, resin b…

  • Georgia-Pacific

    Georgia-Pacific

    January 1, 2005
    Location: Atlanta, GA Sales: $139 Million Description: Key Personnel   Mike Burandt, president, consumer business, North America; Bill Shultz, president, European consumer business; Paul Farren, vice president & general manager Nonwoven…

  • Jacob Holm

    Jacob Holm

    January 1, 2005
    Location: Allschwil, Switzerland Sales: $91 million Description: Key personnel Poul Mikkelsen, chairman; Peter Stoffel, CEO; Jack Richardson, COO; Ingo Johannsen, CFO; Michael Norboge, vice president of Personal & Home Care; Claudia De Buman, v…

  • Pegas A/S

    Pegas A/S

    January 1, 2005
    Location: Znojmo, Czech Republic Sales: $93 million Description: Key Personnel Milos Bogdan, managing director, Frantisek Klaska, technical director; Frantisek Rezac, commercial director Plants Znojmo, Bucovice, Czech Republic ISO Status ISO-9…

  • Asahi Kasei

    Asahi Kasei

    January 1, 2005
    Location: Tokyo, Japan Sales: $176 million Description: Key Personnel Yoshikazu Ban, general manager, nonwoven fabrics division; Ryujiro Yoshino, general manager, spunbonded fabric sales; Akira Naganami, general manager, Bemliese/Coldon sales Plan…

  • Sandler

    Sandler

    January 1, 2005
    Location: Schwarzenbach/Saale, Germany Sales: $162 million Description: Key Personnel Dipl. Kfm. Christian Heinrich Sandler, Dr. Christian Heinrich Sandler, Dieter Magiera, members of the management Board Plant Schwarzenbach/Saale, Germany ISO St…

  • British Vita

    British Vita

    January 1, 2005
    Location: Manchester, U.K. Sales: $170 million Description: Key Personnel David Cottrell, non-executive chairman; D.A. Campbell, CEO; J.J. Van Beijeren, director responsible for nonwovens Plants Belgium, France, Sweden, U.K., U.S. IS…

  • Japan Vilene

    Japan Vilene

    January 1, 2005
    Location: Tokyo, Japan Sales: $197 million Description: Key Personnel Yutaka Tanaka, president; Kazunori Imamura, managing director; Yoshiaki Mizutani, director; Mitsuo Kanno, managing director Plants Shiga and Tokyo, Japan Processes Resin bon…

  • Bonar

    Bonar

    January 1, 2005
    (formerly Colbond) Location: Arnhem, The Netherlands Sales: $265 million Description: Colbond Inc. Enka, NC Key Personnel Jan van Boldrik, CEO; Axel Poscher, vice president; Bart Austin, president Colbond Inc.; Randy Cook, director sales and ma…

  • Propex Fabrics

    Propex Fabrics

    January 1, 2005
    Location: Austell, GA Sales: $82 million Description: Key Personnel Donald Mercer, CEO; Jim Bryja, vice president, sales and marketing; Edmund Merchlinsky, vice president, business management; Rush Clark, vice president, supply chain; Tom Lahey,…

  • TWE Group (Lohman)

    TWE Group (Lohman)

    January 1, 2005
    Location: Dierdorf, Germany Sales: $158 million Description: Key Personnel Michael Haddon, managing director Plant Dierdorf, Germany ISO Status ISO 9001 Processes Drylaid, chemical bonded, thermal bonded, needlepunched, airthrough bonded…

  • Glatfelter

    Glatfelter

    January 1, 2005
    Location: Gatineau, Quebec Sales: $117 million Description: Key Personnel Tony Molluso, CEO Plants Gatineau, Thurso, Quebec, Germany Processes airlaid Major Markets wipes, feminine hygiene, diapers Under new management is airlaid specialist…

  • Companhia Providencia

    Companhia Providencia

    January 1, 2005
    Location: Parna, Brazil Sales: $60 million Description: Plant Location São Jose Pinhais, Paraná, Brazil Key Personnel Milan Starostik, chairman; Ana Seles Starostik, commercial director; Romeo Bregant, industrial director; Vicente…

  • Hollingsworth & Vose

    Hollingsworth & Vose

    January 1, 2005
    Location: Walpole, MA Sales: $175 Million Description: Key Personnel Val Hollingsworth, president and CEO; Charles Miller, vice president and general manager, engine and industrial filtration; Tom White, vice president and general manager battery p…

  • Fibertex

    Fibertex

    January 1, 2005
    Location: Aalborg, Denmark Sales: $160 million Description: Key Personnel Knud Waede Hansen, managing director; Knud Erik Justesen, deputy managing director; Jorgen Bech Masen, general manager, needlepunch division; Mikael Staal Axelsen, general…

  • Avgol

    Avgol

    January 1, 2005
    Location: Tel Aviv, Israel Sales: $123 million Description: Key Personnel Shuki Goldwasser, chairman; Nir Peleg, CEO; Achai Bonneh, vice president of technology; Sari Goldwasser-Uri, vice president of sales Plants Tel Aviv, Israel; Mocksville, NC…

  • Buckeye

    Buckeye

    January 1, 2005
    Location: Memphis TN Sales: $226 million Description: Key Personnel Doug Dowdell, senior vice president, Nonwovens; Chip Aiken, senior vice president, manufacturing; Susan Crenshaw, vice president of Nonwovens Product Development; Hank Hall, sales…

  • Johns Manville

    Johns Manville

    January 1, 2005
    Location: Denver, CO Sales: $525 million Description: Key Personnel Dion Persson, senior vice president, Engineered Products Group; Fred Stephan, VP/GM for High Performance Nonwovens; Zain Mahmood, VP/GM for Construction Materials and Systems; J…

  • Fiberweb

    Fiberweb

    January 1, 2005
    Location: Old Hickory, TN Sales: $1 billion Description: BBA Fiberweb – Industrial North America Old Hickory, TN BBA Fiberweb – Hygiene Americas Simpsonville, SC Plants Bethune, SC; Green Bay, WI; Gray Court, SC; Griswoldville, MA; Qu…

  • PGI

    PGI

    January 1, 2005
    Location: N. Charleston, SC Sales: $845 million Description: Key Personnel James Schaeffer, chief executive officer; Willis (Billy) Moore, III, chief financial officer; Mike Hale, vice president & general manager—U.S. Nonwovens; Rolf A…