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  • DiloGroup at India ITME 2012ww

    October 15, 2012
    Exhibition is an important platform for the Asian market.

  • Moisturizing wipes launched

    October 11, 2012
    Global Beauty Care introduces Lotion Lab wipes

  • Foreign Investment Reshapes Chinese Disposables Market

    Foreign Investment Reshapes Chinese Disposables Market

    Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor || October 8, 2012
    Baby diapers, adult incontinence see explosive growth as feminine hygiene streamlines and wet wipes face lower pricing levels.

  • Flame Retardants Market Heats Up

    Flame Retardants Market Heats Up

    Sean Moloughney, Managing Editor || October 8, 2012
    New regulations will steer the industry forward.

  • Airlaid Market Positioned for Progress

    Airlaid Market Positioned for Progress

    Sean Moloughney, Managing Editor || October 8, 2012
    Growing demand in the feminine hygiene sector and a strong sustainability story will help move the airlaid market forward.

  • Industrial Wipes Hang in the Balance

    Industrial Wipes Hang in the Balance

    Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor || October 8, 2012
    As manufacturers continue to wait for a ruling from the EPA, nonwovens wipes continue to compete.

  • M&A’s Breathe New Life Into Nonwovens

    Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor || October 8, 2012
    If 2011 was the year of expansion, 2012 is shaping up to be the year of mergers and acquisitions. While this trend officially began in late 2011 with the sale of Ahlstrom’s wipes business to Suominen in October, in 2012 we have seen the sale of…

  • CPSC Looks to Reduce Testing Burdens, Releases Phthalates Guidance

    Jessica Franken, Director of Government Affairs & Dawnee Giammittorio, Associate Director of Government Affairs, INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry || October 8, 2012
    New fuel economy standards could create nonwovens opportunities.

  • Kraton to expand in Asia

    October 4, 2012
    Company forgoes joint venture and opts for solo HSBC manufacturing.

  • Lenzing acquires full ownership of pulp maker

    October 3, 2012
    Plans to increase dissolving pulp capacity at Biocel Paskov.

  • Diaper shortage could be imminent

    October 1, 2012
    Explosion hits Japanese SAP maker.

  • Mondi Group acquires Nordenia

    October 1, 2012
    Deal creates global packaging group.

  • Covercraft Keeps Cars Shiny and Safe

    Covercraft Keeps Cars Shiny and Safe

    Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor || September 27, 2012
    Nearly 65% of car covers use nonwovens.

  • Foss announces expansion plans

    September 27, 2012
    Will open Georgia facility, add two lines in NH.

  • Ahlstrom’s Brazilian wipes sale delayed

    September 27, 2012
    Companies hope to finalize deal as soon as possible.

  • Medline will open distribution center in central Arkansas

    September 27, 2012
    Facility will serve customers throughout state.

  • U by Kotex teams up with Her Campus

    September 27, 2012
    Will help launch College Fashion Week at more than 200 campuses.

  • Spunbond report details market through 2016

    September 19, 2012
    Price Hanna Consultants LLC offers assessment of supply/demand and manufacturing economics for spunbonded and spunmelt nonwoven polypropylene.

  • DAK Americas raises PSF price again

    September 18, 2012
    Increase of 6 cents per pound effective October 1.

  • Pactiv buys International Tray Pads

    September 18, 2012
    Company uses airlaid in food pad applications.

  • Medical textiles book published

    September 18, 2012
    Text is a scientific introduction to the study, engineering and applications of medical textiles.

  • Medline expands adult incontinence site in Georgia

    September 13, 2012
    Expansion comes less than a year after opening.

  • Michelman opens office in Mumbai

    September 13, 2012
    Company expands presence in India in response to growing market potential.

  • INDA publishes medical nonwovens report

    September 12, 2012
    Authored by Helena Engqvist in partnership with INDA, the report covers European market opportunity for single-use surgical drapes and gowns.

  • Freudenberg Politex Launches Third Line in Russia

    Freudenberg Politex Launches Third Line in Russia

    Eugene Gerden, Contributing Writer || September 12, 2012
    Meeting local demand for roofing materials, the company’s production in the region is expected to reach 18,000 metric tons per year.

  • Turkish Manufacturers Double Output in Five Years

    Turkish Manufacturers Double Output in Five Years

    Sean Moloughney, Managing Editor || September 12, 2012
    Profiles on top roll goods producers in Turkey, along with a few up-and-coming players.

  • International Top Companies Report 2012

    International Top Companies Report 2012

    Karen Bitz-McIntyre, Editor || September 12, 2012
    An annual review of the leading nonwovens producers.

  • Welspun: An Ongoing Story of Growth

    Welspun: An Ongoing Story of Growth

    September 12, 2012
    Welspun India Limited Advanced Textiles Division Welspun House, Kamala City Lower Parel (W), Mumbai 400013, India +91-22-66136935 milind_hardikar@welspun.com www.welspun.com             …

  • Ahlstrom’s Next Move

    Karen Bitz-McIntyre, Editor || September 12, 2012
    Ahlstrom recently announced its intent to exit its Label & Processing business, reaffirming its commitment to the specialty materials business and making it a company 100% invested in nonwovens technology. Even though Label & Processing compr…

  • Lydall Inc

    Lydall Inc

    September 11, 2012
    Manchester, CT www.lydall.com 2012 Nonwovens Sales: $118 million   Key Personnel: W. Leslie Duffy, chairman of the board; Dale Barnhart, president and CEO; David Williams, president, performance materials   Plants: Rochester, NH; Saint Riva…

  • Jofo Group

    Jofo Group

    September 11, 2012
    Guangzhou, Guangdong, China www.jofo.com.cn 2012 Nonwovens Sales: $125 million   Plants: Guangzhou, Weifang, Shandong, China   Processes: Spunbond, meltblown, SMS   Major Markets: Hygiene, medical, industrial   Sales will receive…

  • Spuntech

    Spuntech

    September 11, 2012
    Upper Tiberias, Israel www.spuntech.com 2012 Nonwovens Sales: $127 million   Key Personnel: Rob Stollar, global vice president, sales and marketing; Ron Broshi, vice president, new product development; John Rank, director, sales and marketing &n…

  • Nan Liu Enterprise

    Nan Liu Enterprise

    September 11, 2012
    Kaoshiung City, Taiwan www.nanliugroup.com 2012 Nonwovens Sales: $128 million   Key Personnel: C.S. Huang, chairman; H.S Huang, president; M.Yang, vice-president; Sam Chang vice president; Paul Cheng, general manager; Bernard Kerstens, commercia…

  • Toyobo

    Toyobo

    September 11, 2012
    Osaka, Japan www.toyobo.co.jp 2012 Nonwovens Sales: $129 million   Key Personnel: Shigeki Tanak, general manager, spunbond division; Akio Oda, president of Kureha   Plants: Tsuruga, Iwakini, Shiga   Processes: Spunbond, needlepunch, re…

  • Dalian Ruiguang Nonwoven Group

    Dalian Ruiguang Nonwoven Group

    September 11, 2012
    Dalian, China www.ruiguangnonwoven.com 2012 Nonwovens Sales: $140 million   Key Personnel: Yuan Ming Gu, owner; Zuwei Gu, CEO; Jingxian Cui, CFO   Plants: Dalian, China   Processes: Spunbond, spunlace, meltblown, airlaid ISO Status ISO…

  • Propex Fabrics

    Propex Fabrics

    September 11, 2012
    Chattanooga, GA www.propexinc.com 2012 Nonwovens Sales: $140 million   Key Personnel: Michael Gorey, president and CEO, Ralph Bruno, executive vice president, sales and marketing; Martin deVries, executive vice president and CFO   Plants: R…

  • Precision Custom Coatings

    Precision Custom Coatings

    September 11, 2012
    Totowa, NJ, U.S. www.pcc-usa.com 2012 Nonwovens Sales: $145 million   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 Du…

  • Hassan Group

    Hassan Group

    September 11, 2012
    Istanbul, Turkey www.hassangroup.com 2012 Nonwovens Sales: $147 million   Plants: Istanbul and Tekirdag, Turkey   Processes: Web Forming Technologies: airlaid, carded, spunlaid; Bonding Technologies: needlepunched, thermal bonded, a…

  • Andrew Industries

    Andrew Industries

    September 11, 2012
    Manchester, U.K. www.andrewindustries.com 2012 Nonwovens Sales: $150 million   Key Personnel: John Lewis, president, Southern Felt; Mike Konesky, vice president, sales and marketing, Southern Felt   Plants: South Carolina, U.K., China, Indi…

  • Tenowo

    Tenowo

    September 11, 2012
    A company of Hoftex Group AG Hof/Saale, Germany www.tenowo.com www.hoftexgroup.com 2012 Nonwoven Sales: $152 million   Tenowo Mittweida GmbH Mittweida, Germany   Tenowo Reichenbach GmbH Reichenbach, Germany   Tenowo Inc. Lincolnton, NC…

  • Georgia-Pacific

    Georgia-Pacific

    September 11, 2012
    Atlanta, GA www.gp.com 2012 Nonwovens Sales: $155 million   Plants: Green Bay, WI (two facilities)   Processes: Airlaid, carded   Brands: Airtex, Dritex   Major Markets: Baby wipes, industrial and food service wipes, feminine hygi…

  • Gulsan

    Gulsan

    September 11, 2012
    Gaziantep, Turkey www.gulsan-group.com 2012 Nonwovens Sales: $160 million   Key Personnel: Mehmet Kuyucu, general manager nonwovens and films   Plants: Gaziantep, Turke and Cairo, Egypt   Processes: Spunbond   Major markets: Baby…

  • Fibertex Nonwovens

    Fibertex Nonwovens

    September 11, 2012
    Aalborg, Denmark www.fibertex.com 2012 Nonwovens Sales: $161 million   Key Personnel: Jorgen Bech Madsen, CEO, Henrik Kjeldsen, CCO, Lars Bertelsen, COO, Henrik Eigenbrod, CFO, Keld Lauridsen, group R&D manager, Bjarne Knudsen, CEO, Czech Re…

  • Jacob Holm

    Jacob Holm

    September 11, 2012
    Basel, Switzerland www.jacob-holm.com 2012 Nonwovens Sales: $171 million   Key Personnel: Poul Mikkelsen, chairman; Stephen Landon, president and COO; Finn Schoning, group controller; Alexis Porcher, global commercial manager; Richard Knowlson,…

  • Mitsui Chemical

    Mitsui Chemical

    September 11, 2012
    Tokyo, Japan www.mitsui.co.jp 2012 Nonwovens Sales: $183 million   Key Personnel: Kensaku Takahashi, general manager, spunbond fabrics division   Plants: Yokkaichi and Iwakuni, Japan   Processes: spunbond, meltblown, needlepunch, therm…

  • Union Industries

    Union Industries

    September 11, 2012
    Masserano, Italy 2012 Nonwovens Sales: $189 million   Key Personnel: Matteo Moltrasio, vice president; Luigi Cassano, managing director; Alessandro Taramasso, commercial director   Plants: Masserano and Biella, Italy   Processes: Spunb…

  • Asahi Kasei

    Asahi Kasei

    September 11, 2012
    Osaka, Japan www.asahikasei.co.jp 2012 Nonwovens Sales: $201 million   Key Personnel: Katsuhiko Hinamoto, general manager, nonwoven fabrics; Hiroshi Maruo, general manager, spunbond fabric sales; Yasumasa Shii, general manager, Bemliese sales &n…

  • Japan Vilene

    Japan Vilene

    September 11, 2012
    Tokyo, Japan www.vilene.co.jp 2012 Nonwovens Sales: $209 million   Key Personnel: Toshio Yoshida, president; Yoshiaki Mizutani, managing director; Masahiro Kimura, director’ Tomo Kawamura, director   Plants: Shiga, Tokyo   Proces…

  • Buckeye

    Buckeye

    September 11, 2012
    Memphis, TN www.bkitech.com 2012 Nonwovens Sales: $228 million   Key Personnel: Marko Rajamaa, senior vice president, nonwovens; Michael Brown, nonwovens sales manager—Americas and Far East; Norbert Busch, nonwovens sales manager— Eu…

  • Fibertex Personal Care

    Fibertex Personal Care

    September 11, 2012
    Aalborg, Denmark www.fibertexpersonalcare.com 2012 Nonwovens Sales: $235 million   Key Personnel: Mikael Staal Axelsen, group CEO; Mette Due Sogaard, CTO, Denmark; Anders Sogaard, COO, Denmark; Kenneth Mynster Dolmer, CCO, Denmark; Claus Svanber…