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  • 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…

  • Pegas A/S

    Pegas A/S

    September 11, 2012
    Znojmo, Czech Republic www.pegas.cz 2012 Nonwoven Sales: $248 million   Key Personnel: Frantisek Rezac, CEO; Frantisek Klaska, technical director; Marian Rasik, CFO   Plants: Znojmo and Bucovice in Czech Republic; Egypt   Processes: Sp…

  • First Quality

    First Quality

    September 11, 2012
    Great Neck, NY www.firstquality.com 2012 Nonwovens Sales: $250 million   Plants: Hazleton, PA; McElhattan, PA; Wuxi, China   Processes: Spunmelt, spunlace   Applications: Hygiene, medical   First Quality Nonwovens started off 2013…

  • Toray Advanced Materials

    Toray Advanced Materials

    September 11, 2012
    Seoul, South Korea www.torayamk.com 2012 Nonwovens Sales: $251 million   Key Personnel: Y.K. Lee, chairman and CEO; W.C. Hwang, vice president/head of fiber division; Hitoshi Takeuchi, senior director/fiber division; W.S. Chun, senior…

  • CECEP Costin New Materials Group

    CECEP Costin New Materials Group

    September 11, 2012
    Tsimshatsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong www.costingroup.com 2012 Nonwovens Sales: $256 million   Key Personnel: Chim Wai Shing (Jackson), CEO; Chan Kwok Yuen (Elvis), CFO   Plant Locations: Xinhua Industrial Garden Niancuopu, Longhu, Jinjiang,Fujia…

  • Companhia Providencia

    Companhia Providencia

    September 11, 2012
    Paraná, Brazil www.providencia.com.br 2012 Nonwovens Sales: $273 million   Key Personnel: Herminio Freitas, president and CEO; Eduardo Feldmann, CFO; Alexandre Domeque, commercial director; Romeo Bregant, engineering and technology direct…

  • Hollingsworth & Vose

    Hollingsworth & Vose

    September 11, 2012
    East Walpole, MA www.hollingsworth-vose.com 2012 Nonwovens Sales: $305 million   Key Personnel Val Hollingsworth, president and CEO; John Madej, CFO; Mike Clark, president, High Efficiency and Specialty Filtration; Mitch Bregman, president, Ener…

  • Avgol

    Avgol

    September 11, 2012
    Tel Aviv, Israel www.avgol.com 2012 Nonwovens Sales: $315 million   Key Personnel: Shlomo Liran, CEO   Plants: Tel Aviv, Israel; Mocksville, NC; Jingmen, City, Hubei Province, China; Uzlovaya, Russia   Processes: Spunbond, meltblown, h…

  • Sandler

    Sandler

    September 11, 2012
    Schwarzenbach/Saale, Germany www.sandler.de 2012 Nonwovens Sales: $326 million   Key Personnel: Christian Heinrich Sandler, CEO; Dipl. Ingenieur (FH) Wolfgang Höflich and Ulrich Hornfeck, members of the management board   Plants: Schwa…

  • Bonar

    Bonar

    September 11, 2012
    Arnhem, The Netherlands www.bonar.com 2012 Nonwovens Sales: $379 million   Key Personnel: Orwig Speltdoorn, managing director EMEA; Bart Austin, managing director NAFTA; Gareth Kaminski-Cook, managing director APAC; Marc Krauth, global business…

  • TWE Group (Lohman)

    TWE Group (Lohman)

    September 11, 2012
    Emsdetten, Germany www.twe-group.com 2012 Nonwoven Sales: $400 million   Key Personnel: Warnier Wim, CEO; Ortmeier Jörg, COO   Plants: Germany, France, Belgium, Sweden, China   Processes: Air through bonded, chemical bonded, needl…

  • Fiberweb

    Fiberweb

    September 11, 2012
    London, U.K. www.fiberweb.com 2012 Nonwovens Sales: $460 million   Key Personnel: Daniel Dayan, CEO; Kate Miles, group finance director   Plants: Old Hickory, TN; Aschersleben, Germany; Berlin, Germany; Pontypool, U.K.; Maldon, U.K.; Aberda…

  • Suominen

    Suominen

    September 11, 2012
    Nakkila, Finland www.suominen.fi 2012 Nonwovens Sales: $602 million   Key Personnel: Jean-Marie Becker, executive vice president, Suominen Nonwovens; Timo Hiekkaranta, vice president, Sales; Karen Castle, vice president Sales North America; Saar…

  • Johns Manville

    Johns Manville

    September 11, 2012
    Denver, CO www.jm.com 2012 Nonwovens Sales: $670 million   Key Personnel: Mike Lawrence, senior vice president and general manager, Engineered Products Americas (EP Americas); Enno Henze, senior vice president and general manager, Engineere…

  • Ahlstrom to increase filtration material capacity in Turin, Italy

    September 11, 2012
    €10 million investment to target transportation and gas turbine applications.

  • Freudenberg reorganizes staple fiber business

    September 11, 2012
    Systematic alignment at Weinheim headquarters could affect 52 associates.

  • Glatfelter

    Glatfelter

    September 10, 2012
    York, PA www.glatfelter.com 2012 Nonwovens Sales: $683 million   Key Personnel:Dante C. Parrini, chairman and CEO; John P. Jacunski, senior vice president and CFO; Christopher W. Astley, vice president, corporate strategy; Jonathan A. Bourget, v…

  • Fitesa

    Fitesa

    September 10, 2012
    Simpsonville, SC www.fitesa.com 2012 Nonwovens Sales: $712 million   Key Personnel:Silverio Baranzano, CEO, Hal Singley, CFO   Plants:Gravatai, Brazil; Lima, Peru; Queretaro, Mexico; Simpsonville, SC; Green Bay, WI; Washougal, WA; Norrkopin…

  • PGI

    PGI

    September 10, 2012
    Charlotte, NC www.polymergroupinc.com 2012 Nonwovens Sales: $1.15 billion   Key Personnel: Joel J. Hackney, Jr, president and CEO; Dennis Norman, executive vice president and CFO; Mike Hale, senior vice president and advisor to the CEO; Michael…

  • Kimberly-Clark

    Kimberly-Clark

    September 10, 2012
    Dallas, TX www.kimberly-clark.com 2012 Nonwovens Sales: $1.25 billion (estimated)   Partnership Products and K-C Professional Headquarters Roswell, GA www.kcprofessional.com   Key Personnel: Thomas Falk, chairman and CEO; Elane B. Stock, pr…

  • Ahlstrom

    Ahlstrom

    September 10, 2012
    Helsinki, Finland www.ahlstrom 2012 Nonwovens Sales: $1.3 billion   Key Personnel: Jan Lang, president and CEO; Fulvio Capussotti, executive vice president, advanced fi ltration; Jari Koikkalainen, executive vice president, transportation fi ltr…

  • DuPont

    DuPont

    September 10, 2012
    Wilmington, DE www.dupont.com 2012 Nonwovens Sales: $1.35 billion(estimated)  Key Personnel: Marc Doyle, president, DuPont Protection Technologies; Kevin Corby, global technology director, DuPont Protection Technologies; Die…

  • Freudenberg

    Freudenberg

    September 10, 2012
    Weinheim, Germany  www.freuenberg-nw.com  2012 Nonwovens Sales: $840 million    Key Personnel: Bruce Olson, CEO; Dr. René Wollert, CFO; Dr. Frank Heislitz, CTO  Plants: Weinheim, Germany; Neu…

  • Rise Award finalists announced

    September 10, 2012
    A mailer, packing material are among contenders.

  • Vita Group exits nonwovens business in U.S., Europe

    September 7, 2012
    Sells Libeltex to TWE, U.S. operations to management team.

  • Israel Petrochemical reported to sell stake in Avgol

    September 6, 2012
    Deal reported to be $106.8 million with an additional $16 million dependent on 2013 results.

  • SCA extends TENA personal care range

    September 6, 2012
    Products include self-tests for early detection of urinary tract infections and wet gloves.

  • K-C warns of tainted tampons

    September 5, 2012
    Kotex products were fraudulently distributed, could pose risk.

  • Ahlstrom buys Swedish filter company

    September 5, 2012
    Munktell Filter acquisition expands scope in life sciences and laboratory applications.

  • Diaper market report published

    September 4, 2012
    Transparency Market Research predicts market to reach $63 billion by 2017.

  • Andritz expands calendering technology

    September 4, 2012
    teXcal combines textiles, nonwovens, paper technologies.

  • Suominen names new CFO

    September 4, 2012
    Engström to take on role in October.


  • To Flush or Not to Flush

    Karen Bitz-McIntyre, Editor || September 4, 2012
    One of the key developments shaping the wipes market today is flushability. With the third generation of INDA/EDANA’s Guidance Document for Assessing the Flushability of Nonwoven Consumer Products just about complete, manufacturers are poised t…

  • Wipes Market Watch Fall 2012

    Wipes Market Watch Fall 2012

    Household & Personal Care Wipes Staff || September 4, 2012
    Key developments in the wipes market push the category forward.

  • Sustainable Use of Preservatives in Wet Cleaning Wipes

    Sustainable Use of Preservatives in Wet Cleaning Wipes

    Wolfgang Siegert, Technical Support Manager International, Schulke & Mayr GmbH, Special Additives International || September 4, 2012
    Modern preservative systems must balance marketing and production demands to create eco–friendly products.

  • International Top Companies Report 2012

    International Top Companies Report 2012

    September 1, 2012
    An annual review of the leading nonwovens producers.

  • Reifenhäuser Group Reaches New Sales Record

    Reifenhäuser Group Reaches New Sales Record

    August 30, 2012
    Reifenhäuser Group, a leading provider of extrusion lines, closed the 2011-2012 financial year with record results.

  • Tufco expands wipes converting operation

    August 29, 2012
    New equipment will foster growth, reduce waste in wipes.

  • Ahlstrom to divest Label & Processing business area

    August 28, 2012
    Sale follows strategy of focusing on high performance materials.

  • Andritz launches Evolution & Texcal Trike Calender Design

    August 28, 2012
    International technology Group Andritz offers a full range of complete nonwovens lines for the production of technical textiles. Andritz systems integrate features of various technologies and provide, within a global network, reliable solutions in al…

  • BASF increases global PolyTHF capacity

    August 28, 2012
    Investment of 60 million euros will increase capacity to 250,000 tons per year.

  • Hartmann names next CEO

    August 22, 2012
    Andreas Joehle to lead company beginning in July 2013.

  • Schober USA introduces Compact Micro-perforator

    August 21, 2012
    Newest addition to the popular VentPerf family of needling tools and systems features an un-wind and rewind all designed to minimize floor space requirements.

  • Richard Hough sees success in geotextile, medical markets

    August 21, 2012
    U.K.-based equipment supplier attracts new investments in U.S.

  • DAK Americas raises polyester staple fiber price

    August 20, 2012
    Increase of $.03 per pound due to upward pressure on price of raw materials.

  • William Hills, founder of Hills Inc., dies after brief illness

    August 16, 2012
    Pioneer in synthetic fibers extrusion industry held numerous patents in fibers, nonwovens.

  • Companhia Providência reports sales increases

    August 14, 2012
    Net revenue rises on stronger sales volumes.