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  • Buckeye sales up 8%; nonwovens sales down

    March 6, 2012
    Buckeye Technologies reported second quarter sales were up 8% to $227 million thanks to higher selling prices and increased specialty wood fibers shipments. Nonwovens shipment volume was down 10% due to seasonal weakness in Europe and lower North Ame…

  • Sandler reports record sales

    March 6, 2012
    German nonwovens producer Sandler reported its sales increased €37 million to reach €240 million in 2011. During the past five years, sales at the company have more than doubled, driven mainly by new investments. In this time period, Sandle…

  • Tapyrus: Targeting Thailand

    Tapyrus: Targeting Thailand

    March 6, 2012
    Futaba Takanawa Building, 5F 3-19-15 Takanawa, Minato-ku Tokyo 108-0074 Japan 81-03-5449-7911 www.tapyrus.co.jp Since 1987, Japan’s Tapyrus has been providing high quality meltblown nonwovens to customers in a range of markets. “Our goal…

  • Bissell takes home Visionary Award

    Bissell takes home Visionary Award

    March 6, 2012
    Designed to make cleaning carpet stains easy and simple, the Stomp ‘N Go Stain Lifting Pad from Bissell Homecare received the 2012 Visionary Award, presented at the Vision 2012 Consumer Products Conference in New Orleans, LA. Now in its 11th ye…

  • Winder, slitter development company formed

    March 6, 2012
    A new company has been formed as a service and technical development center for winding and slitting machines in the nonwovens, paper, foil and aluminum industries. BW Technology will officially begin operating in Schob Holte-Stukenbrock, Germany. C…

  • Oerlikon geotex line sold in India

    March 6, 2012
    Oerlikon Neumag has sold an inline plant with 12 spinning positions for the production of staple fibers for geotextiles to an Indian company. The order includes the complete machine equipment from spinning to baling including engineering and services…

  • Aplix acquires share in Parafix

    March 6, 2012
    Aplix S.A. (France) has acquired a majority share in Parafix Ltda. (Brazil). Aplix, a leading global fastening system company with operations in Europe, North America and Asia has partnered with Parafix to expand its sales in Latin America where it h…

  • Ahlstrom adds to PSA graphics line

    March 6, 2012
    Ahlstrom will launch Silco Flat Premium, a new release paper for premium pressure sensitive adhesive (PSA) graphics. Large format PSA graphics are used to apply eye-catching decoration or advertisements to large surfaces in architecture, retail, veh…

  • Fiberweb adds to roofing line

    March 6, 2012
    Fiberweb has launched a new line of premium roofing accessories under the brand name Climat. Climat is a comprehensive system of vapor permeable roof and wall membranes as well as vapor control layers that are based on three decades of experience in…

  • Jacob Holm honored by Rockline

    March 6, 2012
    Rockline Industries honored Jacob Holm Industries with its Supplier Innovation Award for 2011, which recognizes exceptional performance in the areas of product and process uniqueness, technological advancement, speed to market, sustainability and val…

  • Elmarco to show new line

    March 6, 2012
    Elmarco is set to demonstrate a new production line at the World Filtration Congress in Graz, Austria next month. The NS 1WS500U is a versatile machine able to make nanofibers efficient enough for numerous applications including air and liquid filtra…

  • Kuraray, University of Fukui develop special nonwoven

    March 6, 2012
    Through a joint project, the University of Fukui, in Japan, and Japanese nonwovens producer Kuraray, have successfully developed a special nonwoven fabric that selectively absorbs and separates metal ions. The joint effort uses advanced fiber process…

  • Havix adds to thermal bond capacity

    March 6, 2012
    Japan’s Havix Corporation is increasing its thermal bond capacity to 4800 tons per year. The new equipment, which will add 1200 tons capacity, should begin operation in October 2012. According to Nonwovens Industry Far East correspondent Kin Oh…

  • Regent completes spunbond line in Russia

    March 6, 2012
    Regent Neotex (Moscow, Russian Federation) has completed work on a new triple spunbond line from Reifenhauser Gmbh (Reicofil technology). The Reicofil R4 special line will produce polypropylene spunbond nonwovens weighing between 8 and 70 gsm for bo…

  • Unicharm adds pulpless diaper

    March 6, 2012
    Unicharm is launching a thin diaper for adults consisting only of nonwovens and a superabsorbent polymer as the absorber. The absence of pulp has allowed the product to be significantly thinner, about 1mm, and lighter, about 29 grams, than convention…

  • Domtar buys Attends EU business

    March 6, 2012
    Domtar has signed an agreement to buy privately-held Attends Healthcare Limited, a European supplier of adult incontinence products in Europe, from Rutland Partners for $235 million. In August, Domtar bought the North American arm of Attends from KPS…

  • Kotex hits billion dollar mark

    Kotex hits billion dollar mark

    March 6, 2012
    Kimberly-Clark’s Kotex brand crossed the billion-dollar global net sales mark in 2011, following two consecutive years of significant growth in the feminine care category. With this milestone, the Kotex brand enters the top tier of consumer pac…

  • National Nonwovens Adds Airlaid Needlepunch Line

    March 6, 2012
    National Nonwovens has installed a 2.4 meter airlaid needlepunch nonwoven line strategically located in a contained, cleanroom environment. Production on the line is currently focused on, but is not limited to, the manufacturing of medical products.…

  • Eagle to add line no. 3

    March 6, 2012
    Eagle Nonwovens is adding a third six-meter needlepunch line. The St. Louis, MO-based company ordered the line from Dilo Group in November 2011; it should be delivered in July. The newest line is similar to Eagle’s existing lines but has some a…

  • Tapyrus expands into Thailand

    March 6, 2012
    Tapyrus, a Japanese meltblown maker, established a Thailand subsidiary near Bangkok late last year. The new company will start commercial production in spring of next year when it will help meet the needs of a customer who has expanded into Southeast…

  • Freudenberg invests in Taiwan

    Freudenberg invests in Taiwan

    March 6, 2012
    Freudenberg Far Eastern Spunweb is investing in a new production line for PET spunlaid nonwovens. Construction will start in 2013. The new production line for spunlaid nonwovens in Tayuan will mainly serve the markets for carpet tiles, automotive int…

  • Understanding Healthcare Reform And The CPSIA Periodic Testing Rule

    Jessica Franken, Director of Government Affairs and Dawnee Giammittorio, Associate Director of Government Affairs INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry || March 6, 2012
    Healthcare Reform and What It Might Mean for You Later this month, the Supreme Court will hear challenges to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the massive healthcare overhaul championed by the White House and Congressional Democ…

  • New chemical fibers production to solve problem of raw materials shortage in Russian nonwovens industry

    New chemical fibers production to solve problem of raw materials shortage in Russian nonwovens industry

    Eugene Gerden, Contributor || March 6, 2012
    New chemical fibers production to solve problem of raw materials shortage in Russian nonwovens industry

  • Techtextil North America

    Techtextil North America

    March 6, 2012
    The technical textile and nonwovens industries will convene next month in Atlanta, GA for Techtextil North America.

  • Flame Retardants: Bedding and Beyond

    Flame Retardants: Bedding and Beyond

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || March 6, 2012
    as the industry waits for extensions on antiflammability regulations in the bedding and furniture industries, new products roll out to make nonwovens

  • Spunlace Still Sells

    Spunlace Still Sells

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || March 6, 2012
    As the wipes business continues to lag, new growth will come in new markets and new regions

  • Ahlstrom to showcase new wallcoverings

    Karen Bitz || March 1, 2012
    EasyLife now offfers increased 3D capabilities.

  • What to expect if the Obama Administration gets a second term

    Karen Bitz || March 1, 2012
    Mayberry offers insight to what nonwovens makers can expect.

  • Pegas: Egyptian construction has started

    Karen Bitz || February 29, 2012
    Line build to begin later this year.

  • Polypropylene

    February 29, 2012
    Braskem Polymers’ new generation of polypropylene resins for monospunbond nonwovens is a single-pellet solution designed to deliver an optimum combination of fit, softness, functionality, efficiency, cost effectiveness and sustainability for absorbent hygiene products and medical gowns and drapes.

  • Wipes Market on the Up and Up

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || February 29, 2012
    WOW presenters agree on one thing: Wipes remain strong across a number of regions.

  • Wipes With Recycled Fibers

    Steve Katz || February 29, 2012
    Wipes makers have recycled fibers at their disposal for manufacturing, with perhaps more on the way.

  • Nice-Pak:World’s largest wet wipes producer

    February 29, 2012
    The company focuses on innovation to add value to wipes.

  • Ahlstrom Unloads Wipes Business

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || February 29, 2012
    The company sells spunlace operation to Suominen in an effort to streamline its business.

  • PCR fibers

    February 29, 2012
    Poole Company’s EcoSure and EcoSure Wellstrand products have been certified as being manufactured from 100% post consumer recycled products.

  • EPA Proposes New Air Emissions Standards for Boilers and Incinerators

    Jessica Franken, Director of Government Affairs and Dawnee Giammittorio, Associate Director of Government Affairs INDA, Director of Government Affairs || February 29, 2012
    Meanwhile, the ever popular congress allows R&D tax credit & other needed incentives to expire

  • The changing face of consumers

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || February 29, 2012
    Speaking at last month’s Vision Consumer Products conference in New Orleans, Dan Butler of the National Retail Federation (NRF) shared some general observations on the global retail market.

  • Middle East and North Africa prepare for growth

    Middle East and North Africa prepare for growth

    Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor || February 29, 2012
    Led by P&G’s plan for Egypt, investment boosts the entire region.

  • Separation Anxiety

    Separation Anxiety

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || February 29, 2012
    Valued as much for its growth potential as its ability to fetch a competitive price, the battery separator market has been a hot investment area in recent years.

  • Printing options

    February 28, 2012
    Larsen Converting offers up to 10 color printing on web widths up to 65 inches, inline slitting, trimming and rewinding and specialty water-based inks and coatings on film to nonwovens, paper, airlaid, spunbond, woven fabrics, tissues, boards and other substrates.

  • Spunmelt changes the map

    Spunmelt changes the map

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || February 28, 2012
    New investment spans the globe as nonwovens industry prepares for hundreds of thousands of tons of new capacity to reshape the spunmelt market

  • Spunmelt Polypropylene

    Spunmelt Polypropylene

    David J. Price, Partner, Price Hanna Consultants LLC || February 28, 2012
    The Leading Global Technology for Nonwoven Supply and Demand

  • Providencia names new commercial director

    February 28, 2012
    Companhia Providência, a leader in the manufacture and sale of nonwovens in Brazil with a significant presence in the Americas and global operations, has announced its board of directors has elected Daniel Svirski its new commercial director.

  • ALERT: Congress Likely to Launch Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Process in Early 2012

    Jessica Franken, Director of Government Affairs, INDA, Director of Government Affairs || February 28, 2012
    FDA holds public meeting on cosmetic microbiological safety; INDA wants yourinput on Canada, Japan & Mexico joining Trans-Pacific trade deal.

  • New Beginnings

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || February 28, 2012
    Happy New Year. Once again, Nonwovens Industry is kicking off the new year with our annual look at the disposable diaper market.

  • Tufco announces investment

    Karen Bitz || February 27, 2012
    Adds canister line from Elsner

  • SCA buys Taiwan-based hygiene producer

    Karen Bitz || February 26, 2012
    Everbeauty is strong in baby and adult diapers in China and Taiwan.

  • Elmarco to demo new machine

    February 21, 2012
    Nanofiber technology suitable for many markets.

  • Bostik to open Egypt site

    February 21, 2012
    Official ceremony scheduled for March

  • Freudenberg invests in Taiwan

    February 21, 2012
    Third spunlaid line planned.