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  • Foss Manufacturing

    Foss Manufacturing

    January 1, 2010
    Location: Hampton, NH Sales: $96 million Description: Key Personnel A. J. Nassar, CEO, Mike DeGrace, president Plants Hampton, NH Processes Needlepunch Brand Names Eco-fi, Fosscloth, Fosshield, FossFibre, Ozite, TopGuard, Kunin Fel…

  • Toray Advanced Materials

    Toray Advanced Materials

    January 1, 2010
    Location: Seoul, Korea Sales: $150 million Description: Plants Gumi, Kyungsang-Bukdo, South Korea; Nantong, Jiangsu, Province, China Key Personnel Y.K. Lee, president and CEO;  Y.K. Kim, Vice president/head of fiber division; Yasuhiko Tanabe,…

  • Andrew Industries

    Andrew Industries

    January 1, 2010
    Location: Manchester, U.K. Sales: $130 million Description: Key Personnel John Lewis, president, Southern Felt;  Mike Konesky, vice president, Southern Felt Plants South Carolina, China, U.K. Processes Needlepunch, thermal bonded, chemical f…

  • Union Industries

    Union Industries

    January 1, 2010
    Location: Masserano, Italy Sales: $120 million Description: Key Personnel Matteo Moltrasio, vice president; Luigi Cassano, managing director; Alessandro Taramasso, commercial director Plant Masserano, Biella, Italy Processes Spunbond, spunmelt, c…

  • Lydall Inc

    Lydall Inc

    January 1, 2010
    Location: Manchester, CT Sales: $98 million Description: Key Personnel W. Leslie Duffy, chairman of the board; Dale Barnhart, president and CEO; Thomas Smith, vice president, CFO and Treasurer; Mona Estey, vice president—Human Resources; Mary…

  • Mitsui Chemical

    Mitsui Chemical

    January 1, 2010
    Location: Tokyo, Japan Sales: $164 million Description: Key Personnel Haruhiro Uesugi, general manager, spunbond fabrics division Plants Yokkaichi, Iwakuni, Japan Processes Spunbond, needlepunch, meltblown, thermal bonded Brand Names Tafnel, Syn…

  • Toyobo


    January 1, 2010
    Location: Tokyo, Japan Sales: $144 million Description: Personnel Yukio Kawasaki, general manager, spunbond division of Toyobo; Akio Oda, president of Kureha Plants Tsuruga, Iwakuni, Shiga, Japan Processes Spunbond, needlepunch, resin bonded, spu…

  • Georgia-Pacific


    January 1, 2010
    Location: Atlanta, GA Sales: $152 million Description: Plants Green Bay, WI (two facilities); Glen, France; Avigliano, Italy Processes   Airlaid, carded Brand Names Airtex, Dritex Major Markets Baby wipes, industrial and food service wipes,…

  • Pegas A/S

    Pegas A/S

    January 1, 2010
    Location: Znojmo, Czech Republic Sales: $160 million Description: Key Personnel Milos Bogdan, managing director; Frantisek Klaska, technical director; Frantisek Rezac, commercial director, Ales Gerza, financial director; Rostislav Vrbacky, producti…

  • Asahi Kasei

    Asahi Kasei

    January 1, 2010
    Location: Osaka, Japan Sales: $195 million Description: Key Personnel Toshio Takanashi, general manager, nonwoven fabrics division; Katsuhiko Hinamoto, general manager, spunbond fabric sales; Tetsuya Nakamura, general manager, Bemliese sales Plant…

  • Sandler


    January 1, 2010
    Location: Schwarzenbach/Saale, Germany Sales: $218 million Description: Key Personnel Dr. Christian Heinrich Sandler, CEO, Dieter Magiera, Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Wolfgang Höflich, members of the management board Plant Schwarzenbach/Saale, Germany P…

  • Japan Vilene

    Japan Vilene

    January 1, 2010
    Location: Tokyo, Japan Sales: $239 million Description: Key Personnel Toshio Yoshida, president, Oshiaki Mizutani, managing director; Yasufumi Matsumiya, director; Masahir Kimura, director Plants Shiga, Tokyo Processes Resin bonded, needlepunched…

  • Bonar


    January 1, 2010
    (formerly Colbond) Location: Arnhem, The Netherlands Sales: $163 million Description: Key Personnel Jan van Boldrik, CEO; Bart Austin, president Colbond Inc.; Harry Verbakel, director sales and marketing floor coverings; Blair Rawes, director sale…

  • Glatfelter


    January 1, 2010
    Location: York, PA Sales: $350 million Description: Key Personnel George Glatfelter, CEO; Dante Parrini, executive vice president and COO; Jonathan Bourget, vice president and general manager  Advanced Airlaid Materials; Lionel Bitton, general…

  • Companhia Providencia

    Companhia Providencia

    January 1, 2010
    Location: Parana, Brazil Sales: $225 million Description: Plant Locations São José dos Pinhais-Paraná, Brazil and Pouso Alegre-Minas Gerais, Brazil Key Personnel Herminio Freitas, president and CEO; Eduardo Feldmann, CFO; …

  • Hollingsworth & Vose

    Hollingsworth & Vose

    January 1, 2010
    Location: Walpole, MA Sales: $215 million Description: Key Personnel Val Hollingsworth, president and CEO; David von Loesecke, vice president and general manager, Engine and Industrial Filtration; Mike Clark, vice president and general manager, Hi…

  • Fibertex


    January 1, 2010
    Location: Aalborg, Denmark Sales: $236 million Description: Key Personnel Mikael Staal Axelsen, CEO, Fibertex Personal Care;  Jorgen Bech Madsen, CEO, Fibertex Industrial Nonwovens; Ole Houmann, CFO; Kenneth Mynster Dolmer, purchasing director…

  • Avgol


    January 1, 2010
    Location: Tel Aviv, Israel Sales: $213 million Description: Key Personnel Shuki Goldwasser, chairman; Achai Bonneh, vice chairman & CTO; Shlomo Liran, CEO Plants Tel Aviv, Israel; Mocksville, NC; Jingmen City, Hubei Province, China; Uzlovaya,…

  • First Quality

    First Quality

    January 1, 2010
    Location: Great Neck, NY Sales: $220 million Description: Plants Hazleton, PA; McElhattan, PA Processes Spunmelt Applications Hygiene, medical First Quality Nonwovens continues to invest in both its nonwovens and its packaged goods business with…

  • Buckeye


    January 1, 2010
    Location: Memphis, TN Sales: $247 million Description: Key Personnel Marko Rajamaa, senior vice president, Nonwovens; Michael Brown, Nonwovens sales manager—Americas and Far East; Norbert Busch, Nonwovens Sales Manager—Europe and Middl…

  • Johns Manville

    Johns Manville

    January 1, 2010
    Location: Denver, CO Sales: $670 million Description: Key Personnel Bob Wamboldt, vice president and general manager, Engineered Products North America (EPNA), Enno Henze, vice president and general manager Engineered Products Europe/Asia (EPEA); K…

  • Fiberweb


    January 1, 2010
    Location: London, U.K. Sales: $800 million Description: Key Personnel Daniel Dayan, CEO; Dan Abrams, CFO; Ian Barnes, president, Consumer Fabrics; Derek Chan, president, Asia;  John Juric, president, Americas Industrial division; Paul Glover,…

  • Freudenberg


    January 1, 2010
    Sales: $1.53 billion   Location: Weinheim, Germany   Description: Key Personnel  Management Board: Bruce Olson, CEO; René Wollert, CFO; Frank Heislitz, CTO    Plants  Weinheim, Germany; Neuenburg,…

  • Special Interest Showdown?

    Peter Mayberry, The President of Arlington, VA-based Mayberry & Associates || December 28, 2009
    Peter Mayberry On How New Lobbyist Rules Will Impact Nonwovens.

  • SCA Upgrades Pulp Mill in Sweden

    December 23, 2009
    Investment to save costs, reduce carbon footprint

  • SCA Invests In Russian AI Market

    December 23, 2009
    New line to meet demands for region.

  • PGI to Invest in Nonwovens Technology in U.S. and Asia

    December 22, 2009
    New spunmelt materials with improved properties to be commercially available in mid-2011.

  • Parkinson Technologies Expands Manufacturing Capabilities

    December 16, 2009
    Parkinson Technologies purchases new Vision Wide CNC bridge mill.

  • Fiberweb, Chisso Explore Partnership

    December 15, 2009
    JV would make spunmelt in China.

  • Rieter Exits Nonwovens

    December 14, 2009
    Sells JetLace, SpunJet to Andritz

  • Lenzing: Capacity Expansion Continues

    December 14, 2009
    Upgrades underway in Austria, Thailand, the U.K.

  • Nir Peleg Ends His Role as the CEO of AVGOL

    December 14, 2009
    Achai Bonneh will be appointed as Interim CEO.

  • Polymer Group Appoints Dennis Norman Chief Financial Officer

    December 11, 2009
    Keith Hall Named Interim Chief Accounting Officer.

  • Filtration 2009: Event Lived Up To Its Reputation

    December 10, 2009
    Three-day industry event attracted over 1,400 Attendees to Chicago’s Navy Pier last month.

  • Marves Industries Occupies Bauer Industries Site

    December 10, 2009
    Capabilities include green needlepunch, highloft nonwovens

  • Nutek Introduces New Soy-Based Biodegradable Wipes

    December 9, 2009
    Simply Soy biodegradable wipes lubricate and clean.

  • DelStar Technologies Offers New Electrostatic Media

    December 9, 2009
    Alphastar Triboelectric Media available from DelStar.

  • New Owners For Enka Tecnica

    December 9, 2009
    Management, Fi-Tech purchase spinnerett maker.

  • 2009 2010 State of the Industry

    December 8, 2009
    as we head into a new year, a look back on the past 12 months in nonwovens

  • Awaiting Apparel

    December 8, 2009
    despite a lot of interest, nonwovens have not yet made inroads in clothing

  • Crazy about cars

    December 8, 2009
    doing business in automotives is more challenging than ever, but nonwovens are proving themselves vital to the next generation of cars

  • Will It Ever Happen? Nonwovens—The Fabrics Of Our Lives.

    Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor || December 8, 2009
    The other day, my four-year-old and I were playing with dolls when she asked me to make some new clothes for her princesses—she wanted to create some sort of uniform for them.

  • Leigh Offers New Automotives Material

    December 7, 2009
    SafeLeigh FR is flame retardant, made from recycled material

  • Nonwovens Take On The World

    Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor || December 4, 2009
    A lot has been said about globalization in the nonwovens industry in recent years.

  • EPA Seeks To Reduce Pollutants In Diesel Engines

    Peter Mayberry and Jessica Franken || December 4, 2009
    rule could impact 81,500 engines and cost $57 million a year

  • Far East Report

    December 4, 2009
    Battery Separators In Japan

  • Technology In Search Of A Champion

    Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor || December 3, 2009
    Back in the late 1990s, when airlaid manufacturers still had cause for optimism, industry pundit Ivan Pivko published a book titled Technology in Search of Markets.

  • Fooling While Rome Burns?

    Peter Mayberry and Jessica Franken || December 3, 2009
    EPA announces lengthy delay to industrial wiper rule

  • Specialty Spunlace

    December 3, 2009
    Inotis was founded in 2003 with the intent to manufacture quality woodpulp and polyester spunlace nonwovens.

  • Bio Baby Wipes Launched

    December 3, 2009
    Gro Baby uses Ingeo for a more planet friendly solution.