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  • Textilgruppe Hof

    Textilgruppe Hof

    January 1, 2009
    Location: HOF/SAALE, GERMANY Sales: $98 Million Description: Key Personnel Harald Stini, managing director; Detlev Käppel, managing director—Techtex and Global sales director eswegee, technical nonwovens; Lothar Hackler, president&mdas…

  • Royal Ten Cate (Polyfelt)

    Royal Ten Cate (Polyfelt)

    January 1, 2009
    Location: LINZ, AUSTRIA Sales: $102 Million Description: Key Personnel Wally Moore, CEO; Rich McLeod, director sales marketing, Jean-Pasqual Mermet, marketing director; Jan-Willem Heezen, marketing director; Günter Froschauer, marketi…

  • Fitesa

    Fitesa

    January 1, 2009
    Location: GRAVATAI, BRAZIL Sales: $103 Million Description: Plants Gravatai, Brazil; North America Process Spunmelt, meltblown Major Markets Hygiene, medical, industrial, filtration, sorbents This is the last year Brazilian nonwovens producer…

  • Suominen

    Suominen

    January 1, 2009
    Location: NAKKILA, FINLAND Sales: $107 Million Description: Key Personnel Petri Rolig, president and CEO of Suominen Corporation; Paul-Erik Toivo, vice president and general manager of Suominen Wiping; Mads Kiilerich, director operations of Suomi…

  • Toray Advanced Materials

    Toray Advanced Materials

    January 1, 2009
    Location: SEOUL, KOREA Sales: $144 Million Description: Plant Locations Gumi, Kyungsang-Bukdo, South Korea; Nantong, JIangsu Province, China ISO Status ISO-9001: 2009; ISO-14001 (environmental certification): 2004; ISO-18001 (operational certifi…

  • Andrew Industries

    Andrew Industries

    January 1, 2009
    Location: MANCHESTER, U.K. Sales: $130 Million Description: Plants South Carolina, China, U.K. Processes Needlepunch, thermal bonded and chemical finishes Brand Names Fiberlox, Microfelt, Checkstatic and Pleatlox Major Markets Filtration, Tech…

  • Union Industries

    Union Industries

    January 1, 2009
    Location: MASSERANO, ITALY Sales: $143 Million Description: Key Personnel Matteo Moltrasio, vice president; Luigi Cassano, managing director; Alessandro Taramasso, commercial director Plant Masserano, Biella, Italy ISO Status since 1997 ISO 900…

  • Mitsui Chemical

    Mitsui Chemical

    January 1, 2009
    Location: TOKYO, JAPAN Sales: $155 Million Description: Key Personnel Haruhiro Uesugi, general manager, life and energy materials division Plants Japan, Thailand Processes Spunbonded, needlepunched, meltblown, thermal bonded Brand Names Tafnel…

  • Toyobo

    Toyobo

    January 1, 2009
    Location: TOKYO, JAPAN Sales: $163 Million Description: Key Personnel Yuuji Taneda, general manager, spunbond division of Toyobo; Yukio Kawasaki, president of Kureha Plants Tsuruga, Iwakuni, Shiga Brand Names Volans, Ecule, Bonden, Kurelock, Ku…

  • Georgia-Pacific

    Georgia-Pacific

    January 1, 2009
    Location: ATLANTA, GA Sales: $150 Million Description: Plants Green Bay, WI (two facilities); Avigliano, Italy Processes Airlaid, carded Brand Names Airtex, Dritex Major Markets Baby wipes, industrial and food service wipes, feminine hygiene,…

  • Jacob Holm

    Jacob Holm

    January 1, 2009
    Location: BASEL, SWITZERLAND Sales: $172 Million Description: Key Personnel Poul Mikkelsen, chairman; Finn Schoning, group controller; operations USA; Alain Héberlé, director of marketing and Porcher, global commercial account direc…

  • Pegas A/S

    Pegas A/S

    January 1, 2009
    Location: ZNOJMO, CZECH REPUBLIC Sales: $209 Million Description: Key Personnel Frantisek Rezac, Chief executive officer; Frantisek Klaska, Technical director; Ales Gerza, Chief financial officer; Rostislav Vrbacky, Production director Plan…

  • Asahi Kasei

    Asahi Kasei

    January 1, 2009
    Location: OSAKA, JAPAN Sales: $195 Million Description: Key Personnel Toshio Takanashi, general manager, nonwoven fabrics division; Katsuhiko Hinamoto, general manager, spunbonded fabric sales; Tetsuya Nakamura, general manger, Bemliese sales Pla…

  • Sandler

    Sandler

    January 1, 2009
    Location: SCHWARTZENBACH/SAALE, GERMANY Sales: $232 Million Description: Key Personnel Christian Heinrich Sandler, chief executive officer; Dipl. Kfm. Christian Heinrich Sandler, Dieter Magiera, members of the management board Plant Schwarzenbac…

  • Japan Vilene

    Japan Vilene

    January 1, 2009
    Location: TOKYO, JAPAN Sales: $222 Million Description: Key Personnel Mitsuo Kanno, president; Minoru Tanaka, managing director; Yoshiaki Mizutani, director; Kasuo Hamada, managing director Plants Shiga, Tokyo, Japan Processes Resin bonded, nee…

  • Propex Fabrics

    Propex Fabrics

    January 1, 2009
    Location: CHATTANOOGA, GA Sales: $175 Million Description: Key Personnel Stan Brant, president and CEO, Martin de Vries, president and chief financial officer Plants Ringgold, GA Process Needlepunch Major Markets Geosynthetics, flooring, furni…

  • Companhia Providencia

    Companhia Providencia

    January 1, 2009
    Location: PARANA, BRAZIL Sales: $225 Million Description: Key Personnel Herminio Freitas, President and CEO; Eduardo Feldmann, CFO; Alexandre Domeque, commercial director; Romeo Bregant, industrial director Plant Locations São Jose Pinhai…

  • Fibertex

    Fibertex

    January 1, 2009
    Location: AALBORG, DENMARK Sales: $295 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 Pl…

  • First Quality

    First Quality

    January 1, 2009
    Location: GREAT NECK, NY Sales: $250 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 busine…

  • Buckeye

    Buckeye

    January 1, 2009
    Location: MEMPHIS, TN Sales: $240 Million Description: Key Personnel Marko Rajamaa, senior vice president, Nonwovens; Mike Brown, Nonwovens sales manager—Americas and Far East; Norbert Busch, Nonwovens sales manager—Europe and Middle…

  • Johns Manville

    Johns Manville

    January 1, 2009
    Location: DENVER, CO Sales: $670 Million Description: Key Personnel Bob Wamboldt, vice president & general manager, Engineered Products North America (EPNA) Enno Henze, vice president & general manager, Engineered Products Europe/Asia (EP…

  • Fiberweb

    Fiberweb

    January 1, 2009
    Location: LONDON, U.K. Sales: $947 Million Description: Key Personnel Daniel Dayan, CEO; Dan Abrams, CFO; Ian Barnes, president, Consumer Fabrics; Derek Chan, president Asia/Pacific: John Juric, president, Americas Industrial division; Paul Glove…

  • PGI

    PGI

    January 1, 2009
    Location: CHARLOTTE, NC Sales: $1.15 billion Description: Key Personnel Veronica Hagen, chief executive officer; Robert Kocourek, chief financial officer; Mike Hale, chief operating officer; Bob Dale, vice president of research and development; J…

  • Ahlstrom

    Ahlstrom

    January 1, 2009
    Location: HELSINKI, FINLAND Sales: $1.3 billion Description: ∫Key Personnel Jan Lang, president and CEO; Risto Anttonen, deputy of the president and CEO, senior vice president, Advanced Nonwovens (interim); Jean-Marie Becker, senior vice presi…

  • Kimberly-Clark

    Kimberly-Clark

    January 1, 2009
    Location: DALLAS, TX Sales: $1.3 Billion Description: Key Personnel Thomas Falk, chairman and CEO; Jan Spencer, Professional & Other; Richard Thorne, vice president, Professional North America; Stephanie Rossignol, director, Professional Wipe…

  • DuPont

    DuPont

    January 1, 2009
    Location: WILMINGTON, DE Sales: $1.4 Billion Description: Key Personnel Thomas Powell, vice president and general manager of DuPont Protection Technologies; Nigel Budden, global market leader, DuPont Protection Technologies; Roger K. Siemionko, g…

  • Freudenberg

    Freudenberg

    January 1, 2009
    Location: WEINHEIM, GERMANY Sales: $1.45 billion Description: Key Personnel Management board: Bruce Olson, president and CEO; Rene Wollerg, CFO; Thomas Reibelt, CTO. Worldwide Divisions: Heino Freudenberg, managing director interlinings; Jörg…

  • Suominen's Profits Expected to Fall

    December 23, 2008
    Wipes unit to lay off 40.

  • Nonwovens Down Under

    December 22, 2008
    United Bonded Fabrics (UBF) is an Australian company that can trace parts of its business back to the 1870s when the David Galt Company started manufacturing a range of felted textiles made from natural fibers in Melbourne, Australia.

  • EPA Issues Proposed Rule on Medical Waste Incinerators

    December 19, 2008
    Rule could mean higher medical waste incinerator emission standards.

  • Next Generation Counterterrorism and Military Wipe Developed

    Next Generation Counterterrorism and Military Wipe Developed

    Seshadri Ramkumar || December 18, 2008
    Lawrence Livermore National Lab Study Finds Texas Tech Fibertect� Wipe Best for Decontamination of Chemical Warfare Agents, Toxic Chemicals

  • EDANA Hires New Marketing Manager

    December 17, 2008
    Abby Bailey to handle marketing and communications needs of the association.

  • Lydall Lauches Membrane Air Media

    December 17, 2008
    Technology obtained through DSM acquisition.

  • General Nonwovens Expands Into Filtration

    December 16, 2008
    FilterGen rolled out for first time in U.S.

  • NTI, AGR Reach Licensing Deal

    December 16, 2008
    Technology boasts 20% more throughputs per commercial orifice size.

  • Avgol Strikes Partnership in Nanofibers

    December 16, 2008
    Spunmelt maker to create pilot line using Elmarco technology.

  • K-C To Roll Out New Depend Underwear Line

    December 15, 2008
    Brand's first gender-specific adult underwear to hit store shelves in March.

  • Is Relief In Sight?

    Karen Bitz McIntyre || December 11, 2008
    In 2008, the global banking industry collapsed, the U.S. automotive industry faced the possibility of bankruptcy, thousands—or perhaps millions—lost their jobs—not to mention the millions of dollars gone from retirement accounts and…

  • The Year That Was

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || December 11, 2008
    despite economic crises, raw material pricing and consolidation, the nonwovens industry continue to invest in the future.

  • Fashion: Function in Action

    David Backhouse and Lynne Webster, School of Design, University of Leeds, UK || December 11, 2008
    an innovative collection of garments constructed from nonwoven fabrics researched, designed and produced by UK fashion students

  • Many Shapes And Forms

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || December 11, 2008
    no matter how you define it, composite technology is allowing nonwovens to penetrate new markets.

  • Sitting Pretty

    Ellen Wuagneux, Associate Editor || December 11, 2008
    hygiene component suppliers prepare for pricing let-up

  • INDA Hosts Filtration 2008

    December 10, 2008
    Nonwovens event takes place under rainy skies in Philadelphia this week.

  • Freudenberg To Form Independent Filter Biz

    December 10, 2008
    Freudenberg Filtration Technologies to launch January 1.

  • NTI, AGR Reach Licensing Deal

    December 10, 2008
    Technology boasts 20% more throughputs per commercial orifice size.

  • General Nonwovens Expands Into Filtration

    December 10, 2008
    FilterGen rolled out for first time in U.S.

  • Kem-Wove Makes Filtration Show Debut

    December 10, 2008
    First-time exhibitor promotes highloft media and laminated products.

  • EBM Techniek, VMI Holland Join Forces

    December 8, 2008
    Separate product group, EBM Product Handling Systems, formed.

  • INDA Postpones Asian Conference

    December 8, 2008
    Interest high but economic issues prevent event.

  • Fibertex Names Joint CEOs

    December 8, 2008
    Appointments reaffirm dual management structure.