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  • Lenzing Acquires Massen Nonwovens Technology

    May 2, 2007
    Effective this month, Austrian machinery specialist Lenzing Instruments has taken over the nonwovens inspection technology of Massen, Konstanz, Germany. Lenzing supplies testing instruments for the fiber, textile and nonwovens industries, ranging fro…

  • P&G Earnings Up In Third Quarter

    May 2, 2007
    Leading consumer product maker Procter & Gamble, Cincinnati, OH, announced strong top- and bottom-line growth for the January-March 2007 quarter. Sales in the fiscal third quarter, which ended March 31, rose 8% to $18.7 billion from $17.2 billion…

  • K-C Reports Huge Profit Spike

    May 2, 2007
    Personal care product giant Kimberly-Clark, Dallas, TX, has reported a whopping 64% increase in first-quarter profit, helped by cost cutting and strength in emerging markets. K-C, which has struggled in recent quarters with rising commodity costs, re…

  • Suominen Records First Quarter Profit

    May 2, 2007
    First quarter financial results have been released by Suominen Corporation, Helsinki, Finland. Net sales for the first quarter totaled €54.3 million, up 10% from €49.3 in the corresponding 2006 period. Sales volume developed strongly in all…

  • Buckeye Sees Q3 Sales Jump

    May 1, 2007
    At Buckeye Technologies Inc., Memphis, TN, net sales in the just-completed quarter were $193 million, 6% higher than the $181 million achieved in the same quarter of the prior year. Net sales for the first nine months of fiscal year 2007 were $569 mi…

  • Green Fiber Launched By Foss

    May 1, 2007
    Polyester made from 100% recycled plasti bottles.

  • Fluff Pulp Expansion Planned

    May 1, 2007
    Bowater to invest $17 million.

  • JM Expands Micro-Aire Filtration Capacity

    April 30, 2007
    Wertheim expansion to be complete in September.

  • Ginni's Spunlace Line Comes Onstream

    April 30, 2007
    Rieter technology called first of its kind in India.

  • DuPont Hybrid Membrane Technology Attracts Attention

    April 30, 2007
    New DuPont Technology Introduced At IDEA07

  • Carolina Nonwovens To Start Production Next Month

    April 27, 2007
    Company Makes Debut at IDEA07

  • Hof Expands Into Spunlaced

    April 27, 2007
    New line came up in January.

  • Rieter Unveils Meltblown System

    April 27, 2007
    Machinery specialist Rieter Textile Systems chose IDEA07 in Miami, FL as the venue for launching its most recent innovation in melt blown technology. The brand new system offers excellent basis weight distribution, very narrow fiber size distribution…

  • DuPont Wins Two IDEA Achievement Awards

    April 24, 2007
    Awards presented at IDEA07.

  • Fitesa Makes Line Announcement

    April 24, 2007
    Brazilian nonwovens producer Fitesa announced at IDEA 2007 it would install a second Reicofil 4 line. The 4.2 meter line will be able to produce 15,000 metric tons of spunmelt nonwovens and will come onstream during the second half of next year. Acco…

  • Avgol Nonwovens Announces Fourth U.S. Line

    April 23, 2007
    Plans are underway at Israeli roll goods producer Avgol to expand its Mocksville, NC manufacturing facility by adding 15,000 metric tons of Reicofil spunmelt capacity. Scheduled for start-up during the second quarter of 2008, the company’s seco…

  • Glatfelter Composite Fibers Pools Its Expertise in Europe

    April 19, 2007
    As part of the U.S.-based Glatfelter Company, two long-established players in the European paper industry, Schoeller & Hoesch and Lydney (formerly JR Crompton), are operating jointly as Glatfelter Composite Fibers effective of last month. “…

  • Study Reports Wipes Growth

    April 19, 2007
    Demand for wipes in the U.S. is forecast to increase 6.1% per year to $2.2 billion in 2011, propelled by a continual spate of new product introductions and further segmentation of the market. The number and variety of wipes on the market continue to…

  • Lenzing To Expand Into India

    April 18, 2007
    Lenzing will build a new viscose fiber production facility in India in cooperation with the Indian Modi Group. The new plant will initially be able to produce 80,000 tons of viscose fibers for textiles and nonwovens and will employ 700. It will be lo…

  • Protecting America

    Protecting America's Bravest

    Michael Ciampo, Lieutenant || April 12, 2007
    nonwovens technology used in bunker gear and personal protection equipment for firefighters

  • Three Days In Miami

    || April 12, 2007
    For many involved in nonwovens, the last several months have centered largely around preparation for IDEA 2007, this year's big nonwovens-related trade show, which will be held later this month in Miami Beach. Held just once every three years, IDEA i…

  • Up In Flames

    Up In Flames

    Ellen Wuagneux, Associate Editor || April 12, 2007
    upgraded flame retardants bump up the performance of nonwovens in both residential and industrial end uses

  • Strong & Steady

    Strong & Steady

    Ellen Wuagneux, Associate Editor || April 12, 2007
    roofing and construction markets see solid growth and promise potential for future expansion

  • WNI Spins Off Cerex

    April 11, 2007
    Florida-based Cerex Advanced Fabrics, a supplier of high performance spunbond nylon nonwoven fabrics, has been acquired by management and an investor group led by Jon Vesely, a Chicago-based private equity investor.  Prior to the acquisition, Ce…

  • Webex Buys Vacuum Roll Line

    April 9, 2007
    Webex, Inc., a 35-year veteran manufacturer of precision rolls for the web handling and converting industries, has acquired the Isoten vacuum roll product line from Coating and Converting Resources, Inc. (CCR), of Sussex, WI. The Isoten company was f…

  • Fiberweb Americas Names Leader

    April 4, 2007
    Fiberweb will consolidate its two North American units into one unit, Fiberweb Americas, and has tapped Dave Rousse to serve as president of that unit. Mr. Rousse joined Fiberweb in late 2005 as president of Hygiene/Medical Americas.    &n…

  • Indian Conference Seeks Abstracts

    April 2, 2007
    Global players in all fields of textiles from fiber to fabric and defense textiles to nonwoven textiles will gather in textile city, Coimbatore from June 18-20, 2007. This international meeting showcases INDO-US collaboration and is being organized b…

  • K-C Names Three New Executives

    April 2, 2007
    Kimberly-Clark Corporation unveiled the structure for its new Global Marketing organization as part of its ongoing effort to extend its brand-building capabilities, accelerate growth and product innovation and improve the effectiveness of its marketi…

  • PGI Names New CEO

    April 2, 2007
    Polymer Group, Inc. has named Veronica Hagen chief executive officer and a member of the board of directors, effective April 23, 2007. Ms. Hagen brings over 25 years of extensive operations and global industrial market experience with large, internat…

  • Ahlstrom Buys Fiberweb's Consumer Wipes Business

    April 1, 2007
    Fiberweb has sold its hygiene wipes business Ahlstrom Corporation in a deal that include facilities in South Carolina, Italy and Spain. The transaction, which is subject to regulatory approvals, is expected to close by the end of June and is valued a…

  • K-Tron Finalizes Chinese Acquisition

    March 28, 2007
    K-Tron International, Inc has finalized a previously announced agreement to acquire certain assets of Wuxi Chenghao Machinery Co., Ltd. a privately-owned company in the People’s Republic of China.  The acquired business will operate under…

  • Sandler To Expand Role In Wipes

    March 28, 2007
    Sandler will add a second higher performance nonwovens line to make materials mainly targeted at the wipes market. According to the company, Sandler will invest €20 million in the new line, its second for the wipes market. The new line will be 1…

  • Jacob Holm Sells Technical Division

    March 27, 2007
    Jacob Holm & Sønner A/S has sold its shareholding in Jacob Holm & Sons STA A/S to LD Equity. Jacob Holm & Sønner A/S continues its 100% ownership of the Jacob Holm Industries operations in France (Soultz) and USA (Asheville)…

  • Avgol Doubles Profit

    March 26, 2007
    Israeli roll goods producer Avgol released financial figures for 2006, its first such posting as a public company. Boasting $60 million in revenue for the fourth quarter, the company’s gross profit margin rose to 24% of turnover, from 22% in th…

  • INDA Appoints New Technical Director

    March 21, 2007
    INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, Cary, NC, has named Steve Ogle its new technical director. A long-time veteran of the nonwovens and technical textiles industry, Mr. Ogle replaces Cos Camelio, who is retiring in June after six year…

  • Lentex To Launch Second Spunlace Line

    March 21, 2007
    Plans are underway at Polish nonwovens producer Lentex to build a second spunlace line. With production start-up slated for the end of 2007, the turnkey line will be manufactured by Asselin-Thibeau and will include spunlace equipment from Rieter Perf…

  • Ventilation Belt

    March 15, 2007
    The antistatic ventilation belt Conduct for the technical weaver GKD ensures reliable g rounding and prevents electrostatic charging in the nonwovens and wood processing industries. Conducto 2 is the name of the latest development of this proven perf…

  • Spray Nozzles

    March 15, 2007
    Patent-pending Universal Signature spray nozzles from Nordson Corporation produce random hot melt adhesive patterns with dense, uniform coverage for nonwovens, wide and narrow web coating and general manufacturing and assembly applications. Continuou…

  • Freudenberg Nonwovens

    March 15, 2007
    Effective March 2007, Stephan Tanda has left Freudenberg Nonwovens to join Royal DSM N.V., where he has been elected to the management board. Effective the same date, George Cartwright, former executive director of BBA Group, will assume the role of…

  • Nonwoven Media Report Available

    March 14, 2007
    According to a new and updated technical market research report, The Market for Nonwoven Filter Materials, from BCC RESEARCH (www.bccresearch.com), the North American market for nonwoven filter media was worth $588 million in 2005 and will be $617 mi…

  • Industry Braces For Enactment Of Chemical Registration Policy

    Peter Mayberry and Jessica Franken || March 13, 2007
    REACH program would require industry to prove chemical safety

  • AI: In The News Again

    || March 13, 2007
    During the past three weeks, there has been more news relating to adult incontinence than there has been all year. First, Paperpak announced it had a new owner; then, Whitestone bought fellow AI manufacturer Humanicare and finally Procter & Gambl…

  • Spunlace: Still Wiping Up?

    Spunlace: Still Wiping Up?

    Ellen Wuagneux, Editor || March 12, 2007
    overcapacity and pricing issues worry producers, but there is hope that product differentiation will lead the way

  • Making Moves In The AI Market

    Making Moves In The AI Market

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || March 12, 2007
    strong growth prospects have led to M&A activity in North America

  • PGI Sales Top $1 Billion

    March 12, 2007
    Net sales topped $1 billion for the first time last year at nonwovens producer Polymer Group Inc. The company’s sales increased 7.7% to $1.02 billion. Meanwhile, fourth quarter sales also increased, 9.8%, to $263.9 million, and gross profit inc…

  • Awards Honor Two Industry Veterans

    March 12, 2007
    Two men who helped guide the nonwovens industry through its formative years and into today’s vital global business will be recognized for their outstanding contributions during the IDEA07 Achievement Awards ceremony to be held at the IDEA07 Int…

  • Colbond Expansion Follows Geosynthetic Growth

    March 9, 2007
    Influenced by tax credits and incentives, Colbond has decided to expand its Asheville, NC nonwovens production facility by adding 20 jobs and $7million in equipment. The Netherlands-based company chose to expand in Asheville, over its Obernberg, Germ…

  • Wipes Study Released

    March 7, 2007
    Demand for wipes in the U.S. is forecast to increase 6.1% per annum to $2.2 billion in 2011, propelled by a continual spate of new product introductions and further segmentation of the market. The number and variety of wipes on the market will contin…

  • Unilever to Sell AIP Goods In Turkey

    March 5, 2007
     American Israeli Paper Mills Ltd.'s Turkish subsidiary had struck and agreement to have its goods sold by consumer goods giant Unilever in Turkey. Unilever has a large sales and distribution network in Turkey, and its agreement with Kimberly Cl…

  • Superabsorbent Fiber Specialist To Be Sold

    March 2, 2007
    Acordis Beheer bv (Acordis) and Ciba Specialty Chemicals (Ciba) have signed an agreement to sell their polyacrylate super absorbent fiber business, Technical Absorbents Limited, located in Grimsby, U.K., to Bluestar Fibres Company Ltd.  Financia…