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  • Donaldson Acquires Aerospace Filtration Systems

    March 1, 2007
    Air and liquid filtration systems specialist Donaldson Company has acquired St. Charles, MO-based Aerospace Filtration Systems (AFS). A manufacturer of high-performance air filters for commercial and military aircraft, AFS had annual sales of approxi…

  • Borealis To Bring Meltblown Line Onstream

    March 1, 2007
    Plastics solutions provider Borealis is investing in a polyolefin meltblown line to increase nonwoven innovation. The investment includes the installation of an in-house pilot line alongside other laboratory equipment. According to Borealis, this is…

  • Japan Vilene To Market Fuel Cell Components

    March 1, 2007
    Japan Vilene is promoting a new gas-diffusion porous substrate in the Japanese market for polymer electrolyte fuel cells, as well as a stationary fuel-cell filter for removing exhaust and dust from fuel cells. The gas-diffusion product is made up of…

  • Texsus To Add Highloft Line

    March 1, 2007
    Plans are underway at Italian roll goods producer Texsus SpA to start up a new line during the second quarter of 2007 to produce biodegradable highloft acquisition/distribution layers. The three-meter-wide line will have an annual capacity of 4000 to…

  • World Fiber Output Up In 2006

    February 28, 2007
    World fiber output increased by 5.1% to 74.7 million tons in 2006, according to preliminary data in an annual report on world fiber production from textile machinery maker Oerlikon Saurer Textile. The full report “The Fiber Year 2006/07”…

  • Americo Names Canadian Rep

    February 28, 2007
    Acworth, GA-based Americo Manufacturing Company has named Riches Associates its sales representative covering Canada. John Riches, Bob Domenichelli, Michel Leger, Ryan McDougall and Greg Murphy from Riches Associates will represent Americo products f…

  • K-C Unveils Cleanroom Wiper Dispenser

    February 28, 2007
    Kimberly-Clark Professional has introduced a dispenser for pre-saturated alcohol wipes that provides convenient one-handed dispensing with no need to hold a package or re-seal a closing flap. "Until now, pre-saturated wiper packages were anythin…

  • K-C Launches Thicker Baby Wipe

    February 21, 2007
    Kimberly-Clark Corporation has added several new and improved baby and toddler hygiene products to its well-known Huggies brand including an improved Huggies Supreme baby wipe, a new naturally refreshing line of Huggies baby wipes and toiletries and…

  • Spunbond Chinese Style

    February 20, 2007
    Six years after the establishment of sister company Zhejiang Huayin Plastics Co. in 1992, spunbond nonwovens producer Zhejiang Huayin Nonwovens was born.

  • Two A.Celli Airlaid Systems To Be Installed

    February 20, 2007
    A.Celli Nonwovens’ Wingformer has been selected as the airlaid technology for two new projects with China-based Dalian Ruiguang Nonwoven Group and Italian producer Main SpA, respectively. In order to further expand its operations in the hygiene…

  • JMS New China Line Is Up

    February 16, 2007
    Johns Manville has begun operating a new nonwoven spunbond mat production line in Luoyang, China. Located in the Henan province, this new state-of-the-art line underscores JM’s commitment to its roofing, specialty and geotextiles customers. &ld…

  • Playtex Considers Acquisitions

    February 15, 2007
    Playtex Products, Westport, CT, posted better-than-expected fourth-quarter profit but its shares fell 3% after the consumer products company said that it might have to look at acquisitions to meet its 2008 goals. Playtex, whose products include tampo…

  • Americo To Expand

    February 15, 2007
    Americo Manufacturing, a leading maker of floor pads, hand pads, filter media, geotextiles and other nonwoven materials, has expanded its manufacturing capabilities with a new state-of-the-art production line. According to company executives, the new…

  • P&G Exits Japan's AI Market

    February 15, 2007
    Procter & Gamble is seeking a buyer for its Japanese adult diaper business even as the market posts steady growth due to the country's aging population. P&G said it was looking to unload its Attento diaper brand because it did not fit into it…

  • Slot Applicators

    February 14, 2007
    TrueCoat slot applicators from Nordson Corporation provide exceptional thermal performance and application accuracy in continuous or intermittent coating applications.  The compact, configurable design is ideal for coating a wide variety of subs…

  • TenCate Will Sell O-C Product

    February 14, 2007
    TenCate Geosynthetics North America, Pendergrass, GA, has entered into an exclusive partnership with Toledo, OH-based Owens Corning whereby TenCate will sell, market and distribute Owens Corning’s TruPave Engineered Paving Mat in North America.…

  • DuPont Earnings Soar on Strong Sales

    February 13, 2007
    Both sales and earnings for the last quarter of 2006 were up, according to DuPont, Wilmington, DE. The company’s fourth quarter profits soared to $871 million compared to $154 million in the fourth quarter of 2005. Sales revenues were up 8% to…

  • Freudenberg Announces Key Personnel Changes

    February 13, 2007
    Effective March 1, 2007, Stephan Tanda will leave Freudenberg Nonwovens to join Royal DSM N.V., where he will be elected to the management board. Effective the same date, George Cartwright, former executive director of BBA Group, will assume the role…

  • Rock The Vote: Rewarding Innovation

    Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor || February 12, 2007
    One of the best things about a democracy is the right to vote.

  • Labor Unions Sue Bush Administration

    Peter Mayberry and Jessica Franken || February 12, 2007
    action seeks to complete rule on employer payment for personal protection equipment

  • Riding The Wave

    Riding The Wave

    Ellen Wuagneux, Associate Editor || February 12, 2007
    to stay afloat, producers of spunmelt nonwovens must balance high raw material costs, tough competition and overcapacity issues

  • Household Wipes: Searching For The Next Swiffer

    Household Wipes: Searching For The Next Swiffer

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || February 12, 2007
    growth slows as the market awaits its next blockbuster

  • PGI To Unveil New Wipes Technology

    February 12, 2007
    Polymer Group, Inc. will invest in technology for an entirely new category of high performance, cost-effective engineered materials for wipes and other uses. The company will debut its new family of Spinlace fabrics at IDEA07 in Miami in April. Initi…

  • Lenzing Chair Denies Sale Rumors

    February 9, 2007
    The chairman of the Lenzing AG supervisory board, Karl Schmutzer, has denied recurrent rumors stating that Lenzing will be sold to a strategic investor, in particular the Indian Birla Group.     "As a member of the management o…

  • Voting Underway For IDEA Achievement Awards

    February 8, 2007
    Fifteen  innovative, successful new products in the nonwovens and engineered fabrics industries of the past three years have been nominated as finalists for the prestigious IDEA07 Achievement Awards. The finalists were selected from hundreds of…

  • JM Launches Seal-It

    February 8, 2007
    Johns Manville has launched a new line of housewrap tape and flashings called Seal-It, which is specifically formulated to adhere to Gorilla Wrap, JM’s housewrap. Seal-It enhances the building envelope by tightly sealing housewrap seams and win…

  • Mada Adds Spunmelt Line

    February 5, 2007
    Mada Nonwovens, Jubail, Saudi Arabia, is investing in a state-of-the-art polyester spunbond line with an annual capacity of more than 8000 tons. “The new investment is in accordance with the vision of Mada Nonwovens to become a key player in in…

  • Ahlstrom Enhances Filtration Business

    February 2, 2007
    Ahlstrom Corporation will invest €5 million in a new drylaid nonwovens line to serve the North American air filtration market. The new line, located at Ahlstrom's Groesbeck, TX, facility, is expected to start at the beginning of 2008. The Groesb…

  • NCSU Donation Could Shape Future of Nonwovens

    February 1, 2007
    Researchers at North Carolina State University’s College of Textiles have received a software donation valued at more than $1 million from Alignent Software that could help shape the future of the nonwoven textiles industry and enhance the comm…

  • Ahlstrom Acquires Orlandi's Spunlace Biz

    February 1, 2007
    Ahlstrom, has signed an agreement to acquire Orlandi's spunlace operation, further broadening its role in the wipes area. The acquisition price is approximately €60 million and the transaction is expected to be EPS enhancing from 2007. Ahlstrom…

  • K-C Sales Hit New Quarterly High

    January 30, 2007
    At Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Dallas, TX, net sales in the fourth quarter of 2006 rose 7.4% to $4.3 billion, a new quarterly high. Operating profit was $611 million in the fourth quarter of 2006, compared with $572 million in 2005. For the full year…

  • P&G Raises Fiscal Year Outlook

    January 30, 2007
    Absorbent product giant Procter & Gamble, Cincinnati, OH, raised its outlook for the year after a jump in second-quarter profit of 12%. The company posted net income of $2.8 billion in the three months ended Dec. 31 versus $2.5 billion in the pri…

  • Tyco Swim Pants Wins Visionary Award

    January 30, 2007
    A highly competitive Visionary Awards competition, four days of presentations by well-known business speakers and industry networking opportunities highlighted the Vision 2007 Consumer Products Conference, held January 21-24 in Denver. INDA, Associat…

  • Ksters, Pill Form Agreement

    January 29, 2007
    Andritz Küsters has formed an agreement with Pill Nassvliestechnik for the sale, production and installation of wetlaid nonwovens lines. The agreement will combine Andritz Küsters’ competence in pulp, fibers and tissues with Pill&rsqu…

  • Chinese Company Launches Cotton Nonwoven

    January 29, 2007
    Shenzhen, China-based Winner Medical Group Inc. has begun production of PurCotton, its new cotton nonwoven material and expects to ship the first order by the end of January. The first order—jumbo rolls of raw PurCotton material—was recei…

  • Chicopee Prices To Rise 6%

    January 26, 2007
    Chicopee, Inc., a division of Polymer Group, Inc. will levy a price increase of 6% for all wiper products, effective February 26, 2007.  The price changes are being implemented to mitigate the impact of significant increases in the cost of visco…

  • PaperPak Gets New Owner

    January 25, 2007
    KPS Capital Partners has purchased PaperPak Products, the maker of Attends adult incontinence products, through a newly formed affiliate, Attends Healthcare, Inc. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. PaperPak is a leading manufactur…

  • Fiberweb Expands Airlaid Capacity In China

    January 24, 2007
    The world’s fourth largest roll goods producer Fiberweb plc is in the process of building a second airlaid production line at its site at Tianjin, China, adding 10,000 tons of capacity to the 16,000 tons already installed. The investment reinfo…

  • Two Key AI Acquisitions Take Place

    January 23, 2007
    In the first of two recent acquisitions in the adult incontinence market, Whitestone Corporation, Bloomington, IN, has purchased East Brunswick-based AI product manufacturer Humanicare International. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Th…

  • Buckeye To Sell Fiberline Biz

    January 23, 2007
    Plans are underway at specialty fiber and nonwovens producer Buckeye Technologies, Memphis, TN, to sell its Lumberton, NC-based Fiberline operation. Buckeye Lumberton entered the bleached cotton fiber market in September 2001 with state-of-the-art eq…

  • Albis To Build Second Spunbond Line

    January 23, 2007
    Building on the success of its first Neumag Sauer line, Italian nonwovens producer Albis SpA has unveiled plans to expand its spunbond capacities and has ordered a second Neumag spunbond plant. The line features a three-beam SMS (spunbond/meltblown/s…

  • China Nonwovens Still Growing

    January 18, 2007
    In 2005, China’s total nonwovens production was 755,000 tons, a 23% increase, and this figure was expected to increase 11% to 838,000 for 2006. These production increases were attributed to higher growth rates in diapers, sanitary napkins, hous…

  • Kuraray Launches Jet Steam Technology

    January 18, 2007
    Kuraray started production of a pilot steam jet nonwovens plant in November 2006. The nonwovens made at the plant are made by entwining fibers by jetting high temperature steam and are currently under application development. The pilot plant will mak…

  • ElkCorp Sale Price Rises

    January 18, 2007
    Private equity firm Carlyle has boosted its takeover offer for roofing products maker ElkCorp to about $834 million, or $40.50 per share ElkCorp said on Tuesday, topping a rival bid from Building Materials Corp. of America (BMCA). ElkCorp said in a s…

  • Hirose Ups Separator Output

    January 18, 2007
    Hirose Ups Separator Output Hirose Paper, a producer of special separators for alkali dry cell batteris, is going to increase its proudciton capacity by 50% through a new plant scheduled to start regular production in June 2007. The separators are m…

  • After Sales Service

    January 17, 2007
    Fleissner GmbH has newly organized and extended its after sales services  department, which has been successfully concentrating on machine engineering and spare parts for many years. The  Fleissner After Sales Service department is part of…

  • From Paper To Nonwovens

    January 16, 2007
    Established in 1991 with just a sheeter and a trimmer, Precision Paper Converters (PPC) has grown into a converter of coated and uncoated papers, paperboard and OPP films as well as tissue products.

  • Colbond Introduces Green Products

    January 12, 2007
    Colbond, a producer of high-quality synthetic nonwovens, is launching two innovative and environmentally sound primary backings for the carpet manufacturing industry. These two nonwovens, Colback SMR and Colback UMX, will help the industry make signi…

  • Fibertex Buys Out Malaysian Partner

    January 10, 2007
    In early 2007, Fibertex acquired a remaining 40% share in its Malaysian operations Fibertex Nonwovens Sdn Bhd from partner Industrialiseringsfonden for Udviklingslandene (IFU) for a reported DKK 135 million. Fibertex and IFU established the subsidiar…

  • New Polyproplyene Plant To Use Basell Technology

    January 10, 2007
    Liaoning Huajin Chemical Corporation has selected Basell’s Spheripol technology for a new 250 kiloton per year polypropylene plant it plans to build in Panjin, Liaoning Province China. Start-up is expected in 2009.     “…