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  • 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.     “…

  • INDA Seeks Web Updates

    January 10, 2007
    Any INDA member who visits www.inda.org between now and the opening of the IDEA07 International Engineered Fabrics Conference and Exposition, April 24, 2007, will be eligible to win an iPod.     “It is important for us to keep…

  • NC Attracts New Nonwovens Maker

    January 9, 2007
    Carolina Nonwovens Corporation has confirmed it will build a new nonwovens facility in the Indian Creek Industrial Park in Lincolnton, NC. The initial investment to build the 33,000-square-foot facility will be $4.2 million, and the company expects t…

  • PGI To Shutter Two U.S. Plants

    January 4, 2007
    In an effort to lower operating costs and improve its performance, Polymer Group Inc. will close plants in Rogers, AK and Gainseville, GA and transfers portions of its business to other locations in North America and Asia. Operations at the two plant…

  • Filtrex 2006 - Over 300 Delegates Flock to EDANA's Filtration Conference

    January 3, 2007
    EDANA's second edition of the FILTREX conference and exhibition, which took place in Munich on 24th -25th October was judged a major success, according to an opinion survey of its 303 participants.

  • Advances in Fibrous Materials, Nonwoven and Technical Textiles

    Seshadri Ramkumar, Texas Tech University || January 3, 2007
    Cotton City in India Hosts First International Collaborative Conference

  • Baby, Baby: Diaper Technology Needs To Be Examined

    January 3, 2007
    Around here, January is baby diaper month and this issue is chock full of information about the global diaper market. Thanks to the help of diaper consultant Carlos Richer and market tracker Euromonitor, I think it's safe to say that this issue conta…

  • Lame Duck Congress Adjourns

    Peter Mayberry and Jessica Franken || January 3, 2007
    lawmakers confirm FDA chief and pass a package of tax and trade measures

  • Oh Baby!

    Oh Baby!

    Ellen Wuagneux, Associate Editor || January 3, 2007
    disposable hygiene machinery producers strive to maintain flexibility, bump up performance and lower costs

  • Pegas Focuses On Growth

    January 2, 2007
    Following its debut on the Prague stock exchange in December, Pegas Nonwovens will focus on investment risks including an adjustment to its customer portfolio. According to managing director Milos Bogdan, sales to its largest customer will comprise 4…

  • Vita Nonwovens

    Vita Nonwovens

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Manchester, U.K. Sales: $162 million Description: Key Personnel John Oliver, Vita Group CEO; Wim Warnier, Vita Nonwovens CEO Plants Belgium, France, Sweden, U.S. ISO Status ISO 9001:2000; ISO / TS 16949 Processes Drylaid, chemical bond…

  • Kuraray

    Kuraray

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Osaka, Japan Sales: $73 million Description: Key Personnel Mikihiro Hama, president, Kuraray Kuraflex Plants Okayama, Saijo and Ibaragi Processes Resin bonded, thermal bonded, spunlaced, meltblown steam jet Brand Names Ku…

  • KNH Enterprises

    KNH Enterprises

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Taipei, Taiwan Sales: $71 Million Description: Key Personnel J.C. Tai, chairman and owner; Dr. Kirk Hwang, president; George Wang, general manager China operations; Alvin Hu, wastewater business unit officer; Dr. Y. S. Chiu, technica…

  • Rexcell

    Rexcell

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Bengtsfors, Sweden Sales: $78.5 million Description: Key Personnel Anders Uttersav, vice president of sales and marketing Plant Locations Sweden—Skåpafors and Dals Långe Applications Tabletop, wipes, feminin…

  • Precision Custom Coatings

    Precision Custom Coatings

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Totowa, NJ Sales: $82 Million Description: Key Personnel Peter Longo, chairman and COO, Scott Tesser, president and CEO; Rich Noble, CFO and treasurer; Dan Kamat, vice president, Industrial Textile Division; Shaile Dusaj, director industr…

  • Unitika

    Unitika

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Osaka, Japan Sales: $81 Million Description: Key Personnel Masaru Tsugawa, general manager, spunbonded fabrics division; Hiroshi Kawasaki, general manager, spunbonded fabric sales Plants Okazaki and Tarui, Japan Processes…

  • Textilgruppe Hof

    Textilgruppe Hof

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Hof/Saale, Germany Sales: $90 Million Description: Key Personnel Harald Stini, managing director; Rudolf Schlotter, managing director; Detlev Käppel, managing director—Techtex and Global sales director eswegee, technical nonwov…

  • Albis

    Albis

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Roasio, Italy Sales: $87 million Description: Key Personnel Gianni Boscolo, president; Carlo Soave, CEO; Pietro Landone, commercial director Plants Roasio, Italy; Aschersleben, Germany; Cincinnati, OH Processes Carded thermal…

  • Suominen

    Suominen

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Nakkila, Finland Sales: $84.5 Million Description: Key Personnel Suominen Corporation: Kalle Tanhuanpää, president and CEO, Suominen; Nonwovens: Sakari Santa-Paavola, vice president and general manager Margareta Huldén, p…

  • Toray Advanced Materials

    Toray Advanced Materials

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Seoul, Korea Sales: $115 million Description: Plant Locations Gumi, Kyungsang-Bukdo, South Korea; Nantong, JIangsu Province, China (February 2008) ISO Status ISO-9001: 1999; ISO-14001 (environmental certification): 1999; ISO-18001 (opera…

  • Andrew Industries

    Andrew Industries

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Manchester, U.K. Sales: $110 million Description: Plants South Carolina, Missouri, China, U.K. Processes Needlepunch, thermal bonded and chemical finishes Brand names Fiberlox, Microfelt, Checkstatic and Pleatlox    Major Mar…

  • Union Industries

    Union Industries

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Masserano, Italy Sales: $90 million Description: Key Personnel Matteo Moltrasio, vice president; Luigi Cassano, managing director; Alessandro Taramasso, commercial director Plant Masserano, Biella, Italy ISO Status ISO 9001:2000 sinc…

  • Lydall Inc

    Lydall Inc

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Manchester, CT Sales: $136 million Description: Key Personnel W. Leslie Duffy, chairman of the board, David Freeman, president and CEO; Thomas Smith, vice president, chief financial officer, and treasurer; Mona Estey, vice president&mdash…

  • Mitsui Chemical

    Mitsui Chemical

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Tokyo, Japan Sales: $130 Million Description: Key Personnel Motoyuki Ezaki, general manager, life and energy materials division Plants Yokkaichi and Iwakuni Processes Spunbonded, needlepunched, meltblown, thermal bonded Brand Names Taf…

  • Toyobo

    Toyobo

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Tokyo, Japan Sales: $141 million Description: Key Personnel Kazumasa Kayama, general manager, spunbond division of Toyobo; Yukio Kawasaki, president of Kureha Plants Tsuruga, Iwakuni and Shiga Processes Spunbond, needlepunch, resin b…

  • Georgia-Pacific

    Georgia-Pacific

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Atlanta, GA Sales: $150 Million Description: Personnel Mitsuo Kanno, president; Minoro Tanaka, managing director; Yoshiaki Mizutani, director; Kazuo Hamada, managing director Plants Shiga, Tokyo, Japan Processes Resin bonded, needlep…

  • Pegas A/S

    Pegas A/S

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Znojmo, Czech Republic Sales: $152 million Description: Key Personnel Milos Bogdan, managing director, Frantisek Klaska, technical director; Frantisek Rezac, commercial director Plants Znojmo, Bucovice, Czech Republic ISO Status ISO-900…

  • Asahi Kasei

    Asahi Kasei

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Osaka, Japan Sales: $170 million Description: Key Personnel Toshio Takanashi, general manager, nonwoven fabrics division; Katsuhiko Hinamoto, general manager, spunbonded fabric sales; Akira Enami, general manager Bemliese sales Plants…

  • Sandler

    Sandler

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Schwarzenbach/Saale, Germany Sales: $140 million Description: Key Personnel Dipl. Kfm. Christian Heinrich Sandler, Dr. Christian Heinrich Sandler, Dieter Magiera, members of the management board Plant Schwarzenbach/Saale, Germany ISO St…

  • Japan Vilene

    Japan Vilene

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Tokyo, Japan Sales: $191 million Description: Personnel Mitsuo Kanno, president; Minoro Tanaka, managing director; Yoshiaki Mizutani, director; Kazuo Hamada, managing director Plants Shiga, Tokyo, Japan Processes Resin bonded, needlepun…

  • Bonar

    Bonar

    January 1, 2007
    (formerly Colbond) Location: Arnhem, The Netherlands Sales: $195 million Description: Key Personnel Jan van Boldrik, CEO; Axel Poscher, vice president; Bart Austin, president Colbond Inc.; Randy Cook, director sales and marketing flooring; Harry Ve…

  • Propex Fabrics

    Propex Fabrics

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Ringgold, GA Sales: $231 million Description: Key Personnel Joe Dana, president and CEO; W. Michael Coffin, executive vice president and COO; Lee McCarter, executive vice president and CFO; Mac Bridger, executive vice president worldwide…

  • TWE Group (Lohman)

    TWE Group (Lohman)

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Emsdetten, Germany Sales: $200 million Description: Key Personnel Michael Haddon, managing director Plants Emsdetten, Germany; Dierdorf, Germany; Bocholt, Germany; Hangzhou, China Processes Drylaid, chemical bonded, thermal bonded, n…

  • Companhia Providencia

    Companhia Providencia

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Parana, Brazil Sales: $225 million Description: Plant Location São Jose Pinhais-Paraná, Brazil Key Personnel Herminio Freitas, CEO; Rubens Sardenberg, CFO;  Cleber dos Santos, sales and marketing director, Romeo Bre…

  • Hollingsworth & Vose

    Hollingsworth & Vose

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Walpole, MA Sales: $210 Million Description: Key Personnel Val Hollingsworth, president and CEO; David von Loesecke, vice president and general manager, engine and industrial filtration; Bob Schiller, vice president and general manager, h…

  • Fibertex

    Fibertex

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Aalborg, Denmark Sales: $222 million Description: Key Personnel Michael Meulengracht, managing director; Mikael Staal Axelsen, general manager, Personal Care Division;  Jorgen Bech Madsen, general manager, Technical Division; Kenn…

  • Avgol

    Avgol

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Tel-Aviv, Israel Sales: $229 million Description: Key Personnel Shuki Goldwasser, chairman; Nir Peleg, CEO; Achai Bonneh, director of technology Plants Tel Aviv, Israel; Mocksville, NC; Jingmen City, Hubei Province, China; Uzlovaya, R…

  • Buckeye

    Buckeye

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Memphis, TN Sales: $259 million Description: Key Personnel Marko Rajamaa,  senior vice president, nonwovens; Chip Aiken, senior vice president, manufacturing;  Mike Brown,  nonwovens sales manager—Americas and Far Eas…

  • Johns Manville

    Johns Manville

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Denver, CO Sales: $583 million Description: Key Personnel Dion Persson, senior vice president, engineered products group; Zain Mahmood, vice president, sales, marketing and innovation, engineered products group; Ken Forden, NA nonwovens a…

  • Fiberweb

    Fiberweb

    January 1, 2007
    Location: London, U.K. Sales: $1.08 billion Description: Fiberweb Americas Old Hickory, TN americas@fiberweb.com Plants Green Bay, WI; Queretaro, Mexico; Old Hickory, TN; Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil; Simpsonville, SC; Washougal, WA Processes C…

  • PGI

    PGI

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Charlotte, NC Sales: $1.02 billion Description: Key Personnel Veronica  Hagen, chief executive officer; Willis (Billy) Moore, III, chief financial officer; Mike Hale, chief operating officer; Bob Dale, vice president of research a…

  • Ahlstrom

    Ahlstrom

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Helsinki, Finland Sales: $1.01 billion Description: Personnel Jukka Moisio, president and CEO; Randal Davis, senior vice president, filtration; Claudio Ermondi, senior vice president, nonwovens; Tommi Bjormann, senior vice president, glas…

  • Kimberly-Clark

    Kimberly-Clark

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Dallas, TX Sales: $1.25 billion Description: Key Personnel Thomas Falk, chairman and CEO; Bob Stargel, vice president, Non­­wovens Operations and Technology; Mark Foreste, vice president, Partnership Products Plants Corinth, M…

  • DuPont

    DuPont

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Wilmington, DE Sales: $1.35 billion Description: Key Personnel Matt Trerotola, vice president and general manager DuPont Nonwovens; Mahesh Mansukhani, global business director-Tyvek/Typar and Nigel Budden, global business director-Sont…

  • Freudenberg

    Freudenberg

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Weinheim, Germany Sales: $1.4 billion Description: Key Personnel Management Board: Bruce Olson, president and CEO, Dr. René Wollert, CFO; Georg Brasch, managing director; Worldwide Divisions: Dr. Heino Freudenberg and Gerhard Sc…

  • Ahlstrom's Green Bay Line Is Up

    December 22, 2006
    Ahlstrom has brought its new spunlace line, located in Green Bay, WI, online two weeks ahead of schedule. This additional capacity primarily serves the North American wipes market but  will also have the technological flexibility to meet the dem…

  • Ginni Filaments Spunlace Line Near Complete

    December 21, 2006
    Ginni Filaments is in the process of commissioning its first spunlace line from Rieter Perfojet in India with 3200 mm working width and production capacity of 12,000 tons a year. Commercial production is expected to start by February 2007.  The…

  • Spooling Line

    December 19, 2006
    Calemard’s latest spooling line, Gemini II, is designed for narrow and fragile products. It uses a numerical traverse winder, driven by a new generation of PLC allowing an individual control of each spooling unit. High flexibility in handled pr…

  • Face Mask Machine

    December 19, 2006
    At the end of September, Mathec delivered its first complete automatic ma­chine for the production of FFP2 face masks against bird flu (flat mask, type “duck beak” shape). The Thuasne group (a global supplier in narrow elastic textile…

  • Smith, Johnson  & Associates

    December 19, 2006
    Mark Snider has joined the consulting practice of Smith, Johnson  & Associates as a principal. Mr. Snider was welcomed into the firm in late October and is expected to provide clients with expanded dimensions in equipment and process en…