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  • Snider Joins Nonwovens Consulting Firm

    November 7, 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 enginee…

  • K-Tron Makes Acquisition in China

    November 4, 2006
    K-Tron International will acquire certain assets of Wuxi Chenghao Machinery Co., Ltd. in China. Wuxi Chenghao is a privately held company and is one of the leading feeder and ancillary equipment manufacturers for the plastics compounding and injectio…

  • Airlaid Technology And Its Material in China

    John Xuan, Nonwovens Staff || November 3, 2006
    Similar to other nonwovens technologies, much of Chinea’s airlaid machinery comes from the U.S, Europe and other developed areas. This market began at the end of the 1990s when Rite, based in Wuzhong, built a commercial airlaid line, based on…

  • Fameccanica and Teknoweb Team Up In Wipes

    November 3, 2006
    Teknoweb Srl and Fameccanica.Data SpA have entered into a license agreement concerning Fameccanica’s intellectual property related to its Model WEWI manufacturing machines for disposable wet wipes. After a joint, in-depth study and a careful ev…

  • 3M Acoustics Honored

    November 2, 2006
    Frost & Sullivan has selected 3M Acoustic Solutions, makers of Thinsulate Acoustic Insulation, as the recipient of the 2006 North American Acoustic Nonwovens Growth Strategy Leadership of the Year award for its innovative products and business st…

  • Hyosung Adds Chinese Operation

    November 1, 2006
    The world's second largest spandex producer Hyosung will acquire the Tongkook spandex facilities in southeastern China, which will add 6000 tons of capacity to the company's creora brand portfolio. “Our vision is to become the leader in span…

  • P&G Releases First Quarter Results

    November 1, 2006
    Boosted by improved margins, first-quarter profit climbed 33% for consumer product company Procter & Gamble, Cincinnati, OH. The Pampers diapers maker also lifted its full-year earnings outlook on a better commodity and energy cost forecast.…

  • K-C Sees Increased Sales & Profits

    October 31, 2006
    Profits rose 12% in the July-September 2006 period for absorbent product giant Kimberly-Clark, Dallas, TX, as sales increased, especially in developing markets. Net sales in the third quarter rose 5.2% to $4.2 billion, a new quarterly record. Sales w…

  • First Converting Group Meeting Exceeds Goals

    October 30, 2006
    The first meeting of the new Converting Influence group was held in mid October at the Bordini Center of St. Norbert College in DePere, WI with more than 70 particpants attending the one-half day kickoff meeting. Representatives from more than 40 con…

  • INDA Expands Scope to India

    October 30, 2006
    INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, is expanding its reach into India, with two major events in India in 2007. INDA will  sponsora Nonwovens Training Course in Mumbai, India on January 4-5, 2007 and is working on developing a maj…

  • Ahlstrom Announces Expansion In France, Brazil and China

    October 30, 2006
    Ahlstrom has announced several capital investments designed to grow its business globally in a number of key segments. In Louveira, Brazil, Ahlstrom will invest €17 million in a new wiping fabrics production line. Products made on the new sp…

  • Nonwovens Industry Names New Publisher

    October 26, 2006
    Rodman (Rod) Zilenziger, Jr., president of Rodman Publishing Corp., is pleased to announce the appointment of Matt Carey as publisher of Nonwovens Industry magazine, www.nonwovens-industry.com and the Household & Personal Care Wipes supplement. M…

  • San Pro Company Targets Teens

    October 26, 2006
    Hygéia Personal Care Products, Inc., San Francisco, CA, a developer and marketer of feminine care products designed exclusively for young women, has unveiled its new Petite Amie brand. The company is inviting teens to prepurchase the company's…

  • Huntsman Restructures Textiles Effects Business

    October 24, 2006
    Huntsman Corporation has completed the strategy review for its global Textile Effects business, which Huntsman acquired from Ciba Specialty Chemicals Inc. on June 30, 2006.  CEO Peter Huntsman said the company will spend about $150 million over…

  • Colbond Will Raise Prices

    October 24, 2006
    Effective no later than January 1, 2007 Colbond will raise prices worldwide for its entire product range to offset escalating raw material and energy prices experienced in 2006. General inflation is also a contributing factor. Increases will vary b…

  • Fiberweb Spin-Off To Be Complete Next Month

    October 24, 2006
    BBA Group, plc, a London-based holding company, has announced details of the proposed demerger/spin-off of its Fiberweb nonwovens business unit and its planned listing as a separate public company, Fiberweb plc, on the London Stock Exchange. The spin…

  • Folding Machines

    October 20, 2006
    CPS Company manufactures automatic folding machines specifically designed for integration into packaging lines, converted reels of synthetic leather, nonwovens and microfibers. The innovative folding technology allows the cut product to be doub…

  • Adhesive Melters

    October 20, 2006
    VersaBlue XN Series adhesive melters from Nordson Corporation dispense up to two different hot melt adhesives and offer holding capacities of 50, 100 and 200 liters. Coupled with a range of pump sizes and PLC system control choices, VersaBlue XN melt…

  • Filter Media

    October 20, 2006
    Sandler’s sawascreen fine filter series is available with a laminated pre-filter. The progressive fiber combination from coarse to fine helps to ensure uniform dust absorption. Voluminous, needle­punched polyester nonwovens and the lower-pr…

  • Promotion At Paper Converting Machine Company

    October 20, 2006
    Paper Converting Machine Company has  promoted Dave Kessenich to product development manager. “Mr. Kessenich has been selected because of his leadership experience and capabilities,” said global sales director Mark Gillis, who recent…

  • Feroe Joins Neumag Saurer's U.S. Sales Team

    October 20, 2006
    Daniel Feroe has joined Neu­mag Saurer’s U.S. sales team as the nonwovens director for North America effective August 2006. Mr. Feroe has 20 years of nonwovens machine sales with experience in needle­punch, spunlace, thermal bonded…

  • K-C Extends iVillage Partnership

    October 19, 2006
    Kimberly-Clark has entered an exclusive partnership with NBC Universal's iVillage Properties and GE Healthcare (GEHC) to provide in-hospital educational television programming to parents of newborn children. Under this agreement, K-C's Huggies brand…

  • Daio Selling Fem Hy In China

    October 19, 2006
    Daio Paper, in partnership with a Chinese company, began producing and selling sanitary napkins in China in July. The effort started with the production of 36 million pieces annually. The consumer population of sanitary napkins in Japan is estimated…

  • Time For Champagne? Maybe Not Yet

    October 16, 2006
    A few weeks ago, financial analyst Jim Cramer proclaimed his faith in disposable diapers by appearing on his Mad Money television show wearing a diaper. Known for his crazed antics, Cramer wore the diaper to underscore why buying Kimberly-Clark stock…

  • The Comforts Of Home

    The Comforts Of Home

    Ellen Wuagneux, Associate Editor || October 16, 2006
    nonwovens make themselves comfortable in the home furnishing sector, from bedding and window treatments to wallcovering applications

  • Beyond Consumer, Wipes Growth Continues

    Beyond Consumer, Wipes Growth Continues

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || October 16, 2006
    nonwovens' displacement of laundered rags continues in industrial and institutional markets

  • Airlaid: The Comeback Kid

    Airlaid: The Comeback Kid

    Ellen Wuagneux, Associate Editor || October 16, 2006
    once plagued by overcapacity and pricing challenges, are airlaids ready to get back in the ring?

  • Neumag Acquires Nordson's Fiber Systems Group

    October 13, 2006
    Nordson Corporation has sold its Fiber Systems Group to Saurer Ltd.’s business unit, Neumag, which offers a wide range of turnkey systems for the production of nonwovens. Terms of the purchase were not disclosed.  Based in Dawsonville, GA,…

  • Ahlstrom To Transfer Equipment

    October 13, 2006
    Ahlstrom will move its Mount Holly Springs, PA, liquid filtration converting business to another facility in Bishopville, SC. This relocation could affect approximately 60 jobs in the current facility. Ahlstrom will begin negotiations with the United…

  • Polykote Builds Larger Headquarters

    October 13, 2006
    Polykote Corporation, a custom, contract coating, laminating, slitting and converting company located in Warminster PA, is building a new, larger high-tech facility in Forks Township, PA. “The new facility is scheduled to be completed in late D…

  • JM Brings New Spunbond Line Onstream

    October 10, 2006
    Building and specialty products manufacturer Johns Manville (JM) has launched a new polyester spunbond production line at its Johns Manville GmbH operation in Bobingen, Germany. Adoption of the latest technology reportedly allows the production line…

  • Monadnock Completes Expansion

    October 10, 2006
    Monadnock Non-Wovens LLC (MNW) has completed a million dollar expansion of its Mount Pocono, PA facility. The effort concludes a three-year process development program to install what the company considers the world’s first Halar meltblown line…

  • Finalists Named For 2007 Visionary Award

    October 10, 2006
    Six consumer products from the U.S. and Europe—ranging from advanced hygiene products to pet care to beer can construction—have been nominated as finalists for the 2007 Visionary Award by INDA, the North American nonwovens association. No…

  • K-Tron Acquires Premier Pneumatics

    October 6, 2006
    K-Tron International has acquired privately-held Premier Pneumatics, a manufacturer of pneumatic conveying and bulk handling equipment.  The purchase price was $27.565 million, all of which was paid in cash, including a $2 million escrow. …

  • Ciba Sells Masterbatch

    October 5, 2006
    Ciba Specialty Chemicals will sell its Masterbatch business to Clariant for an undisclosed price. The divestment, which will close during the fourth quarter, will affect 300 employees, who will transfer to Clariant, based in Basel, Switzerland. The M…

  • Chicopee Launches New Line

    October 5, 2006
    Chicopee, Inc., a division of Polymer Group, Inc., has introduced its Chix Pro-Series line of disposable towels that are engineered to effectively work with common cleaning sanitizers and disinfectants. The company designed the new towels with patent…

  • PGI Launches Chinese Spunmelt Plant

    October 4, 2006
    Leading roll goods producer Polymer Group, Inc., Charlotte, NC, has opened the doors of its newest manufacturing facility located in Suzhou, China. According to PGI, the move makes the company China's largest producer of spunmelt fabrics and the coun…

  • AATCC Joins INDA, TAPPI and The Fiber Society To Publish Journal

    October 4, 2006
    Three leading trade associations and a professional society have entered into a partnership to publish the Journal of Engineered Fibers and Fabrics (JEFF), an electronic publication of original research and advances in fibers, fibrous materials and t…

  • Ahlstrom To Shut Numbrecht Site

    September 29, 2006
    Ahlstrom will close down its Nümbrecht, Germany plant by April 2007. The move will affect 37 employees and result in a non-recurring cost of approximately €2.5 million in Ahlstrom's third quarter results. The closure supports Ahlstrom's str…

  • H&V To Add Wetlaid Line At Chinese Plant

    September 28, 2006
    Hollingsworth & Vose, East Walpole, MA, plans to install a wetlaid microglass manufacturing line at its Suzhou, China facility to serve filtration and battery separator markets. This investment is part of H&V's Asia Pacific strategy announced…

  • Wellman To Consolidate Operations, Close Plant

    September 28, 2006
    Wellman Inc., Shrewsbury, NJ, will consolidate all of its U.S. fiber production at its Palmetto plant in Darlington, SC and close the fiber operation at its Johnsonville, SC facility. According to the company, which sells polyester to the apparel, ho…

  • Suominen Reorganizes Management

    September 28, 2006
    Suominen Corporation, Tampere, Finland, plans to improve its operational efficiency and faster exploit its synergies through more cohesive central steering of product development and process efficiency. As of October 2006, responsibilities for develo…

  • Fraunhofer, Weyerhaeuser, Reicofil Develop Technology

    September 28, 2006
    The Germany-based Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research, Weyerhaeuser Company in the U.S. and Germany’s Reifenhäuser Reicofil have patented a new technology to manufacture cellulosic self-bonded meltblown nonwovens using the ly…

  • Investigation Leads To Schaeffers Resignation At PGI

    September 24, 2006
    Polymer Group, Inc. has named William Hewitt interim CEO replacing James Schaeffer. PGI’s board asked Mr. Schaeffer to submit his resignation from the nonwovens producer following an investigation of how information was reported internally duri…

  • Neumag Adds Engineering To Chinese Operation

    September 22, 2006
    Neumag has established an engineering team with local people at its Shanghai, China office. The new staff members are experienced engineers coming mainly out of the local airlaid and airlaid machinery industry. Neumag’s Shanghai office was esta…

  • Asahi Kasei Develops New Nonwovens

    September 21, 2006
    Asahi Kasei has developed a triple-layer polyester-based spunbond nonwoven featuring different deniers of fibers. The medium layer of Precise is made from significantly finer denier fibers than the upper and bottom layers. The 130 cm-wide nonwovens a…

  • Toray Establishes Chinese Company

    September 21, 2006
    Toray Saehan has established a joint company, TPN, to begin producing polypropylene spunbond nonwovens in China. Fifty percent of the new company is owned by TSI, 40% by Toray and 10% by Toray China. The new plant will begin making nonwovens, with an…

  • K-C Mexico To Ramp Up Diaper Investment

    September 21, 2006
    Kimberly-Clark de Mexico SA, the country's largest producer of consumer paper goods, agreed to sell its industrial products division for $434 million in a plan to focus on its more profitable consumer products business. K-C will receive $384 million…

  • Truly Tailor-Made

    September 18, 2006
    Headquartered in Wattrelos, France, Intissel is a subsidiary of the Chargeurs Group, and has been listed on the Paris stock exchange since the early 1970s.

  • Freudenberg Politex Russia Site Complete

    September 14, 2006
    The Freudenberg Politex Group officially celebrated the opening of its new production site in  Zavolzhie, in the Nizhniy Novgorod region of Russia, on September 12. The production line installed in the new plant will produce up to 11,000 tons of…