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  • Converting Group To Meet Next Month

    August 31, 2006
    A group of eight companies has announced the startup of a new industry group of converting manufacturers and associated companies who will meet to share industry news and foster growth. The group will hold its first industry-wide meeting October 18 a…

  • Celanese Earns Patent

    August 30, 2006
    The Emulsions & PVOH business of Celanese has received a U.S. patent for its Dur-O-Set Elite Ultra binder technology which improves the wet strength characteristics of nonwovens and other substrates in both water and solvent applications.  T…

  • DuPont Bridges Gap Between Nonwovens and Film

    August 30, 2006
    DuPont has introduced Hybrid Membrane Technology (HMT), a new offering for air and liquid filtration that is poised to fill the performance gap between traditional nonwovens and microporous films. Comprised of continuous sub-micron fibers and availab…

  • Renewable Diaper Launched

    August 28, 2006
    Wellness Innovation Project, W.I.P., Prato, Italy, has created a brand new, ecological concept in diapers. The new diapers are 80% biodegradable and hypoallergenic, as tested by Clinica Dermatologica of Parma University, without sacrificing performan…

  • K-C Revamps Supreme Diaper Line

    August 24, 2006
    Kimberly-Clark has added two super premium diapers to its Huggies line, which will replace the brand’s current supreme offerings. Huggies Supreme Gentle Care and Huggies Supreme Natural Fit diapers  provide customized comfort to meet babie…

  • Freudenberg Texbond To Invest $10M

    August 24, 2006
    Freudenberg Texbond will expand its Macon, GA facility to accommodate demand for nonwoven polyester materials in the roofing industry. The company will spend $10 million on a new 50,000-square-foot facility. The new facility will include recycling an…

  • DelStar Adds To Chinese Operation

    August 22, 2006
    DelStar Technologies has more than doubled its manufacturing capacity in Suzhou, China. The expansion meets increased needs for DelStar products in the Pacific Rim region. The new equipment enhances DelStar’s Naltex product offering at this sit…

  • PGI Settles Patent Infringement Lawsuit

    August 21, 2006
    Polymer Group Inc. has settled a lawsuit filed against The Kroger Co., Inter-American Products and U.S. Nonwovens concerning private label imaged wipes sold through Kroger's food stores. Under the settlement agreement, Kroger, Inter-American and U.S.…

  • PCC Unveils New Nonwoven

    August 18, 2006
    Precision Custom Coatings LLC (PCC), Totowa, NJ, has introduced Comfort Stretch thermal bonded nonwovens for interlining applications. Designed to offer stretch, recovery and comfort, stretchable nonwoven style CS85 and CS96 target apparel manufactur…

  • Parkinson Technologies

    August 17, 2006
    Parkinson Technologies has appointed Carl Nowiszewski segment manager and business development executive, nonwovens. Mr. Nowiszewski has more than 20 years of international experience in paper and nonwovens manufacturing, mostly with The Dexter Corpo…

  • Precision Custom Coatings LLC Named Marketing Director

    August 17, 2006
    Industrial and apparel fabric specialist Precision Custom Coatings LLC (PCC), Totowa, NJ, has named Gunther Hoffman marketing director, automotive division, to develop and market new products. A native of Germany and a 25-year industry veteran i…

  • Emerging Markets: China, India, Latin American and Eastern Europe

    Emerging Markets: China, India, Latin American and Eastern Europe

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || August 17, 2006
    A NONWOVENS INDUSTRY Special Report

  • Lydall Reorganizes Charter Medical

    August 17, 2006
    Lydall, Inc., Manchester, CT, has initiated a realignment of responsibilities at its Charter Medical subsidiary in Winston-Salem, NC. Under this reoganization scheme, vice president, general manager Lisa Krallis-Nixon has left the company. In the int…

  • A Tradition Upheld

    August 17, 2006
    Last month, I had the pleasure of being invited to speak at the Clemson Nonwovens Forum, which for more than  30 years, has served as an introduction for nonwovens newcomers to the industry, from both a technology and a marketing perspective. Wh…

  • High-Tech Hybrids

    High-Tech Hybrids

    Ellen Wuagneux, Associate Editor || August 17, 2006
    By whatever name you call them, composites are proving that innovative substrate and fiber combinations are an increasingly beneficial option for new product developers

  • Looking for Safety and Comfort? Medical Workers Give Nonwovens A Try

    Looking for Safety and Comfort? Medical Workers Give Nonwovens A Try

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || August 17, 2006
    nonwovens up the ante in innovation to give healthcare personnel what they want

  • PGI Plans To Improve Profits

    August 17, 2006
    Leading roll goods producer Polymer Group (PGI), Charlotte, NC, reported mixed results from operations for the second quarter and six-month period ended July 1, 2006. On the up side, sales increased 5.4% to $249 million over the second quarter of 200…

  • DuPont Hurt By High Energy Costs

    August 17, 2006
    In releasing its second quarter results, DuPont, Wilmington, DE, attributed declining profits and income to higher energy and ingredient costs. However, the company said that better local pricing and increased volumes offset a significant portion of…

  • P&G Earnings Up For Q4

    August 17, 2006
    Consumer product powerhouse Procter & Gamble, Cincinnati, OH, reported fourth quarter earnings of $1.90 billion, up 36% from $1.39 billion in the year-ago quarter. Procter & Gamble's net sales, including the addition of Gillette, for the quar…

  • Fibertex Names Next CEO

    August 16, 2006
    Following the retirement of Knud Wæde Hansen, Fibertex’s CEO will Michael Meulengracht, who has worked for the Foss group of companies in Hillerød for the past four years. Most recently, he was responsible for sales via the group&r…

  • Basell Expands In Australia

    August 16, 2006
    Basell has completed the expansion of its Geelong, Australia polypropylene plant, increasing capacity from 60 to 130 kilotons per year. “This project represents a significant commitment to the Australian polymer industry,” said Barry Kell…

  • BFF Announces Sale of Business

    August 15, 2006
    BFF, a manufacturer of intelligent technical fabrics, has put its business on the selling block. The U.K.-based company includes thermal bonding, spunlace and chemical bonding capabilities that supply a variety of profitable niche markets. Founded in…

  • Ahlstrom Results Impacted By Raw Mat Pricing

    August 14, 2006
    Ahlstrom Corporation, Helsinki, Finland, has released sales and earnings figures for the April-to-June 2006 period. The company earned a pre-tax profit of €25.2 million versus €25.4 million a year ago. As have most nonwoven roll goods produ…

  • Buckeye Sales Up

    August 14, 2006
    Fourth quarter results have been released by roll goods producer Buckeye Technologies, Memphis, TN. The company earned $1.2 million after taxes in the quarter ended June 30, 2006. Net sales for the April-June quarter were $193 million, 5% above the $…

  • Suominen Sees Q2 Loss

    August 14, 2006
    Reporting sluggish demand for nonwovens during the second quarter, Suominen Corporation, Tampere, Finland, has seen a decline in both net sales and sales volumes. Net sales were €97 million, down from €99.7 million in the second quarter of…

  • K-C Second Quarter Sales Improve

    August 14, 2006
    Net sales in the second quarter of 2006 at consumer products giant Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Dallas, TX, rose 4.4% to $4.2 billion. Meanwhile, net income decreased approximately 7%. For the first six months of 2006, sales of $8.2 billion were u…

  • Turkish Twist

    August 14, 2006
    The Akmina Paz. A.S. group of companies was established in 1994 with the launch of a production line for thermal bonded nonwoven felts.

  • EDANA Releases European Statistics

    August 10, 2006
    According to figures released by EDANA, the international association serving the nonwovens and related products industries, production of nonwovens in Europe grew by just over 5% in 2005 to reach 1.4 million tons. This compares with 1.33 million ton…

  • BBA Fiberweb's Green Bay Site Honored

    August 8, 2006
    BBA Fiberweb’s Green Bay WI facility has been recognized for its exemplary safety record by being designated a Star Site for the twelfth consecutive year in OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program. “The Green Bay site has gone nine full…

  • Foss Turns Around

    August 7, 2006
    Foss Manufacturing has gone from bankruptcy to profitability three months after being acquired by Alinian Capital Group, a Florida investment partnership fund. The Hampton, NH-based maker of needlepunched nonwovens and specialty fibers entered bankru…

  • Study Tracks Acoustic Nonwovens Market

    August 3, 2006
    As noise control assumes greater priority, acoustical nonwovens materials are finding application in an increasing number of end-user markets across North America, according to a new analysis from Frost & Sullivan. Revents in this market reached…

  • Freudenberg Acquires SciMAT

    August 3, 2006
    Freudenberg Nonwovens has acquired SciMAT, a leading finisher of battery separators based in Swindon, U.K. This acquisition reinforces Freudenberg's  strategic position as one of the leading manufacturers of high-grade battery separators for nic…

  • K-C Delays Close of Nonwovens Plant

    August 1, 2006
    Kimberly-Clark Corp. will keep its Neenah, WI nonwovens plant open until the end of 2008, two years longer than previously planned due to greater-than-expected demand for its baby and child care products, which is expected to continue. In March, the…

  • Basell Expands Wesseling Site

    August 1, 2006
    Basell will build a new Spherilene S polyethylene plant at its Wesseling industrial site near Cologne, Germany. The plant will be based on Basell’s new Spherilene S single reactor gas phase design. Start-up is planned for 2008. Basell currently…

  • AFS To Hold Conference for Power Generation Industry

    August 1, 2006
    The American Filtration and Separations Society will hold a conference on separation and filtration processes for the power generation industry  October 16-18, 2006 at the Radisson Hotel Pittsburgh Green Tree in Pittsburgh, PA.  Topics of s…

  • Neumag Opens Carding Center In Austria

    July 31, 2006
    At the end of July, the new Neumag Carding Center was officially opened at Neumag Austria (formerly Fehrer) in Linz, Austria. The center contains a carded nonwovens production line extending from bale opening to end product winding and offers a compl…

  • PGI Files Suit to Protect Apex Technology

    July 28, 2006
    Polymer Group, Inc., through certain of its subsidiaries, has filed a suit against The Kroger Co. (Kroger), Inter-American Products, Inc. (Inter-American) and U.S. Nonwovens Corp. for patent infringement related to private-label imaged wipes sold thr…

  • Mogul Invests In Several Technologies

    July 27, 2006
    Mogul Nonwovens, a Turkish roll goods producer, is  building a new facility on a 23,000 square meter land parcel located three kilometers away from its existing plant in Gaziantep, Turkey. The facility will house a number of new machines includi…

  • Avgol Sells 20% Stake, Invests In Eastern Europe

    July 25, 2006
    In June, Avgol Nonwovens Industries  sold  20% of its outstanding shares to Israel Petrochemical Enterprises (IPE), which also owns a 50% stake in Carmel Olefins, a polypropylene and polyethylene resin producer in Israel. Nir Peleg, Avgol C…

  • Lab Calender

    July 18, 2006
    Herrmann Ultrasonics’ new ultrasonic lab  is now  available at  its North American  headquarters in Schaumburg, IL for  application development. The  nonwovens lab calender uses  ultrasonic bonding, embossing,…

  • Customer Trials

    July 18, 2006
    TECHNOplants S.r.l. is offering customer trials using its new “V”-shaped AllRound Winder at its headquarters in Pistoia, Italy. The new winder may be used in conjunction with the company's combined slitting and cross-cutting unit to cut,…

  • Management Changes Are Planned for Suominen Corporation

    July 18, 2006
    Several key management changes are planned for Suominen Corporation. Among them, Esa Palttala, executive vice president of the wipes and nonwovens business area, will retire in July. Vice president Pekka Rautala, general manager of the wet wipes busi…

  • New Organizational Structure

    July 18, 2006
    Polymer Group, Inc. (PGI) has put into place a new organizational structure designed to better serve the company’s customers and growth strategies in its developed markets. The company named Michael Hale vice president and general manager, U.S.…

  • Freudenberg Nonwovens

    July 18, 2006
    The North American Filtration Division of Freudenberg Nonwovens has named Randall Michael product marketing manager for micronAir cabin air filtration. In his position, Mr. Michael is responsible for promoting the micronAir cabin air filter brand, su…

  • Senate Confirms New U.S. Trade Representative

    Peter Mayberry and Jessica Franken || July 18, 2006
    Schwab takes office at turbulent time for global free trade initiatives

  • China, China, China

    July 18, 2006
    You can't pick up a newspaper, listen to the radio or watch television these days without hearing about China's rapid development. Just this week, I heard a news story about challenges to China's water supply, which, per capita, is about…

  • Creation and Evolution Of A Nonwovens Design Course

    Creation and Evolution Of A Nonwovens Design Course

    Brian George, School of Engineering and Textiles - Philadelphia University || July 18, 2006
      Carded, needled and quilted felt handbags, courtesy of Deanna Wood Artificial flowers needled to carded and needled felt for use in handbags, courtesy of Michelle Ritondo Creation and Evol…

  • 37th Annual Buyers

    37th Annual Buyers' Guide

    July 18, 2006
    This annual guide lists nearly every supplier and producer of nonwovens around the globe in one comprehensive listing.

  • Nonwovens 101

    Nonwovens 101

    Ellen Wuagneux, Associate Editor || July 18, 2006
    VCU students fuse fashion and function to create innovative disposable clothing designs

  • PaperPak Expands In NC

    July 18, 2006
    PaperPak products, a manufacturer of adult disposable incontinence products, will expand its workforce by nearly a third and invest $9.7 million in its facility in Pitt County, North Carolina. As part of the expansion, PaperPak will also move its cor…