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  • Unitika

    September 11, 2006
    Unitika Osaka, Japan www.unitika.co.jp $82 million (¥9 billion) Key Personnel Masaru Tsugawa, general manager, spunbonded fabrics division; Hiroshi Kawasaki, general manager, spunbonded fabric sales Plants Okazaki and Tarui, Japan Proces…

  • Suominen Nonwovens

    September 11, 2006
    Suominen Nonwovens Nakkila, Finland www.suominen.fi $85 million Key Personnel Suominen Corporation: Heikki Bergholm, president and CEO, Esa Palttala, executive vice president, Wipes and Nonwovens; Juha Henttonen, vice president, Flexible Packaging;…

  • Textilgruppe Hof

    September 11, 2006
    Textilgruppe Hof Hof/Saale, Germany www.textilgruppe.com $87 million Key Personnel Manfred Knieling, managing director; Harald Stini, managing director; Rudolf Scholtter, managing director; Detlev Käppel, managing director-Techtex and global…

  • Jacob Holm/Norafin

    September 11, 2006
    Jacob Holm/Norafin Aalschwil, Switzerland www.jacob-holm.com $87 million Key personnel Poul Mikkelsen, chairman; Peter Opperman, CEO; Jack Richardson, COO; Ingo Johannsen, CFO; Michael Norboge, vice president of Personal & Home Care; Claudia…

  • Polyfelt

    September 11, 2006
    Polyfelt Linz, Austrian www.polyfelt.at $91 million (€73 million) Key Personnel Andreas Matje, CEO; Michel Haudrechy, VP marketing and sales; Manfred Winkler, VP product supply; Nick Blasl, VP finance and IT services, Frank ten Oever, VP huma…

  • Toray Saehan

    September 11, 2006
    Toray Saehan Seoul, Korea www.toray- saehan.com $99 million Plant Locations Gumi, Kyungsang-Bukdo, South Korea ISO Status ISO-9001: 1999; ISO-14001 (environmental certification): 1999; ISO-18001 (operational certification): 1993 Key Personne…

  • Orlandi

    September 11, 2006
    Orlandi SpA Gallarate, Italy $100 million Key Personnel Cav. Vittorio Orlandi, CEO; Massimiliano Orlandi, marketing director, Mario Saldarini, commercial director Plants Gallarate, Bolgare, Cressa, Cassano Magnago ISO Status ISO 9002 Certifi…

  • Foss Manufacturing

    September 11, 2006
    Foss Manufacturing Hampton, NH www.fossmfg.com $100 million Key Personnel A.J. Nassar, CEO Plants Hampton, NH ISO Status All businesses are both QS 9000 and ISO 9001 certified and are close to ISO 14,000 (environmental registration based on…

  • Lydall

    September 11, 2006
    Lydall Manchester, CT www.lydall.com $113 million 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—human…

  • MItsui Chemicals

    September 11, 2006
    Mitsui Chemicals Tokyo, Japan www.mitsui.com $132 million (¥14.6 billion) Key Personnel Yasushi Nawa, general manager, functional fabricated products division Plants Yokkaichi and Iwakuni Processes Spunbonded, needlepunched, meltblown, t…

  • Toyobo

    September 11, 2006
    Toyobo Osaka, Japan www.toyobo.co.jp $145 million (¥16 billion) Key Personnel Kazumasa Kayama, general manager, spunbond division of Toyobo; Yukio Kawasaki, president of Kureha Plants Tsuruga, Iwakuni and Shiga Processes Spunbond, needlep…

  • Sandler

    September 11, 2006
    Sandler Schwarzenbach/Saale, Germany www.sandler.com $145 million (€113 million) Key Personnel Dipl. Kfm. Christian Heinrich Sandler, Dr. Christian Heinrich Sandler, Dieter Magiera, members of the management board Plant Schwarzenbach/Saale…

  • Georgia-Pacific

    September 11, 2006
    Georgia-Pacific Atlanta, GA www.gp.com $145 million Key Personnel  Mike Burandt, president, Consumer Business, North America; Bill Shultz, president, European Consumer Business; Kathy Walters, president, Commercial Business; Remi Perin, sales…

  • Pegas A/S

    September 11, 2006
    Pegas A/S Znojmo, Czech Republic www.pegasas.cz $150 million Key Personnel: Milos Bogdan, managing director, Frantisek Klaska, technical director; Frantisek Rezac, commercial director Plants Znojmo, Bucovice, Czech Republic ISO Status ISO-9001: 2000…

  • Western Nonwovens

    September 11, 2006
    Western Nonwovens Carson, CA www.westernnonwovens.com $150 million Key Personnel Ken Hardin, president and CEO; Mike Wood, CFO; Dan Dobbins, vice president and general manager-industrial nonwovens business division; Matt Schrantz, vice president a…

  • Avgol

    September 11, 2006
    Avgol Tel-Aviv, Israel www.avgol.com $160 million Key Personnel Shuki Goldwasser, chairman; Nir Peleg, CEO; Achai Bonneh, vice president of technology Plants Tel Aviv, Israel; Mocksville, NC, China, Eastern Europe ISO Status ISO 9002 Certifi…

  • British Vita

    September 11, 2006
    British Vita Manchester, U.K. www.britishvita.com $170 million Key Personnel Howard Harris, group CEO Plants Belgium, France, Sweden, U.K., U.S. ISO Status ISO 9001:2000 Processes Drylaid, chemical bonded, drylaid thermally bonded, needle…

  • Asahi Kasei

    September 11, 2006
    Asahi Kasei Osaka, Japan www.asahi-kasei.co.jp $176 million (¥19.4 billion) Key Personnel Yoshikazu Ban, general manager, nonwoven fabrics division; Ryujiro Yoshino, general manager, spunbonded fabric sales; Akira Naganami, general manager, Beml…

  • Japan Vilene

    September 7, 2006
    Japan Vilene Tokyo, Japan www.vilene.co.jp $200 million (¥22 billion) Key Personnel Yutaka Tanaka, president; Minoru Tanaka, managing director; Yoshiaki Mizutani, director; Mitsuo Kanno, managing director Plants Shiga and Tokyo, Japan Pr…

  • Colbond

    September 7, 2006
    Colbond Arnhem, The Netherlands www.colbond.com $184 million Key Personnel Jan van Boldrik, CEO; Axel Poscher, vice president; Bart Austin, president Colbond Inc.; Randy Cook, director sales and marketing flooring; Harry Verbakel, director sales…

  • Hollingsworth & Vose

    September 7, 2006
    Hollingsworth & Vose Walpole, MA www.hollingsworth-vose.com $187 million Key Personnel Val Hollingsworth, president and CEO; David von Loesecke, vice president and general manager, engine and industrial filtration and high efficiency and…

  • Fibertex

    September 7, 2006
    Fibertex Aalborg, Denmark www.fibertex.dk $190 million Key Personnel Knud Waede Hansen, managing director; Mikael Staal Axelsen, general manager, Personal Care Division;  Jorgen Bech Madsen, general manager, Technical Division; Etienne Ficht…

  • Propex Fabrics

    September 7, 2006
    Propex Fabrics Ringgold, GA www.propexfabrics.com $200 million Key Personnel Joe Dana, president and CEO; W. Michael Coffin, executive vice president and COO; Phil Barnes, vice president, CFO and treasurer; Lee McCarter, executive vice president…

  • Owens-Corning

    September 7, 2006
    Owens-Corning Aiken, SC www.owenscorning.com $202 million Key Personnel   North & South America:  Boudewijn Morelissen – General Manager, Europe & Asia-Pacific:    Steven Vermeulen – General Manager…

  • Companhia Providencia

    September 7, 2006
    Companhia Providencia Parana, Brazil www.providencia.com.br $220 million Plant Location São Jose Pinhais-Paraná, Brazil Key Personnel Milan Starostik, chairman, Ana Seles, Starostik, commercial director; William Starostik, marketi…

  • Buckeye Technologies

    September 7, 2006
    Buckeye Memphis, TN www.bkitech.com $241 million Key Personnel Marko Rajamaa,  vice president, Nonwovens; Chip Aiken, senior vice president, nanufacturing;  Mike Brown,  Nonwovens Sales Manager—Americas and Far East; Norbert B…

  • Johns Manville

    September 7, 2006
    Johns Manville Denver, CO www.jm.com $530 million Key Personnel Dion Persson, senior vice president, engineered products group; Fred Stephan, vice president for high performance nonwovens; Zain Mahmood, vice president for construction materials an…

  • Ahlstrom

    September 7, 2006
    Ahlstrom Helsinki, Finland www.ahlstrom.com $928 million Personnel Jukka Moisio, president and CEO; Randal Davis, senior vice president and general manager, filtration; Claudio Ermondi, senior vice president and general manager, nonwovens; Tommi B…

  • PGI Nonwovens

    September 7, 2006
    Polymer Group, Inc. Charlotte, NC www.polymergroupinc.com $948 million Key Personnel William Hewitt, acting chief executive officer; Willis (Billy) Moore, III, chief financial officer; Mike Hale, vice president and general manager—U.S. Nonwo…

  • BBA Fiberweb

    September 7, 2006
    BBA Fiberweb Old Hickory, TN www.bbafiberweb.com $1.1 billion (£619m) BBA Fiberweb - Industrial North America Old Hickory, TN BBA Fiberweb - Hygiene Americas Simpsonville, SC Plants Bethune, SC; Green Bay, WI; Gray Court, SC; Griswoldville,…

  • Kimberly-Clark

    September 7, 2006
    Kimberly-Clark Dallas, TX www.kimberly-clark.com $1.2 billion Key Personnel Thomas Falk, chairman and CEO; Rosalind Brewer, president, Global Nonwovens Operations and Technology and Mark Foreste, vice president, Partnership Products Business Pl…

  • DuPont

    September 7, 2006
    DuPont Nonwovens Wilmington, DE www.dupont.com $1.35 billion 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

    September 6, 2006
    Freudenberg Nonwovens Weinheim, Germany www.freudenberg.com $1.4 billion Key Personnel Management Board: Stephan Tanda, president and CEO, Dr. René Wollert, CFO; Walter Schwarz, managing director, North America; Georg Brasch, managing direc…

  • 2006 Top 40 Company Report

    September 6, 2006
    Investment Heavy In Global Nonwovens Industry

  • Huntsman Launches Global Branding Program

    September 6, 2006
    Huntsman’s Textile Effects business segment has launched a first-ever global branding program for innovative textile color and finishing effects. High IQ stands for Innovation and Quality. The first five “intelligent” effects in the…

  • Ahlstrom Adds To Glass Fiber Investment

    September 6, 2006
    Ahlstrom  will invest an additional €5 million ($6.3 million) in a new specialty glassfiber reinforcement plant in the U.S. Ahlstrom announced in June that it would invest €5.2 million in a specialty glass fiber reinforcement plant in…

  • Superior Fabrics Makes Glass Media Acquisition

    September 6, 2006
    Superior Fibers Incorporated, Bremen, OH, has purchased Chicago-based Hollinee, LLC. The acquisition makes Superior Fibers the largest glass fiber filtration manufacturer in the world, according to Superior Fibers board chairman Bill Miller. “T…

  • Suit Challenges Diaper Reduction

    September 5, 2006
    A class action suit has been filed against Hogla-Kimberly Ltd., a company owned by American Israeli Paper Mills and Kimberly-Clark. The suit has alleged that H-K has reduced the number of diapers in packages of its Titulim brand of disposable diapers…

  • BBA To Demerger Fiberweb This Fall

    September 5, 2006
    BBA Group plans to post the demerger of its Fiberweb nonwovens unit by the end of October and have the deal finalized one month later, the company has reported. This announcement comes amidst significantly decreased earnings for the nonwovens divisio…

  • Koester Launches New Closure Product

    August 31, 2006
    Koester has added Combi-Tape to its line of closure tapes for incontinence briefs. The two-layer mechanical Combi-Tape consists of a soft nonwoven material and features a combination of glue with an innovative hook system—the FHL Flex Hook. Thi…

  • 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…