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  • 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…

  • Kimberly-Clark To Restart Diaper Line

    July 17, 2006
    Consumer product giant Kimberly-Clark, Dallas, TX, plans to restart one idle diaper production machine at its Lakeview production facility in Menasha, WI next month. The company will bring back 20 to 25 of the workers it laid off in June as part of a…

  • Colbond To Be Sold

    July 17, 2006
    London, U.K.-based specialty materials group Low & Bonar plans to purchase nonwoven roll goods producer Colbond, Arnhem, The Netherlands, for $137 million on a cash-free and debt-free basis, subject to certain post-completion adjustments. &quo…

  • Cerex Adds Line, Unveils New Product

    July 11, 2006
    Cerex Advanced Fabrics, Inc, a division of Western Nonwovens, Inc, is producing high quality, nylon-based spunbond nonwovens on a new line at its Cantonment, FL facility. The new fabrics will be sold under the SpectraMax brand name to the automotive…

  • Bayteks Adds Second Line

    July 11, 2006
    Turkish nonwovens producer Bayteks, based in Gaziantep, started up a second spunbond line, based on proprietary technology, in May 2006. According to general manager Aykut Peltek, the new line is 2.5 meters wide and features unique technology which a…

  • Jacob Holm To Separate STA Division

    July 7, 2006
    Jacob Holm & Sons has broadened its industrial textile products business through the acquisition ot Tytex and will form a new company combining the activities of Tytex with its STA (Specialty Technical Applications) division with the name Jacob H…

  • Cardinal Sharpens Focus Outside U.S.

    July 7, 2006
    Cardinal Health, a provider of healthcare products and services has reorganized to align its manufacturing business and sharpen its focus on expanding its non-U.S. business. David Schlotterbeck has assumed additional responsibility for Cardinal Healt…

  • Celanese Revs Up CEE Business

    July 7, 2006
    The Emulsions & PVOH business of Celanese has expanded its distribution agreement with Poland’s HSH Group for the sale of Mowilith and Vinamul emulsions into Central and Eastern Europe, including the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Roman…

  • Temafa NA Needs To Be Handled Through Dilo, Inc.

    July 6, 2006
    Temafa, Bergisch Gladbach, Germany, has named Dilo, Inc., Charlotte, NC, to be the exclusive sales and service representative for North America. Temafa’s North American needs were served by Louis P. Batson, Greenville, SC, prior to Dilo’s…

  • Intissel Examining Xinlong Partnership

    July 5, 2006
    Intissel, French subsidiary of Chargeurs Interlining, specializing in nonwovens technology, is discussing the possibility of a strategic partnership with Xinlong Group, a leading Chinese supplier of technical nonwovens. The agreement would allow Inti…

  • Rieter, NSC Show Fruits Of Collaboration

    July 5, 2006
    French machinery manufacturers NSC Nonwoven (Thiebau-Asselin) and Rieter Perfojet recently held a celebration inaugurating a joint pilot line at Rieter Perfojet’s technical center in Monbonnot, France. The two companies announced an alliance to…

  • Ahlstrom Invests In Specialty Papers

    June 30, 2006
    Ahlstrom will invest approximately € 5.2 million in a new specialty glassfiber reinforcement plant in the U.S. The investment further strengthens Ahlstrom's position as a leading global developer and manufacturer of specialty reinforcements for…

  • Ksters Ownership Changes

    June 28, 2006
    Austrian technology group Andritz  has bought its remaining 40% stake in the paper and nonwovens machine business of Eduard Küsters Maschinenfabrik GmbH & Co. KG. Andritz purchased the 60% stake in Küsters's in November 2006 from J…

  • New Airlaid Company Formed

    June 28, 2006
    Two airlaid veterans have formed a new company, Danish Airlaid Technology A/S, to offer flexible airlaid technology to a number of markets. Lars Laursen and Mogens Olesen have erected a new building in Horsens, Denmark for the commercial production o…

  • Loparex Expands Release Paper Business

    June 28, 2006
    Loparex Group, a maker of release coated papers and films, has acquired the Douglas-Hanson Company of Hammond, WI.  Douglas-Hanson, established in 1973, manufactures silicone-coated release papers and films and extrudes polycoated papers for the…