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  • EDANA Schedules Second FILTREX Event

    June 22, 2006
    Plans are underway by European nonwovens association EDANA for a second edition of FILTREX. The event has been slated for October 24-25, 2006 at the ArabellaSheraton Grand Hotel in Munich, Germany. FILTREX will feature 20 papers from industry speaker…

  • PGI Adds Spunbond Line

    June 21, 2006
    Polymer Group, North Charleston, SC,  has added a state-of-the-art spunbond line at its  Mooresville, NC plant, which will add approximately 50 jobs to the 150-employee operation. The plant expansion represents approximately a $40 million i…

  • Herrmann Building New NA Headquarters

    June 20, 2006
    Herrmann Ultrasonics will construct a new  North American headquarters  in Bartlett, IL. The facility will double its existing space  to 20,000 square feet with an additional   15,000 square feet of expansion potential. …

  • Nordenia Restructures In North America

    June 20, 2006
    Nordenia International will cease operations at its Belleville, Canada facility in September as part of an ongoing restructuring of its North American operations. The Germany-based manufacturer of flexible packaging solutions began making diaper bags…

  • Price Increases Announced

    June 15, 2006
    Nonwovens-related companies have continued the trend of responding to raw material and energy price increases with price hikes. Nonwovens and filtration media maker Hollingsworth & Vose has announced it will raise general prices throughout its bu…

  • Glatfelter-Crompton Deal Dies

    June 15, 2006
    Glatfelter's bid to buy J.R. Crompton’s Simson Clough, U.K. mill in a $21.7 million transaction has reportedly died; however a deal on a second mill is moving forward. The Simpson Clough Mill was one of two the Glatfelter had been slated to buy…

  • Recent Controversy Brings Renewed Government Interest in PORT Security

    Peter Mayberry and Jessica Franken || June 15, 2006
    cargo changes likely for importers/exporters

  • Nonwovens Plant Opens In Jordan

    June 15, 2006
    Specialised Industries Company (SPIC), a subsidiary of Nuqul Group has invested $40 million in a nonwovens manufacturing plant in Thuheibeh, Jordan. SPIC established a similar facility in Sahab in 1998. The 22,000 meter plant will increase the compan…

  • Several Management Changes At Nordson Corporation

    June 14, 2006
    Nordson Corporation has made several changes in the management of its adhesive dispensing and nonwoven fiber systems business. These changes, which will be effective immediately, will better focus senior management to growth opportunities and the con…

  • Strut Your Stuff

    Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor || June 14, 2006
    One thing that is constantly reverberating throughout the pages of Nonwovens Industry is this industry’s constant search for new ideas and innovations.

  • Fighting Fire With... Technology

    Fighting Fire With... Technology

    Ellen Wuagneux, Associate Editor || June 14, 2006
    the market for flame retardants is heating up as new innovative components hit the scene

  • It

    It's Getting Personal

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || June 14, 2006
    personal care wipes makers look for the next blockbuster product

  • Fiber Producers Search For New Ideas

    Fiber Producers Search For New Ideas

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || June 14, 2006
    with pricing still high and demands for diversity increasing, fiber manufacturers are focusing on research and development for the nonwovens industry

  • PGI Expands Argentinean Venture

    June 13, 2006
    Polymer Group, Inc. will install a state-of-the-art spunbond line that will more than double the capacity of its joint venture facility near Buenos Aires, Argentina and meet growing demand for its products in South America and to better serve its cus…

  • Customer Driven Converting

    June 12, 2006
    American Custom Converting of Green Bay, WI is considered a multi-faceted converter. Better yet is the fact that its processing expertise is applied mainly to nonwovens.

  • Suominen VP To Retire

    June 9, 2006
    Esa Palttala, executive vice president of Suominen Corporation's wipes and nonwovens business area, will retire in July. Vice president Pekka Rautala, general manager of the wet wipes business unit, and vice president Sakari Santa-Paavola, general m…

  • Wipe Developed for Glass and Computers

    June 6, 2006
    Mitsubishi Paper has developed nonwovens from nano  fibers for the glass and computer wipes markets. These thinner increase the wiping capabilities  and, unlike traditional nanofibers, do not have linting problems. Mitsuibishi solved the li…

  • Buckeye Leader To Retire

    June 5, 2006
    David Ferraro, chairman and chief executive officer of Buckeye Technologies, Memphis. TN, will retire in September. In anticipation of Mr. Ferraro's retirement, the board has elected John Crowe, currently Buckeye president and chief operating officer…

  • San-Dia In Expansion Mode

    June 5, 2006
    San-Dia Polymers will increase the capacity of its superabsorbent polymer plant in China by 30,000 tons. The new capacity, which will come onstream next year, will bring the Chinese plant’s capacity to 50,000 tons, and will help San-Dia meet in…

  • Pantex, Chisso To Build Chinese Line

    June 5, 2006
    Italian topsheet producer Pantex International is establishing a business relationship with Japanese fiber and nonwovens producer Chisso Corp. to produce and sell unique perforated nonwovens. This innovative product was introduced at ANEX 2006 where…

  • PCC Gains Chinese Partner

    June 1, 2006
    Precision Custom Coatings has formed  a joint venture agreement with Ningbo Yihua Textile Factory, an  Asian textile manufacturer. The new venture, PCC Ningbo Textile Co., Ltd. will expand  PCC’s apparel interlining production&nb…

  • Shiseido Exits San Pro Biz

    June 1, 2006
    Unicharm has acquired Shisheido’s sanitary goods business. Shiseido, Japan’s leading cosmetics company, entered the san pro business in 1986 with the production of sanitary napkins but has so far only achieved a 5% share of this market an…

  • FiberMark Installs New Laminator

    June 1, 2006
    FiberMark Gessner, a  global supplier of automotive and vac bag filter media as well as a manufacturer of backing papers for coated abrasives and adhesive  tapes, has added a laminator to its technical capabilities. This laminator will not…

  • Albany, Fleissner To Focus On Patterning

    May 30, 2006
    Albany International Corp., Albany, NY, a supplier of custom-designed fabrics and sleeves for specialty spunlace nonwovens applications, and Fleissner GmbH of Egelsbach, Germany, a supplier of spunlace manufacturing equipment, are jointly developing…

  • Workshops Target Flammability Standards For Bedding

    May 25, 2006
    In preparation for the upcoming Federal Mattress Standard scheduled to go into effect  July 1, 2007, the International  Sleep Products Association (ISPA) and Sleep Products Safety Council (SPSC) have  announced new Flammability SHOPtal…

  • EDANA To Bring Training Course to India

    May 25, 2006
    EDANA, in cooperation with BCH, is holding two nonwovens and absorbent hygiene products training courses, for the first time in India in November 2006. Taking place in November in New Delhi, these two-day training courses will provide an opportunity…

  • Freudenberg Reports Financial Status

    May 25, 2006
    Following a phase of exceptionally high acquisition and investment activity, the Freudenberg Group used the 2005 financial year to consolidate and strengthen the balance sheet. Thanks to improved working capital management, prudent housekeeping and s…

  • Ginni Will Expand To Medical

    May 25, 2006
    After launching personal hygiene and beauty care products made from spunlaced nonwovens in India, Ginni Filaments is considering expanding into medical products using the innovation unit under its consumer products division.     Sanja…

  • Foss Manufacturing Renamed

    May 23, 2006
    Hampton, NH-based Foss Manufacturing is now known as Felt Manufacturing following its sale last month to Foss Manufacturing LLC, a Nevada limited liability company at a price tag of $39 million. According to court documents, the sale provides for the…

  • Conwed Acquires Polynet

    May 23, 2006
    Conwed, Minneapolis, MN, a supplier of high-performance netting, has acquired Palmer, MA-based Polynet Inc. The company manufactures extruded plastic netting for packaging of produce, meat, poultry, toys and specialty items. "The Polynet acqu…

  • DuPont To Expand Tyvek Plant

    May 18, 2006
    DuPont, Wilmington, DE, plans to invest $25 million to expand its operations in Chesterfield County, VA, creating 50 new jobs. The plant manufactures DuPont Tyvek nonwovens. "Chesterfield County was chosen as the site for this expansion based…

  • Mlnlycke To Close Mexican Plant

    May 18, 2006
    Mölnlycke Health Care, Göteborg, Sweden, a manufacturer of single-use surgical and wound care solutions, is permanently closing its Juarez, Mexico converting facility in June. The plant produces patient and instrument drapes, surgical gowns…

  • Coater

    May 17, 2006
    The new CTL 4640 coater from Nordson Corporation enhances the company’s global laboratory capabilities to help customers accurately qualify nonwovens and web coating applications, hot melt adhesives and substrates in a controlled environment.&n…

  • Senior Management Changes at DuPont

    May 17, 2006
    DuPont, Wilmington, DE, has initiated changes in its senior management. Among them, Diane Gulyas, chief marketing and sales officer, was named group vice president, DuPont Performance Materials. She succeeds Jeffrey Keefer, who will focus on increasi…

  • Rate of U.S. Exports for Roll Goods Continues To Expand

    Peter Mayberry and Jessica Franken || May 17, 2006
    import growth slows dramatically

  • Nonwovens and Uncle Sam: Perfect Together

    May 17, 2006
    One might look at this month's cover of Nonwovens Industry and wonder what U.S. Armed Forces have to do with nonwovens. Well, the U.S. Marine Corps is investing significant resources in developing nonwoven composite fabric technology for combat utili…

  • Expo in Print

    May 17, 2006
    This special annual section features advertising and advertorial material written by industry suppliers. Designed to give Nonwovens Industry readers the opportunity to learn a little more about the companies with which they deal regularly, these Expo…

  • Development Of Nonwoven Fabrics For Military Applications

    Development Of Nonwoven Fabrics For Military Applications

    Stephen Szczesuil, Natick Soldier System || May 17, 2006
    nonwoven composite technology lends key performance characteristics to uniforms, equipment

  • EDANA Tackles Infection Control

    EDANA Tackles Infection Control

    May 17, 2006
    first-ever IN CONTROL! conference held in Prague

  • McAirlaids To Build U.S. Headquarters

    May 17, 2006
    German airlaid specialist McAirlaid's Vliesstoffe GmbH & Co. KG plans to invest $85 million to open a plant and U.S. headquarters in Franklin County, VA. The project is expected to create 160 jobs. The company plans to build the offices and manuf…

  • Leading With Equipment Solutions

    May 13, 2006
    S&S Specialty Systems is making its mark in the nonwovens converting industry due to its results-driven approach to offering novel equipment solutions.

  • Ahlstrom To Run Cotton In Green Bay

    May 10, 2006
    Ahlstrom, has invested in new capabilities for the production of cotton-containing spunlace products at its Green Bay, WI, plant. As a quick reaction to market demand for cotton-containing materials, Ahlstrom upgraded current systems and installed ca…

  • Natureworks Celebrates Earth Month

    May 10, 2006
    In conjunction with Earth month, several new sustainable products using its Natureworks’ Ingeo brand of sustainable fibers. Among these are Earth Friendly Baby’s eco baby wipes, the first U.K. disposable product made with Ingeo fibers. Th…

  • Nordenia Expands Russian Presence

    May 10, 2006
    Nordenia International has opened a sales office in St. Petersburg. The international films manufacturer and converter had already expanded its business relations in Russia, and the new office will be able to provide even better service on a local le…

  • Adhesive Tape Uses Spunlace

    May 10, 2006
    Scapa Medical has introduced BioflexÒ Rx1184P-2.4, a durable, heavyweight fabric adhesive tape for direct skin medical device attachment.  The product is specifically designed for bandages, insulin infusion sets, ECG electrodes, and TENS.…

  • Tufco Gets Funds For Employee Training

    May 8, 2006
    Tufco Technologies has received a $51,772 grant Friday from the Wisconsin Department of Commerce. The money, combined with nearly $50,000 remaining from a previous grant, will be used to train employees on new equipment, primarily in the company's no…

  • Propex CFO To Retire

    May 5, 2006
    Lee McCarter has been named as replacement for Philip Barnes as CFO of Propex Fabrics, effective Jan. 1, 2007. For the remainder of the year, Mr. Barnes will work to establish certain global finance functions, including external reporting, SOX compli…

  • Propex To Consolidate Needlepunch Business

    May 2, 2006
    Propex Fabrics will close its Seneca, SC plant as part of a  restructuring and consolidation plan involving its U.S. needlepunch nonwovens manufacturing activities. The plan, expected to save the company between $7-8 million annually, will make…

  • Celanese Expands Chinese Presence

    May 2, 2006
    Celanese has begun construction on an emulsion polymers facility in Nanjing, China, its tenth such facility worldwide. The new plant will allow Celanese to meet demand for emulsion polymers in Asia for nonwovens, adhesive,s coatings and high tech gla…

  • Starr Publishes Spunmelt Study

    May 2, 2006
    John R. Starr, Inc., a management consulting firm specialized in nonwovens and related fields, worldwidehas published a new study titled World Demand and Supply Outlook for Spunbonded Polypropylene and Spunbonded/Melt Blown Composites 2005–2010…