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  • 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…

  • Schaetti Divests Coating and Laminating Business

    May 2, 2006
    Wallisellen, Switzerland-based Schaetti has sold its coating and laminating machines business to the M + S Group, Brugg, Switzerland. The purchase took effect retrospectively from January 1, 2006. M + S has been building Schaetti lines for more than…

  • BBA To Spin Nonwovens Off

    April 30, 2006
    BBA Group PLC will demerge its Fiberweb business unit making it a separate public company listed on the London Stock Exchange this fall. The action will be the final result of a process to separate its nonwovens business, which achieved sales of $1 b…

  • Suominen Sees Nonwovens Sales Decline

    April 27, 2006
    Suominen Corporation, Helsinki, Finland, recently reported first quarter financial results. Net sales of Suominen’s continuing operations for the first quarter were EUR€´ 49.2 million. The volume of sales declined slightly from the s…

  • Buckeye Reports Third Quarter Loss

    April 27, 2006
    Specialty fiber and roll goods producer Buckeye Technologies, Memphis, TN, has reported third quarter results. Net sales in the third quarter were flat, up 0.3% from $181 million in the third quarter 2005, to $181 million in this fiscal year's third…

  • K-C Releases Quarterly Results

    April 27, 2006
    At Dallas, TX-based Kimberly-Clark, first-quarter profit fell by more than one-third due to higher costs for energy and raw materials, but the company plans to meet 2006 earnings goals despite more inflation in the rest of the year. During the quarte…

  • DuPont Raises Forecast

    April 27, 2006
    Quarterly profit fell for DuPont, Wilmington, DE, as record energy costs, lower seed sales and the cost of European plant shutdowns outweighed a late rise in prices and demand. DuPont also raised its 2006 forecast, citing the strong pricing and reduc…

  • K-C Adds To Pull-Ups Line

    April 20, 2006
    Kimberly-Clark Corporation will introduce two new solutions for potty training—a new Pull-Ups Training Pants with Cool Alert and Pull-Ups Night Time Training Pants—in June. Pull-Ups Training Pants with Cool Alert have a special  c…

  • K-C Steps Up RFID Efforts

    April 20, 2006
    Kimberly-Clark has begun shipping Gen2 RFID-tagged cases of product to Wal-Mart.  This next step in the implementation of RFID technology is a result of K-C’s extensive research and testing on the compatibility of Gen2 hardware and softwar…

  • PGI Opens Asian HQ

    April 20, 2006
    Polymer Group Inc. has opened a Asian region head office in Suzhou, China, bringing a newly constructed manufacturing plant together with administrative functions under one roof. The new site in the Suzhou Industrial Park houses spunmelt manufacturin…

  • Pegas To Add Reicofil IV

    April 20, 2006
    Czech nonwovens producer Pegas has signed a contract with nonwovens technology leader Reicofil, based in Germany, to purchase an additional spundbond/meltblown line. The new equipment is expected to start up in 2007 and will increase Pegas' total ann…

  • Concentrated Lotions

    April 18, 2006
    Fleissner has designed a new spunlace system for fabrics in sanitary, medical, hygiene, cosmetic and wet wipes markets with a lower investment cost. The machine can produce both plain or perforated/structured fabrics. The unit can be equipped with on…

  • Wipes Production Machinery

    April 18, 2006
    Wipes system supplier S&S Specialty Systems introduced its Cheetah production line to the industry at an open house event in February. “With this latest Cheetah line, we demonstrated our modular technology customized for particular interfol…

  • Sensor

    April 18, 2006
    In a continuing effort to offer the best range of thickness measurement gauges, NDC Infrared Engineering is introducing the Model 318 X-Ray Backscatter (XRB) Sensor. The new x-ray sensor offers unsurpassed measurement range, single-sided operation, a…

  • Speed-Coat Module

    April 18, 2006
    The Universal Speed-Coat module from Nordson Corporation provides fast cycle rates to maximize intermittent high-speed performance when dispensing hot melt adhesives. The Universal Speed-Coat module provides a minimum cycle speed of 10 milliseconds (…

  • Industry Outreach Initiative Continues

    Peter Mayberry and Jessica Franken || April 17, 2006
    more than 200 congressional offices visited to date

  • Put It To the Pocketbook

    Karen Bitz McIntyre || April 17, 2006
    Am I making enough money? This is the question that plagues every worker—from the hourly employee working the production line to the CEO of a major multinational company. Being fairly, and adequately, compensated for the contribution you give t…

  • New Applications Seen At Techtextil 2006

    New Applications Seen At Techtextil 2006

    Nonwovens Staff, Nonwovens Staff || April 17, 2006
    Held March 28-30, 2006 at Cobb Galleria Center in Atlanta, GA, Techtextil North America 2006 attracted 4000 visitors who viewed 288 exhibitors from a record-breaking 25 countries. Techtextil North America showcased the higher performance areas of…

  • It

    It's A Wrap

    Ellen Wuagneux, Associate Editor || April 17, 2006
    roofing and construction markets expand to meet new demands for high performance weatherizaton products

  • Nonwovens For Civil Engineering and Roofing Felts In China

    Nonwovens For Civil Engineering and Roofing Felts In China

    John Xuan, Nonwovens Staff || April 17, 2006
    products have been used on a wide-scale basis since the early 1990s

  • Russian Nonwovens Plant To Debut

    April 13, 2006
    Plans are underway to launch the first phase of a nonwovens production facility in the Trans-Volga (Nizhny Novgorod) region of Russia by July 2006. A Russian division of Germany's Freudenberg Politex will act as the investor, according to a recent Ru…

  • DuPont Shakes Up Management

    April 13, 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…

  • K-C Announces Diaper Plant Layoffs

    April 13, 2006
    Kimberly-Clark plans to cut 130 workers at its Lakeview diaper plant in Menasha, WI in June. The layoffs are part of a previously announced plan to close the facility by the end of 2007. Discussions are still underway to determine who will be let go,…

  • Foss Sale Reportedly Looming

    April 11, 2006
    Bankrupt Foss Manufacturing could be sold for $39 million to Foss Manufacturing LLC, a Nevada limited liability company, according to published reports. Trustee Patrick O’Malley, who has run the company during its bankruptcy proceedings, filed…

  • A Rising Phoenix

    April 10, 2006
    Phoenix Fabrikations bv, Cuijk, The Netherlands, is one of the major distributors of nonwoven fabrics in Europe.

  • Basell Adds To Catalyst Manufacturing

    April 6, 2006
    Basell has purchased Akzo Nobel's Polymerization Catalysts & Components business on March 31. The business, which includes catalyst manufacturing and other assets in Edison, NJ, had revenues of nearly $60 million in 2005. Basell's other catalyst…

  • Nonwovens Research Academy To Include Academics

    April 6, 2006
    EDANA’s Nonwovens Research Academy 2006, taking place in Roubaix (Lille) April 20-21, 2006, is dedicated to bringing together an interdisciplinary group of academics, students, researchers, scientists and engineers to present and disseminate pr…

  • Medical and Hygiene Study Available

    April 6, 2006
    International Newsletters Ltd  has published a second edition of Medical and Hygiene Textiles: Initiatives for Growth. This market report looks at the corporate strategies being followed by the world’s leading manufacturers and suppliers o…

  • Ownership Change for Lysac

    April 4, 2006
    Archer Daniels Midland Company has acquired all the assets of Group Lysac, a Canadian manufacturer of superabsorbent material. The purchase includes all intellectual property and technological assets held by Lysac to make biodegradable products from…