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  • 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…

  • Nordson Expands Nonwovens Capabilities

    March 30, 2006
    The new CTL 4640 coater from Nordson Corporation (Nasdaq – NDSN) enhances the company’s global laboratory capabilities to help customers accurately qualify nonwovens and web coating applications, hot melt adhesives and substrates in a con…

  • Fleissner, Neumag Join Forces

    March 28, 2006
    Equipment suppliers Fleissner GmbH and Neumag, a Saurer business unit, have signed a cooperation agreement for select technologies in the field of nonwovens. According to the companies, this cooperation will make Neumag and Fleissner the first in the…

  • PGI Canada Partners With Fabric Dryer and Finisher

    March 24, 2006
    Polymer Group, Inc. Canada’s Difco business is partnering with an Ontario-based fabric dyer and finisher to provide customers the latest technology, expanded capacity and new protective fabrics. The strategic agreement with Colorama will enable…

  • FQ Disputes P&Gs Tampon Claims

    March 24, 2006
    First Quality is disputing claims made by Procter & Gamble in federal court that it infringes on registered trademarks and packaging trade dress of P&G’s Tampax Pearl tampons. In a statement, First Quality said it pridesitself on its wo…

  • Clopay Restructures European Operations

    March 23, 2006
    Clopay Clopay Plastic Products Company has recently announced that it has merged its two European operations under a single European management team. The integration of Finotech Verbundstoffe GmbH and Böhme Clopay GmbH into one Clopay Europe o…

  • L&P, Felters Group Partner in Fire Retardants

    March 23, 2006
    Leggett & Platt and The Felters Group have entered into a strategic alliance to manufacture and distribute fire retardant products, primarily in the bedding market. The collaboration combines Felters’ capabilities in chemistry, product deve…

  • Ahlstrom Will Build In Russia

    March 22, 2006
    Ahlstrom will invest approximately €38 million in a new glassfiber tissue production plant in Russia. The investment further strengthens Ahlstrom’s position as a leading developer and manufacturer of specialty glass fiber tissue for the bu…

  • Cognex Fights Patent Claims

    March 21, 2006
    Cognex Corporation, a supplier of machine vision systems, has served a complaint against Acacia Research Corporation and Veritec, Inc.  The complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court in Minnesota.     Cognex is seeking a decl…

  • PGI Canada Fuels Construction Business

    March 21, 2006
    Polymer Group, Inc. Canada has expanded its coating and printing capacity to meet growing demand for its engineered fabrics for building and construction and other industrial uses. The company's Fabrene Group has installed a wide-width extrusion coa…

  • Basell Names Greek Partner

    March 20, 2006
    Skeberis S.A will become the sole distributor of polyolefins for Basell's growing customer base in Greece. Effective April 1, Basell will focus on managing certain key customer accounts in Greece while the bulk of the accounts will be managed by Skeb…

  • ANEX 2006

    Nonwovens Staff, Nonwovens Staff || March 16, 2006
    A. Celli Nonwovens S.p.a. Ahlstrom Diatec Srl ExxonMobil Chemical Company Fleissner GmbH Lenzing Nordson Corporation…

  • PCC Adds to Needlepunch Operation

    March 15, 2006
    Precision Custom Coatings, a Totowa, NJ-based producer and supplier of nonwoven and coated fabrics for the apparel industry and industrial market applications, has added a second needlepunch production line in its North East, MD facility. The investm…

  • K-C To Close Diaper, Nonwovens Plants

    March 15, 2006
    Kimberly-Clark Corp. is proposing to close its Lakeview Diaper Plant in the Menasha, WI and sell or close its Neenah Nonwovens Mill, also in Wisconsin, according to company officials.     Lakeview’s diaper plant and distribution…

  • P&G Files Tampon Suit

    March 14, 2006
    Tampax maker Procter & Gamble has filed a lawsuit against privately owned First Quality Hygienic Inc. alleging trademark infringement and unfair competition for making and distributing a "look-alike" brand of tamponsThe suit, filed in F…

  • Glatfelter Buys Wetlaid Mills

    March 14, 2006
    P.H. Glatfelter Co., a maker of specialty papers and engineered products, will purchase two wetlaid nonwovens mills from J.R. Crompton Ltd. in a deal estimated at $86.8 million. Both facilities are located in the U.K. Glatfelt will pay $65.1 million…

  • BBA Facility Achieves Certification

    March 10, 2006
    BBA’s Gray Court, SC, manufacturing facility has earned ISO 9001:2000 certification. The facility manufactures spunbonded polyester used for a wide variety of end uses. ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is a global network th…

  • Rockline Industries

    March 10, 2006
    Joel Slank has joined Rockline Industries as director of operations at its Springdale, AR facility. Mr. Slank is expected to complement the company’s world class manufacturing team in Springdale with his extensive experience in nonwovens m…

  • Linq Ownership Changes

    March 8, 2006
    An affiliate of Sun Capital Partners, a leading private investment firm specializing in leveraged buyouts of market-leading companies, has acquired the stock of Linq Industrial Fabrics, Inc. from American Industrial Partners. Linq is a leading global…

  • BBA To Expand Airlaid Business

    March 7, 2006
    BBA Fiberweb will construct a new airlaid production at its Korma facility near Monza, Italy. The project includes the next  generation of flexible and modular airlaid technology, developed by M&J Fibretech, a division of Neumag, and represe…

  • Lack of U.S. Rayon Supply Will Lead to Short Supply Requests

    Peter Mayberry and Jessica Franken || March 6, 2006
    what industry representatives in North America need to know

  • Say It Loud, Say It Proud

    Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor || March 6, 2006
    This letter responds to, and agrees with, another letter submitted by Scott Tomlin of Degussa, which was published in our December 2005 issue.

  • Spunlace Market Report

    Spunlace Market Report

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || March 6, 2006
    with a slate of new capacity coming onstream, producers look beyond commodities to add value in wipes and other markets

  • Libeltex Sale On Hold

    March 6, 2006
    British Vita has abandoned plans to sell its Libeltex nonwovens business after deciding the group can add greater value as a part of the company. As part of this retention strategy, British Vita has initiated a program of investing in the people and…

  • Spanning The Market

    March 6, 2006
    Span Packaging Services is a part of the Cloud Packaging Solutions group of companies. Span Packaging Services originally began in 1986 as a part of Span America Medical Systems Inc.

  • Fleissner Reports Spunlace Growth

    March 3, 2006
    German machinery provider Fleissner has sold four AquaJet Spunlace systems throughout the world. In the U.S., the company has contracted a 3.6-meter, 12,000 ton-per-year spunlace line for the carded wipes market. This line is expected to start up at…

  • Ciba Sells Textiles Unit

    March 2, 2006
    Ciba Specialty Chemicals has sold its Textile Effects business to Huntsman Corporation for CHF332 million in cash and assumed debt. The divestment is expected to be concluded in the third quarter of 2006 after a comprehensive separation process and t…

  • Eastman Expand Chinese Presence

    March 2, 2006
    Eastman Chemical Company, through its Chinese subsidiary, Eastman (Shanghai) Chemical Commercial Co., Ltd., has entered into an exclusive, long-term agreement with West Tech Chemical Ltd. under which West Tech will build and operate a manufacturing f…

  • Asahi-Dorlastan Deal Complete

    March 1, 2006
    Asahi Kasei Fibers Corporation has finalized its agreement with Lanxess for the purchase of the Dorlastan Spandex business. The Dorlastan acquisition will allow  AKF to strengthen its position as a leading manufacturer of synthetic elastic fiber…

  • BBA To Move Forward With Fiberweb Sale

    February 28, 2006
    BBA Group is moving forward with the demerger of its nonwovens business. While a possibility of selling the division still exists and the company has received several expressions of interest for the sale, BBA will for now explore the demerger. The co…

  • K-C Makes Cottonelle For Kids

    February 23, 2006
    Kimberly-Clark has introduced the Cottonelle for Kids product line, the first-ever combined dry bath tissue and moist wipes system designed to help parents teach their 4-to-9-year-olds good bathroom and hygiene habits. The new system extends the Cott…

  • BBA Nonwovens Business Now Thought to be De-merged

    February 23, 2006
    Just weeks after the Time of London reported that rival Polymer Group Inc. was in negotiations to buy rival BBA Fiberweb’s nonwovens business, the Daily Telegraph is reporting that BBA is favoring a demerger of the division over a sale or trade…

  • Antiflammability Standard Passed Nationwide

    February 17, 2006
    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) unanimously approved a new federal standard for mattress flammability. By limiting the spread and intensity of a mattress fire and increasing escape time, CPSC estimates that the mandatory standard c…

  • PGI To Move To Charlotte

    February 16, 2006
    Nonwovens producer Polymer Group, Inc. will establish a new corporate headquarters in the Charlotte, NC region by August 2006. The new site will bring together the company’s senior leadership, finance, purchasing, human resources, sales, custom…

  • ExxonMobil Announces LDPE Licensing

    February 16, 2006
    ExxonMobil Chemical Technology Licensing has signed a licensing agreement with Thailand's PTT Chemical Public Company Limited for production of low-density polyethylene (LDPE) and ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) in a 100 KTA autoclave system. PTTChem, a…

  • Japan's Panty Liner Market To Grow

    February 16, 2006
    UniCharm has strengthened its efforts in the Japanese panty liners market, where penetration is reportedly 40% lower than Europe, the U.S. and other Asian countries. Currently, sales of panty liners are ¥12 billion, but experts predict growth cou…

  • Ahlstrom Offers Logistics Platform For Filtration In China

    February 16, 2006
    Ahlstrom Corporation will provide its Chinese customers with added flexibility and service through a local logistics platform. Based in Wuxi, this platform will offer warehousing, converting and packaging for all filtration customers. It will allow A…

  • JM Teams With Tarco For Roofing Product

    February 13, 2006
    Johns Manville is partnering with Tarco, the nation's largest roofing underlayment company, to create a new asphalt synthetic underlayment called EasyLay.  EasyLay is Tarco's new Leakbarrier product that employs DuraBase, JM's innovative weather…

  • Rumors Arise Over BBA Sale

    February 13, 2006
    Reports are emerging that Polymer Group Inc. is set to purchase its rival BBA Fiberweb. According to the Times of London, PGI has fended off competition from private equity groups including Condover and Doughty Hanson to purchase its rival in nonwove…

  • Degussa Grows SAP Business Through Dow Purchase

    February 10, 2006
    Degussa AG, Dusseldorf, Germany, is acquiring the superabsorbent business of The Dow Chemical Company. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The purchase will include Dow’s superabsorbent polymer facility in Rheinmuenster/Baden-B…

  • New Management Teams In Place At Buckeye, Georgia-Pacific

    February 10, 2006
    Buckeye Technologies Inc. has established a new organization effective this month with a mission of bringing new products to the market on an accelerated schedule. Jeffery Cook, who has been appointed senior vice president, marketing, will lead the n…

  • WTO Ministerial Meeting Yields Meager Results

    Peter Mayberry and Jessica Franken || February 10, 2006
    dispute dominates negotiations

  • Why Wipes Won't Go Away

    February 10, 2006
    According to INDA's recent analysis of wipes, household wipes now comprise the majority of North American disposable wipes sales. Experts say that the success of this market has largely been caused by the widespread popularity of electrostatic and we…

  • Spunmelt Directory

    February 10, 2006
    Advanced Design Concepts Rethanustrasse 12 D-30159 Hanover Germany Telephone: 49-517-1408660 Fax: 49-517-1408601 E-mail: jabed@bbafiberweb.com Web: www.advanceddesignconcepts.com   Advanced Fabrics (SAAF) P.O. Box 1065 Al Ahsa…

  • Visions From Vision

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || February 10, 2006
    INDA�s latest consumer products conference is a success.

  • The QC Quest

    The QC Quest

    Ellen Wuagneux, Associate Editor || February 10, 2006
    quality control and inspection system suppliers keep striving for perfection as customers continue to demand it

  • Household Care: A Homerun For Wipes

    Household Care: A Homerun For Wipes

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || February 10, 2006
    floor cleaning cloths boost household wipes market beyond baby wipes in North America

  • Spunmelt: What

    Spunmelt: What's With All The Hype?

    Nonwovens Staff, Nonwovens Staff || February 10, 2006
    in response to demand from hygiene and medical markets, manufacturers add capacity throughout the world