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  • 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…

  • 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