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  • 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

  • Buckeye To Focus On Trimming Costs

    February 9, 2006
    Buckeye Technologies has established a new organization whose mission is to lead efforts in lowering costs, reducing working capital and eliminating waste. The company intends to implement the "Lean Enterprise" methodology throughout its op…

  • Polypropylene Grade Delivers Optical Performance

    February 8, 2006
    Borealis has introduced a new polypropylene Borpact grade to film converters and product manufacturers which offers solutions to the packaging industry due to a unique combination of low temperature resistance, high stiffness, high heat resistance an…

  • Basell To Close PP Plant

    February 8, 2006
    As part of an ongoing review of the its manufacturing assets to assess the long-term viability, Basell is planning to close its LIPP polypropylene technology plant in Pernis, The Netherlands by mid-2007. Werner Breuers, president of Basell Polyole…

  • Ahlstrom Reports Improved Profitability

    February 7, 2006
    Finnish roll goods producer Ahlstrom recently reported positive annual financial results. In 2005 the company’s operating profit amounted to €117.2 million compared to €62.1 million in 2004. Excluding non-recurring gains totaling &eur…

  • P&G Sales And Earnings Up

    February 7, 2006
    Quarterly earnings for consumer product giant Procter and Gamble, Cincinnati, OH, have jumped 29% from a year ago to 2.55 billion dollars. Earnings for the second fiscal quarter amounted to 72 cents per share, better than the 69 cents expected on Wal…

  • PCC Product Addresses Mattress Flammability

    February 7, 2006
    Precision Custom Coatings has developed Precision Flame Protection (PFP), a nonwoven flame retardant  product that meets the most stringent mattress flammability  standards in the U.S. Precision Flame Protection has been  tested by Und…

  • Ginni Filaments Enters Indian Wipes Market

    February 7, 2006
    Indian textile manufacturer Ginni Filaments has developed personal hygiene and beauty care products for children and women. Last year, the company announced its was constructing a spunlace manufacturing plant in Gujarat, India in an investment valued…

  • K-C Enhances Relationship with U.S. Green Building Council

    February 6, 2006
    In an effort to help commercial buildings improve their indoor air quality, Kimberly-Clark Corporation—a member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)—offers a range of advanced air filter media, along with educational materials and t…

  • Fitti Set To Grow In Dominican Republic

    February 6, 2006
    PHS Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of Synergy Brands, will expand its Fitti diaper business in the Dominican Republic.  The company believes that the Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), which has been delayed, as well as promotional…

  • Sandler Adds To Technical Nonwovens

    February 3, 2006
    Sandler AG  is investing €25 million in its Schwarzenbach/Saale, Germany site to bolster its technical nonwovens operations.  This investment follows a smaller effort, valued at €10 million, to establish new technology for the pro…

  • Tredegar To Shut Down Georgia Facility

    February 2, 2006
    Tredegar Film Products will close its plant in LaGrange, GA by May 1 after efforts to find a buyer for the facility were unsuccessful. The plant, which employs 76 people, has been for sale since early 2005. Efforts to find a suitable buyer have been…

  • Hercules Sells Portion of FiberVisions

    February 2, 2006
    Hercules Incorporated will sell a 51% interest in FiberVisions to Snow, Phipps & Guggenheim, L. P., an affiliate of SPG Partners, LLC ("SPG"), a New York-based private equity firm. Under terms of the agreement, Hercules will receive an…

  • SAAF Gains Private Investor

    February 2, 2006
    Abdulrahman Saleh Al-Rajhi & Partners Co. Ltd., a private Equity Fund, has purchased a 49% stake in Saudi Arabian based Advanced Fabrics (SAAF), a manufacturer of spunmelt nonwovens. This is the fund’s first involvement in nonwovens. SAAF h…

  • Novamelt Plans U.S. Expansion

    January 31, 2006
    German pressure-sensitive adhesives specialist Novamelt is expanding production into the U.S. through a joint venture with Jowat, a manufacturer of industrial adhesives for the wood manufacturing, paper and packaging and textile and automotive indust…

  • Nonwovens Study Published

    January 26, 2006
    Demand for nonwoven roll goods is projected to increase 4% to $5.1 billion in 2009, driven by gains in filtration, construction, wipes and electronics, according to a recent study conducted by the Freedonia Group. Gains, however, wll be limited to so…

  • Buckeye Reports Results

    January 25, 2006
    Roll goods producer Buckeye Technologies Inc., Memphis, TN, has reported financial results for the quarter ended December 31, 2005. Quarterly net sales were $188.3 million, 4% above the $180.6 million in the same quarter of the prior year.  &n…

  • K-C Quarterly Results Released

    January 24, 2006
    Absorbent product giant Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Dallas, TX, today reported that sales in the fourth quarter of 2005 rose 2.8% to $4 billion, with higher sales volumes, net selling prices and favorable product mix all contributing to the improveme…

  • K-C Builds On Toiletry Success

    January 20, 2006
    Kimberly-Clark is building on the success of its Huggies baby toiletries line with the launch of Huggies Cleanteam bath and body products. The new product line, which features trademarked, letter-shaped characters called Alphamals, helps moms teach t…

  • Ahlstrom Invests In Filtration, Again

    January 20, 2006
    Ahlstrom has made its third filtration-related purchase in less than a month. The Helsinki-based company has agreed to buy HRS Textiles, a Darlington, SC maker of specialty nonwovens serving mainly North American air and liquid filtration markets. Th…

  • Foss Probe Continues

    January 19, 2006
    A bankruptcy court judge has given creditors of Foss Manufacturing permission to investigate allegations that former chief executive officer Steven Foss used company money for personal reasons, according to a report published by The Portsmouth Herald…

  • Outlook To Be Held Again In Barcelona

    January 18, 2006
    EDANA will hold the fifth edition of its Outlook Personal Care Conference at the Melia Hotel in Sitges, Barcelona September 20-22, the same place it was held in 2005. The 2005 conference attracted players from all parts of the personal care products…

  • Tyco Announces Plans To Split

    January 17, 2006
    Tyco International Ltd. has announced intentions to split into three separate public companies, ending years of speculation about the company's future as a single entity. The company said it will split its electronics and health care—including…

  • Buckeye To Establish New Organization, Makes Management Changes

    January 12, 2006
    Buckeye Technologies Inc. will establish a new organization effective February 1, 2006 with a mission of bringing new products to the market on an accelerated schedule. The new organization will be led by Jeffery Cook who will be appointed senior vic…

  • AI Manufacturer Acquires Mail-Order Arm

    January 11, 2006
    Home Delivery Incontinent Supplies Co. (HDIS), the leading direct-to-consumer supplier of bladder control products in the U.S., has acquired Mail Order Medical Supply, Inc. (MOMS).  Financial terms were not disclosed.  MOMS, a wholly owned…

  • JM Announces New Construction Products

    January 11, 2006
    Johns Manville's Engineered Products Group, has responded to builders’ needs to build better homes with two new products— Gorilla Wrap, a translucent, non-perforated housewrap and DuraBase, an asphalt and nonwoven polyester roofing under…

  • Resin For Spunbond Nonwovens

    January 9, 2006
    Basell has developed a new resin, Moplen RP1669, which adds a soft touch and cloth-like feel to nonwoven materials for hygienic, personal care and medical apparel applications. Moplen RP1669 is an innovative copolymer based on Basell’s state-of…

  • Spunlace System

    January 9, 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…

  • Two Key Personnel Changes At Suominen Nonwovens

    January 9, 2006
    Two key personnel changes have taken place at Suominen Nonwovens. In the first, Sakari Santa-Paavola has been appointed vice president and general manager of Suominen Nonwovens. He has been working as commercial director of the company since early 20…

  • K-C's B2B President To Retire

    January 9, 2006
    Kimberly-Clark announced the 2006 retirement of Dudley Lehman, group president of its Business-to-Business (B2B) Group, which contains its external nonwovens business as well as the K-C Professional, Health Care and Partnership Products businesses. P…

  • H&V Buys Out Mexican JV

    January 9, 2006
    Hollingsworth & Vose Company has made its Apizaco, Mexico mill a wholly owned subsidiary by purchasing a remaining stake in the venture from Morod Santistaban. The joint venture, which produces filtration materials, was formed in 1981 under the H…

  • Propex Fabrics Buys Key Competitor

    January 6, 2006
    Propex Fabrics Inc. ha purchased fellow needlepunch manufacturer SI Corporation, including its SI Concrete Systems Corporation and SI Geosolutions Corporation divisions-. Ed Stanczak current Propex CEO, will continue to head the combined entity, whic…

  • The Evolution of Household Cleaning

    The Evolution of Household Cleaning

    Christine Esposito, Nonwovens Staff || January 6, 2006
    Fueled by busy homeowners willing to pay more for convenience, the evolution of the household cleaning products has meant less human contact with cleaning than ever before. But will consumers continue to shell out cash for gadgets when a regular spray bottle will do the trick?

  • Diaper Manufacturers Pay Their Dues

    Diaper Manufacturers Pay Their Dues

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || January 5, 2006
    success requires innocation, global expansion and cost competitiveness

  • Avgol Reports Sales Growth, Announces Interest in Eastern Europe

    January 4, 2006
    Avgol Nonwoven Industries has released an update of company progress with increased sales and profits for 2005 and projecting substantial growth for 2006.  Nir Peleg, CEO, has predicted that 2005 sales will exceed $160 million with increased net…

  • Pliant Moves on with Chapter 11 Restructuring

    January 4, 2006
    Pliant Corporation has reported that Judge Mary F. Walrath of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware approved all of the “first-day motions” that Pliant and its subsidiaries in the U.S. and Canada submitted as part of thei…

  • Saurer Continues Buying Spree

    January 4, 2006
    Saurer has acquired 100% of the capital of Fincarde Group a maker of carding equipment for woolen, worsted and nonwovens processes. The company is based in Biella, Italy and has an annual turnover of approximately €13 million. Fincarde will be i…

  • FiberMark Exits Bankruptcy Protection

    January 3, 2006
    FiberMark has completed its financial reorganization and emerged from chapter 11 as a private company. In conjunction with its emergence from chapter 11, the company closed on its exit financing facilities. The package includes $80 million in revolvi…

  • Ahlstrom to Invest in Finland Plant

    January 3, 2006
    Ahlstrom Corporation will invest €2 million in expanding production of filtration media at its Tampere, Finland plant. The Tampere plant is specialized in the development and manufacture of high-performance filtration materials and selected tech…

  • Owens-Corning

    Owens-Corning

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Aiken, SC Sales: $202 Million Description: Key Personnel   North & South America:  Boudewijn Morelissen – General Manager, Europe & Asia-Pacific:    Steven Vermeulen – General Manager…

  • Kuraray

    Kuraray

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Osaka, Japan Sales: $72 million Description: Key Personnel Nobuaki Sumita, president, Kuraray Kuraflex Plants Okayama, Saijo and Ibaragi Processes Resin bonded, thermal bonded, spunlaced, meltblown steam jet Brand names…

  • KNH Enterprises

    KNH Enterprises

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Taipei, Taiwan Sales: $71 Million Description: Key Personnel J.C. Tai, president and owner; Dr. Kirk Hwang, president; George Wong, hygiene business director; Herman Tai, industrial specialties business director; Alvin Hu, technical…

  • Lantor

    Lantor

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Veenendaal, The Netherlands Sales: $55 million Description: Key Personnel Nico Boot, managing director; Albert Feyts, finance director, Paul Verwoerd, sales and marketing director, Jan Sikkenga, production director Processes D…

  • Unitika

    Unitika

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Osaka, Japan Sales: $82 Million Description: Key Personnel Masaru Tsugawa, general manager, spunbonded fabrics division; Hiroshi Kawasaki, general manager, spunbonded fabric sales Plants Okazaki and Tarui, Japan Processes…

  • Textilgruppe Hof

    Textilgruppe Hof

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Hof/Saale, Germany Sales: $87 Million Description: Key personnel Poul Mikkelsen, chairman; Peter Opperman, CEO; Jack Richardson, COO; Ingo Johannsen, CFO; Michael Norboge, vice president of Personal & Home Care; Claudia De Buman, vice…

  • Albis

    Albis

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Roasio, Italy Sales: $79 million Description: Key Contacts Gianni Boscolo, president; Carlo Soave, CEO; Pietro Lan­done, commercial director Plants Roasio, Italy; Aschersleben, Germany, Cincinnati, OH Processes Carded the…

  • Royal Ten Cate (Polyfelt)

    Royal Ten Cate (Polyfelt)

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Linz, Austria Sales: $91 million Description: Key Personnel Andreas Matje, CEO; Michel Haudrechy, VP marketing and sales; Manfred Winkler, VP product supply; Nick Blasl, VP finance and IT services, Frank ten Oever, VP human resources…

  • Suominen

    Suominen

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Nakkila, Finland Sales: $85 Million Description: Key Personnel Suominen Corporation: Heikki Bergholm, president and CEO, Esa Palttala, executive vice president, Wipes and Nonwovens; Juha Henttonen, vice president, Flexible Packaging; Pekk…

  • Foss Manufacturing

    Foss Manufacturing

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Hampton, NH Sales: $100 million Description: Key Personnel A.J. Nassar, CEO Plants Hampton, NH ISO Status All businesses are both QS 9000 and ISO 9001 certified and are close to ISO 14,000 (environmental registration based…

  • Toray Advanced Materials

    Toray Advanced Materials

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Seoul, Korea Sales: $99 million Description: Plant Locations Gumi, Kyungsang-Bukdo, South Korea ISO Status ISO-9001: 1999; ISO-14001 (environmental certification): 1999; ISO-18001 (operational certification): 1993 Key Personnel Y.K. Lee…