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  • Georgia-Pacific

    Georgia-Pacific

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Atlanta, GA Sales: $145 Million Description: Key Personnel   Mike Burandt, president, Consumer Business, North America; Bill Shultz, president, European Consumer Business; Kathy Walters, president, Commercial Business; Remi Perin,…

  • Jacob Holm

    Jacob Holm

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Aalschwil, Switzerland 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,…

  • Pegas A/S

    Pegas A/S

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Znojmo, Czech Republic Sales: $150 million Description: Key Personnel: Milos Bogdan, managing director, Frantisek Klaska, technical director; Frantisek Rezac, commercial director Plants Znojmo, Bucovice, Czech Republic ISO Status ISO-90…

  • Asahi Kasei

    Asahi Kasei

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Osaka, Japan Sales: $176 million Description: Key Personnel Yoshikazu Ban, general manager, nonwoven fabrics division; Ryujiro Yoshino, general manager, spunbonded fabric sales; Akira Naganami, general manager, Bemliese sales Plants M…

  • Sandler

    Sandler

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Schwarzenbach/Saale, Germany Sales: $145 million Description: Key Personnel Dipl. Kfm. Christian Heinrich Sandler, Dr. Christian Heinrich Sandler, Dieter Magiera, members of the management board Plant Schwarzenbach/Saale, Germany ISO…

  • British Vita

    British Vita

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Manchester, U.K. Sales: $170 million Description: Key Personnel Howard Harris, group CEO Plants Belgium, France, Sweden, U.K., U.S. ISO Status ISO 9001:2000 Processes Drylaid, chemical bonded, drylaid thermally bonded,…

  • Japan Vilene

    Japan Vilene

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Tokyo, Japan Sales: $200 million Description: Key Personnel Yutaka Tanaka, president; Minoru Tanaka, managing director; Yoshiaki Mizutani, director; Mitsuo Kanno, managing director Plants Shiga and Tokyo, Japan Processes Resin bonded, n…

  • Bonar

    Bonar

    January 1, 2006
    (formerly Colbond) Location: Arnhem, The Netherlands Sales: $184 million Description: Key Personnel Jan van Boldrik, CEO; Axel Poscher, vice president; Bart Austin, president Colbond Inc.; Randy Cook, director sales and marketing flooring; Harry…

  • Propex Fabrics

    Propex Fabrics

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Ringgold, GA Sales: $200 million Description: Key Personnel Joe Dana, president and CEO; W. Michael Coffin, executive vice president and COO; Phil Barnes, vice president, CFO and treasurer; Lee McCarter, executive vice president and CF…

  • Companhia Providencia

    Companhia Providencia

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Parana, Brazil Sales: $220 million Description: Plant Location São Jose Pinhais-Paraná, Brazil Key Personnel Milan Starostik, chairman, Ana Seles, Starostik, commercial director; William Starostik, marketing director, Romeo…

  • Hollingsworth & Vose

    Hollingsworth & Vose

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Walpole, MA Sales: $187 Million Description: Key Personnel Val Hollingsworth, president and CEO; David von Loesecke, vice president and general manager, engine and industrial filtration and high efficiency and specialty filtration; Tom Wh…

  • Fibertex

    Fibertex

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Aalborg, Denmark Sales: $190 million Description: Key Personnel Knud Waede Hansen, managing director; Mikael Staal Axelsen, general manager, Personal Care Division;  Jorgen Bech Madsen, general manager, Technical Division; Etienne…

  • Avgol

    Avgol

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Tel-Aviv, Israel Sales: $160 million Description: Key Personnel Shuki Goldwasser, chairman; Nir Peleg, CEO; Achai Bonneh, vice president of technology Plants Tel Aviv, Israel; Mocksville, NC, China, Eastern Europe ISO Status ISO 9002 Ce…

  • Buckeye

    Buckeye

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Memphis, TN Sales: $241 million Description: Key Personnel Marko Rajamaa,  vice president, Nonwovens; Chip Aiken, senior vice president, nanufacturing;  Mike Brown,  Non­wovens Sales Manager—Americas and Far East;…

  • Johns Manville

    Johns Manville

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Denver, CO Sales: $530 million Description: Key Personnel Dion Persson, senior vice president, engineered products group; Fred Stephan, vice president for high performance nonwovens; Zain Mahmood, vice president for construction materi…

  • Fiberweb

    Fiberweb

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Old Hickory, TN Sales: $1.1 billion Description: BBA Fiberweb - Industrial North America Old Hickory, TN BBA Fiberweb - Hygiene Americas Simpsonville, SC Plants Bethune, SC; Green Bay, WI; Gray Court, SC; Griswoldville, MA; Queretaro, Me…

  • PGI

    PGI

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Charlotte, NC Sales: $948 million Description: Key Personnel James Schaeffer, chief executive officer; Willis (Billy) Moore, III, chief financial officer; Mike Hale, vice president and general manager—U.S. Nonwovens; Fernando Espino…

  • Ahlstrom

    Ahlstrom

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Helsinki, Finland Sales: $928 million Description: Personnel Jukka Moisio, president and CEO; Randal Davis, senior vice president and general manager, filtration; Claudio Ermondi, senior vice president and general manager, nonwovens; T…

  • Kimberly-Clark

    Kimberly-Clark

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Dallas, TX Sales: $1.2 billion Description: Key Personnel Thomas Falk, chairman and CEO; Rosalind Brewer, president, Global Nonwovens Operations and Technology and Mark Foreste, vice president, Partnership Products Business Plants Corint…

  • DuPont

    DuPont

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Wilmington, DE Sales: $1.35 billion Description: Key Personnel Matt Trerotola, vice president and general manager DuPont Nonwovens; Mahesh Mansukhani, global business director-Tyvek/Typar and Nigel Budden, global business director-Sont…

  • Freudenberg

    Freudenberg

    January 1, 2006
    Location: Weinheim, Germany Sales: $1.4 billion Description: "Key Personnel Management Board: Stephan Tanda, president and CEO, Dr. René Wollert, CFO; Walter Schwarz, managing director, North America; Georg Brasch, managing director,…

  • Kotex Rolls Into Turkey

    December 28, 2005
    Hogla-Kimberly Ltd., an associated company, has begun rolling out Kotex feminine hygiene products in Turkey as part of its strategy of exanding activity in the country. While further brand launches have not yet been announced in Turkey, the company h…

  • Koch Finalizes G-P Acquisition

    December 27, 2005
    Koch Industries has successfully completed its $21  billion acquisition of Georgia-Pacific Corporation. Georgia-Pacific will retain its name and operate from its Atlanta headquarters as a privately held, indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Koch…

  • Ahlstrom Continues To Invest In Filtration

    December 22, 2005
    Ahlstrom Corporation has announced its second filtration-related acquisition this week. The Helsinki, Finland-based company will acquire FiberMark’s North American absorbent materials business to help it grow in specialty filtration markets. Th…

  • Uni-Charm To Take Over Saudi Producer

    December 22, 2005
    Japanese diaper producer Uni-Charm plans to acquire 51% of Gulf Hygiene Industries, a Saudi hygiene product manufacturer. The transaction will result in Gulf Hygiene becoming a Uni-Charm subsidiary effective this month. Established in 1992, Gulf Hygi…

  • PCC Acquires GlobeTec

    December 22, 2005
    Roll goods producer and converter Precision Custom Coatings LLC (PCC), Totowa, NJ, has acquired GlobeTec Incorporated, a Maryland-based needlepunch nonwoven filtration product manufacturer. GlobeTec Incorporated has been renamed Precision Textiles, a…

  • K-C Invests In Turkey

    December 20, 2005
    Kimberly-Clark will invest $120 million in production in Turkey over the next five years and create about 1,000 jobs. The maker of Huggies diapers said in July it would cut its workforce by about 10% and  close or sell 20 plants as it works to i…

  • Ahlstrom Expands Filtration Through Lantor Buy

    December 19, 2005
    Ahlstrom Corporation has acquired the filtration business of Lantor, Inc. including its U.S. manufacturing site and Chinese operation. The transaction reinforces Ahlstrom's position in the automotive and air filtration markets by adding additional ne…

  • Celanese Announces Expansion

    December 13, 2005
    Celanese Corporation will build a 300,000 metric ton, world-scale vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) plant at the company's Nanjing, China chemical complex. The plant is expected to be operational in late 2007 or early 2008. The VAM plant will receive aceti…

  • Playtex Will Stay In Delaware

    December 12, 2005
    Playtex Products will partner with the State of Delaware to maintain its Dover site, which has been operational since 1937. The Dover site manufactures Playtex tampons and Drop-In’s disposable bottle insert liners and contains administrative of…

  • DSM Divests Polypropylene Compound Business

    December 8, 2005
    Fiberfil Engineered Plastics has acquired DSM Engineering Plastics’ North American custom compounding polypropylene business as well as a  manufacturing site in Stoney Creek, ON Canada. The sale of its polypropylene compound business is an…

  • Trilobal Fiber

    December 8, 2005
    Viscose manufacturer Kelheim Fibres GmbH is a leading producer of speciality fibers for the nonwovens industry. With its trilobal Galaxy fiber it is the largest supplier worldwide for tampon fibers. Just recently Kelheim has added Viloft nonwoven to…

  • Furniture Flammability Standards Move Forward

    Peter Mayberry and Jessica Franken || December 8, 2005
    CPSC continues work on regulatory options

  • The Great Nonwovens Sell-Off

    Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor || December 8, 2005
    Who Will Be Next?

  • Review & Forecast

    December 8, 2005
    As 2005 draws to a close, nonwovens executives describe the year as positive for the industry.

  • It

    It's What's Inside That Counts

    Ellen Wuagneux, Associate Editor || December 8, 2005
    nonwovens play expanding role in automotive interiors

  • Hygiene Component Suppliers Provide Form, Fit and Function

    Hygiene Component Suppliers Provide Form, Fit and Function

    December 8, 2005
    pricing pressures, demands for innovation continue to define industry

  • DelStar Gains Investor

    December 7, 2005
    American Capital Strategies has invested $114 million in the One Stop Buyout  of DelStar Technologies Inc., a manufacturer of highly-engineered, thermoplastic nonwoven products for  filtration, healthcare and industrial applications. Americ…

  • India Nonwovens Industry To Expand

    December 6, 2005
    Nahar Spinning Mills, an Indian producer of wovens, is planning to add nonwovens production to its repertoire through the establishment of a spunlace line in Mandideep, Bhopal. The new line is expected to come online next year when it will target mai…

  • FiberMark Reorganization Plan Approved

    December 5, 2005
    The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Vermont has confirmed FiberMark’s Plan of Reorganization, setting the stage for the company's emergence from chapter 11 as a private company in early January 2006. The plan, dated November 1, 200…

  • High-tech Nonwovens For Unusual Applications

    December 2, 2005
    Fritz Landolt AG was founded in Nafels, Switzerland in 1884 and was originally a producer of ropes.

  • INDA Trade Board Adopts Positions

    December 1, 2005
    INDA’s International Trade Advisory Board (ITAB) has adopted two new position statements on global trade issues with the potential of impacting the nonwoven fabrics industry. The first statement, ITAB Support for All U.S. Free Trade Agreemen…

  • Foss Continues Operations, Despite Troubles

    December 1, 2005
    Executives from beleagured Foss Manufacturing Company have testified that sales and revenue collections have been strong since the Hampton, NH-based needlepunch manufacturer filed for bankruptcy protection in September.  According to a report fi…

  • Buckeye Announces Management Changes

    November 30, 2005
    Buckeye Technologies has recently made several management changes. Among them, F. Gray Carter will become vice president, purchasing and logistics. Mr. Carter, who previously served as the company's vice president, commercial development-cotton, will…

  • K-Cs Lehman To Leave Next Year

    November 30, 2005
    Kimberly-Clark announced the retirement next year 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 business…

  • Filtration 2005 Is A Success

    November 30, 2005
    With the business of filtration continuing to play a vital role in the personal and business lives of people and companies around the globe, the Filtration 2005 International Conference and Exposition drew a record number of exhibitors and more than…

  • Lenzing and Zimmer Conclude Licensing Agreement

    November 29, 2005
    Lenzing and Zimmer AG, an enterprise of the GEA Group, have concluded a licensing agreement on the extended application of lyocell fiber technology, amicably bringing an end to previous differences concerning patent issues. Zimmer AG may use some Len…

  • INDA Implements Changes To ITAB Structure

    November 29, 2005
    INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, has announced that its International Trade Advisory Board (ITAB) has adopted a new leadership structure and succession plan to formalize the process for selecting its future leaders. The new structu…

  • SINCE 2005 Date Announced

    November 28, 2005
    The 11th Shanghai International Nonwovens Conference and Exhibition (SINCE 2005) held in September 2005 at the Intex Exhibition Centre in Shanghai, featured more than 300 exhibitors including many of the big names in the international nonwovens indus…

  • PGI Secures Refinancing

    November 28, 2005
    Polymer Group, Inc. has successfully closed and received proceeds from its new $455 million syndicated credit facility arranged by Citigroup Global Markets, Inc. The refinancing will positively impact the company’s cash flow due to its signific…