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  • P&G Revamps Diaper Pricing

    November 23, 2005
    Procter & Gamble will roll back part of this summer's U.S. price increase on diapers next month but raise prices on its premium diapers in April. Effective Dec. 5, the Cincinnati, OH-based company will lower Pampers prices 2.8% and Luvs prices 3.…

  • Ahlstrom Invests In Turin Plant

    November 23, 2005
    Ahlstrom is investing €7 million in a new cogeneration facility at its Turin, Italy plant. The new facility, due for completion in early 2007, will secure a competitive supply of steam and electricity to serve the energy needs of Ahlstrom’…

  • Asahi Kasei Makes Spandex Acquisition

    November 22, 2005
    Asahi Kasei says it has signed a memorandum of understanding to purchase Lanexess’ Dorlastan spandex business including production facilities in Dormagen, Germany and Bushy Park, SC. Lanxess’s annual spandex capacity is 9000 metric tons a…

  • Kuester Gains New Owner

    November 18, 2005
    Austrian manufacturing equipment maker Andritz is acquiring 60% of the paper business of German firm Eduard Kuesters Maschinenfabrik. Kuesters, a unit of Jagenberg AG, supplies calendaring rolls and other equipment to the paper, nonwoven and textile…

  • Spandex Maker Adds Capacity

    November 18, 2005
    Spandex maker RadiciSpandex has added capacity of its Type S-17OC spandex for the baby diaper market at its plant in Tuscaloosa, AL.  RadiciSpandex has stepped up production of S-17PC, which is now a more robust and stronger fiber that allows be…

  • Lenzing To Raise Prices In 2006

    November 18, 2005
    The Lenzing Group, will  increase prices of its manmade cellulosic fibers by at least 5% at the beginning of the first quarter 2006. The exact price increases will depend on the fiber type and new  new prices apply to textile and nonwoven f…

  • Playtex Streamlines

    November 17, 2005
    Playtex Products has sold its non-core brand assets including Baby Magic, Mr. Bubble, Ogilvie, Binaca, Dorothy Gray, Dentax, Tek, Tussy, Chubs, and Better Off. The brands were sold to Cenuco, Inc., parent company of Lander, a health and beauty care p…

  • Spunbond Drive Continues At BBA

    November 17, 2005
    Fiberweb, BBA Group’s nonwovens business, will invest $25 million in adding a 20,000 meter per year Reifenhauser 4 spunbond production line at its Norrköping, Sweden nonwovens facility. The 5.2 meter line, which will replace existing techn…

  • Kuraray Explores New Technology

    November 16, 2005
    Japanese roll goods producer Kuraray Kuraflex is initiating a pilot plant capable of making a new type of nonwoven. This material is made by twining fibers with stream spray through technology devloped jointly by Kuraray Kuraflex and MRE. Kuraray Kur…

  • San-Dia Responds To China's Thirst For SAP

    November 15, 2005
    San-Dia Polymers’ superabsorbent polymer plant in China, which began production last spring, has been so successful the Japanese company plans to expand its presence there. The existing 20,000 tons capacity will be enhanced with an additional 3…

  • Trim Removal System

    November 15, 2005
    Converter Accessories has added the new FX 1.5 to its family of Fox Trim­Away and Fox Runner venturi trim removal systems. Requested by customers looking for another option, the FX1.5 is significantly smaller than the FX2 and less costly. The FX1…

  • Slitting System

    November 15, 2005
    Dienes Werke has introduced the Twin Cut fully automatic slitting system designed to process products, such as paper, film, foil and nonwovens by utilizing a set of identical knives on the top and bottom, which employ non-compression (NC) technology.…

  • Multifunctional Wipe

    November 15, 2005
    New from Market Quest are Dry Scrub Wipes featuring dry active ingredients into open web forming structures. These highloft structures of nonwoven substrates have an open inner or middle core, in addition to a flat top and bottom. In addition, these…

  • Director Of Global Marketing and Sales

    November 15, 2005
    Tredegar Film Products has named Stephen Pouliot director of global marketing and sales. Mr. Pouliot was most recently director of towel category management with Georgia-Pacific Corp­oration.  He joined Georgia-Pacific (formerly Fort Howard…

  • DuPont Nonwovens Names New VP and GM

    November 15, 2005
    Matthew Trerotola has been named vice president and general manager of DuPont Nonwovens, the world’s second largest nonwovens producer. Formerly business director, industrial solutions—DuPont Chemical Solutions Enterprise, Mr. Trerotola r…

  • Additional Countries Seek Entry Into WTO

    Peter Mayberry and Jessica Franken || November 15, 2005
    Saudi Arabia, Russia Must Open Markets As Condition of Membership

  • Converting Nonwovens For Improved Product Features

    Converting Nonwovens For Improved Product Features

    November 15, 2005
    converters offer medical and hygiene producers new ways to meet product development challenges

  • Huggies Supreme Named America's Favorite Diapers By Consumer Mag

    November 15, 2005
    Kimberly-Clark Corporation's Huggies Supreme diapers have been named America's Favorite Diapers by American Baby magazine. Huggies Supreme received the honor in connection with the 2005 "American Baby Best of Year AMBY Awards."  year,…

  • Koch Industries to Acquire Georgia-Pacific

    November 15, 2005
    Georgia-Pacific is set to become a privately held, wholly owned subsidiary of Koch Industries following a deal whereby Koch will acquire the consumer goods and construction materials company in a $48 per share cash tender offer. The transaction has a…

  • Feminine Hygiene in Europe

    Feminine Hygiene in Europe

    November 15, 2005
    new products give women more choices

  • The Filtration Evolution

    The Filtration Evolution

    November 15, 2005
    growth continues as this highly technical nonwovens sector faces new demands and challenges

  • Ahlstrom To Expand In France

    November 9, 2005
    Ahlstrom will invest € 30 in an expansion of its supercalendered release base paper capacity in La Gère, France. Scheduled for early 2007, the investment will include modification of several components of the La Gère PM 6 paper mac…

  • Eastman Announces Expansion

    November 9, 2005
    Eastman Chemical Company will expand production of hydrogentated hydrocarbon resin by 25% at its Middelburg, The Netherlands facility. The planned completion date for the expansion is September 2006. "Throughout the world, demand for Eastman hyd…

  • K-C To Increase Prices 6%

    November 9, 2005
    In response to inflationary pressure from higher raw material and energy costs, consumer goods giant Kimberly-Clark will raise prices on bathroom tissue, paper towels, napkins and flushable wipes on average 6%. The levy is expected to occur in Februa…

  • Ahlstrom, SAAF Partner in Medical Market

    November 8, 2005
    Nonwovens producers Ahlstrom Corporation and Saudi Arabia-based Advanced Fabrics (SAAF) have formed a strategic alliance for the sale of SAAF’s Medalon range of spunbond/meltblown medical drape and gown fabrics. This cooperation allows both com…

  • G-P To Expand Gypsum Production

    November 7, 2005
    The board of Georgia-Pacific has approved capital funding of more than $100 million for the expansion of its Savannah, GA gypsum facility. This expansion, along with other modernization programs across the company's gypsum division, will support the…

  • Industry Mourns J. Richard Mallon

    November 4, 2005
    J. Richard Mallon, 67, passed away on October 31, 2005. Mr. Mallon served as senior marketing manager for Scott Paper Co. for 35 years before retiring as director of the nonwovens division. After that, he owned and operated JRM Associates, Inc. in Cl…

  • A.S. Nonwovens To Ad Rieter Perfojet Line

    November 3, 2005
    A.S. Nonwovens will install a second spunlace line, supplied by Rieter Perfojet, in its Gaziantep, Turkey facility. The company’s first Rieter line began operating in March 2002 and has mainly served the disposable wipes and artificial leather…

  • BBA Group Looks To Sell Off Nonwovens

    November 3, 2005
    London’s BBA Group has announced plans to separate its Fiberweb business through a variety of options including demerger or sale. The Fiberweb business, which comprises BBA’s large nonwovens operation, reported sales above $1 billion last…

  • DuPont Donates Tyvek for Katrina Victims

    November 3, 2005
    Thousands of pounds of envelope material made from Tyvek nonwovens will be used to make 1.2 million protective sleeves for debit cards. Tyvek maker DuPont Nonwovens has donated the Tyvek  to the American Red Cross, which is distributing debit ca…

  • J. H. Ziegler Grows in Central Europe

    November 1, 2005
    J.H. Ziegler will start production of nonwovens in Hungary during the second quarter of 2006. The Achern, Germany-based company will build a new facility on an 18,000 square meter lot near Bábolna  in northwest Hungary in a reported $4.2…

  • PGI Sales Continue Upward Trend

    November 1, 2005
    Sales increased 11.6% to $228.2 million during the third quarter for Polymer Group, Inc.; gross profit increased 9.5% to $38.9 million. For the first nine months of 2005, sales increased 14% to $708 million while profit increased 13.1% to $124 millio…

  • Plans Being Made for TANDEC Conference

    October 31, 2005
    The TANDEC Nonwovens Conference at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville is moving from late Fall to April for future years, at the urging of its participants and also to avoid the hurricane aftermaths of recent experience.  In 2006, the 15th…

  • Ahlstrom Reports Third Quarter Results

    October 31, 2005
    Ahlstrom Corporation’s sales were €381.9 million for the third quarter compared to €393 million during the same quarter of last year. Operating profit was €33.7 million compared to €18.6 million the prior year. According to…

  • Five Finalists Named for 2006 Visionary Award

    October 28, 2005
    Five unique consumer products—ranging from a disaster relief blanket to a host of personal and household care items from the industry’s leading manufacturers – have been nominated as finalists for the prestigious 2006 Visionary Awar…

  • Triad To Centralize Operations

    October 28, 2005
    Triad Group has announced plans for a new combined headquarters and manufacturing facility in Hartland, WI. The new facility, to be completed in Fall 2006, will have more than 250,000 square feet and combine all operations currently spread among the…

  • Playtex Sales Down Slightly

    October 28, 2005
    Playtex Products, Inc. reported sales decreased 1% to $146 million for the third quarter. For the first nine months, sales decreased 3% to $510 million. Net income for the third quarter was $3.4 million compared to $1.4 million last year. Growth refl…

  • Automotives Sales Boost Lydall

    October 27, 2005
    Lydall’s sales increased 6.2% to $75 million during the third quarter. Income was $1.4 million compared to $0.9 million last year. For the nine-month period, sales increased 5.2% to $229 million. Growth was attributed to continued strong automo…

  • Suominen Sales Decrease

    October 27, 2005
    Suominen Corporation’s net sales decreased to €149.8 million during the first nine months of 2005 compared €170.4 million during the same period of last year. Operating profit also decreased, from €7.8 million to €1.9 millio…

  • Buckeye Posts 3Q Loss

    October 27, 2005
    Buckeye Technologies sales decreased 1% to $165.5 million during the first quarter ended September 30, 2005. The company also incurred a $0.3 million loss during the quarter due to a $1.3 million after tax in early extinguishment of debt costs and re…

  • K-C 3Q Profits Fall On Charges

    October 27, 2005
    Profits dropped 26% during the third quarter for Kimberly-Clark due largely to charges related to streamlining the company’s business. Earnings declined to $325.2 million from $441.3 million while sales climbed 6% to $4 billion. Sales were buoy…

  • Raw Material Costs Drive Down G-P Profits

    October 27, 2005
    Georgia-Pacific Corp., the world's top maker of paper towels and toilet paper, reported a 40% dip in profits during the third quarter. The decrease from $240 million to $145 million  was blamed on rising energy and raw material prices with expan…

  • DuPont Nonwovens Gets New Leader

    October 20, 2005
    Matthew Trerotola has been named vice president and general manager of DuPont Nonwovens, the world's second largest nonwovens producer. Formerly business director, industrial solutions-DuPont Chemical Solutions Enterprise, Mr. Trerotola, replaced Mar…

  • Rayonier Sells Airlaid Business

    October 20, 2005
    Rayonier, the maker of Novathin airlaid absorbent core material, has entered into an agreement to sell its Engineered Absorbent Materials business (EAM Corporation) to a New York-based private equity firm. The division will continue to operate under…

  • Clopay Acquires Remaining Shares of Clopay do Brasil

    October 20, 2005
    Clopay Plastic Products Company has strengthened its Latin American business with the purchase of the remaining minority share of Clopay do Brasil from the Beda family. Established in 2001 and based in São Paulo, Clopay do Brasil is a leading…

  • Nissan Adds Interior Filtration On Three Models

    October 19, 2005
    Freudenberg’s MicronAir air filters are now featured in three Nissan lightweight trucks—the Xterra, Pathfinder and Frontier. The cabin air filters remove harmful particles such as tailpipe emissions, pet dander and mold spores, from the a…

  • SCA Adds Underwear Line

    October 19, 2005
    Activewear, a revolutionary new line of protective underwear. This launch reinforces SCA's position as an innovative industry player reaching consumers with bladder weakness. The innovative product, according to Charles St-Maurice, president of SCA P…

  • Conwed To Acquire Netlon

    October 13, 2005
    Conwed, a Minneapolis, MN-based supplier of high-performance netting, will acquire Netlon from Tensar International. Headquartered in Blackburn, U.K., Netlon manufactures products for filtration, industrial parts protection, agricultural and ground s…

  • Polyfelt Sold In 70 Million Deal

    October 12, 2005
    Austrian geotextiles specialist Polyfelt GmbH has been sold for €70 million to technical textiles powerhouse Royal Ten Cate (RTC), headquartered in The Netherlands. The acquisition represents a strategic step in RTC's "buy-and-build" p…

  • Asahi To Expand In Medical Market

    October 5, 2005
    Plans are underway at leading Japanese producer Asahi Kasei Medical to expand its sale of PET-based meltblown blood purification filters into the global market. The company reports steady growth in Japan stemming from the products’ success in t…