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  • 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…

  • 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…