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Published March 1, 2005
Kay Obendorf, professor of textiles and apparel at Cornell University, has vacated her post as vice president and assumed the role of president of The Fiber Society. Phil Gibson, materials research engineer with the U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center,… Read More »
Published March 1, 2005
Douglas Dowdell was named senior vice president, Nonwovens, at Buckeye Tech­nologies, Memphis, TN. Mr. Dowdell graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Forestry in 1980. He began his career with Buckeye’s wood pulp operations at Pe… Read More »
Published February 28, 2005
Dr. Otto Angleitner (DOA) has developed a thermal bonding oven to complement its Sheet Forming Line. The oven is engineered not only to handle the extremely high production of DOA Sheet Forming lines but also to be able to apply up to 250 kilos press… Read More »
Published February 28, 2005
FiberVisions, a business unit of Hercules Incorporated, will initiate a 10% price increase globally on all mono polypropylene and polyethylene fibers, effective March 15, 2005 for all new customers and for all existing customers as contracts allow. E… Read More »
Published February 28, 2005
Amantea Nonwovens has broken ground on the first minority-owned nonwoven fabric manufacturing facility in the U.S. The groundbreaking occurred in February at the TechSolve Business Park in Cincinnati. Among the speakers at the event were Ohio Governo… Read More »
Published February 28, 2005
Avgol America is planning a $24-30 million expansion to its production plant in Mocksville, NC that would add 40 to 50 jobs, according to a North Carolina transportation official. The NC Board of Transportation has agreed to pay up to $30,730 toward… Read More »
Published February 9, 2005
Israel’s Spuntech Industries is the latest spunlace manufacturer to announce plans to set up shop in the southeast U.S. The company announced in January is would establish its first U.S. manufacturing facility in Roxboro, NC, creating 60 jobs d… Read More »
Published February 9, 2005
Playtex Products will realign its business to improve focus on its core categories, reduce organizational complexity and obtain a more competitive cost structure. Once fully implemented, these initiatives are expected to enable the company to be more… Read More »
Published February 9, 2005
Hills, Inc., West Melbourne, FL, and Changyuan Elastan Machine Manufacturing Co., Ltd., Zhangjiagang City, China, have formed joint development in the field of meltspun spandex fiber extrusion equipment. Hills, a leader in multicomponent fiber extrus… Read More »
Published February 9, 2005
Wista GmbH, Schwaigern, Germany, has named Fi-Tech, Inc., Richmond, VA, as its representative serving the nonwovens, synthetic leather and converting industries in all NAFTA countries. Wista is recognized as the world leader in punch perforation equi… Read More »
Published February 9, 2005
Pliant Corporation will invest $15 million dollars to expand value-added production capacity at the company's personal care and food products manufacturing facilities in North America. The facilities are located in McAlester, OK; Macedon, NY and Wash… Read More »
Published February 9, 2005
EDANA, the sponsor of INDEX 05, will launch a new event at the April nonwovens exhibition. The Nonwovens Research Academy is geared toward providing an exchange of ideas and research results, encouraging the development of technical knowledge to supp… Read More »
Published February 2, 2005
Ahlstrom will expand its capacity for solvent-treated filtration materials sold primarily to the automotive filtration market. The expansion will be accomplished during the next three years through a series of small investments across the global Ahls… Read More »
Published February 2, 2005
Consumer products giant Procter & Gamble will acquire 100% of The Gillette Company, the maker of Mach3 and Venus razors and blades, Oral-B toothcare products and Duracell CopperTop batteries. The transaction is valued at approximately $57 billion… Read More »
Published February 2, 2005
Kimberly-Clark’ssales advanced about 8% to $3.9 billion, establishing an all-time quarterly record, during the fourth quarter of 2004. The increase was driven by higher sales volumes of the company's health and hygiene brands, up about 5%, and… Read More »
Published February 2, 2005
Procter & Gamble reported sales increased 9% to nearly $14.5 billion during the October-to-December quarter. Net earnings increased 12% to $2.04 billion. Baby and family care delivered strong results in the quarter with volume increasing 6% an… Read More »
Published February 2, 2005
Buckeye Technologies announced that it earned $2.9 million after tax in the quarter ended December 31, 2004. The company’s results include $7.4 million after tax in impairment costs relating to the previously announced closure of its facility i… Read More »
Published February 1, 2005
New from Maxson Automatic Machinery Company is a nonwovens cutter designed to operate at speeds up to 300 cuts per minute. The use of air at the cutter and the vacuum transfer roll allow the unit to handle lightweight and flimsy stock at higher opera… Read More »
Published February 1, 2005
Polymer Group Inc. has appointed James Schaeffer, its CEO, to the company’s board of directors. The appointment brings the board’s size to eight members. Mr. Schaeffer has been CEO of PGI since March 2003. During this time, the company ha… Read More »
Published January 20, 2005
Web Industries has purchased the assets of the converting services division of KT Industries. This acquisition involves only KT's Fort Wayne, IN operation, not the on-going operation in Winnipeg, Manitoba. KT's converting services division, which wil… Read More »
Published January 20, 2005
FiberMark has filed a notice advising the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Vermont that it has filed a notice advising the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Vermont that disagreements among bondholder members of the company's credito… Read More »
Published January 11, 2005
Johns Manville will build a new polyester spunbond production line in Bobingen, Germany. The line, which represents an investment of more than E30 million for the Berkshire Hathaway company, is part of a strategic plan to meet the rising demand for r… Read More »
Published January 11, 2005
DuPont will purchase The Dow Chemical Company's remaining equity interest in the companies' joint venture DuPont Dow Elastomers (DDE) for $87 million once Dow exercises an option to acquire certain assets of the company. The assets will primarily rel… Read More »
Published January 11, 2005
The Freudenberg Politex Group is establishing a nonwovens production facility in Russia's Nizhniy Novgorod region. The newly formed subsidiary Freudenberg Politex OOO, founded in September 2004, will begin renovating a recently purchased building to… Read More »
Published January 11, 2005
Rohm and Haas Company opened a new legal entity in Gebze/Turkey, located 50 km east of Istanbul, in early January. Named, Rohm and Haas Kimyasal Ürünler Dagitim ve Ticaret A.S., the entity will be a marketing and sales office serving the te… Read More »
Published January 11, 2005
Filtration Group has entered into an alliance with Mikropor, a Turkish filter manufacturing company.  The partnership will allow both companies to broaden their gas turbine product lines and expand their global presence.  Filtration Group a… Read More »
Owens-Corning
Published January 1, 2005
Location: Aiken, SC Sales: $191 Million Description: Key Personnel   North & South America: Boudewijn Morelissen—General Manager; Europe & Asia-Pacific:  Steven Vermeulen—General Manager Plants Aiken, SC; Ft.… Read More »
Kuraray
Published January 1, 2005
Location: Osaka, Japan Sales: $71 million Description: Key Personnel Nobuaki Sumita, president, Kuraray Kuraflex Plants Okayama, Saijo and Ibaragi Processes Resin bonded, thermal bonded, spunlaced and meltblown Brand names Kuraf… Read More »
KNH Enterprises
Published January 1, 2005
Location: Taipei, Taiwan Sales: $65 Million Description: Key Personnel J.C. Tai, president and owner; Dr. Kirk Hwang, vice president corporate planning and international operations; George Wong, hygiene business director; Herman Tai, industria… Read More »
Lantor
Published January 1, 2005
Location: Veenendaal, The Netherlands Sales: $53 million Description: Key Personnel Nico Boot, managing director; Albert Feyts, finance director, Paul Verwoerd, sales and marketing director, Jan Sikkenga, production director ISO Status ISO… Read More »
Unitika
Published January 1, 2005
Location: Osaka, Japan Sales: $85 Million Description: Key Personnel Masaru Tsugawa, general manager, spunbond fabrics division; Hiroshi Kawasaki, general manager, spunbond fabrics sales Plants Okazaki and Tarui, Japan Processes Spunbo… Read More »
Textilgruppe Hof
Published January 1, 2005
Location: Hof/Saale, Germany Sales: $91 million Description: Textilgruppe Hof AG Hof/Saale, Germany Tel: 49-9281-4980 E-mail: info@eswegee.com Web: www.textilgruppe.com Eswegee Vliesstoff GmbH A company of Textilgruppe Hof Fabrikzeile 21, 95208 Ho… Read More »
Fitesa
Published January 1, 2005
Location: Gravatai, Brazil Sales: $37 million Description: Plant Locations Gravataí, Rio Grande do Sul state, and Horizonte, Ceará state, Brazil Key Personnel Silvério Baranzano, director; Daniel Svirski, sales and marketin… Read More »
Suominen
Published January 1, 2005
Location: Nakkila, Finland Sales: $93.5 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;… Read More »
Foss Manufacturing
Published January 1, 2005
Location: Hampton, NH Sales: $157 million Description: Key Personnel Stephen Foss, president and CEO, David Rowell, executive vice president and COO, (New CFO to be named shortly.) Plants Hampton, NH; Pulversheim, France ISO Status All… Read More »
Toray Advanced Materials
Published January 1, 2005
Location: Seoul, Korea Sales: $80 million Description: Plant Locations Gumi, Kyungsang-Bukdo, South Korea Key Personnel Y.K. Lee/President and CEO, Y.K. Kim, senior vice president; Shigeto Fukuda, senior vice president Processes Spunbond PP, PET… Read More »
Andrew Industries
Published January 1, 2005
Location: Manchester, U.K. Sales: $89 million Description: Plants South Carolina, Missouri, China, U.K. Processes Needlepunch, thermal bonded Brand names Southern Felt, Slater Felt, Bondex, Andres, Webron Marling Major Markets Filtration Ma… Read More »
Lydall Inc
Published January 1, 2005
Location: Manchester , CT Sales: $126 million Description: Key Personnel W. Leslie Duffy, chairman of the board, David Freeman, president and CEO; Christopher Skomorowski, executive vice president and COO; Thomas Smith, vice president, chief fin… Read More »
Mitsui Chemical
Published January 1, 2005
Location: Tokyo, Japan Sales: $127 Million Description: Key Personnel Toshimi Hachimori, general manager, functional fabricated products division Plants Yokkaichi and Iwakuni Processes Spunbonded, needlepunched, meltblown, thermal bonded Brand N… Read More »
Toyobo
Published January 1, 2005
Location: Osaka, Japan Sales: $145 million Description: Key Personnel Kazumasa Kayama, general manager, spunbond division of Toyobo; Yukio Kawasaki, president of Kureha Plants Tsuruga, Iwakuni and Shiga Processes Spunbond, needlepunch, resin b… Read More »
Georgia-Pacific
Published January 1, 2005
Location: Atlanta, GA Sales: $139 Million Description: Key Personnel   Mike Burandt, president, consumer business, North America; Bill Shultz, president, European consumer business; Paul Farren, vice president & general manager Nonwoven… Read More »
Jacob Holm
Published January 1, 2005
Location: Allschwil, Switzerland Sales: $91 million Description: Key personnel Poul Mikkelsen, chairman; Peter Stoffel, CEO; Jack Richardson, COO; Ingo Johannsen, CFO; Michael Norboge, vice president of Personal & Home Care; Claudia De Buman, v… Read More »
Pegas A/S
Published January 1, 2005
Location: Znojmo, Czech Republic Sales: $93 million Description: Key Personnel Milos Bogdan, managing director, Frantisek Klaska, technical director; Frantisek Rezac, commercial director Plants Znojmo, Bucovice, Czech Republic ISO Status ISO-9… Read More »
Asahi Kasei
Published January 1, 2005
Location: Tokyo, 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/Coldon sales Plan… Read More »
Sandler
Published January 1, 2005
Location: Schwarzenbach/Saale, Germany Sales: $162 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 St… Read More »
British Vita
Published January 1, 2005
Location: Manchester, U.K. Sales: $170 million Description: Key Personnel David Cottrell, non-executive chairman; D.A. Campbell, CEO; J.J. Van Beijeren, director responsible for nonwovens Plants Belgium, France, Sweden, U.K., U.S. IS… Read More »
Japan Vilene
Published January 1, 2005
Location: Tokyo, Japan Sales: $197 million Description: Key Personnel Yutaka Tanaka, president; Kazunori Imamura, managing director; Yoshiaki Mizutani, director; Mitsuo Kanno, managing director Plants Shiga and Tokyo, Japan Processes Resin bon… Read More »
Bonar
Published January 1, 2005
(formerly Colbond) Location: Arnhem, The Netherlands Sales: $265 million Description: Colbond Inc. Enka, NC Key Personnel Jan van Boldrik, CEO; Axel Poscher, vice president; Bart Austin, president Colbond Inc.; Randy Cook, director sales and ma… Read More »
Propex Fabrics
Published January 1, 2005
Location: Austell, GA Sales: $82 million Description: Key Personnel Donald Mercer, CEO; Jim Bryja, vice president, sales and marketing; Edmund Merchlinsky, vice president, business management; Rush Clark, vice president, supply chain; Tom Lahey,… Read More »
TWE Group (Lohman)
Published January 1, 2005
Location: Dierdorf, Germany Sales: $158 million Description: Key Personnel Michael Haddon, managing director Plant Dierdorf, Germany ISO Status ISO 9001 Processes Drylaid, chemical bonded, thermal bonded, needlepunched, airthrough bonded… Read More »