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  • Ahlstrom To Add Nanofiber Line

    September 21, 2005
    Plans are underway at Ahlstrom Corporation, Helsinki, Finland, to add proprietary nanofiber production capabilities in North America, particularly for its filtration business. The new line will allow Ahlstrom to apply nanofibers to a variety of filtr…

  • PGI Donates Blankets For Katrina Victims

    September 21, 2005
    Polymer Group Inc.’s Chicopee division has donated a truckload of blankets for victims of Hurricane Katrina and other emergencies. Designed to protect victims from sun, water and wind, the two-sided blankets are made of a new type of lighter we…

  • K-C Launches Kleenguard Garments In India

    September 21, 2005
    Kleenguard protective garments are being introduced in India by disposable product giant Kimberly-Clark. The products target the pharmaceutical, automotive and food processing industries. According to Graham Bennett, group general manager, South Asia…

  • Michelman Makes Acquisition

    September 13, 2005
    Cincinnati, OH-based raw material supplier Michelman has acquired the 50% interest in Michelman Asia-Pacific Pte. Ltd. previously held by Drex-Chem Industries Pte. Ltd. Michelman Asia-Pacific—a 50/50 joint venture between Michelman and Drez Che…

  • Vision Conference To Relocate

    September 13, 2005
    Due to damage caused by Hurricane Katrina, INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, will relocate the Vision 2006 Consumer Products Conference. Formerly slated to take place at the Sheraton New Orleans in New Orleans, LA, the event will be…

  • Dow Declares Force Majeure

    September 13, 2005
    The Dow Chemical Company, Midland, MI, has declared force majeure for all ethyleneamine products produced at the Union Carbide facilities at its St. Charles Operations (SCO) in Hahnville, LA. “We are assessing the full impact of Hurricane Katri…

  • Dan-Web Restructures

    September 13, 2005
    Dan-Web A/S has completed a corporate restructuring following a period of low order intake that the company attributes to excess capacity in the global airlaid industry. The three former companies Den-Webforming International A/S, Dan-Web Research &a…

  • DuPont To Launch Facility In Korea

    September 13, 2005
    DuPont, Wilmington, DE, has finalized an agreement with the Republic of Korea to build a $12 million nonwovens market development manufacturing facility in the province of Gyeong-gi, near Seoul. "This agreement is an example of DuPont executing…

  • PGI Updates Strategic Plans

    September 7, 2005
    Polymer Group, Inc. has updated its plans regarding the company's previously announced review of strategic alternatives. In May the company announced that it would begin reviewing strategic alternatives to maximize shareholder value that could incl…

  • Fiber Prices To Increase

    September 7, 2005
    Austrian cellulose fiber producer The Lenzing Group has announced plans to increase fiber prices beginning in the fourth quarter. Increases of at least 5%, depending on fiber type, are expected, taking effect October 1. The increases will apply to fi…

  • SCA India To Market AI Products

    September 7, 2005
    SCA Hygiene Products, a subsidiary of Sweden-based SCA group, has launched its incontinence products in the Indian market with a target of $70 million in turnover in the first year of operation. “The company has targeted 10 major cities in Indi…

  • DAK Americas Announces Force Majeure

    September 7, 2005
    In response to the recent hurricane on the U.S. Gulf Coast, DAK Americas has added a $.15/lb. price surcharge, effective September 5, 2005, to all of its staple fiber products sold to carpet, home furnishings, apparel, industrial and fiberfill market…

  • Specialty Fibers For Nonwovens Applications

    August 31, 2005
    The Germany-based manufacturer of viscose fibers Kelheim Fibres GmbH has released the trilobal fiber Galaxy within the nonwovens industry. Galaxy has previously been known for its role in the production of raw materials for the feminine hygiene indus…

  • Hughes Joins Sunoco

    August 31, 2005
    Henry Hughes has joined the chemicals business unit of Sunoco, Inc. (R&M) as senior account manager for polypropylene sales into the nonwovens industry. Mr. Hughes will be based in Charlotte and will be responsible for managing sales of polypropylene…

  • New Melt Additives JV Formed

    August 31, 2005
    Goulston Technologies, Inc., Monroe, NC, and Hammonton, NJ-based Polyvel, Inc. have formed a joint venture to manufacture and market melt additives for the global synthetic fiber and nonwovens industries. The venture will bring together the combined…

  • Avgol Expands in North Carolina

    August 31, 2005
    Avgol, a manufacturer of spunbond and spunbond-meltblown-spunbond (SMS) nonwoven materials for use in hygiene, healthcare, construction, agriculture and furniture, is expanding its U.S. operations with a further investment of NIS 135 million. This is…

  • International Top 40

    August 30, 2005
    a look at the leading nonwovens producers in the world

  • Product Development Trends In The Nonwovens Industry

    August 30, 2005
    various techniques for developing products are emerging

  • International Trade Developments

    Peter Mayberry - INDA Director of Government Affairs || August 30, 2005
    President Bush Signs DR-CAFTA; WTO Issues Preliminary Ruling Against U.S. In Export Tax Dispute

  • Nonwovens Industry Wants You

    Karen Bitz McIntyre || August 30, 2005
    It is interesting to note that—despite widespread reports of troubles, including unprecedented raw material price hikes, increased competition and difficulty in passing price increases on to customers—the nonwovens industry appears to be…

  • Specialty Fibers For Nonwovens Applications

    August 30, 2005
    The Germany-based manufacturer of viscose fibers, Kelheim Fibres GmbH, has released the trilobal fiber Galaxy within the nonwovens industry. Galaxy has previously been known for its role in the production of raw materials for the feminine hygiene ind…

  • EDANA Has Elected Chairman

    August 30, 2005
    EDANA has elected Knud Waede Hansen, managing director of Fibertex A/S, its chairman for a one-year term. He will be replacing Rolf Altdorf, who is group vice president of EMEA, PGI Nonwovens. Mr. Altdolf has notably diversified the company's members…

  • Regional Spotlight: China

    August 30, 2005
    INDA reports growth will slow but still remain high by Western standards

  • The Call for Composites

    August 30, 2005
    Creative fabric and fiber combinations help boost versatility in this busy segment

  • Machinery & Equipment Focus

    August 30, 2005
    a look at the latest innovations and company highlights from suppliers of machinery and equipment

  • APM To Boost Filtration Capacity

    August 29, 2005
    Awa Paper Manufacturing (APM), a leading Japanese producer of automotive air, oil and fuel filter systems, plans to increase its capacity to 6000 tons by the end of 2006 through the launch of a new production line at its Anan facility. Thai United Aw…

  • Filtration 2005 Conference Program Unveiled

    August 29, 2005
    Scheduled for November 15-17 at Navy Pier in Chicago, IL, Filtration 2005 International Conference and Exposition will feature a three-day conference program and is expected to attract thousands of filtration industry professionals, according to even…

  • Nihon Tokushu Toryo To Up Capacity

    August 29, 2005
    Plans for a capacity increase are underway at Nihon Tokushu Toryo, a Japanese producer of nonwoven automotive soundproofing materials. The company now produces enough materials for 240,000 cars on a monthly basis and plans to increase its capacity to…

  • Performance Fibers Finalizes Diolen Acquisition

    August 25, 2005
    Performance Fibers, Colonial Heights, VA, an affiliate of Sun Capital Partners, Inc., has acquired the North American business of Diolen Industrial Fibers, Inc. The acquisition is a key element of Performance Fibers' global growth strategy and will s…

  • Chinese Joint Venture Formed

    August 25, 2005
    In response to rapidly growing demand for feminine hygiene products in China, Daio Paper has established a joint venture with Sinar Mas Paper in the area of feminine hygiene products. The China-based venture is expected to produce 432 million pieces…

  • Foss Opens Regional Office

    August 24, 2005
    Foss Manufacturing Company, Hampton, NH, a specialist in both synthetic fibers and nonwoven roll goods, has opened a southeast regional office in Charlotte, NC to better serve the company’s growing clientele in the specialty fabric, upholstery…

  • Cotton Incorporated Introduces Nonwoven Seal

    August 23, 2005
    Cotton Incorporated, Cary, NC, has introduced a new seal specific to nonwoven products with the release of Costco’s Kirkland Signature Cotton Enhanced baby wipes. Available on shelves beginning in August, the wipes are the first nonwoven produc…

  • Frontal Tape Bonder

    August 17, 2005
    ATS Engineering S.r.l. and Herrmann Ultraschalltechnik GmbH & CO. KG has developed a module using Hermann's patented non-contact/non-wear technology with Microgap control to ultrasonically bond frontal tapes to the back sheet material of diapers…

  • Electrostatic Conductor

    August 17, 2005
    The latest innovation from Gebr. Kefferath AG is Conducto, a new forming belt that contains electrostatic charges during the production of nonwovens. According to the ATEX Norm Class 3, Conducto's bronze wires drastically reduce the amount of voltage…

  • 36th Annual Buyers' Guide

    August 17, 2005
    This annual guide lists nearly every supplier and producer of nonwovens around the globe in one comprehensive listing. This guide is divided into six sectionsmachinery and equipment suppliers, raw material producers, roll goods manufacturers, contract services, consultants and trade associations. Additionally a cross reference section organized alphabetically is provided at the end of the machinery and equipment, raw materials, roll goods and contract services sections.

  • Coloring System

    August 17, 2005
    BASF has developed a system for coloring and coating polyolefin textiles that is fast and flexible. It permits polyolefins to be colored, printed, coated and functionalized in a standard textile process and all with water-based formulations. Special…

  • Universal Control Coat Nozzles

    August 17, 2005
    New Universal Control Coat nozzles from Nordson Corporation apply hot melt adhesive fibrous coatings that produce breathable, permeable and soft features. The non-contact spray process provides uniform patterns and repeatable bonds on continuous and…

  • Adhesives Research Hired A Sales Representative

    August 17, 2005
    Adhesives Research has hired Richard Taylor as sales representative in the Southern U.S. territory for the company's splicing business unit. He is responsible for promoting and selling the company's line of ARclad high performance pulpable and non-re…

  • INDA's Annual Meeting

    August 17, 2005
    At INDAs Annual Meeting 2005, held in March in Orlando, FL, a new board of directors was elected. Steven Ogel, vice president of research and development for Leggett & Platt, was elected chairperson; Marvin Mitchell, global business leader at…

  • Fibers Fight Back

    August 17, 2005
    despite raw material prices, supply shortages, suppliers focus on innovation to secure a brighter future

  • Up Close and Personal

    August 17, 2005
    personal care wipes continue to benefit from proliferation and strong growth

  • Heading Down the Highway

    August 17, 2005
    a look at nonwovens role in transportation

  • Filter Focus

    August 17, 2005
    roll goods producers view segment as a good one for growth and innovation

  • Making An Incision In The Medical Market

    August 17, 2005
    nonwovens are a preferred material for use in hospitals

  • Airlaid: Whats Next?

    August 17, 2005
    after an unprecedented surge in global capacity, the airlaid market is now left with an important question to answer

  • In The Face Of Danger

    August 17, 2005
    new nonwoven face mask extends disaster escape time

  • The International Top 40

    August 17, 2005
    annual survey profiles the top nonwoven roll goods producers worldwide

  • The Best Of Both Worlds

    August 17, 2005
    composite structures combine multiple materials to create products with more function, better value and increased versatility

  • Machinery & Equipment Review

    August 17, 2005
    a look at whats new with industry suppliers

  • 33rd Annual Buyers' Guide

    August 17, 2005
    This annual guide lists nearly every supplier and producer of nonwovens around the globe in one comprehensive listing. This guide is divided into six sectionsmachinery and equipment suppliers, raw material producers, roll goods manufacturers, commission converters, consultants and trade associations. Additionally a cross reference section organized alphabetically is provided at the end of the machinery and equipment, raw materials and roll goods sections.