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  • Adult Incontinence: Catering To A New Crowd

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || March 17, 2009
    new products help sufferers enjoy active lifestyles

  • A Kinder, Gentler Nonwoven

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || February 11, 2009
    alternative raw materials prove that disposable doesn't have to mean irresponsible when it comes to the Earth.

  • Household Wipes: Looking For The Next Clean Sweep

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || February 11, 2009
    economic woes, market maturity and a slackening in new product introductions are just some of the challenges facing wipes in household segments

  • Evolutionary Equipment

    Ellen Wuagneux, Associate Editor || January 19, 2009
    Considering the current economic environment, maybe equipment suppliers' description of today's hygiene market as evolutionary (rather than revolutionary) isn't so bad after all.

  • A Stack Of Issues

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || January 19, 2009
    The disposable diaper market continues to be dominated by two multinational companies-Kimberly-Clark and Procter & Gamble-however, these two giants continue to feel pressure from competing store brands as cash-strapped consumers are favoring private label products.

  • PLMA Show Shows Strengths and Weaknesses

    Susan Stransbury, Contributor || January 19, 2009
    interesting new products show up at store brands expo in Chicago

  • Geosynthetics Go Global

    January 17, 2009
    Founded in 2001, Polypropylene Fiber Industry Ltd., better known as Polyfibers, is a privately held manufacturer and distributor of polypropylene-based multi- andmono-fibrillated yarns, crimped staple fibers, reinforcement fibers, geosynthetic bags and needlepunched nonwovens for technical and industrial end uses.

  • First Quality

    First Quality

    January 1, 2009
    Location: GREAT NECK, NY Sales: $250 Million Description: Plants Hazleton, PA; McElhattan, PA Processes Spunmelt Applications Hygiene, medical First Quality Nonwovens continues to invest in both its nonwovens and its packaged goods busine…

  • PGI

    PGI

    January 1, 2009
    Location: CHARLOTTE, NC Sales: $1.15 billion Description: Key Personnel Veronica Hagen, chief executive officer; Robert Kocourek, chief financial officer; Mike Hale, chief operating officer; Bob Dale, vice president of research and development; J…

  • The Year That Was

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || December 11, 2008
    despite economic crises, raw material pricing and consolidation, the nonwovens industry continue to invest in the future.

  • Sitting Pretty

    Ellen Wuagneux, Associate Editor || December 11, 2008
    hygiene component suppliers prepare for pricing let-up

  • A Way With Wipes

    May 7, 2008
    Founded in 1989 by Angelo Bartesaghi, O-PAC manufactures a range of wet wipes from its 6500-square-meter headquarters in Valmadrera (Lecco), Italy.

  • First Quality, Covidien Deal Finalized

    April 21, 2008
    Deal propels First Quality into diaper market.

  • PURE, Rockline Announce Partnership

    April 7, 2008
    Wipes maker to aid in distribution, development.

  • Adult Incontinence Manufacturers' Directory

    Nonwovens Staff, Nonwovens Staff || March 28, 2008
    Abena—Bambo Produktion A/S Egelund 35 DK, 6200 Aabenraa, Denmark Telephone: 45-74-31-18-18 Fax: 45-74-62-97-37 E-mail: salg@abena.dk Web: www.abena.dk Contact: Arne Terp-Nielsen Location of Plants: France, Denmark Brand Names: Abrisan, Abriform…

  • Covidien To Sell European AI Business

    March 10, 2008
    Unit renamed Lille Healthcare.

  • Supply Shift

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || February 6, 2008
    capacity expansion, proposed mergers and a changing customer base add up to exciting times for spunmelt producers

  • Household Wipes Market Struggles To Win Over New Customers

    Adrian Atterby, Euromonitor International || February 6, 2008
    After a period of sustained development, global value sales of household cleaning wipes have stagnated recently. Even in markets where consumers have access to the highest levels of disposable income, such as North America or Western Europe, sales h…

  • Doing Double Time With Disposable Diapers

    Karen Bitz McIntyre || January 10, 2008
    My dual roles as the editor of this magazine and a mother of two children causes me to spend a lot of time thinking about disposable diapers. Not only how they perform but also why they perform the way they do and which products give the best bang fo…

  • Stretching Sales

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || January 10, 2008
    with the focus clearly on fit, the nonwovens industry adds more elastics to give hygiene producers what they want

  • Consumers Continue to Win with Disposable Baby Diapers

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || January 10, 2008
    competition keeps price down, innovation up

  • Chinese Producer Goes Green

    January 8, 2008
    American Hygienics Corporation (AHC) is a quickly growing supplier of differentiated nonwoven-based hygiene products with the manufacturing capacity to meet the growing demand for a variety of personal care hygiene items such as wipes, baby diapers, adult diapers, sanitary pads and nursing pads.

  • Glatfelter

    Glatfelter

    January 1, 2008
    Location: GATINEAU, QUEBEC, CANADA Sales: $212 million Description: Key Personnel Corporate: Pierre McNeil, president and chief executive officer; Rolf Hövelmann,  executive senior vice president and COO; Don Habbick, chief financial o…

  • Avgol

    Avgol

    January 1, 2008
    Location: TEL AVIV, ISRAEL Sales: $237 million Description: Key Personnel Shuki Goldwasser, chairman; Nir Peleg, CEO; Achai Bonneh, director  of technology Plants Tel Aviv, Israel; Mocksville, NC; Jingmen City, Hubei Province, China; Uzlovaya…

  • First Quality

    First Quality

    January 1, 2008
    Location: GREAT NECK, NY Sales: $250 million Description: Plants Hazleton, PA; McElhattan, PA Processes Spunmelt Applications Hygiene, medical Formed in 1996, First Quality Nonwovens has steadily in­vested in its nonwovens business to mak…

  • First Quality to Acquire Covidien Retail Product Business

    December 17, 2007
    Acquisition includes large private label hygiene business.

  • A BeautifulMarket For Nonwovens

    November 9, 2007
    Beauty Cloth’s line of Exfolia disposable cleansing cloths, featuring Evolon nonwoven microfiber fabrics from Freudenberg, Weinheim, Germany, is now available.

  • Rockline To Add New Wipes Facility

    October 24, 2007
    manufacturing and distribution facility in Booneville.

  • Pros & Cons Of The PL Diaper Market

    Carlos Richer, Diaper Consulting Services || October 10, 2007
    industry insider offers advice on what to do and what to avoid

  • What Is Your Nonwoven Made Of?

    What Is Your Nonwoven Made Of?

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || June 7, 2007
    new fiber technology changes the face of nonwovens

  • A Review of the Personal Wipes Market and Opportunities For Future Growth

    A Review of the Personal Wipes Market and Opportunities For Future Growth

    Adrian Atterby, Nonwovens Staff || June 7, 2007
    trend continues despite lifestyle change

  • Flow of Incontinence Products Picks Up As Consumers Warm To The Idea Of Protection

    Flow of Incontinence Products Picks Up As Consumers Warm To The Idea Of Protection

    Adrian Atterby, Nonwovens Staff || March 12, 2007
    a Euromonitor Report

  • P&G Raises Fiscal Year Outlook

    January 30, 2007
    Absorbent product giant Procter & Gamble, Cincinnati, OH, raised its outlook for the year after a jump in second-quarter profit of 12%. The company posted net income of $2.8 billion in the three months ended Dec. 31 versus $2.5 billion in the pri…

  • From Paper To Nonwovens

    January 16, 2007
    Established in 1991 with just a sheeter and a trimmer, Precision Paper Converters (PPC) has grown into a converter of coated and uncoated papers, paperboard and OPP films as well as tissue products.

  • Oh Baby!

    Oh Baby!

    Ellen Wuagneux, Associate Editor || January 3, 2007
    disposable hygiene machinery producers strive to maintain flexibility, bump up performance and lower costs

  • A Two-Prong Attack On The Global Diaper Market

    A Two-Prong Attack On The Global Diaper Market

    Adrian Atterby, Euromonitor International || January 3, 2007
    Declining birth rates in the developed world are having an adverse affect on diaper manufacturers' ability to expand their businesses. Birth rates among the major industrial nations have declined by almost 20% during the last 30 years and are no…

  • Ahlstrom

    Ahlstrom

    January 1, 2007
    Location: Helsinki, Finland Sales: $1.01 billion Description: Personnel Jukka Moisio, president and CEO; Randal Davis, senior vice president, filtration; Claudio Ermondi, senior vice president, nonwovens; Tommi Bjormann, senior vice president, glas…

  • Fiberweb Makes Host Of Appointments

    December 19, 2006
    Fiberweb plc, Simpsonville, SC, has made several recent appointments. Among them, the company has promoted Pamela Lewis and added Robert Baldy and Hollynn Moody to its Hygiene/Medical Americas sales and marketing teams. In June 2006, Ms. Lewis was na…

  • Fiberweb plc, Simpsonville, SC, has made several recent appointments

    December 14, 2006
    Fiberweb plc, Simpsonville, SC, has made several recent appointments. Among them, the company has promoted Pamela Lewis and added Robert Baldy and Hollynn Moody to its Hygiene/Medical Americas sales and marketing teams. In June 2006, Pamela Lewis was…

  • The Hygiene Market: A Tale Of Two Cities

    The Hygiene Market: A Tale Of Two Cities

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || December 4, 2006
    component suppliers balance innovation and pricing pressures

  • Airlaid: The Comeback Kid

    Airlaid: The Comeback Kid

    Ellen Wuagneux, Associate Editor || October 16, 2006
    once plagued by overcapacity and pricing challenges, are airlaids ready to get back in the ring?

  • PGI Settles Patent Infringement Lawsuit

    August 21, 2006
    Polymer Group Inc. has settled a lawsuit filed against The Kroger Co., Inter-American Products and U.S. Nonwovens concerning private label imaged wipes sold through Kroger's food stores. Under the settlement agreement, Kroger, Inter-American and U.S.…

  • It

    It's Getting Personal

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || June 14, 2006
    personal care wipes makers look for the next blockbuster product

  • Fiber Producers Search For New Ideas

    Fiber Producers Search For New Ideas

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || June 14, 2006
    with pricing still high and demands for diversity increasing, fiber manufacturers are focusing on research and development for the nonwovens industry

  • P&G Files Tampon Suit

    March 14, 2006
    Tampax maker Procter & Gamble has filed a lawsuit against privately owned First Quality Hygienic Inc. alleging trademark infringement and unfair competition for making and distributing a "look-alike" brand of tamponsThe suit, filed in F…

  • Rockline Industries

    March 10, 2006
    Joel Slank has joined Rockline Industries as director of operations at its Springdale, AR facility. Mr. Slank is expected to complement the company’s world class manufacturing team in Springdale with his extensive experience in nonwovens m…

  • Spunlace Market Report

    Spunlace Market Report

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || March 6, 2006
    with a slate of new capacity coming onstream, producers look beyond commodities to add value in wipes and other markets

  • Household Care: A Homerun For Wipes

    Household Care: A Homerun For Wipes

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || February 10, 2006
    floor cleaning cloths boost household wipes market beyond baby wipes in North America

  • Tyco Announces Plans To Split

    January 17, 2006
    Tyco International Ltd. has announced intentions to split into three separate public companies, ending years of speculation about the company's future as a single entity. The company said it will split its electronics and health care—including…

  • The Evolution of Household Cleaning

    The Evolution of Household Cleaning

    Christine Esposito, Nonwovens Staff || January 6, 2006
    Fueled by busy homeowners willing to pay more for convenience, the evolution of the household cleaning products has meant less human contact with cleaning than ever before. But will consumers continue to shell out cash for gadgets when a regular spray bottle will do the trick?