Nonwovens News

  • INDA Appoints New Technical Director

    March 21, 2007
    INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, Cary, NC, has named Steve Ogle its new technical director. A long-time veteran of the nonwovens and technical textiles industry, Mr. Ogle replaces Cos Camelio, who is retiring in June after six year…


  • Lentex To Launch Second Spunlace Line

    March 21, 2007
    Plans are underway at Polish nonwovens producer Lentex to build a second spunlace line. With production start-up slated for the end of 2007, the turnkey line will be manufactured by Asselin-Thibeau and will include spunlace equipment from Rieter Perf…


  • Nonwoven Media Report Available

    March 14, 2007
    According to a new and updated technical market research report, The Market for Nonwoven Filter Materials, from BCC RESEARCH (www.bccresearch.com), the North American market for nonwoven filter media was worth $588 million in 2005 and will be $617 mi…


  • PGI Sales Top $1 Billion

    March 12, 2007
    Net sales topped $1 billion for the first time last year at nonwovens producer Polymer Group Inc. The company’s sales increased 7.7% to $1.02 billion. Meanwhile, fourth quarter sales also increased, 9.8%, to $263.9 million, and gross profit inc…


  • Awards Honor Two Industry Veterans

    March 12, 2007
    Two men who helped guide the nonwovens industry through its formative years and into today’s vital global business will be recognized for their outstanding contributions during the IDEA07 Achievement Awards ceremony to be held at the IDEA07 Int…


  • Colbond Expansion Follows Geosynthetic Growth

    March 9, 2007
    Influenced by tax credits and incentives, Colbond has decided to expand its Asheville, NC nonwovens production facility by adding 20 jobs and $7million in equipment. The Netherlands-based company chose to expand in Asheville, over its Obernberg, Germ…


  • Wipes Study Released

    March 7, 2007
    Demand for wipes in the U.S. is forecast to increase 6.1% per annum to $2.2 billion in 2011, propelled by a continual spate of new product introductions and further segmentation of the market. The number and variety of wipes on the market will contin…


  • Unilever to Sell AIP Goods In Turkey

    March 5, 2007
     American Israeli Paper Mills Ltd.'s Turkish subsidiary had struck and agreement to have its goods sold by consumer goods giant Unilever in Turkey. Unilever has a large sales and distribution network in Turkey, and its agreement with Kimberly Cl…


  • Superabsorbent Fiber Specialist To Be Sold

    March 2, 2007
    Acordis Beheer bv (Acordis) and Ciba Specialty Chemicals (Ciba) have signed an agreement to sell their polyacrylate super absorbent fiber business, Technical Absorbents Limited, located in Grimsby, U.K., to Bluestar Fibres Company Ltd.  Financia…


  • K-C Launches Korean R&D Center

    March 2, 2007
    Consumer product giant Kimberly-Clark, Dallas, TX, today opened a research and development center in Korea’s Yongin, Kyonggi Province. The company’s innovation center marks its first R&D facility to be launched outside of the U.S.…


  • Donaldson Acquires Aerospace Filtration Systems

    March 1, 2007
    Air and liquid filtration systems specialist Donaldson Company has acquired St. Charles, MO-based Aerospace Filtration Systems (AFS). A manufacturer of high-performance air filters for commercial and military aircraft, AFS had annual sales of approxi…


  • Borealis To Bring Meltblown Line Onstream

    March 1, 2007
    Plastics solutions provider Borealis is investing in a polyolefin meltblown line to increase nonwoven innovation. The investment includes the installation of an in-house pilot line alongside other laboratory equipment. According to Borealis, this is…


  • Japan Vilene To Market Fuel Cell Components

    March 1, 2007
    Japan Vilene is promoting a new gas-diffusion porous substrate in the Japanese market for polymer electrolyte fuel cells, as well as a stationary fuel-cell filter for removing exhaust and dust from fuel cells. The gas-diffusion product is made up of…


  • Texsus To Add Highloft Line

    March 1, 2007
    Plans are underway at Italian roll goods producer Texsus SpA to start up a new line during the second quarter of 2007 to produce biodegradable highloft acquisition/distribution layers. The three-meter-wide line will have an annual capacity of 4000 to…


  • World Fiber Output Up In 2006

    February 28, 2007
    World fiber output increased by 5.1% to 74.7 million tons in 2006, according to preliminary data in an annual report on world fiber production from textile machinery maker Oerlikon Saurer Textile. The full report “The Fiber Year 2006/07”…