Nonwovens News

  • Polykote Builds Larger Headquarters

    October 13, 2006
    Polykote Corporation, a custom, contract coating, laminating, slitting and converting company located in Warminster PA, is building a new, larger high-tech facility in Forks Township, PA. “The new facility is scheduled to be completed in late D…


  • JM Brings New Spunbond Line Onstream

    October 10, 2006
    Building and specialty products manufacturer Johns Manville (JM) has launched a new polyester spunbond production line at its Johns Manville GmbH operation in Bobingen, Germany. Adoption of the latest technology reportedly allows the production line…


  • Monadnock Completes Expansion

    October 10, 2006
    Monadnock Non-Wovens LLC (MNW) has completed a million dollar expansion of its Mount Pocono, PA facility. The effort concludes a three-year process development program to install what the company considers the world’s first Halar meltblown line…


  • Finalists Named For 2007 Visionary Award

    October 10, 2006
    Six consumer products from the U.S. and Europe—ranging from advanced hygiene products to pet care to beer can construction—have been nominated as finalists for the 2007 Visionary Award by INDA, the North American nonwovens association. No…


  • K-Tron Acquires Premier Pneumatics

    October 6, 2006
    K-Tron International has acquired privately-held Premier Pneumatics, a manufacturer of pneumatic conveying and bulk handling equipment.  The purchase price was $27.565 million, all of which was paid in cash, including a $2 million escrow. …


  • Ciba Sells Masterbatch

    October 5, 2006
    Ciba Specialty Chemicals will sell its Masterbatch business to Clariant for an undisclosed price. The divestment, which will close during the fourth quarter, will affect 300 employees, who will transfer to Clariant, based in Basel, Switzerland. The M…


  • Chicopee Launches New Line

    October 5, 2006
    Chicopee, Inc., a division of Polymer Group, Inc., has introduced its Chix Pro-Series line of disposable towels that are engineered to effectively work with common cleaning sanitizers and disinfectants. The company designed the new towels with patent…


  • PGI Launches Chinese Spunmelt Plant

    October 4, 2006
    Leading roll goods producer Polymer Group, Inc., Charlotte, NC, has opened the doors of its newest manufacturing facility located in Suzhou, China. According to PGI, the move makes the company China's largest producer of spunmelt fabrics and the coun…


  • AATCC Joins INDA, TAPPI and The Fiber Society To Publish Journal

    October 4, 2006
    Three leading trade associations and a professional society have entered into a partnership to publish the Journal of Engineered Fibers and Fabrics (JEFF), an electronic publication of original research and advances in fibers, fibrous materials and t…


  • Ahlstrom To Shut Numbrecht Site

    September 29, 2006
    Ahlstrom will close down its Nümbrecht, Germany plant by April 2007. The move will affect 37 employees and result in a non-recurring cost of approximately €2.5 million in Ahlstrom's third quarter results. The closure supports Ahlstrom's str…


  • H&V To Add Wetlaid Line At Chinese Plant

    September 28, 2006
    Hollingsworth & Vose, East Walpole, MA, plans to install a wetlaid microglass manufacturing line at its Suzhou, China facility to serve filtration and battery separator markets. This investment is part of H&V's Asia Pacific strategy announced…


  • Wellman To Consolidate Operations, Close Plant

    September 28, 2006
    Wellman Inc., Shrewsbury, NJ, will consolidate all of its U.S. fiber production at its Palmetto plant in Darlington, SC and close the fiber operation at its Johnsonville, SC facility. According to the company, which sells polyester to the apparel, ho…


  • Suominen Reorganizes Management

    September 28, 2006
    Suominen Corporation, Tampere, Finland, plans to improve its operational efficiency and faster exploit its synergies through more cohesive central steering of product development and process efficiency. As of October 2006, responsibilities for develo…


  • Fraunhofer, Weyerhaeuser, Reicofil Develop Technology

    September 28, 2006
    The Germany-based Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research, Weyerhaeuser Company in the U.S. and Germany’s Reifenhäuser Reicofil have patented a new technology to manufacture cellulosic self-bonded meltblown nonwovens using the ly…


  • Investigation Leads To Schaeffers Resignation At PGI

    September 24, 2006
    Polymer Group, Inc. has named William Hewitt interim CEO replacing James Schaeffer. PGI’s board asked Mr. Schaeffer to submit his resignation from the nonwovens producer following an investigation of how information was reported internally duri…