Nonwovens News


  • Polykote Builds Larger Headquarters

    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…
    10.13.06

  • Construction | Spunbond

    JM Brings New Spunbond Line Onstream

    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…
    10.10.06

  • Composite | Electronics | Filtration | Meltblown

    Monadnock Completes Expansion

    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…
    10.10.06

  • Construction | Feminine Hygiene | Wipes

    Finalists Named For 2007 Visionary Award

    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…
    10.10.06

  • K-Tron Acquires Premier Pneumatics

    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. …
    10.06.06

  • Ciba Sells Masterbatch

    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…
    10.05.06

  • Chicopee Launches New Line

    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…
    10.05.06

  • Apparel | Construction

    PGI Launches Chinese Spunmelt Plant

    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…
    10.04.06

  • Associations | Fibers

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

    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…
    10.04.06

  • Ahlstrom To Shut Numbrecht Site

    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…
    09.29.06

  • Construction | Filtration | Wetlaid

    H&V To Add Wetlaid Line At Chinese Plant

    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…
    09.28.06

  • Apparel

    Wellman To Consolidate Operations, Close Plant

    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…
    09.28.06

  • Wipes

    Suominen Reorganizes Management

    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…
    09.28.06

  • Fibers | Meltblown | Spunbond

    Fraunhofer, Weyerhaeuser, Reicofil Develop Technology

    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…
    09.28.06

  • Investigation Leads To Schaeffer’s Resignation At PGI

    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…
    09.24.06

  • Airlaid

    Neumag Adds Engineering To Chinese Operation

    Neumag has established an engineering team with local people at its Shanghai, China office. The new staff members are experienced engineers coming mainly out of the local airlaid and airlaid machinery industry. Neumag’s Shanghai office was esta…
    09.22.06

  • Fibers | Spunbond

    Asahi Kasei Develops New Nonwovens

    Asahi Kasei has developed a triple-layer polyester-based spunbond nonwoven featuring different deniers of fibers. The medium layer of Precise is made from significantly finer denier fibers than the upper and bottom layers. The 130 cm-wide nonwovens a…
    09.21.06

  • K-C Mexico To Ramp Up Diaper Investment

    Kimberly-Clark de Mexico SA, the country's largest producer of consumer paper goods, agreed to sell its industrial products division for $434 million in a plan to focus on its more profitable consumer products business. K-C will receive $384 million…
    09.21.06

  • Spunbond

    Toray Establishes Chinese Company

    Toray Saehan has established a joint company, TPN, to begin producing polypropylene spunbond nonwovens in China. Fifty percent of the new company is owned by TSI, 40% by Toray and 10% by Toray China. The new plant will begin making nonwovens, with an…
    09.21.06

  • Freudenberg Politex Russia Site Complete

    The Freudenberg Politex Group officially celebrated the opening of its new production site in  Zavolzhie, in the Nizhniy Novgorod region of Russia, on September 12. The production line installed in the new plant will produce up to 11,000 tons of…
    09.14.06