Nonwovens News

  • PGI Plans To Improve Profits

    August 17, 2006
    Leading roll goods producer Polymer Group (PGI), Charlotte, NC, reported mixed results from operations for the second quarter and six-month period ended July 1, 2006. On the up side, sales increased 5.4% to $249 million over the second quarter of 200…


  • DuPont Hurt By High Energy Costs

    August 17, 2006
    In releasing its second quarter results, DuPont, Wilmington, DE, attributed declining profits and income to higher energy and ingredient costs. However, the company said that better local pricing and increased volumes offset a significant portion of…


  • P&G Earnings Up For Q4

    August 17, 2006
    Consumer product powerhouse Procter & Gamble, Cincinnati, OH, reported fourth quarter earnings of $1.90 billion, up 36% from $1.39 billion in the year-ago quarter. Procter & Gamble's net sales, including the addition of Gillette, for the quar…


  • Fibertex Names Next CEO

    August 16, 2006
    Following the retirement of Knud Wæde Hansen, Fibertex’s CEO will Michael Meulengracht, who has worked for the Foss group of companies in Hillerød for the past four years. Most recently, he was responsible for sales via the group&r…


  • Basell Expands In Australia

    August 16, 2006
    Basell has completed the expansion of its Geelong, Australia polypropylene plant, increasing capacity from 60 to 130 kilotons per year. “This project represents a significant commitment to the Australian polymer industry,” said Barry Kell…


  • BFF Announces Sale of Business

    August 15, 2006
    BFF, a manufacturer of intelligent technical fabrics, has put its business on the selling block. The U.K.-based company includes thermal bonding, spunlace and chemical bonding capabilities that supply a variety of profitable niche markets. Founded in…


  • Ahlstrom Results Impacted By Raw Mat Pricing

    August 14, 2006
    Ahlstrom Corporation, Helsinki, Finland, has released sales and earnings figures for the April-to-June 2006 period. The company earned a pre-tax profit of €25.2 million versus €25.4 million a year ago. As have most nonwoven roll goods produ…


  • Buckeye Sales Up

    August 14, 2006
    Fourth quarter results have been released by roll goods producer Buckeye Technologies, Memphis, TN. The company earned $1.2 million after taxes in the quarter ended June 30, 2006. Net sales for the April-June quarter were $193 million, 5% above the $…


  • Suominen Sees Q2 Loss

    August 14, 2006
    Reporting sluggish demand for nonwovens during the second quarter, Suominen Corporation, Tampere, Finland, has seen a decline in both net sales and sales volumes. Net sales were €97 million, down from €99.7 million in the second quarter of…


  • K-C Second Quarter Sales Improve

    August 14, 2006
    Net sales in the second quarter of 2006 at consumer products giant Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Dallas, TX, rose 4.4% to $4.2 billion. Meanwhile, net income decreased approximately 7%. For the first six months of 2006, sales of $8.2 billion were u…


  • EDANA Releases European Statistics

    August 10, 2006
    According to figures released by EDANA, the international association serving the nonwovens and related products industries, production of nonwovens in Europe grew by just over 5% in 2005 to reach 1.4 million tons. This compares with 1.33 million ton…


  • BBA Fiberweb's Green Bay Site Honored

    August 8, 2006
    BBA Fiberweb’s Green Bay WI facility has been recognized for its exemplary safety record by being designated a Star Site for the twelfth consecutive year in OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program. “The Green Bay site has gone nine full…


  • Foss Turns Around

    August 7, 2006
    Foss Manufacturing has gone from bankruptcy to profitability three months after being acquired by Alinian Capital Group, a Florida investment partnership fund. The Hampton, NH-based maker of needlepunched nonwovens and specialty fibers entered bankru…


  • Study Tracks Acoustic Nonwovens Market

    August 3, 2006
    As noise control assumes greater priority, acoustical nonwovens materials are finding application in an increasing number of end-user markets across North America, according to a new analysis from Frost & Sullivan. Revents in this market reached…


  • Freudenberg Acquires SciMAT

    August 3, 2006
    Freudenberg Nonwovens has acquired SciMAT, a leading finisher of battery separators based in Swindon, U.K. This acquisition reinforces Freudenberg's  strategic position as one of the leading manufacturers of high-grade battery separators for nic…