Nonwovens News


  • NCSU Donation Could Shape Future of Nonwovens

    Researchers at North Carolina State University’s College of Textiles have received a software donation valued at more than $1 million from Alignent Software that could help shape the future of the nonwoven textiles industry and enhance the comm…
    02.01.07

  • Spunbond | Spunlace | Wipes

    Ahlstrom Acquires Orlandi's Spunlace Biz

    Ahlstrom, has signed an agreement to acquire Orlandi's spunlace operation, further broadening its role in the wipes area. The acquisition price is approximately €60 million and the transaction is expected to be EPS enhancing from 2007. Ahlstrom…
    02.01.07

  • Apparel | Wipes

    K-C Sales Hit New Quarterly High

    At Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Dallas, TX, net sales in the fourth quarter of 2006 rose 7.4% to $4.3 billion, a new quarterly high. Operating profit was $611 million in the fourth quarter of 2006, compared with $572 million in 2005. For the full year…
    01.30.07

  • Western Europe

    P&G Raises Fiscal Year Outlook

    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…
    01.30.07

  • Feminine Hygiene | Wipes

    Tyco Swim Pants Wins Visionary Award

    A highly competitive Visionary Awards competition, four days of presentations by well-known business speakers and industry networking opportunities highlighted the Vision 2007 Consumer Products Conference, held January 21-24 in Denver. INDA, Associat…
    01.30.07

  • Fibers | Wetlaid

    Ksters, Pill Form Agreement

    Andritz Küsters has formed an agreement with Pill Nassvliestechnik for the sale, production and installation of wetlaid nonwovens lines. The agreement will combine Andritz Küsters’ competence in pulp, fibers and tissues with Pill&rsqu…
    01.29.07

  • Fibers | Spunlace | Wipes

    Chinese Company Launches Cotton Nonwoven

    Shenzhen, China-based Winner Medical Group Inc. has begun production of PurCotton, its new cotton nonwoven material and expects to ship the first order by the end of January. The first order—jumbo rolls of raw PurCotton material—was recei…
    01.29.07

  • Chicopee Prices To Rise 6%

    Chicopee, Inc., a division of Polymer Group, Inc. will levy a price increase of 6% for all wiper products, effective February 26, 2007.  The price changes are being implemented to mitigate the impact of significant increases in the cost of visco…
    01.26.07

  • Adult Incontinence

    PaperPak Gets New Owner

    KPS Capital Partners has purchased PaperPak Products, the maker of Attends adult incontinence products, through a newly formed affiliate, Attends Healthcare, Inc. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. PaperPak is a leading manufactur…
    01.25.07

  • Airlaid

    Fiberweb Expands Airlaid Capacity In China

    The world’s fourth largest roll goods producer Fiberweb plc is in the process of building a second airlaid production line at its site at Tianjin, China, adding 10,000 tons of capacity to the 16,000 tons already installed. The investment reinfo…
    01.24.07

  • Adult Incontinence

    Two Key AI Acquisitions Take Place

    In the first of two recent acquisitions in the adult incontinence market, Whitestone Corporation, Bloomington, IN, has purchased East Brunswick-based AI product manufacturer Humanicare International. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Th…
    01.23.07

  • Fibers

    Buckeye To Sell Fiberline Biz

    Plans are underway at specialty fiber and nonwovens producer Buckeye Technologies, Memphis, TN, to sell its Lumberton, NC-based Fiberline operation. Buckeye Lumberton entered the bleached cotton fiber market in September 2001 with state-of-the-art eq…
    01.23.07

  • Meltblown | Spunbond

    Albis To Build Second Spunbond Line

    Building on the success of its first Neumag Sauer line, Italian nonwovens producer Albis SpA has unveiled plans to expand its spunbond capacities and has ordered a second Neumag spunbond plant. The line features a three-beam SMS (spunbond/meltblown/s…
    01.23.07

  • Wipes

    China Nonwovens Still Growing

    In 2005, China’s total nonwovens production was 755,000 tons, a 23% increase, and this figure was expected to increase 11% to 838,000 for 2006. These production increases were attributed to higher growth rates in diapers, sanitary napkins, hous…
    01.18.07

  • Fibers

    Kuraray Launches Jet Steam Technology

    Kuraray started production of a pilot steam jet nonwovens plant in November 2006. The nonwovens made at the plant are made by entwining fibers by jetting high temperature steam and are currently under application development. The pilot plant will mak…
    01.18.07

  • Fibers | Wetlaid

    Hirose Ups Separator Output

    Hirose Ups Separator Output Hirose Paper, a producer of special separators for alkali dry cell batteris, is going to increase its proudciton capacity by 50% through a new plant scheduled to start regular production in June 2007. The separators are m…
    01.18.07

  • Construction

    ElkCorp Sale Price Rises

    Private equity firm Carlyle has boosted its takeover offer for roofing products maker ElkCorp to about $834 million, or $40.50 per share ElkCorp said on Tuesday, topping a rival bid from Building Materials Corp. of America (BMCA). ElkCorp said in a s…
    01.18.07

  • Colbond Introduces Green Products

    Colbond, a producer of high-quality synthetic nonwovens, is launching two innovative and environmentally sound primary backings for the carpet manufacturing industry. These two nonwovens, Colback SMR and Colback UMX, will help the industry make signi…
    01.12.07

  • Fibertex Buys Out Malaysian Partner

    In early 2007, Fibertex acquired a remaining 40% share in its Malaysian operations Fibertex Nonwovens Sdn Bhd from partner Industrialiseringsfonden for Udviklingslandene (IFU) for a reported DKK 135 million. Fibertex and IFU established the subsidiar…
    01.10.07

  • New Polyproplyene Plant To Use Basell Technology

    Liaoning Huajin Chemical Corporation has selected Basell’s Spheripol technology for a new 250 kiloton per year polypropylene plant it plans to build in Panjin, Liaoning Province China. Start-up is expected in 2009.     “…
    01.10.07