Nonwovens News

  • 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…


  • AFS To Hold Conference for Power Generation Industry

    August 1, 2006
    The American Filtration and Separations Society will hold a conference on separation and filtration processes for the power generation industry  October 16-18, 2006 at the Radisson Hotel Pittsburgh Green Tree in Pittsburgh, PA.  Topics of s…


  • Basell Expands Wesseling Site

    August 1, 2006
    Basell will build a new Spherilene S polyethylene plant at its Wesseling industrial site near Cologne, Germany. The plant will be based on Basell’s new Spherilene S single reactor gas phase design. Start-up is planned for 2008. Basell currently…


  • K-C Delays Close of Nonwovens Plant

    August 1, 2006
    Kimberly-Clark Corp. will keep its Neenah, WI nonwovens plant open until the end of 2008, two years longer than previously planned due to greater-than-expected demand for its baby and child care products, which is expected to continue. In March, the…