Nonwovens News

  • 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…


  • Neumag Adds Engineering To Chinese Operation

    September 22, 2006
    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…


  • Asahi Kasei Develops New Nonwovens

    September 21, 2006
    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…


  • K-C Mexico To Ramp Up Diaper Investment

    September 21, 2006
    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…


  • Toray Establishes Chinese Company

    September 21, 2006
    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…


  • Freudenberg Politex Russia Site Complete

    September 14, 2006
    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…


  • Basell Completes Expansion

    September 14, 2006
    Basell has successfully expanded its catalyst manufacturing facility located in Ferrara, Italy.  The capacity of the plant, which produces Ziegler polyethylene and Ziegler-Natta polypropylene catalysts, has been expanded by 40%. The plant can no…


  • BBA To Build Second Chinese Line

    September 13, 2006
    Plans are in the works at BBA Fiberweb to invest in a second production line at its plant in Tianjin, China. Utilizing local technology, the new line will target the growing Chinese market for airlaid products and will complement the plant’s ex…


  • PGI Raises Prices

    September 13, 2006
    Polymer Group Inc. will increase prices of its nonwoven roll goods in North America 5 -7%, depending on the specific products, to combate higher raw material and other manufacturing costs. The increases, effective Oct. 1, will apply primarily to pro…