Nonwovens News


  • Composite | Filtration

    Ahlstrom to Invest in Finland Plant

    Ahlstrom Corporation will invest €2 million in expanding production of filtration media at its Tampere, Finland plant. The Tampere plant is specialized in the development and manufacture of high-performance filtration materials and selected tech…
    01.03.06

  • Feminine Hygiene | Turkey

    Kotex Rolls Into Turkey

    Hogla-Kimberly Ltd., an associated company, has begun rolling out Kotex feminine hygiene products in Turkey as part of its strategy of exanding activity in the country. While further brand launches have not yet been announced in Turkey, the company h…
    12.28.05

  • Airlaid

    Koch Finalizes G-P Acquisition

    Koch Industries has successfully completed its $21  billion acquisition of Georgia-Pacific Corporation. Georgia-Pacific will retain its name and operate from its Atlanta headquarters as a privately held, indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Koch…
    12.27.05

  • Filtration | Needlepunch

    Ahlstrom Continues To Invest In Filtration

    Ahlstrom Corporation has announced its second filtration-related acquisition this week. The Helsinki, Finland-based company will acquire FiberMark’s North American absorbent materials business to help it grow in specialty filtration markets. Th…
    12.22.05

  • Feminine Hygiene

    Uni-Charm To Take Over Saudi Producer

    Japanese diaper producer Uni-Charm plans to acquire 51% of Gulf Hygiene Industries, a Saudi hygiene product manufacturer. The transaction will result in Gulf Hygiene becoming a Uni-Charm subsidiary effective this month. Established in 1992, Gulf Hygi…
    12.22.05

  • Filtration | Needlepunch

    PCC Acquires GlobeTec

    Roll goods producer and converter Precision Custom Coatings LLC (PCC), Totowa, NJ, has acquired GlobeTec Incorporated, a Maryland-based needlepunch nonwoven filtration product manufacturer. GlobeTec Incorporated has been renamed Precision Textiles, a…
    12.22.05

  • Turkey

    K-C Invests In Turkey

    Kimberly-Clark will invest $120 million in production in Turkey over the next five years and create about 1,000 jobs. The maker of Huggies diapers said in July it would cut its workforce by about 10% and  close or sell 20 plants as it works to i…
    12.20.05

  • Filtration | Needlepunch

    Ahlstrom Expands Filtration Through Lantor Buy

    Ahlstrom Corporation has acquired the filtration business of Lantor, Inc. including its U.S. manufacturing site and Chinese operation. The transaction reinforces Ahlstrom's position in the automotive and air filtration markets by adding additional ne…
    12.19.05

  • Fibers

    Celanese Announces Expansion

    Celanese Corporation will build a 300,000 metric ton, world-scale vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) plant at the company's Nanjing, China chemical complex. The plant is expected to be operational in late 2007 or early 2008. The VAM plant will receive aceti…
    12.13.05

  • Playtex Will Stay In Delaware

    Playtex Products will partner with the State of Delaware to maintain its Dover site, which has been operational since 1937. The Dover site manufactures Playtex tampons and Drop-In’s disposable bottle insert liners and contains administrative of…
    12.12.05

  • DSM Divests Polypropylene Compound Business

    Fiberfil Engineered Plastics has acquired DSM Engineering Plastics’ North American custom compounding polypropylene business as well as a  manufacturing site in Stoney Creek, ON Canada. The sale of its polypropylene compound business is an…
    12.08.05

  • Filtration

    DelStar Gains Investor

    American Capital Strategies has invested $114 million in the One Stop Buyout  of DelStar Technologies Inc., a manufacturer of highly-engineered, thermoplastic nonwoven products for  filtration, healthcare and industrial applications. Americ…
    12.07.05

  • India | Spunlace

    India Nonwovens Industry To Expand

    Nahar Spinning Mills, an Indian producer of wovens, is planning to add nonwovens production to its repertoire through the establishment of a spunlace line in Mandideep, Bhopal. The new line is expected to come online next year when it will target mai…
    12.06.05

  • FiberMark Reorganization Plan Approved

    The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Vermont has confirmed FiberMark’s Plan of Reorganization, setting the stage for the company's emergence from chapter 11 as a private company in early January 2006. The plan, dated November 1, 200…
    12.05.05

  • INDA Trade Board Adopts Positions

    INDA’s International Trade Advisory Board (ITAB) has adopted two new position statements on global trade issues with the potential of impacting the nonwoven fabrics industry. The first statement, ITAB Support for All U.S. Free Trade Agreemen…
    12.01.05

  • Needlepunch

    Foss Continues Operations, Despite Troubles

    Executives from beleagured Foss Manufacturing Company have testified that sales and revenue collections have been strong since the Hampton, NH-based needlepunch manufacturer filed for bankruptcy protection in September.  According to a report fi…
    12.01.05

  • Fibers

    Buckeye Announces Management Changes

    Buckeye Technologies has recently made several management changes. Among them, F. Gray Carter will become vice president, purchasing and logistics. Mr. Carter, who previously served as the company's vice president, commercial development-cotton, will…
    11.30.05

  • K-Cs Lehman To Leave Next Year

    Kimberly-Clark announced the retirement next year of Dudley Lehman, group president of its Business-to-Business (B2B) Group, which contains its external nonwovens business as well as the K-C Professional, Health Care and Partnership Products business…
    11.30.05

  • Filtration | India

    Filtration 2005 Is A Success

    With the business of filtration continuing to play a vital role in the personal and business lives of people and companies around the globe, the Filtration 2005 International Conference and Exposition drew a record number of exhibitors and more than…
    11.30.05

  • Construction | Fibers

    Lenzing and Zimmer Conclude Licensing Agreement

    Lenzing and Zimmer AG, an enterprise of the GEA Group, have concluded a licensing agreement on the extended application of lyocell fiber technology, amicably bringing an end to previous differences concerning patent issues. Zimmer AG may use some Len…
    11.29.05