Archive for July, 2010

Kimberly-Clark Expands In Arkansas

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Kimberly-Clark will invest $25 million to expand its Conway, AK facility, which currently makes feminine hygiene and other paper products.

The investment will reportedly allow the company to increase production capacity of goods that are not currently made in the U.S. It will also modernize facility technology and improve existing products made in Conway.

Facility manager John Pownall said that the company expects to create more than 40 jobs. The announcement came on the 40th anniversary of the company’s presence in Conway.

“Kimberly-Clark was the Conway Development Corp.’s first major tenant in the Conway Industrial Park. It is encouraging to see yet another Conway manufacturer choosing to invest and expand,” said Bill Adkisson, chairman of the Conway Development Corporation.

SOURCE: NONWOVEN INDUSTRY

Compadre Expands Sustainable Packaging Options With Coconut Fiber-Based Technology

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

AUSTIN, Texas, July 27 /PRNewswire/ — Compadre, an Austin-based packaging design and engineering company, announces a collaboration with Whole Tree, Inc., an innovative green materials company founded by researchers at Baylor University. Together, the companies will develop packaging applications using Whole Tree’s composite material made in part from coconut fiber. The goal of the collaboration between Whole Tree and Compadre is to develop innovative, sustainable packaging materials that allow manufacturing companies to achieve eco-friendly solutions that don’t hurt the bottom line.

“Whole Tree is a great match with our corporate values,” says Darryl Kelinske, CEO of Compadre. “We are very excited to work with them, and we look forward to exploring sustainable packaging solutions utilizing Whole Tree materials.” (more…)

PCMC’s new Athena line for wipes & napkins

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

New from Paper Converting Machine Company, the “Athena” product line is aimed at both the dry nonwoven wipes and tissue napkin market sector.

The Athena is a small footprint versatile folder for the production of a variety of nonwoven and tissue folded products (18 to 250 g/m2) ranging from nonwoven wipes for personal care and house hold cleaning, to nonwoven + polyethylene waterproof folded towels for medical use, and tissue table napkins in up to three plies. A complete range of folds is available, as is the capability to print, emboss and impregnate to produce an end product to meet the most demanding of needs, all at high efficiency. (more…)

VC buy-out of Ontex

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

In the largest ever private equity transaction in Belgium, Ontex – Europe’s leading private label hygienic disposables manufacturer – is being sold to GS Capital Partners and investment funds managed by TPG Capital (TPG) for €1.2 billion.
Ontex1 The transaction, which is subject to customary regulatory approvals, is expected to be completed before the end of the year.
Since the appointment of new management in 2006, Ontex has made good progress by focussing on improving customer service and manufacturing efficiencies.
Sales across Ontex’s three divisions – Retail, Healthcare, and Turkey Regional – totalled €1.1 billion in 2009.
The Retail Division primarily supplies private label products, including disposable diapers, feminine care products and adult incontinence products to European retailers.
The Healthcare Division principally supplies the healthcare market, including institutions such as hospitals and health authorities across Europe. (more…)

Disruptor for India

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Ahlstrom has partnered with Eureka Forbes to launch a groundbreaking new product to serve the growing need for clean water on the Indian sub-continent.
The device, designed and manufactured by Eureka Forbes and to be sold under the brand name AquaSure, incorporates Ahlstrom’s Disruptor filter media.
Disruptor is a unique technology that removes a wide range of pathogens and submicron contaminants from water. This new AquaSure storage water purifier removes all three types of contaminants from water – physical, chemical and microbiological – without the use of any chemicals. As a result, it provides not just microbiologically pure, but safe drinkable water. (more…)

SCA Buys Latin Diaper Maker

Monday, July 26th, 2010

SCA is purchasing the Copamex baby diaper business in Mexico and Central America for a reported $50 million.

A maker of well-known brands including Dry Kids for the Mexico and Tessy Babies in South America, Copamex’s sales were $60 million last year. It holds a number three position in the Mexican baby diaper market.

“The acquisition will strengthen SCA’s presence in Latin America and create a base for expansion in its baby diaper business in Mexico and Central America,”said CEO and president Jan Johansson.

The transaction will be complete during the third quarter.

SOURCE: Nonwovens Industry

Xennia and Reggiani present revolutionary industrial digital textile printer

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

Xennia Technology and Reggiani Macchine have announced the completion of a full-scale demonstration model of their revolutionary, diagonal-multi-pass digital inkjet textile-printing system. They say the new system enables reliable printing on textile substrates in an industrial production environment at unrivalled speed and with high quality.

The new system is based on proprietary technology of all partners involved in the project. The first full-scale version of Xennia’s textile-printing system is based around Reggiani’s wide, high-accuracy belt-driven transport and incorporates Xennia’s inkjet modules, including the XenJet Auriga print engine, XenJet Aquarius fluid controllers and XenJet Centaurus and Cygnus software. (more…)

Innovative Wipes Packaging: Coming To A Store Near You

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

groundbreaking solutions are worth writing home about

By Sandra Levy, associate editor

Mounting pressure to be ecofriendly and sustainable. Intensified competition. An economy that is limping towards recovery. The perfect storm, right? Not to hear wipes packagers tell their stories.

From individual packaging and oval canisters to stand-up packages to innovative resealable closures and custom packaging featuring logos and designs, packagers are coming to the rescue with a slew of awesome novelties to help wipes’ producers ride the waves and differentiate themselves on store shelves.

At the same time, they are busy on the sustainability front, using ecofriendly and sustainable materials as well as coming up with ways to reduce the amount of plastic in their packaging.
Shape Up
One company delivering a hot idea to help wipes producers differentiate themselves from the pack is HTI Plastics. The company offers Option Pak, a line of oval-shaped canisters and lids.

“The Option Pak oval is a versatile, portable and innovative package that will guarantee shelf impact for any brand. HTI Plastics designed the Option Pak product line to help our customers ease into a unique package without the high cost of a production tool,” said Jodi Dobbs, HTI’s national sales manager. A stock item at HTI Plastics, the Option Pak comes in a variety of sizes with lids to match. “It’s an ovalshaped product, which differentiates itself in the market because most of the wipes packages are round,” Ms. Dobbs added. (more…)

Catbridge Introduces New Meltblown Lines

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Catbridge Machinery has developed a pair of new meltblown lines offering precision, flexibility, and speed.A compact, innovative “plug and play” BMF line is connection-ready for fast installation and start up.A larger multi-beam system offers impressive throughput numbers and the opportunity to introduce multi-layer meltblown fiber structures into your process. Both lines have a modular design for flexible width configurations and convenient maintenance.

A new meltblown die design provides extremely precise laydown control for basis weight uniformity across the web, fiber size uniformity, porosity, and efficiency in throughput.The ultrafine web fibers are ideal for high-performance filters as well as applications including wipes and hygiene products. Technologies include complete closed-loop process control with trending and data logging as well as a two-axis vacuum roll variable that expands the range for experimenting with new processes.

The Catbridge meltblown lines offer an affordable way to add easily configurable production capacity. The compact line also works well as a pilot line for fine-tuning new products and processes, increasing quality and efficiency. A fully functional lab line is currently running at Catbridge’s Parsippany, New Jersey headquarters and is available for customer trials. The new meltblown lines complement Catbridge’s existing downstream nonwovens converting machinery including continuous winders, slitter rewinders, spray and ultrasonic laminating lines, and perforators.

Kimberly-Clark Professional Launches KIMTECH One-Step Germicidal Wipes

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Kimberly-Clark Professional announced the North American launch of KIMTECH* One-Step Germicidal Wipe at the 37th Annual Educational Conference & International Meeting of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), July 11–15 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

KIMTECH* One-Step Germicidal Wipe is an EPA registered product that features a new chemistry to quickly and effectively clean and disinfect environmental surfaces, killing MRSA in 30 seconds and C. difficile spores in six minutes, versus 10 minutes, as required by other environmental surface disinfectants.

Eliminating infection-causing organisms, some of which can survive on environmental surfaces for up to five months,(1) is a top concern for infection control and environmental services professionals, according to a recent survey conducted by Kimberly-Clark Professional. (more…)