Archive for November, 2010

Japan’s Toray plans extra investment to meet growing demand

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010
November 23, 2010 (China)

Japan based Toray Industries Inc. recently revealed its intention to spend an extra sum towards boosting its manufacturing capacity for nonwoven textiles in China, so as to be able to fulfil the rising demand of materials greatly required to produce disposable diapers and sanitary napkins.

The company is to invest another five million yen that is US $60.12 million, in addition to the five million worth of investment already underway for expansion of the its production lines for high-performance polypropylene spunbond. This expansion is believed to enhance the company’s overall capacity for producing this elastic, breathable material by 60 percent to 108,000 tons by July 2012. (more…)

Spunmelt production capacity to increase in the Americas

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Adrian Wilson
Fri Nov 26 2010, 12:29 PM

Two leading spunmelt producers – FitesaFiberweb and Brazil’s Companhia Providência – have announced near-identical plans to add capacity in both North and South America this month.

FitesaFiberweb announced it will install two new spunmelt lines over the next three years, one at a new site in Lima, Peru and the other in the US.

In Peru, construction associated with the projects is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2011 and material is expected to be commercially available in early 2012. Additionally, the company plans to expand its North American capacity by adding another spunmelt line, expected to be commercially available in early 2013.

“Following the recent completion of the largest and most modern spunmelt line in the US at FitesaFiberweb’s Simpsonville, site in South Carolina, these investments build on our current strong performance and will enable enhanced logistics and customer service in the region,” says FitesaFiberweb CEO Silverio Baranzano.

The lines will add close to 35,000 tons of capacity to the company’s current spunmelt production – to reach 140,000 tons per year.

FitesaFiberweb is a joint venture which was only formed in August 2009 by Fiberweb and Brazil’s Petropar, achieving sales of US$200 million in the first-half of 2010.  It has been benefiting from sustained rapid market growth in South and Central America and from the cost and operational benefits through the combination of Petropar’s Fitesa business in Brazil with Fiberweb’s hygiene spunbond facilities in the USA and Mexico. (more…)

Asia growth market for nonwovens

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

Adrian Wilson
Fri Nov 26 2010, 12:33 PM

Double-digit Asian growth will propel the global nonwovens market up to 2015, according to a new report from IntertechPira.

The global nonwovens market is projected to reach $40.1 billion by 2015 with a CAGR of 8.5% from a $26.7 billion 2010 base, according the report. High CAGR of over 14% for the Asian market is forecast for the same period.

The Future of Nonwovens to 2015: Global Market Forecasts quantifies global consumption of nonwovens with a complete review of the market, process technologies and product applications. It covers the historical market from 2005 to 2010 and provides projections from 2010 to 2015. The global market is broken down into product use, production process technology (both forming and processing technology), raw-material composition and consumption, and geographical consumption patterns. (more…)

Global Spunmelt Capacity Set to Spike As Manufacturers Announce Ambitious Investment Plans

Monday, November 22nd, 2010
Five new spunmelt lines have been announced in recent weeks as manufacturers prepare to add tens of thousands of tons of capacity to the global nonwovens industry. Two of the lines are set for North America, one will be added in Peru and one will be added in Japan. The location of the fifth line has not yet been finalized.
Israel’s Avgol was the first producer to announce expansion the first week of November when it said it would invest up to $80 million for two new 4.2-meter Reicofil lines. While Avgol has said that one of the lines will be the fourth line to be installed in Mocksville, NC, the location of the other line is reportedly between China or Russia where the company already has successful operations.
Avgol will also add enough space in Mocksville for a fifth line to be added sometime in the future.
Last week, FitesaFiberweb, also one of the Americas’ major spunmelt manufacturers, officially announced that a second new line for its U.S. operation would come onstream in 2013. The announcement came literally days after the company completed work on its first line in Simpsonville, SC.
At the same time, FitesaFiberweb, which also has lines in Brazil and Mexico, will construct a spunmelt line at a new site in Lima, Peru. This investment will begin early next year and will be completed early the year after.

Catbridge Donates Meltblown For Gulf Cleanup

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

Catbridge has donated meltblown wipes to help with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill cleanup. The blown microfiber wipes, manufactured on the company’s new meltblown production machinery, went to a Florida nonprofit to help remove oil from animals on the state’s beaches.
Made of polypropylene, the donated meltblown wipes have a strong affinity for oil. The polypropylene attracts oil and the extremely fine meltblown fibers have lots of surface area to collect the oil on the fiber surface.
Meltblown material has also been used extensively for the filling in oil spill containment booms. Polypropylene meltblown fibers can adsorb significantly more oil than their weight, and they are also light enough to float on the water’s surface. The booms help contain the spill and also concentrate the oil so it can be skimmed or vacuumed.
More traditional uses for the ultrafine, high-performance meltblown microfiber include filters, industrial and consumer wipes, and hygiene products. Catbridge has had excellent results producing high-performance meltblown with commonly-used Z-N based polypropylene and also the new metallocene resins. The company builds a compact, easy-to-install meltblown line as well as a larger multi-die production line. These modular meltblown systems achieve impressive throughput, tensile strength, and elongation values.

Lenzing AG is considering a $30 million, 63-job expansion of its Axis plant.

Saturday, November 20th, 2010

Officials of the Austrian synthetic fiber maker say demand is expanding, and that technical advances are opening new markets for lyocell, a fabric made from dissolved wood pulp spun through jets.

Kevin Allen, president of U.S. subsidiary Lenzing Fibers Inc., said that the company’s board could approve plans before year’s end. He said a Lenzing plant in England and one in Austria are competing for the work.

Tuesday, the Mobile County Industrial Development Authority approved $2.67 million in tax breaks meant to aid the Axis bid. That amount includes a $1.23 million waiver of sales taxes on equipment and construction costs, as well as a $1.44 billion waiver of non-school property taxes over 10 years. (more…)

FitesaFiberweb to expand spunmelt capacity in Peru & USA

Friday, November 19th, 2010
FitesaFiberweb announces two major new investments to serve the Hygiene and the Healthcare markets in the Americas. Two high-technology spunmelt lines are to be installed in the next three years, one at a new site in Lima, Peru and one planned for the U.S.

In Peru, construction associated with the projects is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2011 and material is expected to be commercially available in early-2012.

Additionally, the company plans to expand its North American capacity by adding another spunmelt line, expected to be commercially available in early-2013. “These latest investments are part of FitesaFiberweb’s long-term vision to provide superior products and solutions to support our customers in important and fast-growing regions of the Americas”, said FitesaFiberweb CEO Silverio Baranzano.

“Following the recent completion of the largest and most modern spunmelt line in the US at FitesaFiberweb’s Simpsonville, SC site, these investments build on our current strong performance to further optimize our market-leading asset base and to enable an enhanced logistics and customer-service proposition in the region”, adds Baranzano. (more…)

Lenzing achieves record Q3 result

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Figures posted by the Lenzing Group for the third quarter of 2010 are said to be the best quarterly results achieved in the company’s history.

Earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) for the period reached €60.8m, up from €37.3m for the same period in 2009. EBIT reached a record nine month high of €168.8m, tripling the €54.3m achieved in 2009, said the company.

Lenzing’s third quarter sales grew by 45.2 % from €885m last year to €1.285m. Excluding the effect of acquisitions, sales grew by 37.7 %.

The company attributes its strong sales growth to the business development of its cellulose fibres, which exceeded half-year expectations. The record result is also said to be the effect of increased production capacity, enabling the manufacture of larger shipments, combined with an improved fibre price level. In addition, Lenzing believes the full consolidation of its Paskov pulp factory in May 2010 has had a positive impact on the figures. (more…)

Reportlinker Adds Global Air Filters & Filtration Equipment Industry

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

NEW YORK, Nov. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue:

Global Air Filters & Filtration Equipment Industry–Filtration-Equipment-Industry.html

This report analyzes the worldwide markets for Air Filters & Filtration Equipment in US$ Million by the following product group/segments – Automotive Air Filters, Cartridge Air Filters, Electrostatic Air Filters, Fabric Air Pollution Filters, HVAC Air Filters, and Other Air Purification Filters. The report provides separate comprehensive analytics for the US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Rest of World. Annual estimates and forecasts are provided for the period 2007 through 2015. A seven-year historic analysis is also provided for these markets. The report profiles 324 companies including many key and niche players such as 3M Company, Aerospace America, Inc., Air Filter Service Company, Air Filtration System LLC., Airtech Japan Ltd., American Air Filter (AAF) International, Bruce Air Filter Company, Camfil Farr, Champion Laboratories, Inc., Clarcor, Inc., Purolator Products Air Filtration, Cummins, Inc., Cummins Filtration, Donaldson Co., Inc., Dust Free, Inc., Fiberweb Filtration, Filtration Group Inc., Filtration Systems Products, Inc., Filtrauto S.A., Flanders Corp., Precisionaire Inc., Freudenberg Group, Freudenberg Nonwovens L.P., Lydall, Inc., Mann Hummel, Nordic Air Filtration A/S, Pall Corporation, Purafil, Inc., SPX Corporation, Trion Inc and Waltz-Holst Blow Pipe Co. Market data and analytics are derived from primary and secondary research. Company profiles are mostly extracted from URL research and reported select online sources.


PGI Reports Third Quarter 2010 Results

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Nov. 11, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Polymer Group, Inc. (PGI) (OTC Bulletin Board: POLGA/POLGB) reported results of operations for the third quarter ended October 2, 2010.

Highlights included:

  • Top Line Results Up in All Regions Year-over-Year on Improved Sales/Mix and Volume Growth
  • Net sales were $297.4 million compared with sales from continuing operations of $223.0 million in the third quarter of 2009 and net sales of $289.7 million for the second quarter of 2010, reflecting year-over-year improvement in all regions and sequential growth in most  regions. Volume gains in Europe, U.S., Asia and Latin America were especially strong with Spain continuing to generate results better than originally anticipated. Higher selling prices reflected the pass-through of higher raw material costs and increased medical sales.
  • Profitability Improved Sequentially and Year-over-Year
  • Gross profit improved to $59.5 million from $47.3 million in the prior-year period and $53.3 million in the second quarter of 2010.
  • Favorable movements in raw material costs in late second quarter provided a positive impact to third quarter profitability.  Raw material costs, however, began to increase slightly late in the third quarter.
  • Adjusted EBITDA increased to $37.6 million compared with $33.4 million in the prior-year period and $32.4 million in the second quarter of 2010.  Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure, is defined and reconciled to net income below. (more…)