Archive for March, 2012

Kelheim Fibres at the Hannover Messe 2012: A broad range of viscose speciality fibres for diverse applications

Friday, March 30th, 2012

Kelheim Fibres presents its viscose speciality fibres at Hannover Messe for the first time. Fibres are one of the most important “materials for the future” and can already be found in countless applications in our daily lives – and this trend will continue to develop according to Sebastian Basel, Commercial Manager New Business at Kelheim Fibres. „While 50 years ago viscose fibres were mainly used for textiles and – later – for hygiene products, we now have a broad range of speciality fibres for the most varied industrial applications. Thanks to our in-house R&D team and our numerous pilot plants, we are able to meet the requirements of our customers in a most diverse range of application areas with tailor-made fibres. With more than 75 years of experience in developing and manufacturing viscose fibres we are well prepared for this demanding task. Today we even can provide fibres with additional functionalities which enhance the properties of the end product.“
Recently, Kelheim’s new developments have been focused on fibres for speciality paper applications such as security papers, filter papers or battery separators. But also liquid absorbing geotextiles or filters with ion exchange properties can benefit from the use of Kelheim’s specialities. This year’s Hannover Messe is a perfect opportunity for the general public to get to know the wide range of possible applications. (more…)

National Spinning Broadens Market Reach With Acquisition Of Carolina Nonwovens

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

National Spinning Co. Inc., Washington, N.C., has acquired Lincolnton, N.C.-based Carolina Nonwovens Corp., a manufacturer of airlaid and thermobonded products for automotive, bedding, foam replacement, furniture, geotextile and insulation applications.

National Spinning, founded in 1921, is an employee-owned producer and distributor of man-made-fiber dyed and natural yarns for a range of end-uses, and operates five manufacturing facilities in various locations in North Carolina. Through its Hampton Art LLC division, it has a presence in the growing consumer craft products and scrapbooking markets. In December 2011, the company sold certain assets of its Caron International craft division to Canada-based craft yarn manufacturer and distributor Spinrite LP. According to National Spinning President and CEO James W. Chesnutt, National Spinning will continue to manufacture yarn for Spinrite, which will finish and distribute the yarn from a facility it is refurbishing in Washington.

Established in 2006, Carolina Nonwovens is now operating as a wholly owned division of National Spinning under the name Carolina Nonwovens LLC. The company is in the process of hiring a manager, and Jim Booterbaugh, vice president and general manager of National Spinning’s Yarn Division, is handling oversight of Carolina Nonwovens in the interim. Greg Gerald continues to be responsible for sales. Currently, the division has about 15 employees and produces durable nonwoven fabrics using natural, man-made and recycled fibers. Chesnutt said there are plans to install another line, possibly a needlepunch line, at the 75,000-squre-foot Lincolnton facility. (more…)

INVISTA builds nylon salt production plant in Rozenburg

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Invista is investing in a new, nylon salt production facility at its manufacturing plant in Rozenburg. Construction of the facility began this year, and Invista plans to commence salt production by the end of 2012.

The new plant will enhance Invista’s vertically integrated position in the marketplace as a valuable addition to the already-integrated nylon facilities owned by Invista around the globe.

“This investment reflects Invista’s ongoing commitment to the European polyamide 6.6 market, the fibers segment, and Invista’s growth in the engineering polymers segment,” said Kurt Burmeister, executive vice president, Invista Engineering Polymers.

Invista’s Rozenburg plant currently produces nylon polymer for use in fibers and plastics applications, as well as TORZEN engineering polymers for automotive, electronic, electrical, industrial and consumer applications. (more…)

Naturally Advanced Technologies Expands Production Capacity With Additional Third-Party Manufacturing Agreemen

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Charlotte’s Barnhardt Manufacturing Company to Execute CRAiLAR Process

VICTORIA, BC AND PORTLAND, OR, March 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc. (“NAT” or the “Company”) (TSXV: NAT) (OTCBB: NADVF), which produces and markets CRAiLAR®, a natural fiber made from flax and other bast fibers, announced it has partnered with Barnhardt Manufacturing Company to further expand its manufacturing capacity. The agreement calls for Barnhardt to execute the CRAiLAR enzymatic process exclusively for NAT, and expands upon manufacturing plans announced earlier this month.

Founded in 1929, Charlotte, N.C.-based Barnhardt is a global supplier of cotton for medical, health and beauty aids, and nonwoven fabrics. It currently supplies processed fiber to companies that demand similar standards to those of NAT’s global brand partners, and this third-party manufacturing agreement gives NAT to the ability scale to demand from existing and future partners. Barnhardt will commence production for NAT in Q2 2012.

“The advances we have made in the CRAiLAR enzymatic process over the past year, which opened the option of third-party manufacturing, means we can significantly expand our production capacity going forward without the infrastructure costs of building fully executed company-owned facilities,” said Ken Barker, CEO of NAT. “With more than 80 years in the business Barnhardt emerged as an ideal partner to continue our capacity expansion as we expect demand to rapidly increase through the balance of 2012.” (more…)

Second production line in China boosts Avgol

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Inaugurating a second production line in China helped Avgol achieve record results in 2011, though profit suffered in the last quarter of the year. The company, which makes nonwoven textiles for diapers and the like, reported a 10.6% increase in revenues for the quarter against the parallel in 2010, to $80 million. Operating profit grew 23% year over year, to $11.8 million. Quarterly net profit shrank 8% to $5 million, Avgol reported, mainly due to taxes; in the fourth quarter of 2010, in contrast, the company received a tax refund. Avgol reported a record turnover for 2011, up 19% from 2010, to $330 million. Operating profit increased by 16% to $41.3 million, and net profit grew 12% to $22.7 million. Company chieftain Shlomo Liran attributed the double-digit growth to the new production line in China. (Vadim Sviderski )


Polyester Fibers taps Charles Adams as CEO

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Cecile Corral — Home Textiles Today, 3/22/2012 11:32:41 AM

Miami — Empire Investment Holdings has appointed Charles Adams as the new ceo of its Polyester Fibers division, a holding company that manages five operating units.

Polyester Fibers is a major manufacturer and distributor of high-loft nonwoven materials for the bedding, furniture, industrial, auto, filtration, craft, and seasonal markets in the U.S. The company is comprised of five operating units — Tupelo Fibers, Cameo Fibers, Cumulus Fibres, Mountain Mist, and Buffalo Batt – and within those operates 10 plants and two distribution centers.

Adams brings more than 30 years of career experience working in the industry to his new post at Polyester Fibers. He has held senior executive positions at Milliken & Company, Morgan Fabrics and the Victor Group.

He spent the longest stretch at Milliken, where he spent 26 years assigned to various senior leadership roles, including general manager of the commercial and residential interior fabrics business. Later, he moved to Los Angeles-based Morgan Fabrics as its president and coo. (more…)

Carbon and non-woven cartridge markets to exceed $15 billion this year

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

The market for cartridges to purify liquids will exceed $15 billion in 2012. The two leading segments will be carbon and non-woven fabrics which will account for two thirds of the total. This is the latest forecast in Cartridge Filters: World Market published by the McIlvaine Company.

Carbon cartridges find large use in the residential and commercial markets where they purify the water to make ice and soft drinks. Non-woven cartridges are also used in residential and commercial applications, but they find the most extensive use in various industries. They purify water used in various food and chemical processes. They are also used to pre-filter liquids which are then further purified in membrane cartridges.

Metal cartridges are used in high temperature applications such as the purification of molten polymers in the plastic industry. String wound cartridges are inexpensive and are used in purification of paints as well as many chemical applications.

Membrane cartridges are widely used in the semiconductor, power and pharmaceutical industries. In the semiconductor industry, they are used to purify etching fluids. In the power industry, they are used to purify water used to generate steam.  In the pharmaceutical industry, cartridges are used in product manufacturing.

There continues to be innovations in the media which is being utilized. The use of nano fibers allows higher efficiency at equivalent energy consumption or lower energy consumption at equivalent efficiency.

Asia is now the largest regional market for cartridges.  This is due to the growth of the semiconductor, flat panel, memory and solar manufacturing industries. It is also due to the expanded buying power of individuals and the poor quality of municipally supplied water. Asia will continue to outpace other regions over the next decade. (more…)

Global Medical Nonwoven Disposables Market to Reach US$20.9 Billion by 2017, According to New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc.

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

GIA announces the release of a comprehensive global report on Medical Nonwoven Disposables market. Global Medical Nonwoven Disposables market is projected to reach US$20.9 billion by the year 2017, propelled by rising demand from developing economies, technology advancements in nonwovens manufacturing, increase in surgical procedures, and favorable demographics.

San Jose, California (PRWEB) March 20, 2012 (more…)

WOW agenda announced

Sunday, March 18th, 2012
Opportunities and challenges facing the global industrial and consumer wipes’ business are the focus of the 2012 World of Wipes (WOW) International Conference, set for June 5-7 at the Hotel InterContinental in Chicago, IL.
Expected to attract hundreds of participants from all links in the global wipes supply chain, WOW 2012 will provide three days of educational seminars and networking, along with the presentation of the prestigious World of Wipes Innovation Award™ recognizing companies that bring new and value-added processes and products to the wipes’ marketplace.
WOW is organized by INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry. Now in its sixthyear, WOW is the premier global wipes event for the nonwovens industry.
The first session at WOW 2012 will focus on Industrial Strength Opportunities, with a presentation by INDA president Rory Holmes detailing By By Karen Bitz
“The Industrial Wiper Market – Growth & Opportunities,” followed by presentations on the “EPA Wiper Rule,” by INDA’s Director of Government Affairs Jessica Franken and a presentation on “Worker Exposure to Metals in Laundered Shop Towels,” by Kimberly Dennis MacDougall, research scientist at Kimberly-Clark.
The demands of consumers and retailers for the wipes category will be the subject of a Markets & Trends session. The session will include presentations on “European Wipe Trends Moving to the U.S.,” by Ian Bell, head of Tissue, Hygiene and Home Care Research, Euromonitor International; and “The Retailer’s Point of View: What a Retailer Really Wants… and What They Really NEED,” by Tom Tobin, Regional Business Development Manager, Save-A-Lot Food Stores.
Among the other sessions on the agenda are “Wipe Packaging Trends and Sustainability,” Edward Fabiszak, vice president-sales and marketing, Sussex IM; “Best Practices of Applying Design-Thinking to Business Issues,” Rob Wallace, Managing Partner, Wallace Church; “Overview of International Developments Related to Solid Waste Management,” George Savage, executive vice president, CalRecover (more…)

Eagle Nonwovens orders new needlepuncher

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

US-based Eagle Nonwovens says that it has ordered its third 6m wide Dilo Group needlepunch line, which will be delivered in early July 2012.

The newest line is similar to Eagle’s existing lines, but with some additional features that could provide opportunities for expansion into new markets in liquid filter media. A 45,000 ft2 addition is also scheduled, with completion expected in June 2012. The latest expansion will bring Eagle’s facility to just over 170,000 ft2.
Eagle Nonwovens produced 22 million pounds of needlepunch nonwovens in 2011 on its two existing 6m wide Dilo Group lines. The new line coming on-stream in the third quarter of this year will bring total needlepunch capacity to over 30 million pounds annually.
Eagle Nonwovens is the largest producer and supplier of micron rated nonwoven liquid filter media for vessel bags in the world.


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