Archive for June, 2012

From rags to riches – World of Wipes 2012

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

By Adrian Wilson

Many of the benefits of disposable nonwoven wipes in the workplace over laundered and reusable cleaning materials (what are referred to in the US as ‘shop towels’) have been pretty well demonstrated over the past 30 years.

Yet in the USA, there has been a long-running fight to level the playing field for them – to the extent that eight years ago, questions were even asked in Congress about Richard Farmer, the founder of laundered workwear and services supplier Cintas, which employs 30,000 people and had sales of $3.8 billion in 2011. (more…)

Buckeye Technologies To Restart Specialty Paper Machine At Florida Mill

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Plan to start up the specialty paper machine today

Repairs have begun on fluff paper machine but it is too early to have a firm timeline

MEMPHIS, Tenn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jun. 22, 2012– Buckeye Technologies Inc. (NYSE:BKI) today announced that it has made the repairs on the #1 specialty pulp machine that was damaged on June 17, due to the significant failure of a steam drum on the #2 fluff pulp machine. Structural damage to the paper machine building has been addressed and the specialty machine will begin start up today. Both paper machines have been idled since Sunday evening June 17, when the incident occurred.

There were no injuries to any personnel and there wasn’t a fire. A team at the plant, including contractor resources and structural engineers, continue the investigation to determine the root cause of the drum failure. All drums are being inspected prior to the startup based on the early findings of the comprehensive failure analysis. (more…)

Nonwoven textiles prove to be resilent sector of N.C. economy

Friday, June 22nd, 2012
C.T. Chu, president, Oxco Inc.


Charlotte Business Journal by Ken Elkins, Senior Staff Writer

Date: Friday, June 22, 2012, 6:00am EDT – Last Modified: Thursday, June 21, 2012, 11:07am EDT

Oxco Inc. of Charlotte resizes and treats nonwoven materials made by other companies. This is a folding machine that imprints and folds material to a customer’s specification. The machine was developed by Oxco. At right is company President C.T. Chu.

Think textiles and then imagine tens of thousands of jobs being created in North Carolina.

No reason to imagine — it’s already happening in the niche of nonwoven textiles. They’re used in products such as diapers and medical gowns, and are made by a growing industry in the Carolinas.

Companhia Providencia, a Brazilian company that began production last year at a $70 million plant in Statesville, is expected to start a second line by early 2013. (more…)

Nordson Corporation Completes Acquisition of Xaloy Superior Holdings, Inc.

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Westlake, Ohio, USA – June 21, 2012 –  Nordson Corporation (Nasdaq: NDSN) today announced it has completed the acquisition of New Castle, Pennsylvania-based Xaloy Superior Holdings, Inc., a leading manufacturer of melt delivery components for injection and extrusion machinery in the global plastic processing industry.  The completion of the transaction follows Nordson’s June 4 announcement that it had entered into an agreement to acquire Xaloy.

Nordson management will hold a live webcast of its conference call discussing the acquisition at 8:30 a.m. ET, on Tuesday, June 26, 2012.  The webcast may be accessed on the investor section of Nordson’s website at  Slides that more fully describe this transaction also will be available on the site prior to the start of the call.  Following the webcast, an archived version of the call will be available until July 3, 2012.


Nordson Corporation delivers precision technology solutions that help customers increase throughput, productivity and up-time, enable new products and features, and decrease material usage. The company engineers, manufactures and markets differentiated products and systems used for dispensing adhesives, coatings, sealants, biomaterials and other materials, fluid management, test and inspection, UV curing and plasma surface treatment, all supported by application expertise and direct global sales and service.  Nordson serves a wide variety of consumer non-durable, durable and technology end markets including packaging, nonwovens, electronics, medical, appliances, energy, transportation, construction, and general product assembly and finishing.  Founded in 1954 and headquartered in Westlake, Ohio, the company has operations and support offices in more than 30 countries.  Visit Nordson on the web at, or

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CONTACT: Nordson Corporation
James R. Jaye (Director, Communications and Investor Relations)

Starlinger Open-House 2012: Celebrating 25 years of Starlinger Recycling Equipment

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

On June 18 and 19, 2012, Starlinger recycling technology is inviting players throughout the value chain of the plastics industry to celebrate 25 years of Starlinger recycling equipment. On this occasion an Open House with technical presentations and live test runs on the plastics recycling lines will be hosted at the factory premises in Weissenbach/ Triestingtal, Lower Austria.

The highlights: a recoSTAR PET 330 iV+ – currently the biggest PET bottle-to-bottle recycling line of its kind in the world – and a recoSTAR universal 165 VAC for film, fibre and nonwoven scrap recycling. The programme is rounded off with a dinner reception on the evening of June 18 on a trendy and unique boat restaurant in Vienna. (more…)

Buckeye Technologies Completes Sale of Cotton Linter Pulp Production Facility in Brazil

Monday, June 18th, 2012

MEMPHIS, Tenn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jun. 18, 2012– Buckeye Technologies Inc. (NYSE:BKI) today announced that it has completed the sale of its Brazilian subsidiary Buckeye Americana Ltda. to Vicunha Participacoes S.A. Net cash proceeds from the sale were $6.4 million. The Company ceased production of cotton cellulose pulp at the Americana, Brazil facility in December 2011, but had continued to operate its waste water treatment facility for the shared industrial site.

Buckeye, a leading manufacturer and marketer of specialty fibers and nonwoven materials, is headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. The Company currently operates facilities in the United States, Germany and Canada. Its products are sold worldwide to makers of consumer and industrial goods. (more…)

Dow Launches RHOPLEX™ ECONEXT™ Acrylic Binders In North America

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

The Dow Chemical Co., Midland, Mich., has launched in North America a series of acrylic binders designed to enable manufacturers of hygiene and medical products to produce end-use nonwovens products containing minimal levels of formaldehyde.

According to Dow, RHOPLEX™ ECONEXT™ binders offer the best performance characteristics of conventional self-crosslinking nonwovens binder technology — including excellent wet strength, hydrophobicity, and the option to adjust softness and stiffness — but contain low and ultra-low levels of formaldehyde so that manufacturers can meet increasingly stringent industry standards such as the Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 certification for textile raw materials, intermediates and end products.

Rhoplex Econext 110, 210 and 230 are the first binders in the product line to be commercialized in North America. The acrylic binders may be used in disposable and reusable nonwoven applications and are especially suitable for use in formaldehyde-sensitive environments such as hospitals, schools, and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®)-certified buildings and manufacturing facilities, Dow reports.

Sani Professional® Wins Innovation Award at World of Wipes Conference

Monday, June 11th, 2012

WOWOrangeburg, NY, June 7, 2012 – Sani Professional® was awarded the top honor at the 2012 World of Wipes (WOW) International Conference for its new Table Turners®No-Rinse Sanitizing Wipes. The WOW International Conference, held June 5-7 in Chicago, IL, is sponsored by the INDA, a trade association representing the nonwoven fabrics industry since 1968. The WOW Innovation Award recognizes the most innovative advances within the nonwoven wipes marketplace.

TTSWTable Turners® clean and sanitize hard, non-porous food contact surfaces in one easy step. The pre-moistened, no-rinse sanitizing wipes effectively kill 99.999 percent of bacteria such as e.coli, staphyloccus aureus and shigella boydii in 60 seconds and also kill 99.9 percent of salmonella and kledsiella pnuemonae in five minutes. Each wipe is pre-measured to deliver approximately 175 ppm of quaternary ammonium chlorides, taking the human error out of hand mixing disinfectants. The wipes come in advanced Eco-Pak packaging for convenient use and save foodservice operators an average of 24 percent when compared with the use of towels and detergents.1 (more…)