Archive for October, 2012

Kelheim Fibres develops new viscose fiber Umberto for nonwoven and textile applications

Sunday, October 28th, 2012

KELHEIM, Germany, Oct. 3, 2012 (Press Release) – The R&D team of the Bavarian viscose specialities manufacturer Kelheim Fibres has developed a completely new viscose fibre named Umberto. The most remarkable thing about Umberto is its cross section – or better: cross sections. By tuning a multitude of parameters during the spinning process, Kelheim’s R&D has created a fibre with varying letter-shaped cross section.

First tests have shown the benefits of Umberto for both nonwoven and textile applications: in the nonwoven area, Umberto fibres of a certain length have achieved the best test results for the dispersibility of wet wipes. In textile applications, the different cross sections of Umberto create air pockets in the yarn which can deliver a thermal insulation effect in garments – this effect is currently being tested by a renowned institute.


Petrochemicals selling Avgol stake for NIS 420m

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

The sale should enable Petrochemical Enterprises to meet its commitments for 2013.

2 October 12 12:41, Nadav Neuman
Israel Petrochemical Enterprises Ltd. (TASE:PTCH) is selling 45% of Avgol Nonwoven Industries Ltd. (TASE:AVGL) to HFH International BV, a Dutch company owned by Ethemba Capital 12 LP, for NIS 420 million. Petrochemical Enterprises is a holding company controlled by chairman Jacob Gottenstein, David Federman, and Alex Pesel, through Modgal Industries Ltd.The sale of Avgol should enable Petrochemical Enterprises to meet its commitments for 2013 without the need to raise additional credit or sell its stake in Oil Refineries Ltd. (TASE:ORL). However, to make the NIS 149.7 million in principal and interest payments during the first half of 2014, the company will need to receive a dividend from Oil Refineries. Petrochemical Enterprises estimates that Oil Refineries will distribute a NIS 675 million dividend during the period, of which its share will be NIS 206.1 million.

Petrochemical Enterprises posted a loss of NIS 93.7 million for the second quarter of 2012, mainly due to poor results by Oil Refineries. (more…)

Russian nonwovens industry heading for big change

Saturday, October 20th, 2012


Eugene Gerden reports from Moscow

The Russian nonwovens industry is on the verge of big changes, due national government plans to approve a state strategy for the industry’s further development until 2020.

Despite the unstable economic situation in Russia, nonwovens production has become one of the most promising segments in the national textile industry in recent years. This is reflected by the fact that the current rates of production and consumption of nonwovens are significantly higher than those of woven fabrics and knitted goods.

For example, the average growth rates of the Russian nonwovens industry at present are in the range of 15%-20%, compared to 5%-7% in case of fabrics. One of the major reasons of a stable demand for nonwovens in Russia is the country’s cold climate, as well as long traditions of their use.

However, despite favourable conditions for the industry’s development, until recently it has been prevented by a number of problems, the most important of which was lack of effective state policy for its development, as the nonwovens segment (along with the whole Russian textiles industry) was never included in the list of the priority areas of the national economy, approved by the government.

Lack of state policy resulted in the appearance of a number of problems in the industry, among which are the outdated equipment stock (where more than 70% of industry equipment has a lifetime of more than 15 years), the ever rising prices for raw materials, and high proportion of counterfeit goods.


Vita Nonwovens Successfully Completes Management Buyout

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

By PR Newswire  October 10, 2012 10:00 AM EDT

HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — The management team of Vita Nonwovens has successfully completed a management buyout of the business from Vitafoam, Inc., a division of UK parent company The Vita Group, Ltd.  Through the advice of Cary Street Partners, LLC, the management team partnered with Charlotte based private equity firms Capital South Partners and Crutchfield Capital combined with Source Capital Mezzanine Fund and PNC bank to complete the transaction August 31, 2012.  Vita Nonwovens is a producer of high quality nonwoven fiber materials for use in bedding, furniture, hygiene, automotive, filtration, and building products.

Jason Johnson, the company’s Executive VP of Operations said: “This deal represents a great opportunity for us.  We have confidence in our team and our capital partners, and we feel we are well-positioned for future growth.”  Kevin Womble, Executive VP of Sales & Marketing was quick to point out that customers will experience a seamless transition: “We have built a solid foundation and forged strong partnerships over the years which are critical for our future.  We want to enhance our customers’ experience and continue to find ways to bring value in support of their initiatives.  Our new structure will allow us to achieve these objectives with an entrepreneurial flair.” (more…)

Nonwovens association INDA names Rousse new President

Saturday, October 13th, 2012
October 10, 2012 (USA)
The Board of Directors at INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, this week appointed David Rousse as the new President of the leading global trade association. Effective October 15, Rousse will assume the position currently held by Rory Holmes, who has announced his retirement in mid-2013. Mr. Holmes has held the position since October 2003.

Rousse most recently served as CEO of HydroLogex LLC, a young Franklin, TN-based virtual manufacturer of proprietary decentralized wastewater treatment systems in the CleanTech sector. Prior to that he held leadership positions in Fiberweb, then a $1 billion global manufacturer of specialty nonwoven fabrics. He entered Fiberweb in 2005 as President, Hygiene/Medical Americas in Simpsonville, SC, before being promoted in 2007 to President, Fiberweb Americas, based in Nashville.

“With Rory Holmes planning to retire in the middle of next year, the Board felt it was important to begin the transition by bringing in an executive of Dave Rousse’s caliber as early as possible,” says INDA Board Chairman Todd Bassett. “With IDEA 2013 being held in Miami Beach next April, it is important to our members and the industry that the new leadership of INDA be in place for our signature event. We are pleased to be able to have Rory Holmes available to help with the transition.” (more…)

Suominen Nonwovens Now

Saturday, October 13th, 2012

Karen Castle VP NA Sales for Suominen Nonwovens shared the stage with Larry Kin (both ex Ahlstrom) to give an effective Q&A session on the recently expanded company:

  • ·         Who bought whom? Suominen bought Ahlstrom’s Home and Personal Care business unit.
  • ·         Why did Ahlstrom sell Wipes?  Because the business model to succeed in wipes diverged from Ahlstrom’s new business model.  Wipes has a few large customers:  Ahlstrom has a big Sales network.
  • ·         Was it easy?  No. Suominen  had no US business and is having to create one.  There are still problems in transferring Ahlstrom’s  South American plant due to governmental issues.
  • ·         New culture?  If we think pre-Ahlstrom, Suominen is now a combination of cultures from their Nakkila plant in Finland, the Dexter Windsor Locks operation, Green Bay Nonwovens, BBA Fiberweb’s Bethune, Alicante and Mozzate plants, Orlandi, and Ahlstrom’s Paulina plant.  The Suominen guiding principles of Trust, Partnership and Expertise are seamlessly retained.
  • ·         Effect on employees?  Suominen has quadrupled in size with a new Board and CEO and 8 sites instead of one Finnish plant.  Everyone has to accept change but is excited about the future.
  • ·         Windsor Locks Arrangement?  Suominen owns the Genesis and Hydraspun lines, Ahlstrom provide the services. Seamless coexistence occurred from Day 1.
  • ·         Codi?  We’re talking the Suominen Nonwovens Business unit here: Codi Wipes and Flexible Packaging are separate business units in the Suominen Group.
  • ·         Brands?  Suominen now have Fiberlla™ spunlace, Novelin™ thermal bond, Novonette™ thermal bond, Biolace® Webril, SPC™ Nonwoven, Airlace™ Nonwoven, Genesis™ composite, Hydraspun® and Hydraspun® Dispersible.
  • ·         Pilot Plants? Fiber Spinning, Carding, Thermal Bonding, Spunlacing, Wet-Laid and Composites.
  • ·         What next? Focus on customers, efficiency, expanding market, heath safety and environmental responsibility, sustainability.  Managing microbial risk was specifically mentioned.
  • ·         And finally: Suominen rhymes with You Owe Me None (more…)

Nominations open for IDEA13 Achievement Awards

Thursday, October 11th, 2012
October 08, 2012 (United States Of America)

Nominations are now open for the prestigious IDEA13 Achievement Awards, which are organized by INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, in partnership with Nonwovens Industry magazine. The awards, presented every three years in conjunction with the IDEA International Engineered Fabrics Exposition and Conference, are designed to award innovation within the nonwovens and engineered fabrics industries.Nominations will be accepted through December 31, 2012.

The IDEA13 Achievement Awards will recognize the leading companies, individuals and new products in the global nonwovens and engineered fabrics industry. The awards will be presented on the show floor during IDEA13, April 23-25, 2013, at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami Beach, Florida.

All members of the global engineered fabrics industry are eligible for the IDEA13 Achievement Awards. Nominations can be made in five categories through the Nonwovens Industry website. (more…)

Expansion of nonwoven materials maker Bondex in Edgefield

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012
September 28, 2012 (USA)
Bondex Inc, a maker of thermally bonded nonwoven materials, announced that it will expand its existing operations in Edgefield County. The $6.4 million investment is expected to generate 13 new jobs.

“We are excited about moving forward with our plans to expand our existing facility in Edgefield County. South Carolina has provided us with an excellent business environment and a talented workforce. We look forward to continuing to grow here. We appreciate all the support we’ve received from state and local officials,” said Brad Willingham, president of Bondex Inc.

Bondex Inc. is expanding the company’s nonwovens production plant in Trenton, S.C. in order to add a new product line, which will allow the company to produce industrial laminates and composites for the electrical and electronic markets, as well as other specialty areas. The company will add 33,000 square feet of space to the facility, doubling the plant’s size. The expansion is expected to be completed in end of fourth quarter with production starting in January. (more…)

Encompass Group, LLC Introduces Super‐Soft Evolution™ Nonwoven Scrubs

Monday, October 1st, 2012

McDonough, GA (PRWEB) September 30, 2012

Encompass Group, LLC introduces Super‐Soft Evolution™ scrubs to their line of nonwoven staff apparel.

Super‐Soft Evolution scrubs are the perfect solution for staff, visitors, labor room, and patients requiring temporary clothing.

Constructed of a technologically advanced material, featuring a unique quilted texture that is soft to the touch, these new scrubs provide enhanced comfort, fit and feel. Super‐Soft Evolution scrubs are remarkably comfortable to wear.

Unisex tops and pants with elastic or drawstring waists feature a highly opaque True Blue optical blocking technology to prevent see‐through and protect modesty. Sizes range from Small to 3X‐Large. Coordinating Warm‐Up Jackets are available in sizes ranging from Medium to 2X‐Large.

Encompass Super‐Soft Evolution scrubs reduce cross‐contamination and minimize loss and laundry expense, without sacrificing comfort and wearability. The comfort of traditional scrubs with the performance of new technology: Encompass Super‐Soft Evolution scrubs are the best of both worlds. (more…)

Difficult but Valuable – Recycling of Nonwoven Production Waste

Monday, October 1st, 2012
China Plastic and Rubber Journal  | September 25, 2012

China Plastic & Rubber Journal (CPRJ) – Oct 2012 Issue Source:China Plastic & Rubber Journal Elfriede Hell of Starlinger recycling technology Nonwovens consist of different polymers and polymer mixtures, have different viscosities, type and amount of contaminations. As a result, filtration fineness …
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