Archive for November, 2012

Polymer Group names Michael Modak SVP, global growth and innovation

Friday, November 23rd, 2012
Oct 17, 2012, 1:35pm EDT Updated: Oct 17, 2012, 4:02pm EDT

Michael Modak has been named senior vice president, global growth and investment officer, for Polymer Group Inc.Polymer Group names Michael Modak SVP, global growth and innovation



Michael Modak has been named senior vice president, global growth and investment officer, for Polymer Group Inc.

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Michael Modak has been named senior vice president, global growth and innovation officer for Polymer Group Inc., a Charlotte-based manufacturer of nonwoven textiles.

Modak has more than 30 years of experience in the specialty materials, chemicals and nonwovens industries. He will lead Polymer Group’s Global Growth and Innovation organization, a newly formed operating group charged with driving the company’s growth.

“Mike Modak will play a critical role in rapidly moving our company on its growth and innovation path,” says Veronica “Ronee” Hagen, chief executive, in a press release from the company. “With his appointment completing the new organizational structure at PGI, we are fully focused on our strategic plans to leverage our global footprint through a consolidated market approach and achieve our growth objectives.” (more…)

National Nonwovens and SABIC collaborate on FR aircraft seat cover

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

By David Stevenson  Thu Nov 8 2012, 10:39 AM
National Nonwovens, a US manufacturer of nonwoven materials, has developed the first fire blocker for all aircraft seating dress covers in collaboration with SABIC’s (Saudi Basic Industries Corporation) Innovative Plastics.
Marketed and sold under the Ultra-Protechtor fire blocker brand, National Nonwovens was able to create this revolutionary technology by upgrading from aramid to high-performance fibre made from SABIC’s flame-retardant ULTEM resin, a polyetherimide (PEI) material.
Anthony Centofanti, CEO and president of National Nonwovens, said: “The SABIC team provided support to enable us to develop our new Ultra-Protechtor fire blocker.
“This, combined with the outstanding performance of ULTEM fibre, allowed National Nonwovens to easily upgrade from aramid to create a truly high-end product that meets growing industry safety demands and provides aircraft manufacturers with an exceptional fire blocker technology.”
ULTEM fibre is based on the SABIC’s world-leading ULTEM resin, which delivers high heat resistance together with high flow, high ductility and strength to meet tough environmental conditions. (more…)

The Future of Nonwovens for Industrial Applications

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Global consumption of nonwovens for industrial applications in 2012 is expected to total 3.30 million tonnes, increasing to 4.95 million tonnes by 2017. The Future of Nonwovens for Industrial Applications provides in-depth analysis of the direction the industrial nonwovens market will take over the five years to 2017. This report provides a complete review of the industrial nonwovens market, process technologies and end-use applications. From recycled fibres for construction supplies to adding charge life to electric vehicle batteries, industrial nonwovens provide a tool that perfectly fits the changing world – don’t miss this opportunity to stay ahead of the competition.


  • Quantitative market sizes and forecasts to 2017 by end use, manufacturing process and region
  • Exclusive tables and figures showing production, consumption and end use, by process, segment and region
  • Profiles of over 15 major industrial nonwoven market segments (more…)

Monadnock Non-Wovens to expand in Michigan

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Published October 26, 2012

Michigan’s Branch County Economic Growth Alliance along with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation recently announced that pending city and state approval a $4.5 million dollar facility investment will create 42 new jobs when Monadnock Non-Wovens LLC takes root in Coldwater by the end of 2013.

Monadnock Non-Wovens LLC (MN-W) manufactures high performance melt blown nonwoven roll goods for the filtration, industrial, healthcare and consumer markets and is based in Mount Pocono, PA. The company says it has experienced significant annual growth in recent years and has firm expectations for the growth to continue. The addition of a second location in the Midwest near major customers was seen as a major advantage to the company.

Allasso Industries’ Winged Fiber™ offers advantages for filtration and numerous other applications.

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Quality Fabric Of The Month

Featherweight Filtration

Janet Bealer Rodie, Managing Editor

Channeled fibers, with their increased capillarity, offer interesting possibilities for enhancing a textile’s performance. Morrisville, N.C.-based Allasso Industries Inc.’s Winged Fiber™, developed in collaboration with North Carolina State University’s (NCSU’s) Nonwovens Cooperative Research Center, is exhibiting remarkable filtration and cosmetic delivery performance; and has potential applications in tissue scaffolds, hemostatic bandages, battery separators, insulation and apparel. The bicomponent fiber comprises a shaped core polymer and a sacrificial polymer that are coextruded through a specially designed spinpack. The core features from eight to 32 deep channels between uniform, straight-edged wings. The sheath polymer fills the channels during fiber formation and is dissolved during finishing of the final product.

Asia To Account For Over 50% Of Global Nonwoven Fabric Production By 2020

Thursday, November 8th, 2012
Dated- 05 Nov , 2012 – Global
Over half the world’s nonwoven fabrics will be produced in Asia by 2020.

The business information company’s study highlighted that between 2001 and 2011 production more or less trebled, and as a result Asia accounted for over 40% of global nonwoven fabric production last year.

In 2011 alone, nonwoven fabric production in Asia increased by 7.4% to 3.1 million tonnes after rising by 10.0% in 2010 and 13.1% in 2009.

These strong growth rates reflect a rising usage of nonwovens in Asia as countries in the region continue to industrialise. Furthermore, developments and innovations in the field of nonwovens are leading to the opening up of new applications for nonwovens, according to Textiles Intelligence.

INDA runs nonwoven filter media training course

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

16 October 2012

The INDA is running a Nonwoven Filter Media training course on 5-6 December 2012 at its headquarters in Cary, North Carolina in the USA.

The INDA says that the new course is designed for industry professionals who want to learn about the development, testing and application of nonwovens in filtration. This will include: Properties of nonwoven filter media; Raw materials for nonwoven filter media; Processes for nonwoven filter media; Testing of nonwoven filter media; Liquid filtration applications; Air filtration applications; Engine filtration; Filtration mechanisms and theory; Standards and regulations pertinent to nonwoven filter media.
The instructor for the course is Marshall Hutten, industry expert and filtration industry veteran for over 45 years. Hutton is the author of Handbook of Nonwoven Filter Media, first published in 2007. He earned his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Rice University. His career includes leadership positions at Hollingsworth &Vose, James River Corporation and Dexter Corporation.