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WaterWipes outlines US plans
WaterWipes, an Irish maker of chemical-free baby wipes, is using Portsmouth, New Hampshire, as its new base of operations to gain a stronger foothold into the US market.
Scientists develop biodegradable AHP
University of Utah engineers have developed what they claim to be the world’s first 100 per cent biodegradable, yet comfortable, sanitary pad.
Hohenstein establishes health centre
The Hohenstein Institute has established the Hohenstein Health Centre in Boennigheim, Germany, which is focused on medical textiles such as apparel, medical products and processes which affect human health.
Glatfelter honoured by wallcover producer
Glatfelter’s Dresden facility, part of the company’s Composite Fibres Business Unit, has been recognised for service excellence, consistent high quality and long-term cooperation by Russia’s largest wallcover producer KOF Palitra.
SNW meets Do Good Hygiene
INDA promotes nonwoven careers
Nonwovens association INDA has named Justin Gutierrez as its assistant director of career services. The newly created position aims to promote the nonwovens and engineered fabrics industry as an attractive career choice to the next generation of business and technical professiona
Edgewell announces Q2 results
Edgewell Personal Care Companyhas announced its Q2 2017 results and says the company is maintaining its fiscal 2017 financial outlook for adjusted EPS and is revising its outlook for organic net sales.
US distribution for biodegradable diapers
Diaper manufacturer Poof Diapers has announced the start of US distribution of the ‘first ever’ fully biodegradable and compostable diapers.
SCA Hygiene sales up
SCA Hygiene has reported a growth in organic sales for Q1 2017.Earlier this month SCA shareholders decided to split SCA into two listed companies: forest products company SCA, and Essity, a global hygiene and health company.
Emerging markets benefit Kimberly-Clark
Personal care giant Kimberly-Clark Corporation has reported Q1 net sales of US$4.5 billion - even to the previous year, with organic sales down 1 per ce
Airlaid nonwovens to reach $2.5 billion
The global airlaid nonwovens market is projected to grow to $2.5 billion, and consume 8.2 billion square metres by 2022, according to new research.
Absorbent Products Company acquired
Principle Business Enterprises Inc. (PBE), a developer of moisture management products, has acquired the business assets and operations of Absorbent Products Company Inc.
Unicharm to open third Saudi factory
Japanese diaper maker Unicharm has opened its third plant in Saudi Arabia, a move which will reportedly double its capacity in the Middle Eastern state.
Defect detection for embossed nonwovens
New inspection technology from Isra Vision works to maintain product quality for embossed nonwoven products. The defect detection advancement can capture even the smallest embossed structures, such as pattern designs and brand logos.
INDA welcomes new board members
Nonwovens association INDA has elected six new members to its board of directors for 2017. The newly appointed directors include representatives from Procter & Gamble, Rockline Industries, Berry Global and Glatfelter.
Diaper innovations from H.B. Fuller
A new wetness indicator from adhesives provider H.B. Fuller helps to show caregivers when a diaper is ready to be changed, as disposable diaper manufacturers work to provide greater absorbency to help babies stay drier for longer.
New hygiene network
AHP Global, a new worldwide network of 10 hygiene associations, met for the first time in Geneva, Switzerland, prior to nonwovens fair Index 17. Initiated by EDANA, AHP (Absorbent Hygiene Products) Global brings together 10 national and international industry associations representing producers of absorbent hygiene products.
Pegas signs MOU for Reicofil line in South Africa
Pegas Nonwovens, one of Europe’s leading producers of nonwovens for use primarily in personal hygiene products, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with nonwovens technology supplier Reifenhäuser Reicofil GmbH and Co.
Comfort focus from Dow
Dow Packaging and Speciality Plastics, a division of The Dow Chemical Company, will introduce new meltblown fibre resins and sensory packaging technology at nonwovens exhibition Index.
New look Jacob Holm
Nonwoven materials developer Jacob Holm Group will platform its new brand identity at Index.
SCA US Supreme Court victory
Hygiene and forest products company SCA has secured a victory before the United States Supreme Court in its seven-year patent infringement case against First Quality Products.
Growth potential for Chinese diapers
Chinese personal hygiene giant Hengan International Group says it will now focus on the production, distribution and sales of its hygiene products in the future after spinning off its food and snacks business Qinqin Foodstuffs Group in mid-20
New hygiene waste recycling process
Hygiene services and waste management company PHS Group has launched a new patented recycling process in a bid to tackle the hundreds of millions of feminine hygiene products, diapers and incontinence pads disposed of in public and commercial bins and currently sent to landfill each year.
Hartmann to acquire P&G incontinence brand
Medical and hygiene products supplier the Hartmann Group plans to acquire Procter & Gamble’s adult incontinence brand Lindor in Spain and Portug
SCA updates on company split
The SCA Group has published new information for shareholders regarding its proposed split into two listed companies: one for the hygiene business and one for the forest products business.
New 'intelligent diaper' for incontinence
An ‘intelligent diaper’ could help revolutionise care for incontinence patients in hospitals and nursing homes, with sensor technology allowing care staff to be alerted when it needs to be changed.
New substrate for Ultrasoft wipes
Suominen has launched a new nonwoven material for baby wipes – Fibrella Ultrasoft – said to deliver softness for consumers and easy convertibility for custome
Avgol at Index 17
Avgol will exhibit its latest nonwoven products for the hygiene industry at Index 17, to be held in Geneva next month.
Kleenex wins POY skincare award
Kimberly-Clark’s tissue brand, Kleenex Exfoliating Cushions, has been named Product of the Year (POY) for 2017 within the Skincare Category. POY operates in 40 countries and is the world's largest consumer-endorsed award for innovation.
New report on absorbent hygiene products
Price Hanna Consultants has published a new report on the world outlook for hygiene absorbent products and the key raw materials of nonwovens, fluff pulp, airlaid cores, superabsorbents and hygiene films.
Domtar progress with Ashdown fluff pulp
Fluff pulp based hygiene products manufacturer Domtar Corporation shipped record volumes of softwood in Q4 2016, though financial results were impacted by lower selling prices and higher costs.
Honour for smart incontinence product
A smart female incontinence product was honoured at the Wearable Technologies World Cup awards ceremony held in Munich yesterday (February 7th).
New wipes disposal code
The Code of Practice on communicating correct disposal for personal care and cleaning wipes in order to protect wastewater systems has been updated.
Outlook returns to Brazil
Nonwoven trade associations INDA and EDANA have shared the final programme for Outlook Plus Latin America 2017, to be held in São Paulo, Brazil, in March.
Cotton Inc. expands College of Nonwovens
A new lecture from Cotton Inc.’s College of Nonwovens at Cotton University is live.Interested participants in the second lecture in the Introduction to Nonwovens series - Global Nonwovens: Supply and Demand, Markets and Products can enrol now on the Cotton University websi
UK waste carpet recycling rises to 35%
Some 142,000 tonnes of carpet waste was diverted from landfill in 2016 to be reused, recycled or recovered for energy, according to latest Carpet Recycling UK (CRUK) figures.
Berry Plastics completes AEP acquisition
Consumer packaging and nonwoven materials manufacturer Berry Plastics has completed the acquisition of AEP Industries.
P&G refugee commitment in Davos
In partnership with UNESCO and Save the Children, personal care giant Procter & Gamble (P&G) and its Always feminine care brand have announced a new commitment to help girls and young women impacted by the Syrian crisis through education and skill development.
Suominen introduces Airlace for workplace
Nonwoven wipes manufacturer Suominen has launched a new nonwoven substrate for professional wipes. Airlace for Workplace is claimed to be effective in demanding work environments and offer economical cost-in-use.
P&G: zero landfill waste by 2020
Personal care giant Procter & Gamble (P&G) has announced new steps to eliminate all manufacturing waste from its 100+ production sites by 2020.
Bemax to launch on Amazon
Bemax Inc. is to launch two private label diaper brands in the US market through Amazon.com from Apr
Settlement reached on Kandoo ‘flushable’ wipes
A San Francisco judge has given preliminary approval to a settlement of a class action lawsuit involving the Kandoo brand of ‘flushable’ wipes.The settlement, a statement from law firm Gutride Safier LLP notes, potentially affects those who purchased the wipes in California between 21 March 2010 and 9 December 20
Drylock expands in US$71M deal
Drylock Technologies NV has completed the acquisition of 100 per cent of the business of Presto Absorbent Products Inc. (PAPI). Under the terms of the deal, all PAPI employees have been retained by Drylock’s wholly-owned US-based subsidiary Drylock Technologies (Drylock US).
New website for Evolon
Freudenberg Performance Materials is launching a new website for its microfilament fabric Evolon.
Ahlstrom compostable coffee lid material
Fibre-based materials company Ahlstrom will supply its polylactic acid (PLA) solution and vegetable parchment materials to Caffe Vergnano in Italy and Cap Mundo in France.
Do Not Flush
With a call for nonwoven wet wipes are to be rebranded with prominent ‘No Flush’ labelling, the wipes industry fights back, arguing a blanket ban is not the answer.
SCA to acquire BSN Medical
Tissue and personal care products manufacturer SCA has agreed to acquire BSN Medical from private equity group EQT for €2,740m.
Mann and Hummel establishes Africa office
Filtration specialist Mann and Hummel has opened a new office in Johannesburg, its first own business premises in Africa.
Court action on “flushable” wipes
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has begun proceedings in the Federal Court against Kimberly-Clark Australia Pty Ltd (Kimberly-Clark) and separately against Pental Limited and Pental Products (together, Pental) alleging they each made false or misleading representations in relation to ‘flushable’ wipes they marketed and supplied in Australia.
Suominen recognised by Rockline Industries
Global wet wipes producer Rockline Industries has awarded nonwovens manufacturer Suominen with the 2016 Rockline Partnership Recognition Award for being a "best in class" supplier and partner.
EDANA updates on AHP requirements
Nonwovens association EDANA has updated its guideline requirements for Absorbent Hygiene Products (AHPs).
Fem hygiene market and millennials
The global feminine hygiene market and the impact of new generations of customers on the industry will be discussed in a webinar to be hosted next month by Cotton Incorporated.
Growth predicted for Indian diaper market
The Indian diaper market is set to be worth around INR 200 billion (£2.34 billion) by 2020, according to a new report which profiles key manufacturers including Kimberly Clark, Nobel Hygiene, Procter & Gamble, SCA and Unicharm India.
Wipes trio collaboration
UK-headquartered Shemesh Automation, Hong Kong-based WipeMeWorld and Elsner Engineering, of Hanover, Philadelphia, have joined forces to build a complete turn-key solution for manufacturing WipeMe flushable moist toilet paper on a roll.
Kimberly-Clark names new operations chief
Kimberly-Clark hasnamedMichael D. Hsuas the company’s president and chief operating officer. Hsu joined the company in 2012 and heads Kimberly-Clark’s North American personal care and consumer tissue businesses.
Skymark packaging for KC
Skymark, manufacturer and supplier of printed flexible film, serving the wipes industry, has collaborated with Kimberly-Clark for the company's Huggies Newborn four pack of wipes, the latest extension of its capabilities in the personal care products sector.
Hospitality sector spurs Diamond Wipes growth
Wet wipes converter, Diamond Wipes International Inc. says demand for its makeup remover wipes from the hospitality sector made a substantial contribution to growth in company business during 2016.
Dri-Fit benefits AHPs
Absorbent hygiene products (AHPs) ingredient brand Dri-Fit, found within Prevail incontinence, store brand feminine care and incontinence products, aims to promote skin health by managing consumer microclimates.
Conwed opens new China office
Plastic netting manufacturer Conwed has opened a new sales office in Shanghai, China, in a bid to help the company better serve new and existing customers throughout Asia.
Sales up at Lydall
Nonwovens manufacturer Lydall, who produces engineered products for the thermal and acoustical and filtration and separation markets, has reported Q3 2016 net sales up 18.
Keeping diapers from landfill
A new diaper recycling programme from Gdiapers – gCycle – which aims to divert diaper waste from landfill, is a finalist in this year’s Dell Circular Economy People’s Choice Awards.
Smart technology for incontinence products
Adult incontinence pads capable of monitoring for urinary tract infections (UTI) were platformed at personal care conference Hygienix, hosted by nonwovens association INDA this week.
Qmilk collaborates on nonwovens
Packaging and tissue manufacturer Lucart Group is now using milk protein fibre from Qmilk in a line of personal care products.
Suominen at Hygienix
At personal care conference Hygienix, Suominen is showcasing its portfolio of spunlace nonwovens for absorbent hygiene products.
Sales down at Kimberly-Clark
Personal care giant Kimberly-Clark has reported Q3 2016 net sales of US$4.6 billion, down approximately 3 per cent compared to the same period last ye
AHP regulation webinar from EDANA
Nonwovens association EDANA will host a free webinar on the EU regulatory framework and guidelines for the manufacture of absorbent hygiene products, including diapers, feminine hygiene products and adult incontinence produc
Emerging markets strong for Unilever
Unilver says its latest Q3 results highlight that the company is growing competitively despite challenging markets.
Domtar completes HDIS acquisition
Domtar Corporation has completed the acquisition of Home Delivery Incontinent Supplies Co. (HDIS), pursuant to a previously announced definitive agreement which specified a total cash consideration of US$45 million, with a possible earn-out payment of up to US$10 million.
SCA to expand Kentucky plant
Global hygiene company SCA is to invest almost US$24 million in new production line in Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA. SCA currently employs 140 workers at the site which manufactures adult incontinence products under the Tena brand.
Freudenberg presents adhesive technology
Freudenberg will showcase its new E…E product range of nonwoven, woven, and knit interlinings at Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics next mon
News wipes aimed at restaurants
US wipes convertor Diamond Wipes International has launched new table cleaning wipes and hard surface sanitising wipes designed for restauran
Ahlstrom turns to NA coffee market
Fibre-based materials company Ahlstrom has signed a multi-year agreement to supply its fully compostable infusion material for single-serve coffee pods.
SCA launches hygiene report
Global hygiene and forest products company SCA and United Nations entity the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) have released a new joint research report on worldwide hygiene practices.
Unilever to acquire Seventh Generation
Consumer products giant Unilever has signed an agreement to acquire Seventh Generation, the North American home and personal care products company, headquartered in Burlington, Vermont, U
Antimicrobial adhesives benefit medical dressings
Vancive Medical Technologies and BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) have launched a new line of transparent vascular dressings with chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) antimicrobial preservative, which are designed to enhance patient care and be easy for clinicians to apply and remove.
Kelheim at Dornbirn 2016
Representatives from German viscose speciality fibre manufacturer Kelheim Fibres will make presentations on hygiene and filtration at the 55th Dornbirn Man-Made Fibres Congress, to be held in Austria later this mon
Domtar personal care acquisition
Domtar Corporation, a provider of fibre-based products including market pulp and absorbent hygiene products has agreed to purchase the privately-held Home Delivery Incontinent Supplies Co.
Aldi baby products hit shelves
Discount retailer Aldi’s new baby products line has hit US stores. Little Journey features baby changing and feeding essentials, including organic puree pouches in a dozen varieties, at prices said to save consumers up to 50 per cent on their grocery bills.
Suominen profiles incontinence market
An increasingly active aging population will shift the balance in the hygiene market from diapers and feminine hygiene products towards incontinence products, according to Suominen, increasing the necessity of absorbent incontinence products, such as panty liners, disposable underwear and adult diapers.
K-C malaria support reaches 600,000
With an estimated 214 million cases of malaria worldwide in 2015 and 91 per cent of those who died from the disease in Africa, an initiative from personal care giant Kimberly-Clark, benefitted from the company’s research into how nonwoven materials, such as those used in Huggies diapers, could be used to make mosquito nets, continues to demonstrate its positive impact in Kenya.
Fem-care sales down at Edgewell
Edgewell Personal Care, whose brands include Playtex, Stayfree and Carefree feminine care products and Wet Ones wipes, has reported decreased net sales in its Q3 results.
P&G, Combe, dominate feminine wipes market
The global feminine wipes market is expected to grow at a CAGR of close to 4 per cent until 2020, according to new research. Key vendors in the report from Technavio include P&G and The Boots Compa
Flushable wipes market growth
The flushable wipes market continues to grow at an elevated rate, despite a slow growing global economy and a nonwovens market which has also slowed as a result.
Autoneum sales exceed vehicle production
Vehicle thermal and acoustic nonwovens insulation company Autoneum has reported increased sales of more than 10 per cent in the first half of 2016, significantly exceeding the 2.
Sales down at Kimberly-Clark
Kimberly-Clark Corporation, whose brands include Kleenex, Scott, Huggies, Pull-Ups, Depend, and Kotex,has reported second quarter 2016 net sales of US$4.
Avgol expands soft nonwoven range
Avgol has introduced a new collection of nonwoven fabrics suitable for diapers, adult incontinence and feminine hygiene products.
SCA reports Q2 growth
Swedish hygiene company SCA has reported good organic growth in adjusted operating profit in its second quarter interim report for 2016, despite having to make provisions for ongoing tax and antitrust cases from its global operations.
Verso lightweight liners
Verso Corporation, North American producer of flexible packaging, technical, and label and converting papers, has introduced GlazeSil, a new family of lightweight uncoated, machine glazed release liner papers designed for hygiene and medical applications.
K-C upgrades Poise pads
Kimberly-Clark (Australia and New Zealand) has launched new Poise pads featuring improved AbsorbLoc protection, said to be 80 per cent more absorbent than leading daytime period pads.
Qosmedix expands nonwovens portfolio
Cosmetics industry supplier Qosmedix has expanded its collection of nonwoven pads with six new additions, four of which feature pre-made finger notches to help separate and grab the pads with ease.
Honest Company joins organic association
Personal care brand The Honest Company, co-founded by Jessica Alba, has joined the Organic Trade Association (OTA) in a move to promote its commitment to using certified organic materials.
SC Johnson to buy Babyganics
Household and consumer products manufacturer SC Johnson has signed an agreement to acquire rising hygiene brand Babyganics, whose range includes diapers, wipes and skin care products.
Domtar acquires Butterfly Health
Fibre-based products manufacturer Domtar has bought the assets of personal hygiene company Butterfly Health.
Kimberly-Clark new sustainability strategy
Kimberly-Clark has shared its new sustainability goals through to 2022.
Medical nonwovens on the up
The Asia-Pacific market for medical nonwoven disposables is expected reach US$3.3 billion, with growth in CAGR of 12.1 per cent predicted for the 2015-2020 period, according to a new report.
Nonwovens benefit fast charging
The applications being explored for nonwovens in the field of energy generation and storage are extremely diverse, ranging from advanced battery separators in new charging devices to temperature stabilising systems and engineered materials capable of being packed with power.
Study: curly fibres reduce skin damage
Absorbent briefs with curly fibre lower skin pH and reduce the risk of Incontinence Associated Skin Damage (ISAD), according to a new US study.
WipeMeWorld offers open platform
WipeMeWorld, winner of theShort Life Converted Products Achievement Award at IDEA16 with WipeMe (flushable toilet paper on a roll), is to increase its supply chain by offering an ‘open platform’ for solution partners.
High adoption of flushability guidelines
A review of wipes packaging in Europe shows high adoption of voluntary flushability guidelines for testing and a labelling Code of Practice for wipes packaging, according to new research from nonwovens association EDANA.
Bostik shares expertise in India
Global adhesives company Bostik, in partnership with Hanwei Manufacturing, Loparex, and Nordson, hosted a symposium focused on sharing disposable hygiene market knowledge and experience with disposable hygiene producers in Mumbai, India.
 
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