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The year that was--2001: A review of the past year in the nonwovens industry. (Holliday Talk).

Many people will remember 2001 with mixed emotions. Some of these memories will be painful, depressing or frightening and may overshadow the good and beneficial ones. Let's put aside the terrorists, the money lost in the stock market and other personal subjects for now to look back on some of the notable events in the nonwovens industry during 2001.

Nonwovens manufactures were offered opportunities in several ways during 2001. Improved equipment and more versatile raw materials became available. Textile woven and knitted fabric producers had it tough in 2001. This was particularly true in the U.S. where mills grew deeper in debt, some closed and others went out of business. Most nonwovens producers failed to take advantage of the opportunity to replace these fabrics and markets. They continued to concentrate on existing and obvious markets. This approach, along with decreasing end use sales, additional production coming onstream, increased imports and insufficient efforts in research and development, brought financial problems to some nonwovens manufacturers.

Some of the happenings in the nonwovens industry in 2001:

Acordis to close U.K. rayon plant

AET acquires Hood PP film

AET Nonwovens business merges with Naltex

Ahlstrom divests packaging business

Ahlstrom purchases filtration technology

AHP integrates Drypers

Albany International adds needlepunch line

All Felt acquired by Hollinee

Asahi Kasei increases PP spunbond capacity

Asahi to build converting plant in China

Asian Nonwovens Association Formed

ATM forms joint venture with H20 Tecnopel

Ato Findley, Bostik merge

Avery Dennison Acquires Dunsirn Industries

BASF starts SAP plant in Thailand

BASF superabsorbent in U.K. has major fire

BBA reorganizes geotextile business

BBA increases spunlace capacity

BF Goodrich to sell Performance Materials Business

Buckeye completes largest airlaid line

Celanese to reduce 445 jobs at South Carolina acetate fiber plant

China imports five spunbond lines

Chinese needlepunch markets continue to grow

Combeau installs converting line

Concert begins fourth airlaid plant

Cytec acquires 3M composites business

Daiwabo Rayon increases capacity

Degussa shuts down one SAP plant in North Carolina

Dow acquires Union Carbide

Dow to acquire Rohm & Haas chemicals business

Dow Chemical to cut 4500 jobs

Drake Extrusion to close PP fiber production in North Carolina

Drypers sells Brazilian operations to MPC

Drypers to sell assets to DSG

Dupont, Cipatex joint venture to produce Lycra in Brazil

Dupont expands carpet recycling

Dupont sells fiber plants to Alpek SA de CV Mexico

Dupont sells polyester plants to Alpek

Dupont Teijin to add film capacity in Japan

Dupont to expand Sontara capacity

Dupont to expand "Kevlar" fiber production

Eastman to acquire hydrocarbon business from Hercules

Ecofabril, Brazil starts new PET fiber line

Ecotextile adds melt blown line

EDANA Outlook conference, Monte Carlo Sept. 19-21

ES FiberVisions-Chisso expands fiber production

FiberMark buys Rexam

FiberVisions adds bicomponent fiber line

First Quality Nonwovens adds fourth spunbond line

Foamex buys General Foam

Foss launches antimicrobial fiber

Freudenberg exits abrasives business

Freudenberg increases spunbond capacity

German diaper sales decreases

Georgia-Pacific acquires Fort James

Georgia-Pacific to cut 500 jobs

Georgia-Pacific to sell four mills

Globe signs sale agreement with RadiciSpandex

GSE Nonwovens begins needlepunch production in SC

Honeywell expands Spectra fiber production

Honeywell to cut 6500 jobs

HRS upgrades nonwovens line

H & V and J.C. Binzer merge European operations

IFAI holds EXPO 2001 in Nashville, TN Oct 18-20

INDA "IDEA" Conference & Expo, March 27-29 Miami

INDA Filtration Conference, Dec. 4-6 Chicago, IL

INDA offers new services "on line"

INSIGHT conference, Oct. 21-25 Orlando

International Paper to cut 3000 jobs

Isolyser to acquire Deka Medical

Japan diaper production increases

Japanese production of nonwovens up 1.6%

Japan increases consumption of PET fiberfill

Japan spunbond production up 6.7%

Japan Wool Textile begins needlepunch production

Japan Vilene starts disposal project of nonwovens filters

JM Labs changes name to Nordson Corp

Johns Manville adds spunbond line in Germany

Johns Manville to sell monofilament business to Teijin

Julie Joy, Brazil to enter adult incontinence market

JXSFF China adds bicomponent fiber capacity

K-C closes Chinese plant consolidating production

K-C donates rights of Demique elastic fabric to Univ. TN

K-C to acquire Italian diaper producer-Linostar

K-C to invest $32mil in Canadian adult incontinence plant

KoSa acquired by U.S. Oil & Chemical Co.

Kureha Thailand adds two needlepunch lines

Lantor group acquired by management of IPT U.K.

Lohmann sells nonwovens business to TWE Germany

Lydall sells division to Ludlow Building Products

Mitsui to build SMMS plant in Thailand

Mogul Nonwovens increases SB/MB production in Turkey

NCSU installs Hills spunmelt & Nordson fiber lines

New Pig to market Johns Manville sorbent products

New Pig acquires EEP (Ergon)

NFM acquires Industrial Fabrics Division of Snow Filtration

Nisshinbo to add spunlace capacity

Norafin changed name to Jacob Holm Industries

Osprey merges with Barron

Paragon major shareholder considers selling

Pegas increases PP spunmelt nonwovens

P&G to double baby & fem production in Mexico

P & G to cut 9600 jobs

PGI opens new Brazilian sales office

PGI stock price falls

Polibrasil enlarges PP production

Polimar Brazil add needlepunch line

Rayonier Performance Fibers adds absorbent core capacity

Rohm & Haas to cut 1200 jobs

Rieter acquires ICBT

RMED negotiates plant sale

Sanyo, Mitsubishi Form joint venture for superabsorbents

SCA Hygiene expands to U.S.

SINCE & Expo Nonwovens Asia- Shanghai Sept. 25-26

Spuntech starts third spunlace line in Israel

Sterling Fibers withdraws acrylic fiber business

Synthetic Industries and Hanes form alliance

SynFin completes expansion in North Carolina

Teijin to cut PET fiber output by 40%

Teijin decreases polymer production

Techtextil Fair Sao Paulo, Brazil Nov. 6-8

Texas Tech installs needlepunch line

Toyobo to add polyethylene spunbond capacity

Tredegar to close film plant in Washington

Tusco, Japan to increase PET spunbond capacity

Uni-Charm to produce diapers in China

Unifi sells SSMMS nonwovens business to Avgol

Unitika adds capacity

Western Nonwovens St. Louis plant has fire

It's difficult to assess the impact or effect of the past year on the nonwovens industry because we will never know all the significant "happenings" or how they changed a company or market. We try to learn from the past to prepare for the future and that may be more difficult in 2002. One thing is for sure. The nonwovens industry continues to grow and there will be opportunities for those with the capabilities to take advantage of them.

Tom Holliday is a well known consultant to the nonwovens and textile industries whose column on a wide range of nonwovens-related topics appears every other month in nonwovens industry. Mr. Holliday operates his consultancy firm, Thomas M. Holliday & Associates.
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