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Perlon Monofil Adds New Production Line
Germany-based Perlon Monofil GmbH, a subsidiary of Lanxess AG, has added 350 tons to its annual production capacity for Perlon monofilaments with the startup of a new 3 million euro (US$4.6 million) manufacturing line at its Dormagen facility, boosting the company's total annual Perlon capacity to well over 5,000 tons.
March 11, 2008

Oerlikon Textile Sells Ermafa To Focus On Core Business
Germany-based Oerlikon Textile GmbH & Co. KG has sold Ermafa Kunststofftechnik Chemnitz GmbH - a company within the Oerlikon Barmag business unit - to Donton Technologies GmbH - a subsidiary of Germany-based Donton Industrial Holding GmbH, which acquires industrial plants in Germany for the purpose of improving their profitability. The price of the transaction was not disclosed.
March 11, 2008

Mayer & Cie. Reports Better-Than-Anticipated 2007 Performance
Germany-based circular knitting machinery manufacturer Mayer & Cie GmbH & Co. KG reported its financial performance in 2007 was better than expected, with sales of 1,690 machines representing a 5.2-percent increase over 2006 sales.
March 11, 2008

Strateline Acquires Sustainable Solutions
Strateline Industries, a Rogers, Ark.-based manufacturer of nonwoven substrates from recycled materials, has acquired Wagoner, Okla.-based Sustainable Solutions Inc.
March 11, 2008

G3i Receives Second Certification From SCS
GreenShield™ - a soil- and stain-repellent textile finish developed by G3 Technologies Innovations (G3i), a Pittsford, N.Y.-based developer and marketer of environmentally sustainable nanomaterials for a range of applications - has received Indoor Advantage™ Gold certification of compliance with indoor air quality standards developed by Emeryville, Calif.-based Scientific Certification Systems (SCS), a third-party certification services provider and standards developer.
March 11, 2008

Wellman Ups Polyester Prices
Effective April 15, Wellman Inc., Fort Mill, S.C., will raise its Fortrel® polyester staple fiber product prices by 4 cents per pound.
March 11, 2008

Celanese Raises PVOH Prices
Effective April 1 or as contracts allow, Dallas-based Celanese Corp. will raise the price of all polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH) grades worldwide. US and Canadian prices will increase by 10 to 20 cents per pound; Mexican, Central and South American, and Asian prices will increase by $225 to $450 per ton; and European prices will increase by 150 to 300 euros per ton.
March 11, 2008

Dow To Raise Acrylic Monomers Prices
Effective April 1 or as contracts allow, The Dow Chemical Co., Midland, Mich., will raise the off-schedule price of acrylic acid and esters.
March 11, 2008

Hill-Rom Selects NanoHorizons Antimicrobial Technology For Medical Applications
Hill-Rom, a medical technology subsidiary of Batesville, Ind.-based Hillenbrand Industries Inc., has selected State College, Pa.-based nanotechnology provider NanoHorizons Inc.'s SmartSilver™ antimicrobial technology to provide protection against pathogens on beds and therapeutic surfaces in medical settings. The technology will be branded nanoAg+™ with SmartSilver™.
March 11, 2008

Timetable For CAFTA-DR Extended For Costa Rica
By James A. Morrissey, Washington Correspondent
March 4, 2008