Editorial


  • Nonwovens—Best in Class

    As this issue goes to press, I am fresh off a visit to the Nonwovens Institute (NWI) at North Carolina State University, a spot that is rapidly becoming (if it isn’t already) the center of innovation and research and development in nonwovens. I…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 06.06.17

  • Welcome to the U.S.

    Last month, I traveled down to Grey Court, SC for the opening of Mogul’s new spunlace facility—the Turkish company’s first foray into U.S. manufacturing as well as its first operation outside of Turkey. Mogul announced its plan to e…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 05.04.17

  • So It Begins

    Deadline came early this month at Nonwovens Industry...nearly two weeks early to give us enough time to get this issue across the Atlantic for INDEX, which will undoubtedly be the year’s largest nonwovens event with more than 500 exhibitors and…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 03.27.17

  • Knowing Your Consumers

    As the wipes market continues to expand in size and scope, it is gaining new customers daily. Depending on the task at hand, consumers in this market can vary significantly—a multitasking mom, a tween experimenting with makeup for the first tim…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 03.27.17

  • Pacific Rim

    Southeast Asia: A Market Up for Grabs

    While new nonwovens investments have cooled in Southeast Asia (mirroring trends we’ve seen around the world) in recent months, we continue to see interest in related industries in countries like Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam and Malaysia. It see…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 03.09.17

  • Spunlace is Spot On

    Spunlace and wipes. Wipes and spunlace. Ever since the wipes boom of 2000 (the year which, I believe, this publication dubbed “The Year of the Wipes”), it seems that gains in wipes have meant gains for spunlace and vice versa. In the earl…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 03.09.17

  • Coming to America

    Big moves are being made in the diaper market in the Americas. In the past few weeks, two major European players—Ontex and Drylock—announced their intention to acquire diaper manufacturers based across the Atlantic—one in Brazil (On…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 02.02.17

  • The Changing Face of Hygiene

    Forever, it seemed there were two major diaper players in the U.S.—Procter & Gamble and Kimberly-Clark. These two rivals were constantly trading market shares with new innovations and marketing strategies. When one company lowered prices, s…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 12.01.16

  • Friend or Foe?

    A woman’s menstrual period, sometimes referred to as a “curse” or other times referred to as a “friend,” is still considered a taboo in many parts of the world, believe it or not. In these areas, girls know little or not…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 11.07.16

  • The Diaper Market’s Latest Players

    Last month, Unilever surprised everyone by purchasing Seventh Generation, a green consumer products company specialized in household cleaning and absorbent personal care items. Unilever reportedly bought the 27-year-old company for about $600 million…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 10.10.16

  • Evolution of Wipes

    The role of wipes in many markets continues to evolve. A look at this month’s new products section shows example after example of how wipes are constantly penetrating market areas new—deodorizers, men’s grooming, insect repellents,…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 09.12.16

  • M&A: Paving the Way for Change

    This summer Lydall announced it would acquire Canadian needlepunch manufacturer Texel with the hopes of not only increasing its sales but also upping its exposure into markets like liquid filtration and automotives. Lydall used a similar strategy a f…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 09.09.16

  • Nonwovens’ New Hot Spot

    In the past six weeks or so, two nonwovens manufacturers have signaled their intention to manufacture nonwovens for hygiene applications in South Africa. This is interesting because up until these announcements, this sub-Saharan African country had n…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 08.12.16

  • Pacific Rim | Spunbond

    TPP Could Mean Good Things for Nonwovens

    Earlier this year, negotiations between the U.S. and 11 countries, many located in the Pacific Rim, led to the creation of a free trade agreement between these countries. According to many economists, the Trans-Pacfiic Partnership (TPP)—which s…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 07.15.16

  • Apparel | Associations

    What is a Nonwoven?

    Fifteen years ago, I wrote my first-ever Nonwovens Industry editorial under this very same headline—What Is A Nonwoven? At the time, I really did not know. To say that learning curve in this industry was steep is an understatement. I still find…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 06.09.16

  • India

    The Great Diaper Divide

    Last month president Barack Obama issued a call to diaper manufacturers to make diapers more affordable to parents. Citing estimates that one in three families have trouble affording diapers, the president has also earmarked $10 million in his propos…
    04.12.16

  • Western Europe | Wipes

    Retailers Rely On Private Label

    The days of the no frills aisle are over. The bland white and black packaging once used by retailers for their store brands are gone. Today’s private label products are packaged in the same eye-catching, graphic-ridden, bright casings as their…
    Karen McIntyre, editor 01.05.16

  • Filtration

    Goodbye PGI

    Earlier this month, the company formerly known as PGI shocked the industry when it announced it would be purchased later this year by Berry Plastics. PGI and Berry share many of the same customers in the hygiene space, and Berry cited these synergies…
    09.13.15

  • Adult Incontinence | Machinery and Equipment

    The Case For Flexibility

    The machinery and equipment market has not taken a summer vacation this year. In fact, this segment of the nonwovens value chain seems to be working harder than ever. In the past several weeks, we have seen significant innovation in the category, muc…
    08.06.15

  • Education | Feminine Hygiene | Turkey | Wetlaid | Wipes

    Flushable Wipes…A Messy Battle

    As we were going to press, Suominen confirmed what everybody in the nonwovens industry already suspected—its new U.S. investment will be a wetlaid line targeting, among other things, flushable applications. Calling the investment the biggest pi…
    06.08.15