• The Diaper Market’s Latest Players

    Karen McIntyre, Editor October 10, 2016
    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…

  • Evolution of Wipes

    Karen McIntyre, Editor September 12, 2016
    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,…

  • M&A: Paving the Way for Change

    Karen McIntyre, Editor September 9, 2016
    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…

  • Nonwovens’ New Hot Spot

    Karen McIntyre, Editor August 12, 2016
    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…

  • TPP Could Mean Good Things for Nonwovens

    Karen McIntyre, Editor July 15, 2016
    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…

  • What is a Nonwoven?

    Karen McIntyre, Editor June 9, 2016
    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…

  • The Great Diaper Divide

    April 12, 2016
    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…

  • Retailers Rely On Private Label

    Karen McIntyre, editor January 5, 2016
    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…

  • Goodbye PGI

    September 13, 2015
    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…

  • The Case For Flexibility

    August 6, 2015
    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…

  • Flushable Wipes…A Messy Battle

    June 8, 2015
    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…

  • It’s In The Numbers

    It’s In The Numbers

    May 5, 2015
    In April, two major trade associations dedicated to nonwovens released statistic reports and both showed good things for the industry. First, INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, published the second edition of the annual North…

  • On The Road Again

    On The Road Again

    April 7, 2015
    This month, Nonwovens Industry will be showing up at no less than three international trade shows, each representing an important growth market for nonwovens. In early May, Frankfurt, Germany will host the semi-annual Techtextil show at Messe Fran…

  • Adult Incontinence: Everybody Wants A Piece

    Adult Incontinence: Everybody Wants A Piece

    March 9, 2015
    To say taboos have been lifted in adult incontinence is putting things mildly. Once a condition associated with the sick and elderly, today’s incontinence sufferer wants to live an active lifestyle and consumer products companies are working ha…

  • Still Strong After All These Years

    Still Strong After All These Years

    February 5, 2015
    Four years ago, in our February 2011 issue, we reported on the great spunmelt surge of 2010-2011. At that time, there was an estimated 400,000 tons either planned or recently added in the global marketplace. Surely, we thought, this would be enough c…