• So It Begins

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || March 27, 2017
    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…

  • Southeast Asia: A Market Up for Grabs

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || March 9, 2017
    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…

  • Spunlace is Spot On

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || March 9, 2017
    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…

  • Coming to America

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || February 2, 2017
    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…

  • The Changing Face of Hygiene

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || December 1, 2016
    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…

  • Friend or Foe?

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || November 7, 2016
    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…

  • 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…

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