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Tim Wright, Editor
March 25, 2014
INDEX 2014 is upon us, and when the nonwovens industry convenes in Geneva, Switzerland this month it will be a time for companies to introduce new products and technologies, announce new investments and, of course, find out what is going on with thei…  Read More »
March 20, 2014
As we went to press, Lydall announced it had acquired the industrial filtration business belonging to Andrew Industries for $83 million. The move strengthens Lydall’s position as an industry-leading global provider of filtration and engineered…  Read More »
Tim Wright, Editor
February 18, 2014
It may be hard to imagine but a growing trend in today’s world is for major consumer companies to create products in emerging markets and import them into mature markets. It’s a fairly new and radical idea known as “reverse innovati…  Read More »
January 6, 2014
We kick-off the New Year with our annual look at market and technology trends in baby diapers. Changing consumer dynamics and emerging markets have contributed significantly to growth in all hygiene sectors in general. Be it female hygiene products,…  Read More »
Tim Wright, editor
December 4, 2013
Sustainability is a global megatrend, which has taken hold in the automotive industry. Vehicle manufacturers are increasingly using a mixture of man-made and natural materials in cars, as well as recycled materials. Car manufacturers are primarily l…  Read More »
Tim Wright, editor
November 4, 2013
With the creation of the first cotton textile mill around 1815 by Michael Schenck in Lincoln County, North Carolina began a long process that would see it become the center of the textile business in the U.S. by the 1920s and remain so throughout the…  Read More »
Tim Wright, editor
October 9, 2013
In this issue we include a special focus on China, which has become of the largest and fastest growing producers of nonwovens. With rising wages, a rapidly expanding middle class, and a new focus on domestic consumption driving increased sales of non…  Read More »
Karen McIntyre, Editor
September 26, 2013
This summer the disposable wipes market received two major coups that will help it grow in two important, and potentially profitable categories. The first, of course, is the long-awaited, final solvent-contaminated wipes rule (better known as the &l…  Read More »
September 6, 2013
After setting up new vehicle interior components production facilities in Laos and China, Japanese automotive components manufacturer Toyota Boshoku is now setting up an interior components company in Thailand. This company will be established by Asi…  Read More »
August 7, 2013
Growing concerns about hospital acquired infections (HAIs) are driving the demand for disposables, including nonwovens in health care facilities. Demand for disposable hospital supplies is growing across the world, as they reduce risks of cross-conta…  Read More »
July 24, 2013
Responding to the rapidly expanding global nature of the nonwovens industry, the two global nonwovens associations—INDA and EDANA—are working hand in hand to encourage the implementation of an ambitious Transatlantic Trade and Investment…  Read More »
Tim Wright, Editor
June 12, 2013
Seems like a silly question but in fact flushability is a major issue facing the nonwoven wipes industry.  We live in a disposable age, with convenient products, which can be used and thrown away. While wet wipes have been blamed for clogging up…  Read More »
April 17, 2013
In this issue we provide in depth previews of what some select exhibitors plan to represent at IDEA 2013. This is the second part of a feature we first published in last month’s March issue. In addition to this IDEA 2013 Show Issue, Nonwovens…  Read More »
Tim Wright, Editor
March 8, 2013
It is estimated that 25 million Americans experience incontinence symptoms. Long associated with the elderly, the adult incontinence category is changing its perceptions both in terms of how it sees itself and how others see it looking in. Major comp…  Read More »
February 7, 2013
The fear of global warming. The uncertainty of future oil supplies. Overflowing landfills. Am I sounding paranoid? Wait, sorry. Let me explain. Last night before falling asleep I watched part of a film called Collapse and woke up on the alarmist side…  Read More »