Editorial


  • Associations | Needlepunch | Spunlace
    It’s In The Numbers

    It’s In The Numbers

    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…
    05.05.15

  • Apparel | China | Construction | Shows / Events | Western Europe
    On The Road Again

    On The Road Again

    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…
    04.07.15

  • Adult Incontinence | Feminine Hygiene
    Adult Incontinence: Everybody Wants A Piece

    Adult Incontinence: Everybody Wants A Piece

    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…
    03.09.15

  • Adult Incontinence | India | Spunbond | Turkey
    Still Strong After All These Years

    Still Strong After All These Years

    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…
    02.05.15

  • Airlaid | India | Mergers and Acquisitions
    M&A Activity: What They Can Bring to the Table

    M&A Activity: What They Can Bring to the Table

    acquisitions have been plentiful this year.
    Karen McIntyre, editor 12.02.14

  • Adult Incontinence | Feminine Hygiene
    Feminine Hygiene: Does Anyone Care Anymore?

    Feminine Hygiene: Does Anyone Care Anymore?

    While adult incontinence growth has been making headlines, the feminine hygiene market should not be ignored.
    11.10.14

  • Top Companies in the Spotlight

    It’s that time of year again for Nonwovens Industry’s Global Top Companies Report. This year’s edition, based on fiscal 2013 revenue, features 40 companies with sales ranging from $113 million (Mogul) all the way up to $1.65 billion…
    Tim Wright, editor 09.10.14

  • Adult Incontinence | Filtration | Wipes

    Infection Control & Hygiene Drive Demand for Medical Nonwovens

    The global market for medical nonwoven disposables is projected to reach US$22.7 billion by 2020.
    Tim Wright, editor 08.13.14

  • Fibers | Filtration | India | Machinery and Equipment | Needlepunch | Wipes

    New Nonwovens Player

    It’s not new news that India’s disposable hygiene products market is on the rise. As the second most populous country in the world, India’s population is expected to exceed China by 2035. The GDP growth rate of the country for fisc…
    07.15.14

  • Fibers | Wipes

    Trickle-down Innovation

    From raw materials and fibers to finished goods, innovation in the nonwovens industry has never been stronger and was on full display at INDEX 14 in Geneva in April. The 586 exhibitors on hand represented a 10% growth over the previous event in 2011.…
    Tim Wright, editor 06.09.14

  • Nonwovens Confront the HAI Challenge

    Each year around the world patients seek medical care at inpatient and outpatient facilities, but emerge from routine, urgent or surgical care with an additional—and sometimes untreatable—life-threatening illness. At any one time it&rsqu…
    Tim Wright, editor 05.12.14

  • Associations

    See you in Geneva!

    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…
    Tim Wright, Editor 03.25.14

  • Composite | Filtration

    Filtration Industry Consolidates

    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…
    03.20.14

  • India | Western Europe

    Thinking in reverse

    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…
    Tim Wright, Editor 02.18.14

  • Welcome to 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,…
    01.06.14

  • Composite | Green / Sustainability

    Consumer Giants Push Forward Sustainability

    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…
    Tim Wright, editor 12.04.13

  • Apparel | Spunlace

    North Carolina is a hotbed for investment

    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…
    Tim Wright, editor 11.04.13

  • Chinese growth continues

    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…
    Tim Wright, editor 10.09.13

  • Associations | Wipes

    Wipes Market Poised for Growth

    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…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 09.26.13

  • Filtration

    Toyota Boshoku’s Aggressive Expansion in Asia Continues

    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…
    09.06.13