• Consumer Giants Push Forward Sustainability

    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…

  • North Carolina is a hotbed for investment

    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…

  • Chinese growth continues

    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…

  • Wipes Market Poised for Growth

    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…

  • Toyota Boshoku’s Aggressive Expansion in Asia Continues

    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…

  • Disposables Could Help Defeat HAIs

    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…

  • INDA, EDANA Join Forces

    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…

  • To Flush, Or Not To Flush?

    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…

  • Off to Miami!

    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…

  • Adult Incontinence Market Is Booming

    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…

  • A Sustainable Future

    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…

  • Happy New Year!

    January 7, 2013
    A couple of things to start off. First, I’d like to introduce myself as the new head editor of Nonwovens Industry. I’m taking over the helm from Karen McIntyre who is still on board, at your disposal, and luckily mine. I’ve been wor…

  • Lean Times Ahead

    Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor || December 4, 2012
    Last month, Veronica Hagen, CEO of PGI Nonwovens, one of the largest—if not the largest—makers of spunmelt nonwovens in the world, made a (not so) startling revelation. It could take until 2016 before the world’s major hygiene marke…

  • K-C Exits Europe: A Win-Win?

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || November 16, 2012
    Last month, Kimberly-Clark announced it would halt diaper production in Western and Central Europe, areas where the maker of Huggies diapers has struggled since entering the market in the 1990s. This announcement was not met with surprise by industr…

  • M&A’s Breathe New Life Into Nonwovens

    Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor || October 8, 2012
    If 2011 was the year of expansion, 2012 is shaping up to be the year of mergers and acquisitions. While this trend officially began in late 2011 with the sale of Ahlstrom’s wipes business to Suominen in October, in 2012 we have seen the sale of…

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