Editorial


  • Coming to America

    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…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 02.02.17

  • The Changing Face of Hygiene

    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…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 12.01.16

  • Friend or Foe?

    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…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 11.07.16

  • The Diaper Market’s Latest Players

    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…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 10.10.16

  • Evolution of Wipes

    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,…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 09.12.16

  • M&A: Paving the Way for Change

    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…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 09.09.16

  • Nonwovens’ New Hot Spot

    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…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 08.12.16

  • Pacific Rim | Spunbond

    TPP Could Mean Good Things for Nonwovens

    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…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 07.15.16

  • Apparel | Associations

    What is a Nonwoven?

    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…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 06.09.16

  • India

    The Great Diaper Divide

    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…
    04.12.16

  • Western Europe | Wipes

    Retailers Rely On Private Label

    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…
    Karen McIntyre, editor 01.05.16

  • Filtration

    Goodbye PGI

    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…
    09.13.15

  • Adult Incontinence | Machinery and Equipment

    The Case For Flexibility

    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…
    08.06.15

  • Education | Feminine Hygiene | Turkey | Wetlaid | Wipes

    Flushable Wipes…A Messy Battle

    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…
    06.08.15

  • 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