Editorial


  • 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

  • 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