• 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…

  • Ahlstrom’s Next Move

    Karen Bitz-McIntyre, Editor September 12, 2012
    || Ahlstrom recently announced its intent to exit its Label & Processing business, reaffirming its commitment to the specialty materials business and making it a company 100% invested in nonwovens technology. Even though Label & Processing compr…

  • To Flush or Not to Flush

    Karen Bitz-McIntyre, Editor September 4, 2012
    || One of the key developments shaping the wipes market today is flushability. With the third generation of INDA/EDANA’s Guidance Document for Assessing the Flushability of Nonwoven Consumer Products just about complete, manufacturers are poised t…

  • Nanofibers: Challenges or Opportunities?

    Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor August 6, 2012
    || As hygiene markets in the developed world continue to face saturation, nonwovens makers have taken a few tactics to ensure growth in the future. For some, the bet is that developing regions, like China, Southeast Asia or Africa, will offer impressive…

  • Industrial Wipers: The Wait Seems to Be Over

    Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor July 9, 2012
    || It seems like the fight to lift onerous hazardous waste regulations from disposable nonwoven wipes in the industrial setting might soon be over…finally, after nearly three decades of fighting. These regulations stem from laws enacted in the 19…

  • Growing with Girl Power

    Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor June 1, 2012
    || It seems that tweens, or teens, are becoming major influencers in the feminine hygiene market. In the past couple of weeks alone, both major U.S. fem hy producers, Kimberly-Clark and Procter & Gamble, have launched new products geared exclusive…

  • Ban the Bag? Nonwovens can help.

    Karen McIntyre, Editor May 7, 2012
    || If you’re like me, you are constantly facing the battle of the bag in your households as plastic shopping bags—taken from supermarkets, drug stores and the like—pile up in your cabinets waiting for a second life. Even though I try t…

  • Too Big to Fail

    Karen McIntyre, Editor April 5, 2012
    || A few weeks ago, the industry was abuzz with speculation that Avgol could be sold to PGI owner, Blackstone Capital. Avgol quickly quipped back that its recent talks with the private equity firm were simply a matter of course, saying that periodic con…

  • Buying Access

    Karen McIntyre, Editor March 6, 2012
    || As we went to press, SCA announced it would purchase Everbeauty, a Taiwan-based hygiene manufacturer with leading positions in the baby and adult diaper markets in China and Taiwan. Everbeauty’s major brands include Dr P for incontinence care…

  • The changing face of consumers

    Karen McIntyre, Editor February 29, 2012
    || Speaking at last month’s Vision Consumer Products conference in New Orleans, Dan Butler of the National Retail Federation (NRF) shared some general observations on the global retail market.

  • New Beginnings

    Karen McIntyre, Editor February 28, 2012
    || Happy New Year. Once again, Nonwovens Industry is kicking off the new year with our annual look at the disposable diaper market.

  • Separation of hygiene and industrial: Reshaping the nonwovens industry?

    Karen McIntyre, Editor December 2, 2011
    || Fiberweb's announcement it was selling most of its hygiene business to FitesaFiberweb is the latest in a series of moves by nonwovens makers to narrow their focus on either hygiene or industrial applications instead doing business on both sides of th…