• 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…

  • Keeping it clean with filtration

    Karen McIntyre, Editor November 11, 2011
    Thanks to Hurricane Irene, I am now the proud owner of a brand new, ultra-efficient HVAC system. This new furnace and air conditioning unit is a lot smaller, quieter, efficient and even shinier than our old model, which was about…

  • On all levels, consolidation reigns in nonwovens

    Karen McIntyre, Editor October 4, 2011
    Last month, the big news shaking the nonwovens industry was the sale of Ahlstrom's wipes business to Suominen (this news was so big, in fact, it broke records for the most read news story on www.nonwovens-industry.com) and what it means for the globa…

  • Supply shake-up: What will it mean for wipes?

    Karen McIntyre, Editor September 16, 2011
    I don’t know about you but I am still in shock that Ahlstrom is leaving the wipes market.

  • Where will we be 12 months from now?

    Karen McIntyre, Editor August 31, 2011
    For more than 30 years—this year included—Freudenberg has been at the top of our annual top companies report. This global company with its roots in apparel and current strengths in automotives, filtration and other technical markets has a…

  • Social Networking: Going Where The Customers Are

    Karen McIntyre, Editor August 9, 2011
    In February, it took Huggies just three weeks to become the second largest Facebook brand page in Hong Kong, where the social networking site has a higher level of penetration even than the U.S. K-C invited parents to upload their babies' photos…

  • Consolidation Continues In the Diaper Market

    July 5, 2011
    Last month, Associated Hygiene Products (AHP) announced it would purchase former rival in the private label baby diaper market, Arquest, Inc., creating (potentially) the world's largest maker of private label diapers with big boy customers like W…

RELATED TOPICS