Editorial


  • Construction | Spunlace | Wipes

    Separation of hygiene and industrial: Reshaping the nonwovens industry?

    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…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 12.02.11

  • Fibers | Filtration | Nanotechnology

    Keeping it clean with filtration

    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…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 11.11.11

  • Machinery and Equipment | Mergers and Acquisitions | Wipes

    On all levels, consolidation reigns in nonwovens

    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…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 10.04.11

  • Spunlace | Wipes

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

    I don’t know about you but I am still in shock that Ahlstrom is leaving the wipes market.
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 09.16.11

  • Apparel | Filtration

    Where will we be 12 months from now?

    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…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 08.31.11

  • Wipes

    Social Networking: Going Where The Customers Are

    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…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 08.09.11

  • Diaper, Baby | Turkey

    Consolidation Continues In the Diaper Market

    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…
    07.05.11

  • Feminine Hygiene | Filtration | Wipes

    A Consuming Conference

    The global nonwovens industry has an excellent opportuni- ty during the next few months not only to extend its knowl- edge in the consumer products arena, but to support the industry as well. NONWOVENS INDUSTRY is excited to be a part of it. The i…
    Rod Zilenziger Jr. 06.21.11

  • Wipes

    Cash Strapped Versus Time Poor

    Wipes, like many nonwoven-based products, credit at least part of their success to their ability to lessen the burden of everyday tasks for their users. Household wipes gave housewives a way to freshen their homes in a simple, one-step process; flush…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 06.08.11

  • United We Stand

    I have struggled for days to write this page.
    Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor 06.08.11

  • Wipes

    And the winners are...

    One of the undisputed highlights of last month's INDEX show was the presentation of the INDEX awards. These seven awards, spanning a range of categories, showcased a number of new innovations ranging from automotive carpet to an i…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 05.03.11

  • Nanotechnology | Shows / Events

    INDEX 2011: What's In Store For Geneva

    It's that time again. Time for the nonwovens industry to once again convene in Geneva, Switzerland for the INDEX show. For me personally, it's my fourth trip to Palexpo and I know many of you have many more INDEX shows under your belts.…
    04.07.11

  • Fibers | Filtration | Spunlace | Wipes

    The Spunlace Situation: Not Too Shabby

    The spunmelt market has been in the headlines a lot as of late with major capacity installations going in around the world, reportedly to meet the need for a lighter weight, more sophisticated product in the hygiene market. While this unprecedented g…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 03.16.11

  • Adult Incontinence | Airlaid | Apparel

    Spunmelt Surge: Where Will It All Go?

    The spunmelt market has made our jobs here at NONWOVENS INDUSTRY very easy these past couple of months. The many line investments announced between November and January have filled our breaking news pages for the past 10 weeks as the industry appears…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 02.16.11

  • Apparel

    The Dandy Disposable Diaper Market

    The good news for the many nonwovens manufacturers doing business in the diaper market is that this business is fairly recession proof; the better news is that diapers are the one area of the tissue and hygiene market where consumers are willing to spend more to make a splash.
    Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor 01.24.11

  • Adult Incontinence | Airlaid | Construction | Feminine Hygiene

    Is a Supply Shift Ahead for the Nonwovens Industry?

    Avgol’s and FitesaFiberweb’s recent announcements that they would each add two spunmelt lines—particularly that each company will add a U.S. line—has set the hygiene industry rumor mill afire.
    Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor 12.08.10

  • Wipes

    PGI is Sold (Finally). What Happens Now?

    The sale of Polymer Group, Inc. to the Blackstone Group was no big surprise.
    Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor 11.10.10

  • Absorbent Core | Airlaid | Feminine Hygiene | Wipes

    Technology in Search of New Markets

    A decade or so ago, airlaid industry expert Ivan Pivko described airlaid as a technology in search of new markets.
    Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor 10.08.10

  • Wipes

    What’s In A Niche?

    There’s no doubt about it. There are a lot of wipes out there. Everyone knows about the gold standards—baby wipes, floor cleaning wipes, disinfectant wipes—but did you know there is a wipe out there to grease a frying pan before coo…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 09.15.10

  • Spunlace | Wipes

    The Race To The Top

    Every September, as I finish up our annual top companies report, I urge readers not to take too much stock in the rankings or in the actual sales figures and instead to read the profiles to determine how the nonwovens producers are producing.
    Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor 09.09.10