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Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor
June 8, 2011
I have struggled for days to write this page.   Read More »
Karen McIntyre, Editor
May 3, 2011
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…  Read More »
April 7, 2011
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.…  Read More »
Karen McIntyre, Editor
March 16, 2011
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…  Read More »
Karen McIntyre, Editor
February 16, 2011
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…  Read More »
Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor
January 24, 2011
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.  Read More »
Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor
December 8, 2010
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.  Read More »
Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor
November 10, 2010
The sale of Polymer Group, Inc. to the Blackstone Group was no big surprise.   Read More »
Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor
October 8, 2010
A decade or so ago, airlaid industry expert Ivan Pivko described airlaid as a technology in search of new markets.  Read More »
Karen McIntyre, Editor
September 15, 2010
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…  Read More »
Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor
September 9, 2010
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.   Read More »
Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor
August 12, 2010
ALONG TIME AGO, when I was a teen babysitter, I remember some of my young charges wearing gender- specific diapers—blue and white stripes for the boys and pink and white for the girls.   Read More »
Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor
July 14, 2010
As efforts to cap a massive oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico continue to suffer setbacks, the world is on the edge of its seat to see how this environmental catastrophe is going to play out.   Read More »
Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor
June 2, 2010
Two times a month in our house we drag our recyclables to the curb.   Read More »
Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor
May 6, 2010
This month, PGI—the world’s fifth largest nonwovens producer and its largest spunmelt maker—said its board was exploring future growth options for its shareholders which include but are not limited to the potential sale of the company.   Read More »