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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 »
Karen McIntyre, Editor
April 15, 2010
Ten years ago, the wipes market began a period of remarkable growth in terms of both size and diversity. Consumer product companies began launching products throughout a number of segments ranging from personal care to household care to pet care to a…  Read More »
Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor
April 12, 2010
It’s hard to believe it’s already been three years since the last IDEA Show.   Read More »
Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor
March 18, 2010
This month, Procter & Gamble begins shipping its latest diaper innovation—Pampers with DryMax technology—in the U.S.   Read More »
Karen McIntyre, Editor
February 24, 2010
Spunmelt. The largest market for nonwovens globally continues to evolve. Despite a global economic crisis that has basically defined the past 12-18 months, new investment continues for this technology on a global scale. In December, PGI, the world…  Read More »
Karen McIntyre
January 14, 2010
Last week French machinery specialist and spunlace technology leader Rieter said it would exit the nonwovens market following the sale of its Perfojet division to Andritz, the German owner of Küsters calendering technology. According to the comp…  Read More »
Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor
December 8, 2009
The other day, my four-year-old and I were playing with dolls when she asked me to make some new clothes for her princesses—she wanted to create some sort of uniform for them.   Read More »
Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor
December 4, 2009
A lot has been said about globalization in the nonwovens industry in recent years.   Read More »