• 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…

  • A Consuming Conference

    Rod Zilenziger Jr. || June 21, 2011
    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…

  • Cash Strapped Versus Time Poor

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || June 8, 2011
    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…

  • United We Stand

    Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor || June 8, 2011
    I have struggled for days to write this page.

  • And the winners are...

    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…

  • INDEX 2011: What's In Store For Geneva

    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.…

  • The Spunlace Situation: Not Too Shabby

    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…

  • Spunmelt Surge: Where Will It All Go?

    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…

  • The Dandy Disposable Diaper Market

    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.

  • Is a Supply Shift Ahead for the Nonwovens Industry?

    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.

  • PGI is Sold (Finally). What Happens Now?

    Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor || November 10, 2010
    The sale of Polymer Group, Inc. to the Blackstone Group was no big surprise.

  • Technology in Search of New Markets

    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.

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