• 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

  • Apparel

    Fancy Pants: Will Designer Diapers Succeed?

    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.
    Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor 08.12.10

  • Meltblown

    Nonwovens In the Gulf. Can They Help?

    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.
    Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor 07.14.10

  • Fibers | Needlepunch

    Where Does It All Go?

    Two times a month in our house we drag our recyclables to the curb.
    Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor 06.02.10

  • Airlaid | Apparel

    PGI For Sale—Whose Turn Is It, Anyway?

    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.
    Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor 05.06.10

  • Wipes

    Growing Pains

    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…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 04.15.10

  • Coming Soon to a Computer Near You

    It’s hard to believe it’s already been three years since the last IDEA Show.
    Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor 04.12.10

  • Fibers

    Procter’s Answer to the Green Movement

    This month, Procter & Gamble begins shipping its latest diaper innovation—Pampers with DryMax technology—in the U.S.
    Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor 03.18.10

  • Meltblown | Spunbond

    All is Well on the Spunmelt Front

    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…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 02.24.10

  • Airlaid | Meltblown | Spunbond | Spunlace

    Machinery Market Consolidation-How Will It Shape Our Future?

    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…
    Karen McIntyre 01.14.10

  • Apparel | Construction | Wipes

    Will It Ever Happen? Nonwovens—The Fabrics Of Our Lives.

    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.
    Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor 12.08.09

  • Feminine Hygiene | India | Spunlace | Wipes

    Nonwovens Take On The World

    A lot has been said about globalization in the nonwovens industry in recent years.
    Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor 12.04.09

  • Airlaid | Spunbond | Spunlace | Wipes

    Technology In Search Of A Champion

    Back in the late 1990s, when airlaid manufacturers still had cause for optimism, industry pundit Ivan Pivko published a book titled Technology in Search of Markets.
    Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor 12.03.09

  • The Heat Is On!

    We are feeling it at the gas pumps and we will feel it when we heat our homes this winter, but where will be the next area we feel the squeeze of increasing petroleum prices?
    Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor 12.02.09

  • Construction | Fibers | Filtration | Nanotechnology

    Leader of the Pack

    They say good things come in small packages and as someone who is barely five-foot-two, I'm apt to agree. When it comes to nonwovens technologies, it is the smallest fibers that are getting the biggest headlines these days as it seems everyone is int…