• 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.

  • What’s In A Niche?

    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…

  • The Race To The Top

    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.

  • Fancy Pants: Will Designer Diapers Succeed?

    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.

  • Nonwovens In the Gulf. Can They Help?

    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.

  • Where Does It All Go?

    Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor June 2, 2010
    Two times a month in our house we drag our recyclables to the curb.

  • PGI For Sale—Whose Turn Is It, Anyway?

    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.

  • Growing Pains

    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…

  • Coming Soon to a Computer Near You

    Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor April 12, 2010
    It’s hard to believe it’s already been three years since the last IDEA Show.

  • Procter’s Answer to the Green Movement

    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.

  • All is Well on the Spunmelt Front

    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…

  • Machinery Market Consolidation-How Will It Shape Our Future?

    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…

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

    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.