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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 »
Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor
December 3, 2009
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.   Read More »
Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor
December 2, 2009
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?   Read More »
November 17, 2009
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…  Read More »
Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor
October 20, 2009
Last month, Polymer Group Inc., one of the world’s largest nonwovens producers, broke new ground in the nonwovens industry.   Read More »
Karen McIntyre
October 19, 2009
After two straight quarters of declines, Procter & Gamble expects its business to turn a profit for the final quarter of the year, or so said the company last month at a Boston conference. The announcement soon after helped propel the c…  Read More »
Karen McIntyre
September 15, 2009
For most people, the dog days of summer mean long, lazy days at the pool, battling the heat and humidity; others use the last weeks of August to prepare for the start of school. At Nonwovens Industry, we use the slow news time to finish up our annual…  Read More »
Karen McIntyre, Editor
September 15, 2009
These days, it seems, the state of the wipes market depends on who you ask. Some will say that growth has slowed, innovation is stagnant and pricing levels are depressing; while others will describe a market ripe with new product introductions and pl…  Read More »
Karen McIntyre
August 18, 2009
As this issue went to press, Fiberweb and Fitesa announced they were going forward with a plan to merge their spunmelt businesses in North and South America. Together, the two companies will sell about $200 million worth of spunmelt nonwovens, largel…  Read More »
Karen McIntyre
July 15, 2009
If the Beijing Olympics was China's coming out party to the world, May's ANEX '09/SINCE '09 show was its coming out party to the nonwovens industry. Covering two venues and featuring more than 300 exhibitors, the event proved without a doubt that the…  Read More »
Karen McIntyre
June 10, 2009
It seems the two biggest concerns facing nonwovens producers today are how to make a product with a lesser environmental footprint and how to make their nonwovens at a lower cost. The solution to both of these challenges hinges to some degree on the…  Read More »
Karen McIntyre
May 11, 2009
Despite global economic challenges, the value of U.S. nonwovens increased 11% to $11.4 billion last year, representing a new record, according to trade figures. Additionally, the market was able to grow its exports 4% while seeing a decreas…  Read More »