• 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.

  • 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.