• 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.

  • Nonwovens Take On The World

    Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor December 4, 2009
    A lot has been said about globalization in the nonwovens industry in recent years.

  • Technology In Search Of A Champion

    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.

  • The Heat Is On!

    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?

  • Leader of the Pack

    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…

  • Women’s Work

    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.

  • Leader of the Pack

    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…

  • The Dog Days of Summer

    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…

  • The Fabric of Our Lives

    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…

  • A New Way To Do Business

    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…

  • China's Coming Out Party

    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…

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