• 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…

  • A Fiber For All Seasons

    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…

  • Judging the Health of Nonwovens

    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…

  • Let's Head East. It's China's Turn To Play Hostess

    Karen McIntyre April 14, 2009
    Like the rest of the world, China's nonwovens industry is facing its share of challenges—rapid changes raw material prices, currency fluctuations and a global economic crisis. The industry was also challenged by declining exports and decreasing…

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