Editorial


  • Wipes

    The Fabric of Our Lives

    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…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 09.15.09

  • A New Way To Do Business

    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…
    Karen McIntyre 08.18.09

  • Airlaid | Machinery and Equipment

    China's Coming Out Party

    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…
    Karen McIntyre 07.15.09

  • Antimicrobials | Fibers | Wipes

    A Fiber For All Seasons

    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…
    Karen McIntyre 06.10.09

  • Construction | Feminine Hygiene

    Judging the Health of Nonwovens

    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…
    Karen McIntyre 05.11.09

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

    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…
    Karen McIntyre 04.14.09

  • A Miracle Product?

    Recently an email with the subject line "Good Info to Know" landed in my inbox. Dismissing it as an annoying joke email, I nearly deleted it without reading it before I saw what it was all about—dryer sheets. The clever author of this…
    Karen McIntyre 03.17.09

  • A New Era

    Last month, the world watched as the United States inaugurated its next president. Not only was this event momentous because it marks the first time a non-white person holds this office, but also because it comes at a time when many Americans are in…
    Karen McIntyre 02.11.09

  • Education | Wipes

    Too Much Of A Good Thing?

    Last month, INDA announced it was postponing its Link With Asia, East Meets West conference, which intended to convene the Asian nonwovens industry in Vancouver this spring. Citing negative economic conditions and saying this was just not the right…
    Karen McIntyre 01.19.09

  • Adult Incontinence | Feminine Hygiene

    Is Relief In Sight?

    In 2008, the global banking industry collapsed, the U.S. automotive industry faced the possibility of bankruptcy, thousands—or perhaps millions—lost their jobs—not to mention the millions of dollars gone from retirement accounts and…
    Karen Bitz McIntyre 12.11.08

  • Wipes

    In Defense Of Disposables

    Disposing of disposables has been a huge issue in nonwovens since long before it became ultra-cool to be green and every other company out there put sustainability at the top of their list of corporate goals.
    Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor 11.10.08

  • Airlaid

    What's Next for Airlaid?

    When I took over the post of editor of Nonwovens Industry nearly eight years ago, the airlaid market was one of the most buzzed-about topics out there. Concert had announced plans to add two side-by-side airlaid lines in Quebec. Its key North America…
    Karen Bitz McIntyre 10.15.08

  • China, Where Are You?

    The 2008 Summer Olympics has been described by some newscasters as China's coming out party to the world. That is an accurate statement if you consider the impressive scenes of the opening ceremony, the fact that at press time China is leading in the…
    Karen Bitz McIntyre 09.10.08

  • Madness Over Medical

    Healthcare is a huge issue in the U.S. The rising cost of healthcare and the growing percentage of the population without access to reasonable healthcare will be one of this election year's biggest topics. A recent survey conducted by National Pub…
    Karen Bitz McIntyre 08.13.08

  • Machinery and Equipment

    Getting Ahead... And Staying There

    It's no secret that Procter & Gamble is a powerhouse in the nonwovens industry, particularly on the disposable side, so a few months ago when a member of its purchasing group invited me to speak on supply and demand issues facing the gl…
    Karen Bitz McIntyre 07.17.08

  • Wipes

    Show Us The Money

    It's forecast that this summer, here in the U.S., gas prices will hit the $5 mark across the board, not just in the notoriously expensive areas such as California. With a gallon of gas already hovering in the $4 range and prices of many other consume…
    Karen Bitz McIntyre 06.18.08

  • Where In the World Are Nonwovens?

    After steadily increasing for nearly a decade, U.S. exports of nonwovens fell nearly 5% last year to 259 kilograms. This reversal came as imports of nonwovens from other countries gained nearly 15% the same year. While the U.S. still export…
    Karen Bitz McIntyre 05.20.08

  • A Global Event

    This month, INDEX, the European leg of a trio of nonwovens-related trade shows, will be held in Geneva, Switzerland. Expected to attract 12,000 visitors, this global event will feature nearly 500 exhibitors from 100 countries. As the largest INDEX&am…
    Karen Bitz McIntyre 04.02.08

  • Let's Get Technical

    The role of nonwovens in technical applications is increasing, creating new markets and improving profits for many of our industry's key manufacturers. This month, in preparation for the bi-annual Techtextil North America trade show, scheduled for Ap…
    Karen Bitz McIntyre 03.20.08

  • Airlaid | Spunlace | Wipes

    The Great Shake Up

    As we went to press, Fiberweb—one of the world's largest and most diversified nonwovens producers—announced that Avgol, a major supplier of spunmelt nonwovens, was conducting due diligence for a potential purchase. (For more information,…
    Karen Bitz McIntyre 02.06.08