• 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…

  • A Miracle Product?

    Karen McIntyre || March 17, 2009
    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…

  • A New Era

    Karen McIntyre || February 11, 2009
    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…

  • Too Much Of A Good Thing?

    Karen McIntyre || January 19, 2009
    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…

  • Is Relief In Sight?

    Karen Bitz McIntyre || December 11, 2008
    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…

  • In Defense Of Disposables

    Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor || November 10, 2008
    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.

  • What's Next for Airlaid?

    Karen Bitz McIntyre || October 15, 2008
    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…

  • China, Where Are You?

    Karen Bitz McIntyre || September 10, 2008
    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…

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