• The Heat Is On!

    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?
    Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor 12.02.09

  • Construction | Fibers | Filtration | Nanotechnology

    Leader of the Pack

    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

    Last month, Polymer Group Inc., one of the world’s largest nonwovens producers, broke new ground in the nonwovens industry.
    Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor 10.20.09

  • Airlaid | Feminine Hygiene | Wipes

    Leader of the Pack

    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…
    Karen McIntyre 10.19.09

  • Needlepunch

    The Dog Days of Summer

    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…
    Karen McIntyre 09.15.09

  • 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