Editorial


  • 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

  • Doing Double Time With Disposable Diapers

    My dual roles as the editor of this magazine and a mother of two children causes me to spend a lot of time thinking about disposable diapers. Not only how they perform but also why they perform the way they do and which products give the best bang fo…
    Karen Bitz McIntyre 01.10.08

  • Filtration | Machinery and Equipment | Nanotechnology

    Another Year Bites The Dust

    The past 12 months have been good ones for the nonwovens industry, marked by the largest ever IDEA Show, North America's largest nonwovens exposition, numerous nonwovens capacity investments around the globe and continued growth in both exi…
    Karen Bitz McIntyre 12.05.07

  • Spunlace | Wipes

    More Growth Ahead For Wipes

    Last month, Ahlstrom dedicated a new spunlace line at its Green Bay, WI facility, a site acquired from Green Bay Nonwovens two years ago. At the ceremony, Martin Davis, the general manager of Ahlstrom's global wipes business, called the $30 million i…
    Karen Bitz McIntyre 11.08.07

  • Airlaid

    What Goes Around, Comes Around

    In 2001, when I took over as editor of Nonwovens Industry, airlaid, so the experts said, was poised for growth.
    Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor 10.10.07

  • Filtration | Wipes

    Investment Continues In The Global Nonwovens Industry

    Despite concerns over market maturity and pricing pressures in many key markets for nonwovens, this year’s annual Top Company report proves that this market remains in growth mode.
    Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor 10.10.07

  • India | Western Europe

    What Will Be The Next Big Growth Region For Nonwovens?

    That is the question everyone in nonwovens is asking. Some say China but others doubt its long-term viability; others say India but others say this market is rife with problems of its own. Other regions that could become hot growth spots for nonwoven…
    08.13.07

  • A New Way Of Doing Things

    For the past several years, we have been managing our International Buyers’ Guide online. Companies are e-mailed a user name and password and then asked to update their company listings themselves. Like most things, this has its advantages and disadvantages.
    Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor 07.16.07

  • How Green Are You?

    Environmental consciousness was running high at the IDEA07 show last month with a number of companies launching products touting eco-friendly benefits. Perhaps this is a direct offshoot of the industry's quest—like so many others—to lesse…
    06.07.07

  • Construction

    Three Days In Miami

    For many involved in nonwovens, the last several months have centered largely around preparation for IDEA 2007, this year's big nonwovens-related trade show, which will be held later this month in Miami Beach. Held just once every three years, IDEA i…
    04.12.07

  • Adult Incontinence | Feminine Hygiene | Spunlace

    AI: In The News Again

    During the past three weeks, there has been more news relating to adult incontinence than there has been all year. First, Paperpak announced it had a new owner; then, Whitestone bought fellow AI manufacturer Humanicare and finally Procter & Gambl…
    03.13.07

  • Machinery and Equipment | Wipes

    Rock The Vote: Rewarding Innovation

    One of the best things about a democracy is the right to vote.
    Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor 02.12.07

  • Baby, Baby: Diaper Technology Needs To Be Examined

    Around here, January is baby diaper month and this issue is chock full of information about the global diaper market. Thanks to the help of diaper consultant Carlos Richer and market tracker Euromonitor, I think it's safe to say that this issue conta…
    01.03.07

  • Apparel | Filtration | Spunlace | Wipes

    Bridging The Gap Into Apparel

    The apparel market has long been the envy of the nonwovens industry. Being able to tailor nonwovens to the needs of clothiers, not in interlinings but for the actual garments, would create huge market potential for nonwovens. For years a number of co…
    12.13.06

  • Feminine Hygiene | Filtration

    The New Battleground

    The filtration market is expanding—both in product scope and in number of participants. Not only are new companies—not traditionally invested in filtration—entering the market, but many companies already participating in filtration…
    11.08.06

  • Airlaid

    Time For Champagne? Maybe Not Yet

    A few weeks ago, financial analyst Jim Cramer proclaimed his faith in disposable diapers by appearing on his Mad Money television show wearing a diaper. Known for his crazed antics, Cramer wore the diaper to underscore why buying Kimberly-Clark stock…
    10.16.06

  • A Look At The Smaller Guys

    It seems every year we are adding and subtracting companies in our annual Top Companies report. This year, we added two Italian producers—Albis and Union Industries—who are both centered on the hygiene market. While both of these companie…
    09.11.06