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Karen Bitz McIntyre
January 10, 2008
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…  Read More »
Karen Bitz McIntyre
December 5, 2007
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…  Read More »
Karen Bitz McIntyre
November 8, 2007
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…  Read More »
Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor
October 10, 2007
In 2001, when I took over as editor of Nonwovens Industry, airlaid, so the experts said, was poised for growth.   Read More »
Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor
October 10, 2007
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.   Read More »
August 13, 2007
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…  Read More »
Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor
July 16, 2007
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.  Read More »

June 7, 2007
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…  Read More »

April 12, 2007
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…  Read More »

March 13, 2007
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…  Read More »
Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor
February 12, 2007
One of the best things about a democracy is the right to vote.   Read More »
January 3, 2007
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…  Read More »
December 13, 2006
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…  Read More »
November 8, 2006
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…  Read More »
October 16, 2006
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…  Read More »