• Madness Over Medical

    Karen Bitz McIntyre || August 13, 2008
    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…

  • Getting Ahead... And Staying There

    Karen Bitz McIntyre || July 17, 2008
    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…

  • Show Us The Money

    Karen Bitz McIntyre || June 18, 2008
    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…

  • Where In the World Are Nonwovens?

    Karen Bitz McIntyre || May 20, 2008
    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…

  • A Global Event

    Karen Bitz McIntyre || April 2, 2008
    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…

  • Let's Get Technical

    Karen Bitz McIntyre || March 20, 2008
    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…

  • The Great Shake Up

    Karen Bitz McIntyre || February 6, 2008
    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,…

  • Doing Double Time With Disposable Diapers

    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…

  • Another Year Bites The Dust

    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…

  • More Growth Ahead For Wipes

    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…

  • What Goes Around, Comes Around

    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.

  • Investment Continues In The Global Nonwovens Industry

    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.

  • What Will Be The Next Big Growth Region For Nonwovens?

    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…

  • A New Way Of Doing Things

    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.

  • How Green Are You?

    || 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…

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