Editorial


  • 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

  • Education

    A Tradition Upheld

    Last month, I had the pleasure of being invited to speak at the Clemson Nonwovens Forum, which for more than  30 years, has served as an introduction for nonwovens newcomers to the industry, from both a technology and a marketing perspective. Wh…
    08.17.06

  • Apparel | China

    China, China, China

    You can't pick up a newspaper, listen to the radio or watch television these days without hearing about China's rapid development. Just this week, I heard a news story about challenges to China's water supply, which, per capita, is about…
    07.18.06

  • Machinery and Equipment | Wipes

    Strut Your Stuff

    One thing that is constantly reverberating throughout the pages of Nonwovens Industry is this industry’s constant search for new ideas and innovations.
    Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor 06.14.06

  • Composite | Construction | Fibers | Spunbond | Wetlaid

    Nonwovens and Uncle Sam: Perfect Together

    One might look at this month's cover of Nonwovens Industry and wonder what U.S. Armed Forces have to do with nonwovens. Well, the U.S. Marine Corps is investing significant resources in developing nonwoven composite fabric technology for combat utili…
    05.17.06

  • Construction | Nanotechnology

    Put It To the Pocketbook

    Am I making enough money? This is the question that plagues every worker—from the hourly employee working the production line to the CEO of a major multinational company. Being fairly, and adequately, compensated for the contribution you give t…
    Karen Bitz McIntyre 04.17.06

  • Say It Loud, Say It Proud

    This letter responds to, and agrees with, another letter submitted by Scott Tomlin of Degussa, which was published in our December 2005 issue.
    Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor 03.06.06

  • Wipes

    Why Wipes Won't Go Away

    According to INDA's recent analysis of wipes, household wipes now comprise the majority of North American disposable wipes sales. Experts say that the success of this market has largely been caused by the widespread popularity of electrostatic and we…
    02.10.06