• 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…

  • Three Days In Miami

    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…

  • AI: In The News Again

    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…

  • Rock The Vote: Rewarding Innovation

    Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor February 12, 2007
    One of the best things about a democracy is the right to vote.

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