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  • TPP Could Mean Good Things for Nonwovens

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || July 15, 2016
    Earlier this year, negotiations between the U.S. and 11 countries, many located in the Pacific Rim, led to the creation of a free trade agreement between these countries. According to many economists, the Trans-Pacfiic Partnership (TPP)—which s…

  • Retailers Rely On Private Label

    Karen McIntyre, editor || January 5, 2016
    The days of the no frills aisle are over. The bland white and black packaging once used by retailers for their store brands are gone. Today’s private label products are packaged in the same eye-catching, graphic-ridden, bright casings as their…

  • Flushable Wipes…A Messy Battle

    June 8, 2015
    As we were going to press, Suominen confirmed what everybody in the nonwovens industry already suspected—its new U.S. investment will be a wetlaid line targeting, among other things, flushable applications. Calling the investment the biggest pi…

  • Adult Incontinence: Everybody Wants A Piece

    Adult Incontinence: Everybody Wants A Piece

    March 9, 2015
    To say taboos have been lifted in adult incontinence is putting things mildly. Once a condition associated with the sick and elderly, today’s incontinence sufferer wants to live an active lifestyle and consumer products companies are working ha…

  • Infection Control & Hygiene Drive Demand for Medical Nonwovens

    Tim Wright, editor || August 13, 2014
    The global market for medical nonwoven disposables is projected to reach US$22.7 billion by 2020.

  • Thinking in reverse

    Tim Wright, Editor || February 18, 2014
    It may be hard to imagine but a growing trend in today’s world is for major consumer companies to create products in emerging markets and import them into mature markets. It’s a fairly new and radical idea known as “reverse innovati…

  • Lean Times Ahead

    Karen Bitz McIntyre, Editor || December 4, 2012
    Last month, Veronica Hagen, CEO of PGI Nonwovens, one of the largest—if not the largest—makers of spunmelt nonwovens in the world, made a (not so) startling revelation. It could take until 2016 before the world’s major hygiene marke…

  • To Flush or Not to Flush

    Karen Bitz-McIntyre, Editor || September 4, 2012
    One of the key developments shaping the wipes market today is flushability. With the third generation of INDA/EDANA’s Guidance Document for Assessing the Flushability of Nonwoven Consumer Products just about complete, manufacturers are poised t…

  • Consolidation Continues In the Diaper Market

    July 5, 2011
    Last month, Associated Hygiene Products (AHP) announced it would purchase former rival in the private label baby diaper market, Arquest, Inc., creating (potentially) the world's largest maker of private label diapers with big boy customers like W…

  • 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…