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  • Southeast Asia: A Market Up for Grabs

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || March 9, 2017
    While new nonwovens investments have cooled in Southeast Asia (mirroring trends we’ve seen around the world) in recent months, we continue to see interest in related industries in countries like Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam and Malaysia. It see…

  • 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…

  • Still Strong After All These Years

    Still Strong After All These Years

    February 5, 2015
    Four years ago, in our February 2011 issue, we reported on the great spunmelt surge of 2010-2011. At that time, there was an estimated 400,000 tons either planned or recently added in the global marketplace. Surely, we thought, this would be enough c…

  • Happy New Year!

    January 7, 2013
    A couple of things to start off. First, I’d like to introduce myself as the new head editor of Nonwovens Industry. I’m taking over the helm from Karen McIntyre who is still on board, at your disposal, and luckily mine. I’ve been wor…

  • Ahlstrom’s Next Move

    Karen Bitz-McIntyre, Editor || September 12, 2012
    Ahlstrom recently announced its intent to exit its Label & Processing business, reaffirming its commitment to the specialty materials business and making it a company 100% invested in nonwovens technology. Even though Label & Processing compr…

  • New Beginnings

    Karen McIntyre, Editor || February 28, 2012
    Happy New Year. Once again, Nonwovens Industry is kicking off the new year with our annual look at the disposable diaper market.

  • 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…