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Nonwovens Industry’s Top 10 Online Exclusives of 2016

January 9, 2017

Hygiene-related stories dominate list.

1. Feminine Hygiene Alternative Developed

A Quebec couple recently developed a prototype for a feminine hygiene product that helps stop the leaks of tampons and offers non-tampon wearers a new discreet solution. Made using materials found in the drug store, the product, which is meant for external use, is more discreet and stable than a pad, and can offer relief for tampon leakage during swimming and other water activities.

2. A Baby Diaper for the Modern Parent

A California-based company launched a new line of designer diapers and wipes last year. The thin and eco-conscious diapers from Parasol Co. are manufactured by Drylock Technologies and feature a soft, three-dimensionally embossed topsheet made through the air bonding process. Offering an alternative to the typical baby-centric prints, the diapers come in six whimsical and modern designs.

3. Nonwovens Production Up in Europe Despite Slow Economic Growth

In the spring, EDANA revealed its preliminary 2015 annual statistics, offering a comprehensive picture of the nonwovens industry across Greater Europe. According to the association’s figures, the overall production of nonwovens in Europe grew by 3.6% in 2015 to reach 2,329,000 tons, despite an environment of slow economic growth.

4. E-Commerce and the Baby Diaper Market

Nonwovens Industry reached out to diaper industry consultant Pricie Hanna to discuss the baby diaper market and the world wide web. One area that’s fascinated Hanna is the huge growth of online orders in China, where parents are choosing to purchase premium diapers made in Japan, the U.S., or Western Europe.

5. Wet Wipes on a Roll Inventor Set to Expand

WipeMeWorld, inventor of moist toilet tissue on a roll, announced plans to expand into the household and healthcare markets with larger wet wipes that fit on a paper towel holder. Ronen Cojocaru, the Hong Kong-based entrepreneur who developed the wipes, incorporated flushability features to each line.

6. Nonwovens Investment Moves into South Africa

Anticipated growth in South Africa has led new investment in the country. Locally owned Spunchem, which has mostly produced industrial nonwovens, completed its first hygiene-centric investment last year and announced plans to add a second line in 2018. Meanwhile, Czech-based Pegas Nonwovens announced plans to establish a South African subsidiary.

7. SCA to Spin-Off Hygiene Business

In August, SCA announced that its board will propose to the Annual General Meeting 2017 to decide on a split of the Group into two listed companies, hygiene and forest products, in order to create further value for shareholders. After evaluating both units, the group concluded that the synergies between them were limited. If the majority of shareholders agree upon the proposal at the spring meeting, the listing is planned for the second half of 2017.

8. TZMO: First Poland, Now the World

TZMO, Poland’s largest locally owned manufacturer of hygiene products, announced plans to expand in the U.S., where it already has a presence in the southeast with its Seni brand of adult incontinence products. The company, whose products are currently available in 65 markets around the globe, hopes to eventually manufacture products locally in America.

9. Industry Continues Efforts to Keep Wipes Out of the Toilet

Flushability continued to be a key topic at INDA’s World of Wipes Conference. During the conference, INDA president Dave Rousse met with wipes makers and brand owners to encourage them to comply with the industry Code of Practice, which has been a part of the flushability guidelines since 2008. Currently the association is working with the wastewater industry on the fourth edition of flushability assessment guidelines.

10. K-C Reports Strength in Emerging Markets

Speaking to investors in September, Kimberly-Clark’s CFO Maria Henry said that the company continues to make headways in developing and emerging (D&E) markets. Henry reported improved volumes and earnings growth across its three main reporting segments—personal care, tissue and K-C Professional. From 2011-2015, sales in D&E markets grew 11% per year, allowing them to comprise 30% of sales (up from 14%).

The nonwovens industry covers a diverse range of markets, from automotives and geotextiles to medical and industrial, but stories on the hygiene industry truly stood out to Nonwovens Industry readers in 2016. The following made our list of most widely read online exclusives of the year.

1. Feminine Hygiene Alternative Developed
2. A Baby Diaper for the Modern Parent
3. Nonwovens Production Up in Europe Despite Slow Economic Growth
4. E-Commerce and the Baby Diaper Market
5. Wet Wipes on a Roll Inventor Set to Expand
6. Nonwovens Investment Moves into South Africa
7. SCA to Spin-Off Hygiene Business
8. TZMO: First Poland, Now the World
9. Industry Continues Efforts to Keep Wipes Out of the Toilet
10. K-C Reports Strength in Emerging Markets