Editorial


  • Lifting Taboos

    A few weeks ago, Saturday Night Live had a great skit about the lengths women will take to hide the fact that it’s “that time of the month.” The skit had tampons and pads hidden in controversial items like a copy of Mein Kampf or a…
    Karen McIntye, Editor 11.08.19

  • What’s Your Secret?

    It is no secret that makers of diaper and other hygiene products are constantly seeking new customers. As birth rates drop and penetration levels rise, diaper manufacturers see fewer and fewer opportunities to increase sales of diapers in places like…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 10.11.19

  • Do or Die

    In the past 12 months, the EU plastics directive has quickly replaced flushability as the most talked-about topic in wipes. The impact of the Single Use Plastics Directive, which puts significant limits on the percentage of plastic waste that can go…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 09.20.19

  • Say Goodbye, Say Hello

    Over the years, we’ve said goodbye to many big companies in our annual top company report. My first year writing the report (way back in 2001) was the first year that Dexter Nonwovens, an early trailblazer in the industry, was left out. Dexter…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 09.13.19

  • Nonwovens—Luxury or Necessity

    Fifty-plus years ago when the first disposable baby diaper products appeared on store shelves, many parents viewed them as wasteful, not being able to comprehend buying something to simply use once and then throw away. Since then, times have changed,…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 08.05.19

  • Defending Plastics

    The impact of the Single Use Plastics Directive, which was adopted by the European Parliament last year, on the nonwovens industry was the subject of much discussion at the World of Wipes (WOW) conference last month. The directive seeks to significan…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 07.11.19

  • Need To Know

    In recent months, many of the world’s largest makers of feminine hygiene products have launched new products or product lines featuring natural or organic raw materials. Among them are tampon maker o.b. which has provided its customers with a n…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 06.05.19

  • Still Developing

    As this issue went to press, INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, announced the publication of its latest North American Nonwovens Supply Report. This study—the sixth of its kind—provides a view of how the industry is p…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 05.03.19

  • Keep ‘Em Coming

    Fifteen years ago (give or take a few years) when the wipes market began its proliferation into new categories, touching more consumers lives than ever before, I figured at some point the ebb of new products hitting the market would slow down. Around…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 04.05.19

  • A Long Road

    Last month at IDEA 2019, long-time Nice-Pack CEO Robert Julius was honored with the IDEA19 Lifetime Achievement Award. During his 40-plus years leading Nice-Pak, he oversaw the expansion of the global premoistened wipes market, bringing them into mil…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 04.05.19

  • Southeast Asia: The Boom Continues

    Southeast Asia is one of the world’s fastest growing regions, with thriving consumer demand for daily necessities growing thanks to improving living standards. In value terms, the Southeast Asia market is expected to grow at twice the rate of t…
    03.04.19

  • Diapers: A New Generation

    Not so long ago the diaper market was heavily dominated by two giants—Procter & Gamble and Kimberly-Clark. If you look at the category sales, it seems like this is still the case and it is—when it comes to dollars and cents. However,…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 01.04.19

  • Hygiene: It Takes a Village

    Most wearers of disposable hygiene items—whether they are two or 92—never consider the level of innovation that goes into the product that is keeping them dry and shielding them from embarrassment. They don’t know they contain a cor…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 12.07.18

  • The Plastic Problem—What’s the Answer

    The topic of plastic was a hot one at this year’s Outlook Conference in Dubrovnik, Croatia. How to reduce its use, how to make it more sustainable and what to do with it after use were all discussed. And, it’s no surprise that this topic…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 11.02.18

  • Winning Asia, Winning the World

    As this issue goes to press, Unicharm announced it would purchase DSG, one of Southeast Asia’s largest makers of adult incontinence and baby diaper products with strong positions in some of the region’s fastest growing markets like Thaila…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 10.08.18

  • Contact Us

    NONWOVENS INDUSTRY is the only monthly trade magazine dedicated to the worldwide business of nonwovens. For more than 30 years, the magazine has tracked the growth of the nonwovens industry through years of changes, technology, evolution and market…
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  • Rise Up

    Early this month, INDA’s Research, Innovation, Science for Engineered Fabrics Conference (RISE) will kick off the fall season of conferences relevant to the global nonwovens industry. The RISE conference tends to focus on the technology side of…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 09.07.18

  • Healthy, Wealthy and Wise

    We are living in the age of big data. People track how many steps they take per day, the quality of their sleep, calorie intake, energy outputs—you name it. Harvesting all of this data and then analyzing it is supposed to help you live your bes…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 08.09.18

  • Acquisitions and More

    Acquisition activity has picked up in nonwovens recently leaving industry watchers scratching their heads over what this means for the industry going forward. Of course, the industry is no stranger to acquisitions. Many of the largest nonwovens produ…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 07.06.18

  • Trade Associations Stick to Their Guns

    In May, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) levied a $700,000 fine against household wipes maker Pental for falsely claiming its White King wipes were flushable. Pental was found to have misled its customers into thinking that i…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 06.01.18