Editorial


  • Bigger and Better

    The rate of nonwovens investment during the last six months has been unprecedented. Of course, much of this has centered around meltblown and materials destined to face masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE) applications, but investments…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 10.08.20

  • The New Normal

    Last month, Fitesa, Brazil’s largest nonwovens producer and one of the biggest suppliers of spunbond materials to the global hygiene market, announced it would purchase Tredegar Personal Care, a major supplier of films and other components to m…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 09.11.20

  • Going Global

    Investment in nonwoven materials designed to increase production of personal protection equipment (PPE) like face masks and surgical gown—as well as lines to convert these items — has led to an unprecedented expansion in global capacity,…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 08.05.20

  • Mask Up. Or Stay Home.

    As we went to press, Lydall, one of the U.S.’s leading makers of meltblown nonwovens, had announced it had received a $13.5 million government contract to support investments that will help expand its supply to the face mask market. The contrac…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 07.09.20

  • Good Times, Bad Times

    It’s been six months since the world first learned about a new Coronavirus, known as Covid-19, originating out of Wuhan, China. Since then, millions have been infected, hundreds of thousands have died, billions have faced lockdowns and economie…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 06.10.20

  • Face Masks on the Rise

    Suddenly face masks are everywhere…or at least on everybody. With stopping the spread of the Coronavirus a top priority globally, mask use has been mandated in public in many areas. And,  even in places without mandate, more people are we…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 05.05.20

  • Wipes—Open for Business

    The global Coronavirus Pandemic, from which the entire world is reeling as I finish this issue (from home), is already having an impact on the disposable wipes market. In the run up to the March 11 declaration that the situation had reached pandemic…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 04.03.20

  • Nonwovens in Crisis Mode

    On March 19, U.S.  textile and nonwoven associations issued a joint statement urging federal, state and local governments to deem textile and nonwoven manufacturing facilities as “essential” when drafting “Shelter in Place&rdqu…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 04.03.20

  • Southeast Asia—Still Thriving

    Despite trade limitations and virus outbreaks, Asia continues to grow in many consumer markets. Key among these are disposable hygiene segments like baby diapers and feminine hygiene products where growth is being achieved for many reasons. For on…
    Karen McIntryre, Editor 03.05.20

  • Data Driven

    One of the top news stories coming out of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, NV, last month was the official introduction of Pampers Lumi, the world’s first all-in-one connected baby care system. The product combines a smart HD v…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 02.07.20

  • Paving the Way

    Hello Bello. Cloud Island. Poof. Honest. Parasol. These are just some of the new brands that have popped up in the diaper market in recent years, each with their own special attributes and marketing message. While their stories vary, each of the b…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 01.03.20

  • The Green Dream

    The subject of sustainability has never been as prescient in nonwovens as it is today. At the recent Hygienix and Outlook conferences, talk of alternative raw materials, lower weights and greener products was rampant as the industry faces upcoming ch…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 12.10.19

  • 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