Editorial


  • What’s in Store for Japan?

    Each year, the global nonwovens industry gathers in a set location for a huge trade show. This location, as we know, rotates between North America, Europe and Asia. In North America, the spot has in recent years mostly been Miami Beach, while in Euro…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 05.04.18

  • K-C Legal Win: What Does it Mean?

    The wipes industry scored a victory in December when a federal court put a hold on a Washington, D.C., city law regulating flushable wipe labeling. The legislation had passed the city council a year earlier and was due to go into effect on January 1&…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 04.12.18

  • Who Has The Power?

    Over the past decade, the growing influence of online retailers, subscription services and other new sales channels have changed the dynamic between retailers and consumers. The internet has given both sides of the relationship more tools in both tra…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 04.05.18

  • The next great frontier

    Some of the world’s keenest observers of the global baby diaper market were surprised by the Chinese consumers’ thirst for ultra-premium, soft baby diapers. Many of the major multinational brands entered the market with value offerings, t…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 03.02.18

  • Right at Your Fingertips

    For decades, Nonwovens Industry has included a directory of manufacturers with its annual reports on each of the three major hygiene categories—baby diapers, adult incontinence and feminine hygiene. Since these directories were being published…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 03.02.18

  • Bust or Boom?

    If you read the news, you would think the U.S. baby diaper market is in a bust. This week CNN reports that the birth rate dropped to a historic low in 2017 as would-be parents pushed back parenthood. At the same time, the $12.6 billion diaper market…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 02.02.18

  • There’s Something About China

    China continues to play a more prominent role in the nonwovens and related industries. Over the past 18 months, the developed markets like the U.S. and Western Europe have looked to Chinese diapers for inspiration when it comes to diaper design. Mean…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 01.05.18

  • Amazon.com. Will the Second Time be the Charm?

    Last month, Amazon.com quietly launched its own brand of private label diapers. Not only was this launch without any significant marketing or promotional efforts, it was an invitation-only launch, meaning that only a select few of Amazon’s cust…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 12.07.17

  • Not Your Mother’s Product

    As a mother of three girls (some of which are rapidly approaching puberty), and as the editor of Nonwovens Industry, the changing landscape of the feminine hygiene market is something I monitor very closely. In recent years, we have seen a more open…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 11.10.17

  • Let’s Play Nice

    The fight against flushability continues. As this issue goes to press, a new organization, International Water Services Flushability Group, which was formed by the stakeholders in the wastewater treatment industry, is seeking comments on a set of pro…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 09.18.17

  • Seeking A Name Change

    Recently, I had a conversation with someone new to nonwovens. Throughout this conversation, this person kept asking me, “what makes that a nonwoven?” He could not seem to grasp that things as different as a baby wipe and a roofing substra…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 09.11.17

  • Dreaming of Africa

    This month, Ontex announced the next frontier in its globalization plan—Ethiopia. The European manufacturer of private label and branded hygiene products announced it had opened its first plant in the country, once known for severe famine, and…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 07.31.17

  • Flushability: The Fight Continues

    It was no surprise that the issue of flushability was a hot one at this year’s World of Wipes (WOW) Conference last month. So hot that even though  show organizers waited until the final session of the conference to focus on flushability,…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 07.10.17

  • Nonwovens—Best in Class

    As this issue goes to press, I am fresh off a visit to the Nonwovens Institute (NWI) at North Carolina State University, a spot that is rapidly becoming (if it isn’t already) the center of innovation and research and development in nonwovens. I…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 06.06.17

  • Welcome to the U.S.

    Last month, I traveled down to Grey Court, SC for the opening of Mogul’s new spunlace facility—the Turkish company’s first foray into U.S. manufacturing as well as its first operation outside of Turkey. Mogul announced its plan to e…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 05.04.17

  • So It Begins

    Deadline came early this month at Nonwovens Industry...nearly two weeks early to give us enough time to get this issue across the Atlantic for INDEX, which will undoubtedly be the year’s largest nonwovens event with more than 500 exhibitors and…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 03.27.17

  • Knowing Your Consumers

    As the wipes market continues to expand in size and scope, it is gaining new customers daily. Depending on the task at hand, consumers in this market can vary significantly—a multitasking mom, a tween experimenting with makeup for the first tim…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 03.27.17

  • Pacific Rim

    Southeast Asia: A Market Up for Grabs

    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…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 03.09.17

  • Spunlace is Spot On

    Spunlace and wipes. Wipes and spunlace. Ever since the wipes boom of 2000 (the year which, I believe, this publication dubbed “The Year of the Wipes”), it seems that gains in wipes have meant gains for spunlace and vice versa. In the earl…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 03.09.17

  • Coming to America

    Big moves are being made in the diaper market in the Americas. In the past few weeks, two major European players—Ontex and Drylock—announced their intention to acquire diaper manufacturers based across the Atlantic—one in Brazil (On…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 02.02.17