Editorial


  • 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

  • What’s Next For Spunmelt?

    The last five years or so have seen an incredibly strong rate of spunmelt investment as massive new lines have been added around the world. These new lines are bigger, faster and more flexible than ever before, allowing manufacturers to offer their c…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 02.08.19

  • 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

  • Wipes—Changing The Way We Clean and Live

    It’s been nearly two decades since the wipes market began heating up, expanding beyond baby wipes and wet wipes to penetrate more areas of our daily lives. First there were antibacterial wipes, then floor cleaning products like Swiffer, then fa…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 09.12.18

  • 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

  • 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