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Is 2016 Slated to be a Profitable Year in Automotive Nonwovens?

Posted by FDI Drylaid Team

Jan 25, 2016 3:35:30 PM

Crude oil in December 2015 averaged from $36-$40/barrel.  Gas prices are plummeting all over the country; Michigan was the first state to have gas under $1/gallon in over a decade just a few days ago.  Interest rates are still low, people seem to have more confidence in the economy and North American automotive production is reaching record levels. Americans like their cars.

So what does this mean for automotive nonwovens?

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Topics: General Nonwovens, news, Automotive Nonwovens

3 Ways to Keep Chinese New Year from Affecting Your Manufacturing Deadlines

Posted by FDI Drylaid Team

Jan 15, 2016 10:27:33 AM

Happy New Year!  We here in the U.S. are coming off of our holiday season and ready to get back to work in 2016 and we know our global partners have been patient with us during these last two weeks.  Now, it’s our turn.

It’s no big secret that China is a serious player in global manufacturing.  Many manufacturers receive critical parts and supplies from partner companies in China.  Sometimes, U.S. project managers forget to factor in the manufacturing shutdown that happens for about two to three weeks after Chinese New Year.  With Chinese New Year occurring on Monday, February 8 this year, it’s important to start planning to keep the major manufacturing shutdowns from affecting your manufacturing process.

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Topics: General Nonwovens, news

3 Steps to Choosing the Right Nonwoven Fabric

Posted by FDI Drylaid Team

Jan 7, 2016 1:07:15 PM

The type of nonwoven fabric you choose for your end-use product is critical.  And before we get into any of the steps to take to choose the right fabric, we have to start with this piece of advice: talk to your nonwoven manufacturerWhen it comes down it, they have the experience, the technical knowledge and the information you need to help you make the best choice for your product.  But, before you talk to your nonwoven manufacturer, you can certainly arm yourself with some basic information about choosing the right fabric.

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Topics: General Nonwovens, Wipes, news

Nonwovens 2015 and Beyond

Posted by FDI Drylaid Team

Dec 31, 2015 3:21:05 PM

Karen McIntyre of Nonwovens Industry wrote an excellent 2015 wrap-up article, 2015: The Year That Was in the recent issue of the magazine.  In it, she covers all the top stories (and there were many) of 2015. 

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Topics: General Nonwovens, Wipes, news

Product Innovation: Why the Nonwovens Market Just Keeps Growing

Posted by FDI Drylaid Team

Dec 23, 2015 10:14:13 AM

I was reading through articles online in Nonwovens Industry the other day and came across this gem:

 

Yes, it’s called the Sneeve. This surprisingly useful product helps prevent the spread of germs and is made of, you guessed it, nonwoven fabric. The disposable stretchy sleeve lasts from 12-24 hours and has an antimicrobial application that kills 99.9% of viruses on contact.

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Topics: General Nonwovens, news

Nonwovens Industry:  How is the industry doing?

Posted by FDI Drylaid Team

Dec 11, 2015 3:27:37 PM

Nonwovens Industry magazine recently interviewed Brad Kalil, director of market research and statistics at INDA, to discuss the North American Nonwovens Supply Report released earlier in 2015.

In addition to providing economy and demographic trends along with comparative consumption figures from 2008 and 2013, the report also provides a forecast for what to expect in 2018. The report was designed to help those of us in the industry, from raw materials providers to machine manufacturers to converters and brand owners, make better business decisions.

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Nonwoven Wipes:  Rolling with the Times

Posted by Chris Rowlett

Nov 13, 2015 12:53:50 PM

On October 8, Nonwovens Industry published an article about flushable moist toilet paper packaged a little differently:  on a roll.   Because consumers are far more accustomed to their toilet tissue being packaged on a convenient roll, this innovation a good candidate to be embraced throughout the consumer world. 

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Topics: General Nonwovens, Wipes, news

Nonwovens Finish First in the New York City Marathon

Posted by Chris Rowlett

Nov 6, 2015 11:53:00 AM

On November 1, Stanley Biwott of Kenya blazed through the famed New York City Marathon in 2 hours 10 minutes 34 seconds.  In 2015, there were 50,530 finishers in the New York City Marathon and, while the official numbers haven’t yet been tallied at this writing, all bets are on this year’s marathon being larger than the last.

But what do nonwoven fabrics have to do with the New York City Marathon?  I can think of a few reasons why this marathon, and many other athletic events, always brings nonwovens to the top of my mind. 

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Topics: General Nonwovens, news

Loosened Regulations on Some Medical Nonwovens

Posted by FDI Meltblown Team

Nov 2, 2015 11:12:09 AM

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Topics: General Nonwovens, news, Medical Nonwovens

Nonwovens Manufacturing in the News: Is Manufacturing Making a Comeback?

Posted by Kyle Lawrence

Sep 4, 2015 5:17:00 PM

If you follow politics at all, you will know that manufacturing is becoming a buzzword not only in the current presidential campaign but also on Capitol Hill itself. Senators Chris Coons of Delaware and Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin have spearheaded a group called Manufacturing Jobs for America to focus on the acceleration of manufacturing jobs and production in the US.

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Topics: General Nonwovens, Commitment to Excellence, news

Nonwoven Manufacturing Is Our Business

We're interested in finding solutions for manufacturing problems in the nonwoven arena.  We view challenges as an opportunity to assist a manufacturing partner when no one else can.  If you're looking for tips on the nonwoven manufacturing business, you've come to the right place.

Things to consider:

  • More products are using nonwoven fabrics than ever
  • As technology improves, so does nonwoven manufacturing
  • You should always partner with a manufacturer interested in solutions

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