Unsurprisingly, our most-read feature article of the year was our Face Mask Market report, which highlighted the investments made by the producers who make the nonwovens that go into the face masks, as well as the many companies that have added the capability to produce N95 masks and respirators for first responders and the public.
And of course, articles focused on the hygiene market, the largest nonwovens market, rounded out our top three stories of the year. In baby diapers, new brands continue to launch, meeting the different needs of parents, whether they are looking for a diaper with more natural materials or offering more transparency when it comes to ingredients. “If you look at each of the brands, you can see their unique approach. They attack the specific priorities of consumers. This is also the rule for natural brands. If your top priority is to be good for the earth, there is an option for you. If you want a soft, aesthetic layer, there’s one for you, ”Pricie Hanna, founding partner of Price Hanna Consultants, told us in our January issue.
Meanwhile, the market for adult incontinence products is booming. As the world continues to age at a rapid rate, manufacturers are gearing up with a line of products that meet varying needs, from postpartum leaks and mild incontinence to people with more serious incontinence issues. The growth of the adult incontinence market is positive and significant opportunities exist in the space globally, in all markets, said Svetlana Uduslivaia of Euromonitor International. “This aging trend obviously stimulates demand, but also innovation; innovation in terms of product formats for women and men and understanding of needs.
Here’s a look back at the top 10 in-depth articles that caught your attention this year.
1. Face Mask Market Report
2. Baby diapers: an evolving market
3. The adult incontinence product industry continues to grow
4. Meltblown – Golden fleece of nonwovens
5. Diaper trends: durability, natural ingredients or other characteristics?
6. 2021 Machinery and Equipment Review
7. Personal care wipes respond to change
8. The private label market
9. Nonwovens become natural
10. Over-tensioning of spunmelt nonwovens