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An industry of flexibility ... and surprises.

Jack in March, 1992, the NONWOVENS INDUSTRY editorial was entitled "Diversity Defines An Industry" and complemented an article on end use manufacturers, describing the incredible number of market segments and product niches that define the nonwovens industry as it exists today. This month, as we look at raw materials suppliers and bonding technologies for nonwovens and talk to a few of the companies that will be exhibiting at next month's IDEA '92 exhibition, the diversity of nonwovens is once again highlighted.

For our bonding review, we recruited articles from experts in the field in several different technologies, all of whom pointed out the advantages of each particular technology. The point that emerges as a result of this bonding review is that there is no single way to make the perfect nonwoven. The definition of the perfect product varies from market segment to market segment and customer to customer. Nonwovens have come so far because of their flexibility and scope and as bonding methods continue to evolve, so goes the industry.

Likewise, raw materials for nonwovens run the gamut from fibers, binders, polymers, dispersions and resins to films, superabsorbent powders and various adhesives. For our feature this month, we narrowed the field to only a few of these categories and still came up with a variety of products, properties and viewpoints across the nonwovens spectrum.

One of the other features this month was our IDEA '92 show preview, marking the start of our IDEA coverage, which continues next month with complete company listings, conference information and show layout. As the world gears up for the largest North American nonwovens show, our "Show Stoppers" feature highlights part of the vast range of new products that will be on display next month. Everything from new machinery, innovative fibers and new generation roll goods will be showcased at the exposition, along with, we're sure, a couple surprises.

The nonwovens industry is always full of surprises and, as Tom Holliday comments in this month's Holliday Talk column, we've come a long way in the past 20 years. We certainly think there will be a few surprises in nonwovens in the years to come.
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Title Annotation:IDEA '92, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry 1992 trade show
Author:Noonan, Ellen
Publication:Nonwovens Industry
Article Type:Editorial
Date:Oct 1, 1992
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