Editor, RISI Nonwovens Markets
David Allan has been editor of RISI Inc.'s nonwovens products, including the Nonwovens Markets newsletter, Nonwovens Company Profiles and the www.nonwovens.com website, since June 2011. Before that he operated a consulting business for 10 years focusing on printing papers markets. His career also included 13 years as marketing director of Abitibi-Price and then Abitibi-Bowater, and before that, more than six years covering newsprint for RISI's PPI Pulp& Paper Week newsletter. For a period of almost two years in the early 1990s he stepped away from the paper industry to publish a magazine on the nonwovens business, giving him a hint of the excitement and challenges of life in this dynamic industry.
The drive to thinner baby diapers and adult incontinence products has led to the introduction by some manufacturers of the fluffless core. Other design efforts continue to push towards thinness. Fluff pulp suppliers have an obvious desire to protect their existing absorbent product business, while also working with their customers to create a new generation of absorbent products that better meet the consumer's needs. This presentation will explore the work being done by pulp manufacturers to introduce improvements, including technological innovations, to meet the needs of this evolving market.