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Industry Overview:

Nonwovens are just what their name implies – fabrics whose fibers are neither woven nor knitted, but rather bonded by some other treatment. They serve a wide variety of purposes including disposable diapers, surgical gowns, insulation, and sand bags. The processes used to manufacture them can produce a diverse array of features, from absorbency to liquid repellence, and strength to softness. Some are intended to have limited lifespans, often intended for a single use; others are very durable, lasting for the long-haul.

With a diversity of functions and applications comes a diversity of issues. The primary issues facing the nonwoven industry are similar to those that influence the chemical industry as a whole: Updating production processes and product attributes to boost environmental-friendliness, improving cost-efficiency, and developing ever more advanced applications.

Common Applications:

  • Fiber selection, properties
  • Web formation
  • Bonding – thermal, ultrasonic, etc.
  • Finishing
  • Density, reinforcement
  • Binders
  • Emulsion polymerization
  • Deniers – heavy, fine
  • Processes – staple, spun-laid, air-laid, etc.
  • “Flushability,” dispersability
  • Needlepoint technology
  • Recycling -- reuse, disposal


With almost 35 years as a top chemical industry recruitment agency, Ropella is well-versed in the challenges companies face in their search to find highly qualified professionals. As talent acquisition specialists, we excel at attracting, recruiting and building relationships with potential candidates. Our executive search consultants stay abreast of current industry trends making Ropella a knowledgeable, efficient and effective partner for recruiting top chemical talent.

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Look for our articles in Nonwovens and Technical Textiles Innovation and other industry publications..


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Sales (such as; new business development, key account management, technical service, customer service, branch, district, region, national, global in scope).
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Manufacturing (such as operations, production, engineering, plant design, process development, pilot plant, scale up).
Research & Development (such as exploratory research, discovery research, synthesis, analytical, applications development, new product development, formulations, compounding, quality control, environmental, regulatory, health and safety).
Administration (such as procurement, supply chain, logistics, human resources).
Business Management (such as general management, executive, manager, director, vice president, c-suite and board member, commercial development, merger, acquisition, joint venture).
Venture Capital / Private Equity (such as administration and finance, commercial development, executive level management, human resources, mfg., marketing, r&d, sales)
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