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The world nonwovens industry: part 1—the leading ten producers, January 2018

The world nonwovens industry: part 1—the leading ten producers, January 2018

In this report, the first in a series of three in which the world's top 40 nonwovens producers are profiled, Karen Bitz provides the latest information and analysis about the activities of the world's leading ten producers of nonwovens. For many of these players, sales volumes have increased compared with the previous year, but sales values have declined or remained static due to pricing pressures and lower raw material pass-through costs. Despite these challenges, several companies have made significant investments which are expected to benefit sales in the future. Suominen, for example, has completed work on a new line in South Carolina, USA, representing the largest single investment in the company's history, while Fitesa has opened new lines in Brazil, Germany, Mexico and Sweden, and has recently acquired Pantex. Other companies are focusing on transforming their businesses. For example, DuPont has merged with The Dow Chemical Company to form a technological giant which will thereafter be split into three companies while Ahlstrom has merged with Munksjö although it is continuing to invest in filtration.


  • SUMMARY
  • INTRODUCTION
    • Table Sales by the world's top 40 roll goods producers, 2016 (US$ mn)
    • THE LEADING TEN PLAYERS
  • BERRY GLOBAL (FORMERLY AVINTIV), USA
    • PRODUCTS AND MARKETS
      • Medical
      • Hygiene
      • Industrial and speciality
    • CAPACITY EXPANSION
      • Latin America
      • North America
      • Europe
      • China
    • PLANT CONSOLIDATION
  • FREUDENBERG PERFORMANCE MATERIALS, GERMANY
    • MANUFACTURING FACILITIES
    • SPUNLAID OPERATIONS
    • INDUSTRIAL NONWOVENS OPERATIONS
    • INTERLININGS OPERATIONS
    • FILTRATION OPERATIONS
    • NOVOLON
    • COMFORTEMP
    • ACQUISITIONS, DIVESTMENTS AND JOINT VENTURES
    • INVESTMENTS IN ASIA
    • INTERNATIONAL STRATEGY
  • KIMBERLY-CLARK, USA
    • CORPORATE STRUCTURE
      • Personal Care
      • Consumer Tissue
      • Business-to-Business
    • EXTERNAL NONWOVEN FABRICS BUSINESS
      • Products and markets
      • Filtration
      • Delivery systems (including wipes)
      • Sorbents
      • Building products
      • Personal care
      • Acoustics
    • OTHER DEVELOPMENTS
  • AHLSTROM-MUNKSJÖ, FINLAND
    • PRODUCT AREAS
      • Filtration & Performance
      • Specialties
  • DUPONT, USA
    • INTERNATIONALISATION STRATEGY
    • TYVEK
      • Construction
      • Personal protective apparel
      • Envelopes and packaging
  • JOHNS MANVILLE, USA
    • CORPORATE STRUCTURE
    • PRODUCTS AND MARKETS
      • High Performance Nonwovens
      • Roofing Materials
    • MANUFACTURING FACILITIES
      • USA
      • Germany
      • Slovakia
      • China
  • FITESA, BRAZIL
  • GLATFELTER (FORMERLY CONCERT INDUSTRIES), USA
    • ADVANCED AIRLAID MATERIALS
    • COMPOSITE FIBERS
  • SUOMINEN NONWOVENS, FINLAND
    • COMPANY STRUCTURE
    • CONVENIENCE
    • CARE BUSINESS
  • TWE GROUP, GERMANY
    • COMPANY STRUCTURE
    • PRODUCTS AND MARKETS

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