The world nonwovens industry: part 1--the leading ten producers, November 2019

The world nonwovens industry: part 1--the leading ten producers, November 2019

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 have increased, reflecting a number of investments and acquisitions in recent years. Furthermore, more recent acquisitions and planned investments should lead to increases in sales in the future. Berry Global, for example, has expanded the scope of its business through the acquisition of Clopay Plastic Products Company, and Freudenberg has acquired the start-up company Frictins and launched a bid to acquire the nonwovens producer Low & Bonar. Glatfelter has completed its acquisition of Georgia-Pacific s European nonwovens business, and Fitesa has acquired Pantex--a maker of air-through bonded nonwovens for hygiene products. Fitesa has also added new lines in Brazil, Germany, Mexico, Sweden and the USA, and PFNonwovens has added new lines in the Czech Republic and South Africa. Kimberly-Clark, meanwhile, has invested in its operations in Singapore and in Mississippi and North Carolina in the USA, although it has also undertaken a restructuring programme which will result in the closure of ten sites and the elimination of 5,000-5,500 jobs.


SUMMARY
INTRODUCTION
The leading ten players
Companies which joined the leading ten players
Companies which exited from the leading ten players
Companies which remained among the leading ten players
1 BERRY GLOBAL, USA
Products and markets
Medical
Hygiene
Industrial and speciality
Capacity expansion
Latin America
North America
Europe
China
Plant consolidation
2 FREUDENBERG GROUP, GERMANY
Manufacturing facilities
Spunlaid operations
Industrial nonwovens operations
Interlinings operations
Filtration operations
Novolon
Comfortemp
Acquisitions, divestments and joint ventures
International strategy
3 AHLSTROM-MUNKSJÖ, FINLAND
Product areas
Filtration & Performance
Specialties
4 KIMBERLY-CLARK, USA
Corporate structure
Personal Care
Consumer Tissue
Business-to-Business
Products and markets
Filtration
Delivery systems (including wipes)
Sorbents
Building products
Personal care
Acoustics
Other developments
5 DUPONT, USA
Internationalisation strategy
Tyvek
Construction
Personal protective apparel
Envelopes and packaging
6 FITESA, BRAZIL
7 PFNONWOVENS, CZECH REPUBLIC
Pegas Nonwovens operations
First Quality Nonwovens operations
8 JOHNS MANVILLE, USA
Corporate structure
Products and markets
High Performance Nonwovens
Roofing Materials
Manufacturing facilities
USA
Germany
Slovakia
China
9 GLATFELTER, USA
Advanced Airlaid Materials
Composite Fibers
10 LYDALL, USA
Company structure
Thermal/Acoustical
Automotive
Industrial
Performance Materials
Technical Nonwovens
Manufacturing facilities and geographical markets
List of tables
Table 1: Sales by the world’s top 40 roll goods producers, 2018

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