Reportlinker Adds The World Nonwovens Industry: Profiles of Ten Leading Producers, 1 of 3, 2010/11

Dec 14, 2010, 14:18 ET from Reportlinker

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The World Nonwovens Industry: Profiles of Ten Leading Producers, 1 of 3, 2010/11

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Sales generated by the global nonwovens industry were worth US$16 bn in 2009. Of this figure, sales by the leading 40 producers were valued at US$12.4 bn, representing over 75% of the total. However, this figure was down from US$13.6 bn in the previous year. Among the top ten players, sales ranged individually from US$247 mn to US$1.25 bn and total sales amounted to US$7.9 bn. Many of the key players—including Ahlstrom, DuPont, Fiberweb, Freudenberg, Kimberly-Clark and Polymer Group Inc (PGI)—reported lower sales in 2009 due to the global economic recession and falling raw material prices. Freudenberg remained the number one player despite a drop in sales caused by poor economic conditions. In response the company has exited from some underperforming businesses, such as commodity hygiene, and shut down a number of lines. However, its post-consumer recycled business (PCR) is doing well and many key businesses have seen a turnaround. Sales by DuPont Nonwovens dropped due to negative conditions in some core businesses—notably construction. DuPont Nonwovens has been combined with DuPont's Advanced Fiber Systems and Personal Protection units to form DuPont Protection Technologies. Also, the company is building a new facility to make Energain nanofibre-based polymeric battery separators. Kimberly-Clark's Partnership Products business benefited in 2009 from market recovery and geographical expansion, and should gain from an improvement plan and fast growth in emerging markets in BRICIT countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, Indonesia and Turkey). Ahlstrom's nonwovens business also faces challenges but it purchased Shandong Puri Filter & Paper Products, a Chinese specialist in transportation filtration media, and opened a medical fabrics facility in India. Polymer Group Inc (PGI) was acquired in September 2010 by Blackstone Capital Partners after suffering falling sales in 2009. At Fiberweb a turnaround programme is driving up profits. The company has joined with Brazil's Fitesa to re-enter the North American spunmelt market with a new investment in the USA and has agreed to form a joint venture with Japan's Chisso Corporation to establish a spunmelt operation in China. Johns Manville has benefited from new products and international expansion, notably in China and in Central and Eastern Europe. Glatfelter has entered the top ten after buying Concert Industries' wet-laid nonwovens business and combining it with its own air-laid operation. The company's personal care division has continued to thrive but the industrial side of the business is still awaiting recovery. TWE Group is expanding its operations in China and Germany while sales of airlaid nonwovens by Buckeye Technologies increased slightly in 2009.

SUMMARY

INTRODUCTION

The global nonwovens market

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 FREUDENBERG, GERMANY

Manufacturing facilities

Management changes

Company restructuring

Company divisions and other business units

Spunlaid Division

Industrial Nonwovens Division

Interlinings Division

Freudenberg Filtration Technologies

Novolon

Acquisitions, divestments and joint ventures

Investments in Asia

International strategy

2 DUPONT NONWOVENS, USA

Internationalisation strategy

Market strategy

Technology strategy

Tyvek

Construction

Personal protective apparel

Envelopes and packaging

Sontara

Advantages of Sontara over competing materials

Suprel

Softesse and Acturel

3 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

Personal care

Acoustics

Other developments

4 AHLSTROM, FINLAND

Company structure

Nonwoven products and markets

Home & Personal Nonwovens

Food and Medical (formerly Advanced Nonwovens)

Filtration

Building & Energy (formerly Glass & Industrial Nonwovens)

Regional breakdown of sales

Acquisitions

5 POLYMER GROUP INC (PGI), USA

Ownership

Recent investments and acquisitions

Products and markets

Medical

Hygiene

Industrial and speciality

Plant consolidation

Capacity expansion

Latin America

North America

China

Rebranding strategy

6 FIBERWEB, UK

Manufacturing facilities

Products and markets

Hygiene

Industrial

Demerger from BBA to form Fiberweb plc

Acquisitions and joint ventures

Investments

Divestments and closures

7 JOHNS MANVILLE, USA

Corporate structure

Products and markets

High Performance Nonwovens

Roofing Materials

Manufacturing facilities

USA

Germany

Slovakia

China

Expansion

8 GLATFELTER (FORMERLY CONCERT INDUSTRIES), USA

Advanced Airlaid Materials

Growth strategy

Reorganisation and restructuring

9 TWE GROUP, GERMANY

Company structure

Products and markets

10 BUCKEYE TECHNOLOGIES, USA

Products and markets

Market development

Manufacturing facilities

Investments

Packaging technology

List of tables

Table 1: Sales by the world's top 40 roll goods producers, 2009

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