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The World Nonwovens Industry: part 1-the Leading Ten Producers, Part 1 of 3, 2014-15

  • ID: 3045190
  • November 2014
  • Region: Global
  • 69 pages
  • Textiles Intelligence

FEATURED COMPANIES

  • Ahlstrom
  • Bonar
  • DuPont
  • Fitesa
  • Freudenberg
  • Glatfelter
  • MORE

Global demand for nonwovens is forecast to grow rapidly between 2012 and 2017. During this period, it is expected that the fastest growth in demand will be in developing countries, and that demand for spunmelt fabrics will grow at a quicker pace than that of other types of nonwoven. The world's 40 largest nonwovens manufacturers have historically represented about two-thirds of the global industry in terms of output.

This report is the first in a series of three in which the world's top 40 nonwovens producers are profiled. In this report, Karen Bitz provides the latest information and analysis about the activities of the world's leading ten producers of nonwovens: Ahlstrom, Bonar, DuPont, Fitesa, Freudenberg, Glatfelter, Johns Manville, Kimberly-Clark, Polymer Group Inc (PGI) and Suominen.

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FEATURED COMPANIES

  • Ahlstrom
  • Bonar
  • DuPont
  • Fitesa
  • Freudenberg
  • Glatfelter
  • MORE

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 FREUDENBERG, GERMANY
Manufacturing facilities
Company divisions
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
Softesse and Acturel

3 AHLSTROM, FINLAND
Company structure
Nonwoven products and markets
Food and Medical
Transportation Filtration and Advanced Filtration
Building and Energy

4 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

5 POLYMER GROUP INC (PGI), USA
Investments
Products and markets
Medical
Hygiene
Industrial and speciality
Plant consolidation
Capacity expansion
Latin America
North America
Europe
China

6 GLATFELTER (FORMERLY CONCERT INDUSTRIES), USA
Advanced Airlaid Materials
Composite Fibers

7 FITESA, BRAZIL

8 JOHNS MANVILLE, USA
Corporate structure
Products and markets
High Performance Nonwovens
Roofing Materials
Manufacturing facilities
USA
Germany
Slovakia
China
Expansion

9 SUOMINEN NONWOVENS, FINLAND
Products and markets
Nonwovens

10 BONAR, NETHERLANDS
Company structure
Products and markets
Building products
Flooring
Industrial
Civil engineering
Transportation
Strategy

List of tables
Table 1: Sales by the world’s top 40 roll goods producers, 2013

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- Ahlstrom
- Bonar
- DuPont
- Fitesa
- Freudenberg
- Glatfelter
- Johns Manville
- Kimberly-Clark
- Polymer Group Inc (PGI)
- Suominen

Note: Product cover images may vary from those shown
Note: Product cover images may vary from those shown

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