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The world nonwovens industry: part 1 -- the leading ten producers, 3rd quarter 2001
published in Issue 46, 3rd quarter 2001
Most of the world’s top ten producers of nonwoven roll goods increased their sales in 2000, despite escalating raw material costs. One major exception was PGI Nonwovens, the world’s fourth largest nonwovens company, which suffered a fall in revenue. This was due, in part, to overcapacity in certain markets.
Freudenberg remains the world’s number one player and attributes its success to its focus on product development and capacity expansions. Ahlstrom has also witnessed a significant sales increase. This has followed Ahlstrom’s purchase of Dexter Nonwovens and a process of restructuring.
Sales of roll goods by US-based Johns Manville have remained static over the last year, although the company’s acquisition by Berkshire Hathaway is considered to be a positive move. Also in the USA, Buckeye continues to expand its air-laid nonwovens business and has completed its construction of the world’s largest line for making airlaid nonwovens. Meanwhile, UK-based BBA Nonwovens hascompleted its first line for making air-laid nonwovens in China. The move is expected to boost sales in this region.