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This report is the first in a series of three in which the world's top 40 nonwovens producers are profiled. The report provides updated information and data about the activities and strategies of Ahlstrom, DuPont Nonwovens, Fiberweb, Fitesa, Freudenberg, Glatfelter, Johns Manville, Kimberly-Clark, Polymer Group Inc (PGI) and Suominen Nonwovens. The report also includes data on the size of the market and sales achieved by these top ten producers.

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The world nonwovens industry: profiles of ten leading producers, 1 of 3, 2013/14
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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 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
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
Personal care
Acoustics
Other developments
5 POLYMER GROUP INC (PGI), USA
Organisational structure
Ownership
Recent investments and acquisitions
Products and markets
Medical
Hygiene
Industrial and speciality
Plant consolidation
Capacity expansion
Latin America
North America
China
6 FITESA, BRAZIL
7 GLATFELTER (FORMERLY CONCERT INDUSTRIES), USA
Advanced Airlaid Materials
Wet-laid nonwovens
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 FIBERWEB, UK
Divisions
Technical Fabrics
Geosynthetics
Recent joint ventures
Fitesa
Manufacturing facilities
Demerger from BBA to form Fiberweb plc
Acquisitions and joint ventures
Investments
Divestments and closures

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Table 1: Sales by the world's top 40 roll goods producers, 2012

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