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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. Many of these players – including Avintiv (formerly PGI), Fitesa, Freudenberg, Glatfelter and TWE Group – have increased their sales as a result of acquisitions, investments in new lines or improvements to existing lines. Avintiv has acquired Companhia Providência. However, sales at DuPont fell after it divested its Sontara spunlace business to Jacob Holm Industries. Ahlstrom continues to focus on speciality businesses such as wall coverings, filtration and other speciality fabrics while Kimberly-Clark's Partnership Products business continues to focus on filtration, sorbents and wipes. Sales at Glatfelter will receive a boost from a new line for making air-laid nonwovens in North America while Suominen has an ambitious growth strategy which includes a new line for making wet-laid nonwovens in North America as well as improvements to existing lines in Brazil and Spain. Fitesa has completed new lines in China and the USA, and is adding lines in Brazil, Germany and Sweden. Meanwhile, TWE has entered the top ten for the first time after acquiring Libeltex and in 2015 the company purchased three USA-based nonwovens plants belonging to Vita Nonwovens.

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The world nonwovens industry: part 1—the leading ten producers, March 2016
List of contents
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 AVINTIV (FORMERLY POLYMER GROUP INC (PGI)), USA
Products and markets
Medical
Hygiene
Industrial and speciality
Capacity expansion
Latin America
North America
Europe
China
Plant consolidation
2 FREUDENBERG PERFORMANCE MATERIALS, GERMANY
Manufacturing facilities
Company Divisions
Spunlaid operations
Industrial nonwovens operations
Interlinings operations
Freudenberg Filtration Technologies
Novolon
Acquisitions, divestments and joint ventures
Investments in Asia
International strategy
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
Building products
Personal care
Acoustics
Other developments
4 DUPONT NONWOVENS, USA
Internationalisation strategy
Technology strategy
Tyvek
Construction
Personal protective apparel
Envelopes and packaging
5 AHLSTROM, FINLAND
Company structure
Filtration and Performance
Specialties
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
Company structure
Convenience
Care business
10 TWE GROUP, GERMANY
Company structure
Products and markets


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Table 1: Sales by the world's top 40 roll goods producers, 2014

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