With a turnover of €166 million in 2008, Sandler AG reached its highest sales mark since the establishment of the company 130 years ago. The company primarily attributes the 33% turnover increase (from €125 million in 2007) to the start-up of a new production line. The €20 million spunlace plant was commissioned at the end of 2007 and began seven-day-per-week production following a brief start-up phase. The new line targets low basis weight, ecologically friendly substrates for different wet wipe applications.
Outside of hygiene market, traditional markets for furniture and clothing as well as nonwovens for technical applications also contributed to Sandler’s sales growth. In particular, sales in the automotive and filtration segments developed positively. According to Sandler, its nonwovens can be found in more than 40 models in the automotive industry in oil and water roll-off wheel house liners, air and fuel filters in the engine compartment and seating applications. In response to the recent sales crisis in the automotive industry, Sandler is focusing on specific new developments in this area that are expected to result in a positive trend in the long-term.
Exports account for 60% of Sandler AG’s sales. More than half of the company’s turnover comes from products that have been in existence for fewer than five years.