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Jofo Group


Location: Guanzhou, Guang Dong, China

Sales: $118 million


Description: Plants
Guanzhou, Weifang, Shandong, China

Processes
Spunbond, meltblown, SMS

Markets
Hygiene, medical, industrial

The Jofo Group was established in 2000 with the goal of becoming one of the world’s largest nonwovens producers. The company currently owns 10 subsidiary companies in Guangdong, Shandong, Hubei, Sichuan and Hong Kong and has annual sales of about RMB800 million ($118 million).
Based in China, Jofo sells its nonwovens all over the world. Processes include composite, meltblown, SMS and spunbond for hygiene, industrial and geotextile applications.
Through a joint venture agreement with Weifang Investment Corporation, established in 2007, Jofo spent a reported $50 million on a 4.2-meter Reicofil 4 SS line capable of making 16,000 tons of nonwovens per year. In November, the companies announced that phase two of the project was underway—another two lines, representing 50,000 tons of capacity, would be installed soon.
According to the companies, Jofo Weifang plans to ultimately operates at least eight advanced spunmelt lines with a total production capacity of more than 150,000 tons, making it one of the largest nonwovens producers in Asia for the hygiene, medical and protective apparel markets. Additionally, the venture plans to set up a research and development center for hygiene and medical applications in Weifang with financial support from the Chinese government.
Since 2000, the company has last operated Shandong Jofo Nonwoven Co., a maker of spunbond, meltblown and SMS composite nonwovens located in the New & High Technology Industrial Development Zone in Dongying , Shandong Province.
In 2001, the company introduced the STP third-generation improved twin-engined production line from Italy and the matching Kusters hot rolling mill from Germany. Its annual production capacity for spunbonded polypropylene silk nonwoven fabrics  is 7000 tons; in 2004 Shandong Jofo introduced Reifenhouser meltblown nonwoven fabric production line  with an annual output of 3000 tons of PP or PET. Meanwhile, it introduced Kusters hot rolling mill compound facilities and adopted the unique one-step-and-a-half processing techniques so as to provide world-class SMS compound nonwoven fabrics to its clients.

Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
www.jofo.com.cn
2011 Nonwovens Sales: $120 million

Plants: Guangzhou, Weifang, Shandong, China

Processes: Spunbond, meltblown, SMS

Major Markets: Hygiene, medical, industrial

By year’s end China’s The Jofo Group will start up its new 3.2-meter wide, multi-beam Reicofil-4 spunmelt line and a separate finishing line in its Weifang plant in Shandong, China. Representing a reported $60 million investment, the new line will join an existing 4.2 meter Reicofil-4 multibeam line at the Weifang plant, which will be able to make more than 30,000 tons of material after the second line is complete. Jofo will target the rapidly growing disposable hygiene and medical application areas in Asia with the new capacity.

Jofo’s current nonwovens capacity is more than 55,000 tons, and the company has production facilities in Guangdong, Shandong and some other areas in China. The second Weifang line and other ongoing projects will bring the company’s total capacity above 100,000 tons by the end of 2012.

Jofo plans to continue investing in adding new capacity as well as research and development in the nonwovens areas to forge core competence in supplying premium nonwovens to disposable hygiene, medical, geotextile, industrial and other application areas, according to executives.

The Jofo Group was established in 2000 with the goal of becoming one of the world’s largest nonwovens producers. The company currently owns 10 subsidiary companies in Guangdong, Shandong, Hubei, Sichuan and Hong Kong and has annual sales of about RMB 800 million ($120 million).

Based in China, Jofo sells its nonwovens all over the world. Processes include composite, meltblown, SMS and spunbond for hygiene, industrial and geotextile applications.

Through a joint venture agreement with Weifang Investment Corporation, established in 2007, Jofo spent a reported $50 million on a 4.2-meter Reicofil 4 SS line capable of making 16,000 tons of nonwovens per year.

According to the companies, Jofo Weifang ultimately plans to operate at least eight advanced spunmelt lines with a total production capacity of more than 150,000 tons, making it one of the largest nonwovens producers in Asia for the hygiene, medical and protective apparel markets. Additionally, the venture plans to set up a research and development center for hygiene and medical applications in Weifang with financial support from the Chinese government.

Since 2000, the company has operated Shandong Jofo Nonwoven Co., a maker of spunbond, meltblown and SMS composite nonwovens located in the New & High Technology Industrial Development Zone in Dongying, Shandong Province.

In 2001, the company introduced the STP third-generation, improved twin-engine production line from Italy and the matching Kusters hot rolling mill from Germany. Its annual production capacity for spunbond polypropylene silk nonwoven fabrics is 7,000 tons; in 2004 Shandong Jofo introduced a Reifenhouser meltblown nonwoven fabric production line with an annual output of 3,000 tons of PP or PET. Meanwhile, it introduced Küsters hot rolling mill compound facilities and adopted the unique one-and-a-half-step processing techniques to provide world-class SMS compound nonwoven fabrics to its clients.

In addition to the hygiene market, where Jofo offers lightweight, soft spunmelt nonwovens, other core markets include medical and industrial protective apparel, automotive, furniture and bedding materials, filtration media, agricultural and horticultural and geotextiles.
Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
www.jofo.com.cn
2012 Nonwovens Sales: $125 million
 
Plants: Guangzhou, Weifang, Shandong, China
 
Processes: Spunbond, meltblown, SMS
 
Major Markets: Hygiene, medical, industrial
 
Sales will receive a big boost in 2013 for China’s the Jofo Group. The company started up its new 3.2-meter wide, multi-beam Reicofil-4 spunmelt line and a separate finishing line in its Weifang plant in Shandong, China during the final months of 2012 and the line should start contributing to sales this year.
 
Representing a reported $60 million investment, the new line will join an existing 4.2 meter Reicofil-4 multibeam line at the Weifang plant, which will be able to make more than 30,000 tons of material after the second line is complete. Jofo will target the rapidly growing disposable hygiene and medical application areas in Asia with the new capacity.
 
Jofo’s current nonwovens capacity is more than 55,000 tons, and the company has production facilities in Guangdong, Shandong and some other areas in China. The second Weifang line and other ongoing projects will bring the company’s total capacity above 100,000 tons by the end of 2012.
 
Jofo plans to continue investing in adding new capacity as well as research and development in the nonwovens areas to forge core competence in supplying premium nonwovens to disposable hygiene, medical, geotextile, industrial and other application areas, according to executives. The Jofo Group was established in 2000 with the goal of becoming one of the world’s largest nonwovens producers.
 
The company currently owns 10 subsidiary companies in Guangdong, Shandong, Hubei, Sichuan and Hong Kong and has annual sales of about RMB 800 million ($125 million). Based in China, Jofo sells its nonwovens all over the world. Processes include composite, meltblown, SMS and spunbond for hygiene, industrial and geotextile applications.
 
Through a joint venture agreement with Weifang Investment Corporation, established in 2007, Jofo spent a reported $50 million on a 4.2-meter Reicofi l 4 SS line capable of making 16,000 tons of nonwovens per year. According to the companies, Jofo Weifang ultimately plans to operate at least eight advanced spunmelt lines with a total production capacity of more than 150,000 tons, making it one of the largest nonwovens producers in Asia for the hygiene, medical and protective apparel markets. Additionally, the venture plans to set up a research and development center for hygiene and medical applications in Weifang with financial support from the Chinese government.
 
Since 2000, the company has operated Shandong Jofo Nonwoven Co., a maker of spunbond, meltblown and SMS composite nonwovens located in the New & High Technology Industrial Development Zone in Dongying, Shandong Province. In 2001, the company introduced the STP third-generation, improved twin-engine production line from Italy and the matching Kusters hot rolling mill from Germany. Its annual production capacity for spunbond polypropylene silk nonwoven fabrics is 7000 tons; in 2004 Shandong Jofo introduced a Reifenhauser meltblown nonwoven fabric production line with an annual output of 3000 tons of polypropylene or polyester.
 
Meanwhile, Jofo has introduced a Küsters hot rolling mill compound facilities and adopted the unique one-and-a-halfstep processing techniques to provide world-class SMS compound nonwoven fabrics to its clients. In addition to the hygiene market, where Jofo offers lightweight, soft spunmelt nonwovens, other core markets include medical and industrial protective apparel, automotive, furniture and bedding materials, filtration media, agricultural and horticultural and geotextiles.
Guangzhou, China
www.jofo.com.cn
2013 Nonwovens Sales: $162 million

Plants
Guangzhou, Weifang, Shandong, China

Processes
Spunbond, meltblown, SMS

Major Markets
Hygiene, medical, industrial

In fiscal 2013, Jofo Nonwovens sold more than RMB1biliion ($161.6 million) of nonwoven roll goods worldwide, with most of its revenues coming from plants located in Zhaoqing, Guangdong; Weifang; and Dongying, Shandong in China.

Three existing production lines—one meltblown and two SMS—in Jofo’s Weifang plant generated about RMB380million ($62mn) sales in 2013. Roughly 60-70% of these hygiene and personal care products based material went to overseas markets. The company says that when 100% of its capacity is reached in 2015, the single plant is expected to contribute RMB500-600million per year in sales for Jofo Group.

The Dongying plant boasts to have the most diversified nonwovens product portfolio including spunbond, meltblown and SMS composite nonwovens capability in the Jofo Group and the materials are widely used in industrial, medical and protective applications, as well as filtration, agriculture, packaging and construction sectors.

One of its six existing spunbond lines were imported from STP, Italy, while the company reports the other five were sourced locally. The plant also operates five melt-blown lines with variable capacities, i.e., one is close to 10,000 tons per year, while the smaller one that was put into operation recently could yield about 600-1,000 tons per year.

In addition, five production lines are installed in the Jofo’s Zhaoqing, Guangdong plant, while another is under installation in a Jiangxi facility. These two plants are focused on high-tech geotextiles applications and the household nonwovens market, with capacity above 20,000 tons per year.

While discussing the current market environment the company says that 2013 and the next three to five years will be a little tough for the industry as a whole. While there are uncertainties in the macro-economies, several big production lines with capacities of between 15,000-20,000 tons per year each, which were invested three to four years ago, are coming into operation in 2014, including PGI in Jiujiang, Jiangxi; Toray in Nantong, Jiangsu; and Mitsui Chemicals in Tianjin. Jofo says the market needs time to digest all these newly added capacities, which surely will drive competition into even more fierce conditions.

Nevertheless, Jofo is optimistic to keep its growing pace at about 25-30% with focused strategy on innovation, product upgrading and cost-efficiency optimization. As one of the leading nonwovens manufacturers in China, Jofo owns strong R&D capabilities. The company boasts that most of its locally made production lines are incorporated elements from the company itself, based on its understanding of equipment, processes optimization and product development, which features additional competitiveness on cost-efficiency and flexibility.

Currently, R&D investment accounts for about 5% of its revenues, with multiple projects underway in-house and with close cooperation with institutions. The company will introduce more high value-added, special functional nonwovens that suit different market needs in the future, including biomedical products for the aging population and high-tech geotextiles, among others.

Jofo also says it expects a better regulatory and legal operating environment to encourage innovation and IP protection moving forward in the years ahead.