Sales: $1.3 Billion
Description: Key Personnel
Thomas Falk, chairman and CEO; Jan Spencer, Professional & Other; Richard Thorne, vice president, Professional North America; Stephanie Rossignol, director, Professional Wipers and Partnership Products; Bob
president, Nonwovens Operations and Technology
Corinth, MS, Balfour, NC, Lexington, NC, LaGrange, WI
Certification achieved in Berkeley, NC, Lexington, GA and Barton (UK); other facilities in progress
Spunbond, meltblown, SMS, BCW, hydroentangled
Blockit protective fabric, Cyclean filtration media, protective fabric, Evolution 4 protective fabric, Intrepid filtration Noah protective fabric and Powerloft filtration media
Filtration, acoustics, hygiene, industrial, medical, protective, sorbents, textile linings and wet wipes
Kimberly-Clark is holding its own in 2009 while managing in a challenging business environment. At $4.7 billion for the second quarter, corporate-wide sales were down 5.6%, net selling prices climbed 5% and sales volumes declined by 2%. According to the company, its teams delivered solid organic sales growth over the past year, brought innovative new and improved products to market, enhanced the competitive position of its brands, deepened its relationships with key customers and maintained a strong financial position.
Within Kimberly-Clark’s multi-billion dollar corporation, the company’s Global Nonwovens Unit is responsible for producing the nonwoven roll goods that target external markets as well as KC’s consumer, B2B and medical products businesses. Thanks to these highly engineered fabrics, leading brands such as Huggies disposable diapers and Pull-Ups training pants, Depend adult incontinence products and Kotex feminine sanitary protection items have earned household recognition across the globe.
Many of the absorbent and specialty materials sold externally are supplied by K-C’s Global Nonwovens team and are used in air filtration, liquid contaminant removal, automotive protection and residential and institutional cleaning.
The Partnership Products business reported essentially flat sales in 2008. Stephanie Rossignol, director, K-C Professional Wipers and Partnership Products said that applications involving safety, cleanliness, health and hygiene had a fairly strong showing. “Although Partnership Products had declines in some industrial segments, we saw growth in consumer and health care applications.”
Fueling growth for K-C is an emphasis on sustainability with the launch of several Earth-friendly products. “We are very focused on sustainability, especially in our consumer products,” Ms. Rossignol said.
One new offering boasting these benefits is the Scott Naturals brand, a family of bath tissues, paper towels, napkins and flushable wipes. Scott Naturals flushable wipes are made from fibers derived from 100% sustainable resources and natural aloe vera to leave consumers feeling fresh and clean. Meanwhile, the bath tissue includes 40% recycled fiber, towels 60% and napkins 80%.
Another new green offering in the consumer products area from K-C is Huggies Pure & Natural super premium diapers. They include natural, organic materials and ingredients to provide gentle protection for new babies, as well as initial steps toward environmental improvements, without sacrificing performance.
The new Huggies Pure & Natural diaper is hypoallergenic, latexand fragrance-free and features a breathable outer cover that includes organic cotton. The liner includes natural aloe and vitamin E and materials from renewable sources, and the product's outer packaging is sourced from 20% post-consumer recycled materials. The new diaper is offered in six sizes, from newborn to size five.
Kimberly-Clark Filtration has also shown its commitment to the environment with the introduction of a green filtration media that delivers MERV 13 performance for LEED Certified buildings. The media was developed in response to the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) standards for ASHRAE 52.2, MERV 13 filtration performance in LEED new construction and major renovation projects.