2018 Nonwovens Sales: $350 million
Green Bay, WI (two facilities); Gaston County, NC; Steinfurt, Germany
Baby wipes, industrial and food service wipes, feminine hygiene, absorbent cores, tabletop, medical, moist toilet tissue, meat packaging
Sales will decline significantly more moving forward for airlaid maker Georgia-Pacific, which significantly reduced its global nonwovens footprint through the sales of its European business to Glatfelter in October 2018. G-P sold a manufacturing site in Steinfurt, Germany, to Glatfelter for a reported $185 million. It makes high-quality airlaid products for tabletop, wipes, hygiene, food pads and other nonwoven materials. It makes 32,000 metric tons of nonwovens per year and generated sales of $99 million and EBITA of $18 million in 2017.
G-P acquired the Steinfurt business through the acquisition of Buckeye Technologies in 2013. G-P continues to operate a former Buckeye facility in Gaston, NC which houses a 50,000-ton-year line.
Meanwhile, G-P’s original airlaid assets are located exclusively in Green Bay following the divestment of its Italian airlaid business in 2012. The company has been owned by Koch Industries since late 2005 and continues to operate a sizable business in North America.
While it is certainly best known for its paper and tissue businesses in both the retail and away-from-home sectors, the Atlanta, GA-based company also is one of the world’s most successful users of airlaid technology. Its output targets both its own end product business as well as external businesses in the baby wipes, industrial and food service wipes, feminine hygiene, absorbent core, tabletop, medical, moist toilet tissue and meat packaging segments.