New lines keep coming
In February, Suominen announced plans to invest €6 million in an existing spunlace line in Green Bay. The addition of carding capabilities will expand the line's product range.
In June, Glatfelter celebrated the completion of its latest U.S. investment, a 22,000-ton airlaid line in Fort Smith, AR. The new capacity will largely serve the specialty wipes markets.
Berry Global is adding a new Spinlace line at its existing facility in Mooresville, NC. Spinlace is Berry's microfilament technology which largely targets the surface wipes market.
In June, Albaad, an Israeli-based maker of wipes and other hygiene products, said it would invest $45 million in its manufacturing site in Reidsville, NC. The investment will expand the company's scope in the personal care markets.
In June, Norafin opened its first U.S. site, dedicated to making high performance spunlace nonwovens. The line will help the German company meet demand for technical products in North America.
In May, Kimberly-Clark said it would invest $30 million in a plant in Hendersonville, NC to make nonwovens to supply its adult and feminine hygiene brands. The two-year project will add capacity and improve efficiency at the site.