2013 Nonwovens Sales: $322 million
Val Hollingsworth, president and CEO; David von Loesecke, vice president new business development; Mike Clark, president, high efficiency and specialty filtration; Mitch Bregman, president, energy and industrial specialties; Josh Ayer, president, engine and industrial filtration; Jochem Hofstetter, vice president and managing director, Europe, Middle East and Africa; John Zhang, vice president and managing director, Asia-Pacific; John Madej, vice president and CFO; Ken Fausnacht, vice president, global operations; John Fitzgerald, vice president and CTO
Apizaco, Mexico; Corvallis, OR; East Walpole, MA; Easton, NY; Floyd, VA; Greenwich, NY; Hatzfeld, Germany; Hawkinsville, GA; Kentmere, U.K.; Suzhou, China; West Groton, MA; Winchcombe, U.K.
Wetlaid, meltblown, carded thermal bonded (point and flat calendered), latex bonded, through-air bonded, needlepunched, thermal lamination, aqueous and solvent-based saturation, nanofiber-webs, composites, webs incorporating functional particles
AFM, AFN, AlphaPerm, AlphaSeal, Capaceon, Cycleguard, DynaSeal, EnergyGuard, EnergyGuard Plus, Fastock, HiPerm, HiPerm Plus, H2oudini, Hovomat, Hovotex, Magnaseal, NanoWave, Nanoweb, PerForm, PurePerm, Stitchbackers, Technostat, Technostat Plus, Unisorb, ValPac, ViaMat, WallTek
Engine and industrial filtration; high efficiency and specialty filtration; energy and industrial specialties
Demand for new filtration products plus strong cleanroom and battery separator sales helped drive sales up for Hollingsworth & Vose. The Walpole, MA-based manufacturer of nonwovens for filtration and other technical end uses reported sales at $322 million with success being achieved in all of the company’s major businesses—High Efficiency and Specialty Filtration; Energy and Industrial Specialties and Engine and Industrial Filtration.
Demand has increased across all segments but especially so in the HVAC, life sciences, and fuel/water areas,” says Mike Clark, president, high efficiency and specialty filtration. “Increasingly stringent indoor air quality standards continue to drive demand for higher particulate efficiency media in HVAC.”
Clark credits two new filtration prdoucts—NanoWave and Technostat—as major contributors to his company’s growth in recent years. “On the product development front, H&V has prioritized development of products that improve both air quality and energy efficiency and reduce emissions,” says a company source.
NanoWave is an extended surface area, multilayer filtration media for HVAC applications. Using nano and coarse fiber layers NanoWave delivers 2.4 times the surface area of normal flat sheet media. The waved nanofiber layer allows for maximum mechanical efficiency with very low resistance while more than doubling dust-holding capacity compared to standard synthetic media.
“This patented technology is increasingly preferred for HVAC in hospitals, airports, automotive and pharmaceutical production facilities as well as in large retail stores. Product performance is widely recognized and lifecycle cost of HVAC systems employing NanoWave is superior to competitive media,” says Jochem Hofstetter, vice president and managing director, Europe, Middle East and Africa.
In October 2013, H&V announced plans to add NanoWave production capacity to its plant in Hatzfeld, Germany to support rapid growth in demand for the high performance filter media. The investment, which will offer performance attributes for the technology as well as increased capacity, should be complete in mid-2015.
“European NanoWave demand has been particularly strong due to increasing preference for media with high mechanical filtration performance, particularly in applications such as HVAC where electrostatic-based media performance can degrade due to ambient air conditions,” Hofstetter claims.
Another new product contributing to growth for H&V is Technostat, an electrostatically charged air filer media which offers high efficiency and dust-holding capacity, low airflow resistance and effective shelf life and has been used in higher performance areas like respirators, vehicle cabins, HVAC systems and vacuum cleaners.
In November 2013, H&V said it would add production of the material to its Floyd, VA site. This effort will support the successful launch of Technostate Plus, the latest extension to the Technostat brand, as well as the ongoing demand for Technostat. It is expected to begin by the end of the year.
Hofstetter says that new products, like NanoWave and Technostat respond to global growth in filtration products.
“The global filtration market is expanding as the public becomes more aware of the health issues associated with air pollution and water quality. Government regulations all over the world are mandating air cleanliness standards and lower carbon-based emissions at the source,” says John Zhang, vice president and managing director, Asia-Pacific.
For example, developing economies in Asia are adopting the strict European air quality standards, EURO 4 and EURO 5, for automotive exhaust emissions.
In addition to investments in Hatzfeld, Germany and Floyd, VA, H&V has a new engine filter media production line in Suzhou, China, which is helping drive growth in the Asia-Pacific region.
“Sales in China were on track in 2013 despite a slowdown in the construction, mining and other off-road markets earlier in the year. Josh Ayer, president of the EIF Division, says, “We see significant growth in China. With our new production line in Suzhou, China we can offer additional capacity to serve the growing markets of gas turbine, and diesel fuel.”
Beyond China, H&V global expansion priorities include India and Brazil. H&V is supplying customers in Brazil from manufacturing sites in North America and Europe. Segments of these markets are served through Reipel, an authorized distributor.
“H&V serves its customers with a strategy combining manufacturing and product innovation in key regional markets, using its proprietary process technologies and regional product development capability to serve customers with both global and local requirements,” Ayer says.