2012 Nonwovens Sales: $127 million
Key Personnel: Rob Stollar, global vice president, sales and marketing; Ron Broshi, vice president, new product development; John Rank, director, sales and marketing
Plants: Tiberias, Israel; Shamir, Israel; Roxboro, NC
Processes: Hydroentangled spunlace
Major Markets: Wipes, hygiene, medical, industrial, filtration
In 2013, Israel’s Spuntech Industries reaffirmed its commitment to the nonwovens industry through a decision to add another spunlace line in the U.S. In May, the company said it would double its North American capacity with the addition of a new spunlace line at a yet-to-be-announced U.S. location. The new line is on track to begin production in 2015. Spuntech currently operates one spunlace line at a facility in Roxboro, NC, which opened in 2006, and runs two lines at a site in Galilee, Israel and another in Shamir, Israel.
In 2012, the company reported positive results, with sales increasing from $113 million to $127 million, according to director of sales and marketing John Rank. “Spuntech had a successful 2012 and results were good. We expect improvement in 2013,” he says.
Spuntech continues its focus on growth in specialty engineered and value-added spunlace fabrics with more emphasis on sustainable products. While a high percentage of its sales, both from its U.S. operation and its Israeli site, are conducted in the wipes segment, the company has successfully been developing new products outside of wipes.
Currently, Spuntech’s sales are split between North America, South America, Europe and Asia, where it serves wet and dry wipes, medical, technical, filtration and engineered fabrics markets. Spuntech continues to review opportunities in emerging markets to further its global expansion.