2014 Nonwovens Sales: $77 million
Tetsuya Yoshimura, general manager, nonwoven fabrics division; Naoki Yamane, general manager, spunbond fabrics sales
Okazaki, Japan; Tarui, Japan
Marix, Eleves, Appeal, Wiwi, Alcima, Dilla, Terramac, Cottoace.
Agricultural materials, carpet backings, geotextiles, cable wraps, wipes, storing bags, coverstock, roofing sheets
Unitika produces 20,000 tons/year of PET spunbond nonwovens and 4500 tons/year of spunlace nonwovens. Thai TUSCO, a subsidiary of Unitika, has been producing PET spunbond nonwovens with the capacity of 4000 tons/year. Additionally, UMCT, a joint corporation with Marusan Industry (Marusan Industry 65%, Unitika 35%), has produced spunlace nonwovens with the capacity of 5000 tons/year.
Although, the output of PET spunbond nonwovens has increased overseas, domestic output decreased in 2014. Its spunlace nonwovens have increased mainly in the face mask sector, however, sales have slightly decreased for its overall nonwovens business.
Unitika has been planning to enlarge its PET spunbond nonwovens facility and will be introducing a line with the capacity of 6000 tons/year for its Thai TUSCO subsidiary. The new line will begin operations by April 2017.
Unitika develops PET spunbond nonwovens with a cross-section of the fiber, which shows a ‘form of cross’ and is marketed with the brand name Dilla. Dilla is a thick fiber of heteromorphic section with 16 dtex, and the nonwovens offer superior breathability and rigidness, while heat resistance and intensity are high. Because it’s a continuous fiber, it has low dusting characteristics. Such properties are suitable for the matrix of filters, and can be developed for agricultural materials and geotextiles. n