East Walpole, MA
2014 Nonwovens Sales: $335 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 Major Markets Engine and industrial filtration; high efficiency and specialty filtration; energy and industrial specialties
In 2014 Hollingsworth & Vose’s nonwovens sales increased 4.7% to $335 million. Continued growth is expected thanks to innovative air filter products like NanoWave synthetic media and Technostat electrostatic media. The East Walpole, MA, USA based company has recently announced several capacity expansions and acquisitions to help propel growth in the future.
Mike Clark, president of the High Efficiency and Specialty Filtration (HESF) business division, comments that bringing higher performing products and new technologies to market while managing cost escalation of raw materials and energy, are some of the key challenges his company faces in the HESF markets. “The market wants filter media that provides both Improved Air Quality (IAQ) and lower energy costs,” he says.
Technostat media has helped H&V meet these needs. With the lowest pressure drop of any filter media available this has become a trusted solution for meeting the market requirements for increased air quality and decreased energy costs. Meanwhile NanoWave is the highest performing pocket filter media available and the only synthetic product that achieves an A+ energy rating while meeting the EN779:2012 standard emphasizing mechanical filtration. Both of these technologies are in expansion mode at H&V which has announced plans to add a Technostat line in Floyd, VA and NanoWave capacity in Hatzfeld, Germany. Both should be complete during the third quarter.
H&V also serves the engine and industrial filtration markets where Josh Ayer, division president comments, “In transportation filtration there is a trend toward standards requiring lower emissions, higher fuel efficiency, and less energy use.”
Beyond filtration, H&V also continues to invest in the energy storage segment. Its new AGM (Absorbed Glass Mat) battery separator line, greatly increasing H&V’s global capacity, is under construction at the East Walpole, MA mill and will be operating in 2016.
Mitch Bregman, division president for Energy and Industrial Systems (EIS) added, "In the battery market, the biggest challenges are long product development and approval cycles and the requirement to strictly adhere to tough quality standards.”
Also boosting this business is the acquisition of Raman FibreScience in India late last year. This addition is helping H&V expand its global footprint into a developing economy with long-term growth potential for filtration media and battery separators.
Within our core filtration and battery separator markets, it is innovation and global reach that will help H&V continue on its growth path. Concludes Val Hollingsworth, H&V’s CEO, “We intend to keep working on technology platforms that can be optimized for local markets through local applications expertise and local service. We continue to make significant investments in R&D and equipment to meet the increasing performance standards of our markets.”