2014 Nonwovens Sales: $176 million
Matteo Moltrasio, president; Luigi Cassano, managing director; Alessandro Taramasso, commercial director
Masserano, Italy, Radomsko Poland
Spunbond, spunmelt, carded, thermal bonded, apertured
Union Industries’ first non-Italian line is set to come onstream in September 2015 in Poland, a move that should consolidate growth for the Italian company throughout Europe. The new line, which was announced in 2013, is a 3.2-meter wide Reicofil 4 SSMMS line that will bring Union’s total capacity to above 95,000 tons per year.
Executives said the new line should help Union grow in North, Central and Eastern Europe in the coming years. President Matteo Moltrasio says the company will evaluate the possibility of expanding outside of Europe after the Poland line comes onstream.
Currently, Union makes about 80,000 tons of nonwovens in Masserano, Italy, and in 2014 its sales were €145 million ($176 million).
Moltrasio says the sales, which were up in Euro terms but down when converted to U.S. dollars, were impacted by raw material pricing and as well as a strong focus on materials for hygiene and medical applications.
“We went into the direction of more customized products, which confirms Union’s ability to specialize,” Moltrasio says. “Hygiene remains our core business for which we are widening our portfolio range focusing on soft and ultra lightweight nonwovens.”