2015 Nonwovens Sales: $86 million
Yasuaki Kubota, managing director; Shinji Ikeda, director: Koji Mano, director
Spunlaced, thermal bonded, needlepunched
Wipes, coverstock, plaster bases, facial masks, filter media
Daiwabo Polytec produces nonwovens in Japan and Indonesia. The current production capacity is 15,000 tons/year of spunlaced nonwovens, and 6240 tons/year of thermal bonded nonwovens. Daiwabo Polytec has produced and merchandised heat seal textile for nonwovens and related industries.
The company’s spunlaced operation is in Harima, Japan; it makes spunlace and needlepunch nonwovens in Mikawa, Japan and spunlaced nonwovens in Masuda, Japan. The largest manufacturer of spunlaced nonwovens in Japan, Daiwabo’s needlepunch operation is significantly smaller.
In 2012, the company established a wholly-owned subsidiary,’ Daiwabo Nonwoven Indonesia (DNI) and started making thermal bonded nonwovens with the capacity of 2400 tons/year in November 2013. In August 2015, this operation was expanded with a second line, which brought the annual capacity to 6240 tons. This operation has benefitted from increased demand for baby diapers and sanitary products in Indonesia, and with it, the demand for thermal bonded nonwovens has escalated greatly. Daiwabo Polytec has already announced plans to scale up the production capacity in Indonesia to 12,000 tons/year (four lines).
Daiwabo Polytec is a large producer of heat seal fiber, used for thermal bonded nonwovens. They have a production facility with an annual capacity of 28,000 tons/year, in Japan. The heat seal textile is used by manufacturers of thermal bonded nonwovens. Daiwabo Polytec has mainly exported these products to avoid the competition in Japan.
The spunlaced nonwovens made in Japan are used for wipes, particularly in the baby care market, but demand for crude materials of face mask for females is increasing rapidly. Therefore, Daiwabo has been outsourcing some materials from Chinese suppliers.
Additionally, Daiwabo Polytec takes advantage of the textile of Daiwabo Rayon, which is one of the group businesses of Daiwabo Polytec, producing rayon. The two companies are developing nonwovens jointly.