2015 Nonwovens Sales: $130 million
Israel, North Carolina
Air through bonded, thermal bonded, stitchbonded, needlepunch
New to this year’s report is Israel’s Shalag Nonwovens, a 30-year nonwovens industry veteran. The manufacturer of air-through bonded, calendar bonded, stitchbonded and needlepunch nonwovens, reported sales were flat between 2014 and 2015 at $130 million.
Shalag currently operates three production locations—one in Shamir, Israel with thermal bonded and air through bonded nonwovens; one in Urim, Israel with needlepunch and stitch bonded technologies and one in Oxford, NC with thermal bonded and air through bonded technologies. Total capacity is about 45,000 tons.
In May 2016, Shalag started up a third production line at its Oxford, NC site. This $20 million investment brought the site’s capacity to 18,000 tons.
Key markets for Shalag include baby diapers, feminine hygiene items, adult incontinence products and cleaning and industrial wipes. Sales are split between Europe and North America. “We are focusing in both regions, however we are also looking for growth in the developing regions,” says Ilan Pikman.
Growth will also come from new product development, unique products, global production capabilities and customer service.