2016 Nonwovens Sales: $120 million
Israel, North Carolina
Air through bonded, thermal bonded, stitch bonded, needlepunch
Baby diapers, feminine hygiene, adult incontinence, wipes
“Sales were challenged in 2016 due to lower raw materials and market prices and unfavorable currency exchange rates.,” says CEO Ilan Pickman.
Shalag Nonwovens currently operates three production locations: in Shamir, Israel, with thermal bonded and air through bonded nonwovens; in Oxford, NC, with thermal bonded and air through bonded technologies and in Urim, Israel, with needlepunch and stitch bonded technology. Total capacity is about 45,000 tons.
Shalag’s most recent investment is a third production line in Oxford, NC. The $20 million investment brought the site’s capacity to 18,000 tons. With this line successfully started up, Shalag has turned its attention to Shamir, Israel, where it is upgrading an old calendar bonded line with new air through bonding technology. The new line will restart in May 2018.
“During the last few years we have been focusing on growing with air through bonding technology,” says Pickman. “We are currently working on our next strategic growth plan.”
Key markets for Shalag include baby diapers, feminine hygiene items, adult incontinence products and cleaning and industrial wipes. Sales are split between Europe and the North America, but the company is also looking toward emerging markets for growth.