2018 Nonwovens Sales: $80 million
Minzhong Zhao, chairman, Rain Tan, CEO
Shandong, Guangdong, China
Spunmelt, spunbond, needlepunch, air through bonded
Hygiene, geotextiles, automotives, furniture
Chinese nonwovens producer Jofo Group announced a new leader and a new partnership in 2019. Rain Tan, former president of Fineness Technology, was named CEO of the Jofo after the creation of a strategic alliance between the two companies in March.
Tian has more than 25 years of experience in the nonwovens and engineered fiber industries including international exposure gained while working for large multinational companies and spending more than five years living and working in the U.S. at a major nonwovens producer. Before joining Fineness, he was vice president of global strategic accounts, vice president of global hygiene and vice president of the Asian commercial sales organizations for Berry Global.
“I am honored to join Jofo, a nonwoven industry leader with state of the art assets, strategic location coverage and a strong product portfolio. I look forward to working with my joint management team to execute on growing the business globally and provide value added nonwoven solutions to our valued customers,” says Mr. Tian.
Meanwhile, the partnership with Fineness provides access to air through bonding and thermal bonded technology located in eastern China. Jofo operates a plant in Shandong in northern China housing two Reicofil lines and a site in Guangdong in southern China which has three needlepunch lines targeting industrial markets including geotextiles, automotives and furniture.
The Shandong site was last improved this year when a decade-old Reicofil 4 spunbond line was modified with the addition of a third spunbond bean. The site also has a five-beam Reicofil 4 spunmelt line that was added in 2012.
“We are planning to expand more and this will inlcude new world’s leading technology and also strategic global layouts,” says Derek Tsang. “Our sales were $80 million in 2019 but in the next coming years it is our aim to grow with high double digits.”
Minzhong Zhao, chairman of JOFO Group says, “Through our recent strategic alliance with Fineness, we have gained new capabilities in air through technology and a new strategic location in the east China to better serve the customers in that region.
But most importantly, we will gain the experiences and capabilities of a strong and experienced team. This will be of great help to the JOFO Nonwovens division as we target further strong domestic and global growth.”