2016 Nonwovens Sales: $150 million
J.C. Tai, chairman and owner; Vicky Tai, president; Allen Huang, general manager; Jacky Su, technical vice president; Kevin Chen, assistant vice president
Taipei, Taiwan; Shanghai and Chengdu, China
Air through bonding, thermal bonding, meltblown, airlaid, needlepunch, spunlace
Hygiene, industrial, agriculture, geotextiles
Wearing two hats as a manufacturer and converter of nonwovens is KNH Enterprises, one of Taiwan’s largest nonwovens producers. The company currently makes spunlace nonwovens, largely serving the wipes market, on three lines in the greater China area. According to executives, demand in this market has been growing gradually year on year.
“It is very competitive in China and the rest of Asia for the wipes market. However, consumers still appreciate unique materials to offer the benefits while using them as a skin care wipe,” says company spokesperson Aisha Chen.
Other areas of interest for the company’s spunlace business include the medical market, which has been well supported in Asia, particularly in wound care and blood filtration.
The driving force behind an expansion in recent years is demand from China, Indonesia and India, which are all becoming major consumers of nonwovens as disposable diapers and wipes increase in usage. While there are a number of new lines being added in these areas, most of them are replacing older, less productive lines.
“The countries in Southeastern Asia such as Indonesia are promising from GDP growth and demographic dividend. So far, we don’t have any tangible plan to establish operations in those areas but always look for opportunities,” Chen adds.