Nonwovens Sales in 2016: $143 million
Yuan Ming Gu, owner; Zuwei Gu, CEO; Jingxian Cui, CFO
Spunbond, spunlace, meltblown, airlaid
Hygiene, medical, automotive, household, construction, industrial, personal care
Sales at China’s Dalian Ruiguang were $143 million last year thanks to the startup of a new wetlaid wipes line targeting the dispersible wipes market. The new line features improvements on flushable technology. Material made on the line disperses significantly more quickly than the requirements of the third edition of INDA’s flushability guidelines, with 90% of materials passing through a mesh screen after four to eight minutes in the sloshbox test.
There are a lot of improvements to be done in flushable technology.
“We shall put more efforts to supplying various customers with different grades of dispersible products with different dispersability/wet strength combinations,” says company president Yuanming Gu.
In addition to dispersible products, the wetlaid production line can offer different composite products, such as a Genesis (combining spunbond and pulp), which is widely used for medical sterilization applications.
Besides the wetlaid line, Ruiguang operates 10 production lines with technologies including spunbond, meltblown and spunlace. Together these lines, all located in China, can make 60,000 tons of nonwovens per year.
In early 2017, Ruiguang began construction on a new carded spunlace line, which should be complete by the end of the year. This will add 15,000 tons to the company’s capacity.
Throughout its 27-year history, most of the Ruiguang’s products targeted personal care, medical care and household applications but the company also develops meltblown nonwovens for mask air filtration material, moist toilet tissue, adult wet wipes and high bulk baby wipes. In the medical area, the company can offer medical gauze, sterilization wet wipes, and in the household market, the company participates in the kitchen wipe and floor wipe segments.
“Innovation is the core value of the company, we do not really sell a product, we supply the solution and develop the market together with our customer,” Gu says. “And, all the new investments are full of advanced technology to ensure the stable quality and high capacity; we never simply copy the production capacity among different production lines. The strategy of high end market competition and product differentiation helps maintain Ruiguang’s leadership position in China.”