2017 Nonwovens Sales: $125 million
Ilan Pickman, CEO
Israel, North Carolina
Air through bonded, thermal bonded, stitchbonded, needlepunch
Baby diapers, feminine hygiene, adult incontinence, wipes
Sales increased slightly from $120 million to $125 million at Israel-based air-through bonding specialist Shalag Nonwovens. The company operates facilities in Oxford, NC, and Shamir, Israel, and mainly targets the hygiene market.
“The advantages of air through bonded products are loftiness, softness and high liquid management performances in hygiene applications,” says CEO Ilan Pickman. “In addition air through bonded products can be produced in blends of a few different fibers and polymers, providing product uniqueness and cost advantages.
Shalag recently added a third production line to its North Carolina site, bringing the site’s capacity to 18,000 tons at a cost of $20 million. Also at this site, Shalag is adding a second spooling line set to start operation this month. Meanwhile, in Israel the company converted an old calender line into a modern, state-of-the-art air through bonded line. This line is in the final stage of commercialization, says Pickman.
These investments will allow Shalag to continue its growth in baby diapers, feminine hygiene, adult incontinence and cleaning and industry wipes markets both in Europe and North America.