2017 Nonwovens Sales: $380 million
Green Bay, WI (two facilities); Gaston County, NC; Steinfurt, Germany
Baby wipes, industrial and food service wipes, feminine hygiene, absorbent cores, tabletop, medical, moist toilet tissue, meat packaging
Airlaid maker Georgia-Pacific will soon see a reduction in its global nonwoven sales due to the announced sale of its European business to Glatfelter. Glatfelter announced in July it would purchase the business, which includes a production facility in Steinfurt, Germany and sales offices in France and Italy, for $185 million.
The Steinfurt facility produces high-quality airlaid products for the tabletop, wipes, hygiene, food pad, and other nonwoven materials markets, competing in the marketplace with nonwoven technologies and substrates, as well as other materials focused primarily on consumer based end-use applications. The Steinfurt facility is a state-of-the-art, 32,000-metric-ton-capacity manufacturing facility that employs approximately 220 people.
In 2017, G-P’s European nonwovens business generated net sales of $99 million and EBITDA of $18 million.
G-P acquired the Steinfurt business through the acquisition of Buckeye Technologies in August 2013. Not only did the purchase add about $225 million in nonwovens sales as well as a significant pulp business to G-P, it also made it the world’s largest maker of airlaid with sites in North Carolina in the U.S. and Germany.
Meanwhile, G-P’s original airlaid assets are located exclusively in Green Bay following the divestment of its Italian airlaid business in 2012. The company has been owned by Koch Industries since late 2005 and continues to operate a sizable business in North America.
While it is certainly best known for its paper and tissue businesses in both the retail and away-from-home sectors, the Atlanta, GA-based company also is one of the world’s most successful users of airlaid technology. Its output targets both its own end product business as well as external businesses in the baby wipes, industrial and food service wipes, feminine hygiene, absorbent core, tabletop, medical, moist toilet tissue and meat packaging segments.