2017 Nonwovens Sales: $229 million
C.S Huang, chairman; H.S. Huang, president; M. Yang, vice president; Sam Chang, vice president; Bernard Kerstens, commercial director, overseas business
Kaohsiung, Taiwan; Pinghu, China; Yancho, China
Spunlace, thermal bond, air through bond, needlepunch
The reversal of China’s one-child policy in 2015 and the subsequent bump in the country’s birth rate helped drive Nan Liu’s sales from $213 million to $229 million between 2016 and 2017. At the same time China continues to promote rural urbanization encouraging large numbers of people to move from rural areas into the cities.
As these trends are expected to continue for the next few years, Nan Liu Enterprise, based in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan, continues to focus on Asia where nearly all of its sales are targeted.
Nan Liu’s latest plant, in Yancho, China, will begin trial production next month when it will add pure cotton spunlace nonwovens as well as high speed spunlace materials and spunlace nonwovens with biotech finishes to its product offerings.
“Thanks to growing demand in China, Nan Liu spunlace production lines are now fully loaded and production capacity is tight,” says Bernard Kerstens, commercial director of the overseas business. “This is why Nan Liu continues to invest in new spunlace production lines. In addition, the upgrading and modification of an existing old spunlace line could create high value-added products and avoid price competition with competitors.”
Meanwhile, at Nan Liu’s Pinghu plant in China, an additional tract of land has been purchased and a new warehouse has been constructed. Additionally, two baby wipes converting lines are expected to begin operations by the end of the year and a new air-through production line was put into operation in 2018, a decision made in response to the strength of the high end diaper market in China.
“The Chinese diaper market is growing in demand for high-end products so we are now planning to buy another plot of land to add new production lines,” Kerstens says.
Next up for Nan Liu will be India where the company is currently in the planning stages of setting up production. According to Kerstens this investment follows those of Nan Liu’s customers who are already operating successful operations on the sub-continent. “With a population of more than 1.3 billion, its national income is increasing and demand for nonwoven-based products continues to increase. We are optimistic about India’s future market demand and development prospects,” Kerstens says. “Driven by the continuous growth of the overall Asian economy and the contribution of population growth, we believe that the Asian market of nonwovens will grow further, particularly in China, Southeast Asia and India.”