2017 Nonwovens Sales: $145 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
Nonwovens sales continued to be strong at KNH Enterprise. The maker of airlaid and spunlace nonwovens, who also operates a sizable hygiene business, continues to focus on Asian expansion for growth.
“There is a mid- to long-term plan to invest while we are still looking for other opportunities in the Asia-Pacific area,” says company spokesperson Aisha Chen. “Chinese growth plays an important role to our company when new middle class in the cities have shown purchasing power.”
In addition to its operation in Taipei, KNH operates two plants in China, one in Chengdu and one in Shanghai. The company’s spunlace operation has benefited from the growth of the Chinese wipes market while its ultrathin airlaid core material is in strong demand in the disposable diaper market.
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.
“With quite significant GDP growth in South Eastern Asia and India, we have been working on developing those markets to fulfill the nonwoven need there,” Chen says. “However, the currency risk will be needed to watched out as the U.S. dollar gets stronger from time to time.”