2018 Nonwovens Sales: $108 million
Tetsuya Yoshimura, general manager, nonwoven fabrics division; Naoki Yamane, general manager, spunbond fabrics sales; Hiroshi Mayuzumi, general manager, spunlace fabrics sales
Okazaki and Tarui, Japan; Bangkok, Thailand
Marix, Eleves, Appeal, Wiwi Alcima, Dilla, Terramc, Cottoace
Agriculture materials, carpet backings, geotextiles, cable wraps, wipes, storing bags, cover stock roofing sheets
Unitika manufactures and sells polyester spunbond and spunlace nonwovens. The polyester spunbond operation, with a capacity of 20,000 tons per year, is in Japan. is operated in Japan with the capacity of 20,000 tons/year. Tusco, a subsidiary of Unitika, also makes polyester spunbond nonwovens with the capacity of 10,000 tons/year in Thailand. This includes a new facility, capable of making 6000 tons/year, which began operation in April 2017. This expansion allowed Unitika’s total capacity of polyester spunbond nonwovens to reach 30,000 tons/year. Unitika’s spunlace capacity is 5000 tons/year. In addition, the UMCT, a joint business venture with Marusan Industry (Marusan Industry 65%, Unitika 35%), has been manufacturing spunlace nonwovens with the capacity of 5000 tons/year.
In 2018, Unitika’s polyester spunbond nonwovens reported sluggishness in some markets including interior and building materials but as a whole remained strong. The spunlace market has done well supported by excellent demand for skin care products. Furthermore, natural materials have been revised recently under the influence of the issue of marine plastic garbage.
Unitika has developed a concrete cure sheet (trade name: Aquapack) made of cotton spunlace. Aquapack is made of a two layered structure, laminated cotton nonwoven fabric with a PET film, and water is impregnated to a nonwoven fabric and stuck on the concrete face. Silicate, which has the reforming effect of the concrete face, is added in the nonwoven. When the water is supplied to the concrete face, the face is reformed to make the concrete structure high quality. Unitika is working on construction companies to adopt.