2018 Nonwovens Sales: $360 million
Martin Mikkelsen, CEO; Finn Schoning, group vice president, Finance; Roberto Boggio, COO; Christel Dendas, CCO
Asheville, NC; Soultz, France; Old Hickory, TN; Asturias, Spain
Jacob Holm celebrates its 225th year in business this year with continued sales growth after five years of significant investments in a proprietary production line for dispersible wipes in the U.S., the acquisition of the Sontara business from DuPont and added production capabilities in Spain. These investments continue to help Jacob Holm expand its position both within the wipes market and beyond. Jacob Holm has now set its focus on addressing new markets where performance is critical and where they can offer additional value.
“With 225 years of legacy, we aim to foster a youthful and daring spirit to continue innovating and leading the way in spunlace technology,” says CEO Martin Mikkelsen. “We renew our commitment this year to our growth partners, with increased focus on creating solutions tailored to their needs, and to our world as we explore new ways to sustain our business and our planet.”
With facilities in the U.S., France and Spain, Jacob Holm boasts one of the largest breadths of proprietary technology in nonwovens manufacturing. This allows them to provide solutions for a wide variety of applications and end markets. For example, their unique, patented dispersible wipes products exceed dispersibility regulations while out-performing alternative fabrics in wet and dry strength and softness. These products are 100% biodegradable and are produced to meet the changing demands of end consumers and exceed INDA/EDANA industry standards. Jacob Holm also offers customized embossing patterns to further meet customers’ needs. These advancements have largely been possible thanks to the company’s second North Carolina line, which uses one-of-a-kind proprietary technology. The line, added in 2015, has broadened the product range into several new categories by testing the limits of what is possible with nonwovens.
Jacob Holm has leveraged existing Sontara technology by growing their global market reach. The proprietary Sontara production method creates a fabric that is ultra-pure, binder free chemicals and adhesives, with superior dimensional stability and exceptional absorption.
Jacob Holm discovered that these properties made Sontara substrates a natural fit for the beauty care market, where it has continued to optimize the fabric for high-demand features, such as wet transparency and colored substrates. Increased demand for these products has led Jacob Holm to establish a Korean sales office.
After working closely with DuPont to produce Kevlar and Nomex fabrics for over 30 years, Jacob Holm officially launched its own aramids business in 2018. This business has allowed the company to expand into a range of high performance segments that are tailor-made for niche and industrial applications. Proprietary Sontara technology ensures that all products are soft, drapeable, binder and resin free and offer excellent dimensional stability. Sontara Aramids are used for fabric liners or apparel interfacings for Turnout Gear, fire blocking materials, protection of batteries, transformers or high speed equipment, high temperature filtration and more.
Meanwhile, in hygiene, Jacob Holm has developed a presence across various categories, where they are the market leader in producing lightweight fabrics. Their focus is now on developing sustainable hygiene components without compromising on performance. The incorporation of spunlace materials into items like baby diapers and fem hy items has allowed manufacturers to create more sustainable products, a key demand of end users across age demographics.