2018 Nonwovens Sales: $238 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 continue to drive Nan Liu’s sales from $229 million to $238 million between 2017 and 2018. 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, started up in late 2018 adding pure cotton spunlace nonwovens as well as high speed spunlace materials and spunlace nonwovens with biotech finishes to its product offerings.
Meanwhile, at Nan Liu’s Pinghu plant in China, an additional tract of land has been purchased and a new warehouse has been constructe. Also two baby wipes converting lines and an air-through production line were put into operation, in response to the strength of the premium Chinese diaper market.
Next up for Nan Liu will be India where the company is currently in the planning stages of setting up production. According to Bernd Kerstens, commercial director, 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,” he 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.”