Ware, MA 01082
(413) 967 6201
Galaxy Industries, under the international holding company GHC Group, has been manufacturing absorbent core products since 2001. Galaxy specializes in producing hydrogen bonded airlaid (branded as Liquidlock) and ES fiber absorbent cores for incontinence, feminine hygiene and baby care products for its main markets in Western Europe, North America and Japan.
With the further acceptance and growth of the hygiene market in the late 2000s, Galaxy expanded the production capacity of its Liquidlock airlaid absorbent cores at its Asia site. Following this, Galaxy grew further by opening its first manufacturing facility in the U.S. in 2015, located in Ware, MA. The company upgraded an existing 110,000 square foot facility and installed a airlaid manufacturing line. This allowed the group to better serve its North American customers from a supply chain and research and product development aspect. “The technologies that we have developed over the years have allowed us to improve performance to weight ratios on our airlaids such as making them have a thinner profile with the same performance, as well as engineering specific function airlaids for different product and industry segments such as incontinence, baby care, feminine hygiene and our latest innovations in food packaging,” says Palmer Dinkel, vice president. “Our custom technologies have given us the manufacturing capabilities to produce some of the thinnest highest performing cores for various fluids as well as producing some of the highest absorbing hydrogen bonded airlaids on the market today.”
Galaxy’s main markets are hygiene and medical in the U.S. and Europe. “With the growth and development of value acceptance of high performing absorbent products these are key growing developing markets for us, which are showing steady growth,” he says.
With its recent airlaid expansion in the U.S., Galaxy is looking to further solidify and expand its presence in the country as well as in Western Europe. In fact, Dinkel says the company will be executing a series of staged investments around this expansion to further its R&D efforts for additional product development for high-end absorbent products in the medical market specific to the surgical operation environment and further innovations in absorbent packaging.
Galaxy is also looking into complementing its recent investments with possible plans to expand its airflow micro porous laminate film output by installing a brand new production line in its Massachusetts facility. This will also allow the company to supply an expanding demand in the North American market for this film, in particular the hygiene and medical segments, and further expand its film capacity, where it sees great potential and growth.
“Our company’s strategy is not based on producing standard existing products with large outputs. We aim at being strategic added value partners to our clients in manufacturing and distribution,” he says. “Developing, introducing and creating new product segments is and continues to be Galaxy’s differential; our technologies and partnerships with our manufacturers make us unique where we can integrate our technologies in a product. We can use and offer our customers the full breadth of our continued innovation and technologies to push the performance and functions of various absorbent products.”
From his point of view, the nonwovens industry is healthy, with international markets expanding globally in developing countries such as China and India. “The industry is evolving and innovating in developed markets such as the U.S. and Western Europe at a much quicker pace than in the past as markets become more open and educated on the needs of various products. It is an exciting time to be in the industry with several opportunities for companies such as ourselves to innovate and introduce new products as well as further improve mainstay products.”