Textile Technology section
Suominen: 100% plant-based wipes
Global environmental concerns, such as climate change and marine plastic pollution, are creating new market expectations and demand for sustainable nonwovens. To meet the growing demand in sustainable, plastic-free wipes, the nonwovens producer Suominen Corp., Helsinki/Finland, has launched Biolace Pure for wipes, nonwovens made of biodegradable, compostable, and renewable plant-based fibers and wood pulp from certified forests.
The Biolace Pure wipe material is a 3-layer solution that guarantees optimal liquid management. The soft outer layers ensure that the wipe cleans effectively and softly.
Compared e.g. to 100% viscose product for wipes, Biolace Pure brings high cleaning power with a lighter carbon footprint and a lower environmental impact.
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Suominen: strong H1/2020 results and high demand for face mask nonwovens
Demand for hygiene nonwovens increased as a result of the corona pandemic, especially in the 2nd quarter (Q2) 2020. In 1st half year (H1) 2020 the net sales of nonwovens producer Suominen Corp, Helsinki/Finland, increased by 8.8% to €232.4 million. The sales of the Americas business area were €150.3 million (+12.7%) and of the Europe business area € 82.1 million (+ 2.2%).
Operation profit went up from €5.6 million in H1/2019 to €18.1 million in H1/2020. Suominen especially achieved record high quarterly net sales and operating profit in Q2/2020. Sales volumes increased considerably but sales prices decreased following lower raw material prices.
The main driver for the volume increase was higher demand of wipes due to the Covid-19 pandemic. By running production efficiently despite the challenges caused by the pandemic, demand could be met. Even though a higher demand is expected to continue for the coming months, the production volumes during H2/2020 will be impacted negatively by scheduled maintenance stoppages at several of Suominen’s plants.
In the longer term, the corona pandemic may lead to a continued increase in demand for nonwovens for cleaning and disinfection products.
dfv media group