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The total market for fiber-based materials is about USD 30 billion annually.

Our annual net sales are approximately EUR 1.1 billion and we employ about 3,300 people in 22 countries. Our products are used in a large variety of everyday consumer and industrial applications, such as filters, medical gowns and drapes, diagnostics, wallcovers, and beverage and food packaging.  In line with our strategy, we are committed to growing and creating value by providing the best performing sustainable fiber-based materials.

We create value by using unique know-how in combining, both natural and synthetic raw materials, with chemistry into innovative products. Majority of our fibers come from renewable sources. Sustainability is at the heart of our operations and our products are designed to minimize their environmental impacts over the whole life cycle. We offer more with less.

The needs of our customers are affected by end-user behavior, which challenges us to constantly develop and improve fiber-based material solutions. Global trends - growing global population and scarcity of resources, increased demand for greener and resource-efficient materials, emerging needs in healthcare, changes in demographics and urbanization - faced by our customers steer our product offering and provide us with a wealth of opportunities.

The market for many of our products generally grows faster than the global economy, driven by substitution of products that have traditionally been made from plastics, textiles or aluminum. The total value of the fiber-based materials market, also known as nonwovens, is approximately USD 30 billion annually. 

Our businesses serve markets including food and beverage, medical care and life science, transportation, energy, and building and decoration. We have divided our business into two segments:

Filtration & Performance

 

Specialties

Description

  • Includes the Filtration, Industrial Nonwovens, Wallcovers & Poster and Building & Wind businesses
  • Net sales EUR 676.5 million (2015)
  Description
  • Includes the Food and Beverage Packaging, Advanced Liquid Technologies, Tape, and Medical businesses
  • Net sales EUR 418.5 million (2015)
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