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4-1-3 Kyutaro-machi Kita-ku Osaka, Japan 81-6-281-5361

Worldwide Nonwovens Sales: $93 million ([yen]9.5 billion)

Corporate Sales: $2.39 billion ([yen]243.8 billion)

Key Personnel: Yoshikazu Hanabusa, director of spunbonded fabrics; Yoshito Iwata, general manager of spunbond processing technology; Noriyuki Kimura, manager of spunlace section

Plants: Okazaki and Tarui, Japan

ISO Status: None at present

Processes: Spunbonded, spunlaced

Brand Names: Marix, Nyace, Wiwi, Eleves, Cottoace

Major Markets: Agricultural materials, carpet backings, geotextiles, cable wraps, storing bags, wipes, coverstock

With a total of eight production lines across two nonwovens technologies, Unitika, Osaka, Japan, is the top manufacturer of polyester spunbonded nonwovens in Japan and the 19th largest nonwoven roll goods producer in the world. At Unitika, nonwovens are one of three primary operations. The company has an annual production capacity of 22,300 tons for spunbonded nonwovens and 2000 tons for spunlaced nonwovens. It holds a 60% market share in the polyester spunbonded market.

Indeed, polyester spunbonds have been the concentration of late at Unitika, as it has introduced a new facility in 1994 for the production of that product line. The new plant, which will primarily serve the geotextile and carpet markets, has a capacity of 5400 tons per year and increases the company's spunbonded nonwovens production from 16,900 tons per year to 22,300 tons per year.

The new line consists of a high performance machine with a 4.8 meter width and a maximum production speed of 200 meters per minute. Production set-up, winding and packaging is automated and the lengthwise and transverse lengths of the nonwoven can be varied.

Unitika's spunbonded nonwovens are made of polyester, polypropylene, nylon and polyester/polypropylene bicomponent fibers. Production ratios are 50%-60% polyester, 30%-40% polypropylene and 10% for both nylon and polyester/polypropylene. Primary applications for the polyester spunbonded nonwovens are in three fields: agriculture, carpet base cloths and geotextiles. Unitika is also a pioneer in the area of agricultural materials. Polypropylene spun-bonded nonwovens are used mainly in coverstock for adult diapers, while polyester/polypropylene spunbonded nonwovens, owing to their excellent heat sealing performance, are used in packing materials.
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Title Annotation:International Top 40 Roll Goods Companies
Publication:Nonwovens Industry
Article Type:Company Profile
Date:Sep 1, 1995
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