Suominen manufactures nonwovens as roll goods for wipes and other applications. Our vision is to be the frontrunner for nonwovens innovation and sustainability. The end products made of Suominen’s nonwovens are present in people’s daily life worldwide. Suominen’s net sales in 2020 were EUR 458.9million and we have nearly 700 professionals working in Europe and in the Americas. Suominen’s shares are listed on Nasdaq Helsinki.
Suominen’s business areas are Europe and Americas. In 2020, Americas business area's net sales were EUR 289.1 million and the Europe Business area's net sales were EUR 169.9 million.
Suominen's global manufacturing platform comprises eight production plants on three continents:
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Suominen is a nonwovens manufacturer operating in global markets. Suominen creates value by taking fiber raw materials and turning them into nonwovens that our customers convert into both consumer and professional end products.
Suominen’s value creation model depicts our whole value creation process: the resources we utilize in executing our strategy, the outputs and, ultimately, the impacts of our business activities.
The value creation basically describes our business in a nutshell which means that only the most essential matters are listed. Still, not all matters described bear equal importance, nor is their respective relevance presented in the model. That’s why the model should be reviewed primarily as a whole.
In the value creation model inputs are what we utilize in our business activities. The Suominen section describes Suominen’s business and operations briefly. Outputs are the outcomes of our business activities and impacts describe how our business activities affect the world around us.
In general, nonwoven fabrics are broadly defined as sheet or web structures bonded together by entangling fiber or filaments (and by perforating films) mechanically, thermally, or chemically. They are flat, porous sheets that are made directly from separate fibers or from molten plastic or plastic film. They are not made by weaving or knitting and do not require converting the fibers to yarn.
Nonwovens may be limited-life, single-use or very durable fabrics. Nonwoven fabrics provide specific functions such as
These properties are often combined to create fabrics suited for specific jobs while achieving a good balance between product use-life and cost. They can mimic the appearance, texture and strength of a woven fabric, and can be as bulky as the thickest paddings.
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In 2019 Suominen worked to create a new strategy for the company and made good progress in many important areas. Going forward, Suominen will focus on growth and improving its profitability through innovation and sustainability. Since July 1, 2019, Suominen has had two business areas, the Americas and Europe.
Suominen’s largest business unit, Nonwovens, is divided into two new business areas, Convenience and Care, as of 1 January 2014. Convenience business area focuses on serving customers in wiping, travel and catering businesses. Care business area focuses on customers in medical and hygiene businesses. Both Convenience and Care are reported under Nonwovens segment.
Suominen acquires Ahlstrom's Brazilian unit that had formerly been part of Ahlstrom’s Home and Personal business area. The acquired plant is located in Paulínia, Brazil. It is the only nonwovens plant utilizing modern spunlace technology in manufacturing wiping products in the country, and the plant is technically capable to supply also industrial nonwovens. Paulínia plant is built in 2008 and employs approximately 40 persons. The deal provides Suominen a foothold in the growing South American markets.
Suominen acquires the entire Home and Personal business area of Ahlstrom in November 2011, but the transfer of the Brazilian unit of the acquired business is prolonged due to delay in receiving approval from the authorities and consequent renegotiations.
Suominen divestes in July 2014 its Flexibles business area (Suominen Joustopakkaukset Oy and its subsidiaries as well as Suominen Polska Sp. z.o.o) to a UK-based private equity firm Lonsdale Capital Partners LLP and the MBI team, consisting of the management of the business.
Suominen’s domicile and head office transfer from Tampere to Helsinki.
The implementation of the new strategy continues through two development programs, one concentrating on integrating and standardizing supply chain processes and another aiming at accelerating product development process.
Suominen divests its wet wipes business unit, Codi Wipes, to Value Enhancement Partners investment company. The deal further strengthens Suominen’s strategic focus on nonwovens and clarifies its corporate structure.
Suominen renews its strategy. The new strategy has three corner stones: The Suominen Way (which describes how we work), Step Change in Profitability (which describes how we operate) and In the Lead (which describes how we win).
Production at the Nastola plant of Suominen Flexibles is terminated and production is transferred to other plants of Suominen Flexibles.
Suominen acquires Ahlstrom Corporation’s Home and Personal wipes fabrics business area. Through the acquisition, Suominen becomes the global market leader within nonwoven roll goods for wipes. After the acquisition, Suominen operates in eight countries on two continents.
The production at the Norrköping plant of Suominen Flexibles is terminated.
Suominen buys a Dutch wet wipes company Codi International.
Suominen Flexibles doubles the capacity of its Polish plant.
Suominen Group is formed when Lassila & Tikanoja gets splitted. J.W.Suominen changes its name to Suominen Nonwovens Ltd.
Amerplast becomes known as Suominen Flexibles.
Amerplast builds a new plant in Grodzisk Mazowiecki, Poland.
Green Bay Nonwovens was founded in Green Bay, WI, USA.
Amerplast establishes a sales office in St. Petersburg.
Amerplast buys a factory in Norrköping, Sweden.
Lassila & Tikanoja acquires the full capital stock of Amerplast.
Lassila & Tikanoja acquires J.W.Suominen.
Amerplast buys a factory located in Nastola, Finland.
Tecnofibra/Fiberweb was founded in Italy.
Amerplast establishes a plant in Ikaalinen, Finland.
J.W.Suominen manufactures its first nonwovens product.
Amerplast M. Suominen was founded in Tampere, Finland.
Orlandi was founded. The first plant of the company was built in Gallarate, Italy.
J.W.Suominen Ltd was founded in Nakkila, Finland as a leather treatment factory.
Seth Dexter II founds C.H.Dexter & Sons in Windsor Locks, CT, USA. The company was later known as Dexter Corporation. The plant has been part of Suominen since 2011.