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Technical Textile Markets
Issue 44:
1st quarter 2001

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Will BBA Exit from Technical Textiles?
Profile of Mölnlycke Health Care
The world nonwovens industry: part 3 -- ten smaller producers, 1st quarter 2001
Ciba Specialty Chemicals: Focus on Ultraviolet Protection in Textiles and Clothing
Technical Textiles for Household Textiles and Home Furnishings

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Profile of Mölnlycke Health Care

published in Issue 44, 1st quarter 2001  

Mölnlycke Health Care is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of surgical and wound management products. In Europe it is the leader in the single-use surgical products market - which is believed to offer considerable potential around the world. The company was formed in 1998 when a venture capital group acquired and merged the clinical division of SCA and the KolmiSet division of Tamro.

Mölnlycke Health Care has made great strides over the past three years in improving profitability and cash flow and paying down debt. This has been achieved through business process re-engineering and a focus on the company’s two core businesses: surgical products and wound management products. The improvement followed the company’s implementation of its 4M programme, which aimed to enhance value creation by more than Skr300 mn per annum. Non-core businesses and facilities have been closed or sold, leaving the group to focus its manufacturing activities at four plants. Two of these plants are in Finland, one is in Belgium and one is in Thailand - although a second facility in Thailand is under construction.

Mölnlycke Health Care products are strongly branded. Established brands include Klinidrape surgical products and Tendra wound management products - although Mölnlycke Health Care now also owns the Barrier brand, having acquired it from Johnson & Johnson in 2001 as part of a Skr1 bn purchase of Johnson & Johnson’s surgical products business. This acquisition has doubled the size of Mölnlycke Health Care, and has provided the group with a strong position in the US market to complement its strengths in Europe. Once the acquisition has been fully digested and integrated, Mölnlycke Health Care intends to seek a stock exchange listing in early 2003.

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Four times a year, Technical Textile Markets provides an overview of the global man-made fibre, nonwoven and technical textile industries. It provides market data and analysis of new and established markets for technical textiles, and is essential reading for senior executives in (or supplying) the man-made fibre, nonwoven and technical textile sectors – as well as for those who are not involved in the industry on a day-to-day basis, but who need an authoritative source which helps them to quickly gain an understanding of the key issues facing the companies which are actively involved in this fast-growing sector.
Reports in Technical Textile Markets include:
company and country profiles – giving you the opportunity to learn from strategies employed by others, in terms of production, sourcing, import/export, infrastructure and development, and plans for the future.
profiles of the world's top 40 producers of nonwovens – updated each year with details of developments from each of the leading producers, including acquisitions, investments and divestments, and analyses of trends which the "rising stars" are using to their advantage.
statistical reports – including consumption data, by fibre and end-use applications. Regular updates are published for fibre consumption in Japan, the rest of Asia, the USA, and Western Europe.
market sector information – analyses of important commercial end-user applications, and profiles of both established and emerging markets which take into account such innovations and developments as nanotechnology and intelligent textiles.
regular updates on innovations in fibres, technical textiles, apparel and machinery – including developments in the following categories: fibres and yarns; technical textile fabrics for industrial applications; machinery; technical textiles for apparel; composites; other technical textile products; and technical textile treatments and finishes.
reports on new technological developments and other topical issues – with clear, authoritative comments on their economic and commercial significance. The reports bring to your attention the key issues which you can use to develop your business, and provides contact details of useful organisations.
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