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Sandler AG achieved a 10 % increase in turnover in 2017, reporting sales of 319 million Euro. Employing a team of 820 staff members, the nonwovens manufacturer continued to expand its international position as a partner of global market leaders.

Sandler reports 10 % increase in turnover

Sandler AG from Schwarzenbach an der Saale achieved a 10 % increase in turnover in 2017, reporting sales of 319 million Euro. Employing a team of 820 staff members, the nonwovens manufacturer continued to expand its international position as a partner of global market leaders in construction, engineering, filtration, home textiles, hygiene, transportation and wipes.

In a globally positive economic climate, signs equally pointed towards growth in all business segments supplied by the family-operated nonwovens producer. In 2017, the company continued to advance its markets with nonwoven innovations:
Nonwovens of the fibercomfort® product line enable product solutions for quiet rooms and technical insulation. Sheet material made from 100 % polyester is applied in wall and ceiling systems, partition walls, furniture or as acoustically efficient wall decoration. They dampen the noise level in the room, generating a quiet working atmosphere conducive to concentration. Sandler supplies these nonwovens in different thicknesses and densities; soft and voluminous or compacted and self-supporting; with an open-pore surface or specially smoothed. Sandler’s customers enhance them with print motifs; lamination; flocking, for instance to create a roughcast look; or enhancement with a coating made of natural materials such as hay or cornflowers to create individual designs. In this way, the textile materials become design features and create an original look for every room.
High-performance absorber nonwovens of the sawasorb® series for transportation bring quietness to our vehicles. They dampen engine and road noise, thus enabling passengers can hold conversations at a normal volume—even at high speeds. In 2017, these lightweight textiles as well as efficient air and fuel filter media were again re-qualified with renowned automobile manufacturers. In this industry, the trend towards electromobility is currently creating intriguing new product requirements with regard to sound and heat insulation in vehicles, but also future applications for nonwovens in general. Together with partners along the supply chain, Sandler will accompany this development with competence in nonwovens.
In filtration, material classification is now based on real-life conditions, involving a clearer understanding of the particles to be filtered, for example particulate matter. According to the new ISO 16890 standard, a filter’s performance is measured with regard to the size of the particles to be filtered out. This approach takes account of differences in the air quality in rural areas compared to urban regions. At the same time, energy efficiency gains importance. Sandler’s enAIRsave® product line offers ideal filter media for all efficiency ranges according to ISO 16890. Owing to its special multi-layer structure enAIRsave® also contributes to lowering the energy consumption in the filtration unit.
New developments for the hygiene industry combine functionality and softness for more safety and comfort in daily use. Extensible nonwovens are applied in diaper ears and other closure systems, contributing to optimum fit. In ever more complex product structures, different nonwoven layers quickly transport the fluid away from the body and distribute it evenly along the entire surface, for optimum utilization of the absorbent core’s storage capacity. As always with Sandler hygiene nonwovens, these textiles are gentle on the skin. Print and embossing motifs enable individual adaptation to the intended application.
In 2017, Sandler again showcased these innovations as well as its wide range of nonwovens for diverse markets at numerous trade fairs and conferences around the globe.

For Sandler, the USA are the most important market outside of Europe. Accordingly, growth and further development also characterised the new plant in Perry, Georgia, USA in 2017. The production of Sandler nonwovens “made in USA“ celebrated its one-year anniversary in autumn; the production line is running at high capacity. Such success provided a suitable framework for the formal inauguration of Sandler Nonwoven Corporation in October. Nathan Deal, Georgia State Governor, representatives of local authorities who had supported the establishment of the new plant, and long-standing business partners accepted the invitation to this special event.

In the dynamic environment of the nonwovens industry, Sandler continues to bank on organic growth—an exception in its industry. Quality, innovation, service, technology and partnership form the basis for the company’s success. This philosophy is put into practice by the Sandler staff, staying in motion for and with Sandler AG, recognising trends and developments early on and striking new paths together with customers and partners.
In 2017, Sandler again invested in this team through the creation of 50 new jobs as well as the modernisation of the administration buildings. 5.5 million Euros are currently being spent on creating a modern, quiet and open-plan working environment in Schwarzenbach. In a spacious room design with individual workplaces, Sandler nonwovens are applied as sound insulation in acoustic wall elements and ceilings. Sandler’s function room and cafeteria are currently also being modernised and works are scheduled to be completed in summer. Acoustically efficient Sandler nonwovens are again proving their versatility here.
Within the scope of Sandler’s „Fit for Future“ programme processes are being reconfigured and high-performance IT systems installed. Through this internal further development Sandler is laying the foundations to successfully meet the challenges of Industry 4.0 and to optimally exploit the opportunities provided by digitalisation.

Sandler is making itself fit for the future, to continue doing business sustainably, to expand its business relationships as an efficient, reliable partner for high-quality products, and to establish nonwovens in new areas of application.

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... at Techtextil: Parliamentary State Secretary Dirk Wiese and Detlef Braun, Managing Director of Messe Frankfurt visited the Sandler booth.

Prominent visitors at the Sandler booth

Dirk Wiese, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, and Detlef Braun, Managing Director of Messe Frankfurt visited the Sandler booth on the first day of this year's Techtextil.

Dr. Ulrich Hornfeck, Board Member & Chief Commercial Officer, presented latest nonwoven innovations for construction and acoustically efficient room design.

Once again among „Bavaria’s Best 50“

Sandler once again among „Bavaria’s Best 50“

Sandler AG from Schwarzenbach/Saale, Germany was once again voted one of “Bavaria’s Best 50”. The Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs awards this distinction to the fastest-growing, privately owned medium-sized companies. Ilse Aigner - Bavarian State Minister of Economic Affairs and Media, Energy and Technology and Deputy Minister-President of Bavaria - presented this award to President & CEO Dr. Christian Heinrich Sandler and his wife Bärbl Sandler, Head of Chief Human Resources Officer.

The Ministry of Economic Affairs’ award for medium-sized companies “Bavaria’s Best 50” is conferred on companies, who managed to increase their revenues and number of employees above average within the past five years, and additionally report good earnings at the date set. This award also focuses on the company’s economic and social importance.

“It was a great honour for me and my wife to accept this prize. My thanks to all my staff for their hard work, diligence, commitment and loyalty to the company”, said Dr. Christian Heinrich Sandler. Within the past five years the number of employees increased by 35% and revenues rose as well. Today, Sandler ranks among the 20 largest nonwoven producers worldwide and is one of Europe’s market leaders in this sector. Together with clients and partners, Sandler develops nonwovens for various applications in the markets construction, engineering, filtration, home textiles, hygiene, transportation and wipes.

The award expresses an appreciation for innovativeness, entrepreneurial creativity and future-proof business models of Bavarian medium-sized companies. Aigner: “Our growth, prosperity and high level of employment are due to numerous excellent companies in the state. The award “Bavaria’s Best 50” honours their achievements. Among them are numerous hidden champions, so-called “secret world market leaders” in their respective branches. Such a company is Sandler AG, which belongs to the international market leaders in nonwovens production. This award is intended to present these role models to the public and to be further motivation to continue pursuing the company´s objectives together with the employees.”

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At FILTECH 2018, Sandler AG will showcase a wide range of highly efficient synthetic filter media. On March 13 to 15, indoor air quality and new international standards will take centre stage.

Sandler at FILTECH 2018

New standards shape market and product development

At FILTECH 2018, Sandler AG will showcase a wide range of highly efficient synthetic filter media. On March 13 to 15, indoor air quality and new international standards will take centre stage. Efficient pocket filter media and pleatable nonwovens for heating, ventilation and air-conditioning achieve high efficiency throughout their entire operating lives. Nonwovens for cabin air and engine air filters help improve the indoor air quality in our vehicles. Fuel filter media protect the engine and contribute to efficient combustion. Synthetic vacuum cleaner bags reliably trap dirt particles and dust and foster a higher suction power.

The new international testing standard ISO 16890 is changing the filtration market and product development regarding both filtration performance and energy efficiency. Sandler filter media address these priorities: With a low pressure drop they reduce energy consumption during the operation of the filtration plant. Progressively structured pocket filter media contain fine fibres of <1 µm and attain high efficiency as well as high dust holding capacity. The latest Sandler product line enAIRsave® combines excellent filtration performance with energy efficiency and offers ideal products for all efficiency ranges according to ISO 16890. As part of the accompanying conference, a lecture by Sandler will focus on the advantages of these new pocket filter media with regard to the provisions of ISO 16890.

Furthermore, Sandler nonwovens are resistant to temperature and moisture—durable synthetic media featuring optimum performance throughout the filter’s operating life. Pleatable Sandler filtration nonwovens are also easily processable in all common pleating processes. Their fibre structure supports accurate pleating; the utilised polymers render the pleats stable and resistant to mechanical influences.

A new booth design highlights the aspects affecting our well-being in public spaces and informs visitors on the versatile areas of application for Sandler filter media. Additionally, the booth itself demonstrates how other nonwovens for technical applications help create a pleasant atmosphere: Acoustically efficient nonwoven panels, applied for instance in the construction industry, form the walls of the booth and will provide optimum conversational acoustics at the Sandler booth at FILTECH 2018.

Your Sandler Team is looking forward to welcoming you at booth C1 in hall 11.1!