Sandler Releases 2021 Report – Nonwovens Industry Magazine

Sandler, headquartered in the Upper Franconia town of Schwarzenbach/Saale, district Hof, increased both its turnover and the number of its employees in 2021. However, there are additional challenges. in addition due to the extraordinary increase in energy prices since 2017. 990 employees including 61 trainees (previous year: 940) generated 365 million euros in turnover, an increase of 11% (year previous: 328). This growth rate is primarily attributable to the expansion of capacity at the US subsidiary Sandler Nonwoven Corporation in Perry, GA. In addition, sales of technical products experienced double-digit growth.

Overall, the nonwovens specialist remains cautious about the current financial year, not least because of spiraling energy costs which are expected to worsen further in 2022. CEO Dr. Christian Heinrich Sandler , says: “At the beginning of January, we were still hoping that the lessening of the turmoil surrounding the Corona pandemic would not only lead our industry back to clearer waters. However, the belligerent attack on Ukraine, geopolitical uncertainty and the continued rise in energy costs are again clouding our outlook. At the same time, we see our long-term strategy of constantly focusing on diversification in terms of technologies and industries, and the creation of an additional company site, confirmed.

In 2021, the coronavirus pandemic has also placed great demands on “our dedicated and motivated staff,” summarizes Sandler. But the entire Sandler team fought side by side for the company’s success at both locations. A high level of expertise and a high level of commitment and flexibility made possible a successful year despite the massive and persistent restrictions caused by the pandemic and despite market changes. Sandler adds, “Our teams in Schwarzenbach and Perry have done a great job.”

Sandler hasn’t just managed to stand up to Covid-19 by doing so. The reactions to the pandemic have completely changed the market and the market environment over the past couple of years. Businesses that had been growing for many years have come to a standstill and supply chains have been disrupted. The CEO reminisces about supply bottlenecks around the world, longer delivery times and dramatic price increases for almost all goods and services. “We had already arrived at this stage from a high cost level and we thought we had reached the tip of the cost iceberg. But that didn’t turn out to be the case in 2021 and this trend – we can now say after the first quarter of this year – will continue in 2022. “However, despite major logistical challenges, we still managed to deliver on time,” Sandler points out.

Beyond the current and forward-looking financial year, the CEO continues to consider environmental protection and sustainability as fixed and highly relevant constants in the company’s strategy. Sandler has an ongoing goal to further reduce its environmental footprint.