NEW YORK - Central National Gottesman Inc. (CNG), which owns sales and distribution businesses in the global pulp, paper, tissue, packaging, wood products and metals industries, is to expand its product offering to include nonwovens and fibres.

Operating under the company's Central National division, the new category includes viscose and lyocell. These fibres are alternatives to fossil fuel-based fibres used in everyday household items, including diapers, wipes, and feminine hygiene products, and will help reduce the impact of single-use plastics on the environment, the company said.

"We are proud that our expanding product scope includes the pioneering use of plant-based materials for the production of nonwovens, fibres, packaging, bio-chemicals and bio-energy as sustainable substitutes for petroleum products," said CNG President and CEO Andrew Wallach. "Our goal is to be a part of the solution to transition away from fossil fuels in pursuit of a more circular economy."

Wallach said that the new product category will be led by Jeff Hurley in a newly created position to enter into the fast-growing nonwovens space. Hurley comes to CNG from NicePak Products, the producer of wet wipes for consumer, health care and food service markets, where he served in both technical and commercial roles.

CNG has traditionally focused on paper, pulp and packaging, but recently expanded its category offerings to include wood and metal products to meet growing global demand. The company distributes more than seven million metric tons of product annually, with an expertise in global trade, finance and supply chain management that streamlines the process of delivering products around the world.

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