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The machine knows best
The new Reicofil 5 spunmelt system is poised to have a significant impact on the nonwovens industry, writes managing editor Adrian Wilson.It’s now 15 years since Reifenhäuser Reicofil introduced its Reicofil 4 system and it has subsequently more or less become the industry standard for the high volume production of spunmelt fabrics (spunbond, meltblown and composites), certainly for the disposable hygiene market.
SNW meets Andritz
Sustainable Nonwovens metTobias Schäfer, vice president of sales at Andritz Nonwoven at Techtextil Frankfurt 2017.
Validation for graphene geotextiles
ROSEBERY –Imagine Intelligent Materials, based in Rosebery, Australia, has announced the completion of a second 10,000 square metre installation of nonwoven geotextiles made functional by coatings of its imgne X3 graphene solution.
US petition claims Asian polyester dumping
Xerium hits process belt milestone
GLOGGNITZ – Consumable products provider Xerium Technologies has celebrated the shipment of its 1000th Huycon process belt from its plant in Gloggnitz, Austria.
Autoneum sells Brazil facilities
BETIM – Automotive acoustic materials manufacturer Autoneum has sold its production facilities in Betim, Brazil, to acoustics and composites manufacturer STS Group, a necessary move, Autoneum says, due to ongoing economic weakness in Brazil impacting the company’s production capacity.
Mobi-Air hybrid for hygiene industry
GENEVA – Mobi-Air has launched a new version of its hybrid industrial air filtration technology.
Advansa receives safety award
Autoneum improving acoustics for electric vehicles
WINTERTHUR – As the eco-friendly requirements for vehicles is increasing, there is a growing demand for lighter, quieter and more efficient components.
Obituary: Gerold Fleissner
With the passing away of Gerold Fleissner at the age of 92, the complete textile industry has lost a visionary person with activity, responsibility and social commitment who enriched all the industry with his inventions worldwide, writes former company vice-president Alfred Watzl.
Berry joins Fortune 500
EVANSVILLE – Engineered materials, nonwovens and packaging manufacturer Berry Global Group has joined the Fortune 500, Fortune magazine’s ranking of America’s largest companies.
Fiberweb India to double capacity
MUMBAI – Spunbond nonwovens supplier Fiberweb India has revealed plans to boost its capacity in the new fiscal year, due to an unforeseen demand for new orders coming from the USA.
New rewinder from Elsner
HANOVER- Global manufacturer in the paper, film, foil and nonwovens industries, Elsner Engineering Works have developed a new ‘next generation’ rewinder that will increase conversion rates by as much as 75 per cent.
Jones welcomes new CFO
Jones Companies, which includes Jones Nonwovens, has announced a new addition to their senior leadership team. Steve Tonkel has joined the Jones family of companies as chief financial officer.
Lightweight composite pipe for aircraft
Advanced nonwovens manufacturer Technical Fibre Products, in collaboration with Tods Aerospace, Element Materials Technology and ENL Ltd, has announced the development of a lightweight composite pipe which can be used in aircraft fuel systems.
Nonwovens production up in Greater Europe
Overall nonwovens production in Greater Europe grew by 3.3 per cent in volume in 2016, reaching 2,395,098 tonnes, according to a new report from nonwovens association EDA
EDANA elects new board
Nonwovens association EDANA has announced its new Board of Governors for 2017 - 20
JOA revokes Fameccanica patent
The High Court in London, England, has ordered to revoke the UK designation of the Fameccanica Data SpA patent EP1355604. The patent relates to a diaper which includes side panels constructed from stretchable trilaminate materials made breathable by the use of ultrasonic bonding, and a method of making that trilaminate.
Nonwovens Institute updates on new site
A new spunmelt and hydroentangling facility at the Nonwovens Institute at North Carolina State University will be officially opened later this month.
High performance acoustics
Monadnock Nonwovens, a manufacturer of melt-blown polypropylene roll goods is now offering the next generation of sound attenuation media.
Altor to acquire Tresu Group
Tresu Group, a manufacturer of high performance flexographic inline printing machines, is to be acquired by Altor Fund.
Tenowo celebrates US expansion
German engineered nonwovens manufacturer Tenowo, a Hoftex Group business, has opened its expanded plant in the Indian Creek Industrial Park in Lincolnton, North Carolina.
Nonwoven for under-cast padding
Nonwovens manufacturer Suominen has launched Fibrella Wrap, a new material for under-cast padding and cushions used in woundcare, onto the South American market.
Andritz machine to Hengan Group
International technology group Andritz has successfully started up a tissue machine supplied to the Hengan Group at its Chongqing, China, mill. The Hengan Group is the largest producer of sanitary products and diapers in China.
Safety standard for spunlaced nonwovens
Voith Paper and Trützschler Nonwovens have developed a new safety standard for wet-laid spunlaced nonwovens machines.
Mogul Nonwovens US expansion
Mogul Nonwovens has opened a new site in South Carolina, USA.
CSR award for Ahlstrom-Munksjö
Ahlstrom-Munksjö, a global leader in fibre-based materials including glass fibre nonwovens, has been awarded a Gold rating by EcoVadis after assessment of the group’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) engagement.
Sareks invests in backsheet production
Turkish hygiene manufacturer Sareks has increased backsheet production capacity with a new blown line, set to produce 625 million sqm per year.
Suominen eyes Asia
Nonwovens manufacturer Suominen has defined its corporate strategy for 2017–2021 which includes looking at opportunities to expand into new market regions, primarily Asia.
Fibrix acquires Custom Nonwovens assets
North American nonwovens manufacturer Fibrix has acquired specific assets of Custom Nonwovens, including personnel, multiple manufacturing lines, and intellectual property related to the production of furniture and bedding products.
New Dusenbery slitter at ICE
Dusenbery Converting Systems, a subsidiary of Parkinson Technologies Inc., will introduce its latest slitter rewinder – the DC4 –at the upcoming ICE (International Converting Exhibition) USA, which takes place in Orlando next week.
Finer meltblown grades from Borealis
Borealis reports a new polypropylene meltblown development which allows the production of finer fibres and the company believes will allow a step change in nonwoven performance.
Web Industries ups printing capabilities
Flexible materials converting company Web Industries has acquired two W&H Astraflex 8-colour central impression flexographic presses for its facility in Fort Wayne, Indiana, U
Odour elimination in recycling
Vienna-headquartered Starlinger reports growing success with its technology for odour reduction in the post-consumer recycling of plastics scrap.
Americhem ups manufacturing capabilities
Americhem Europe, a global provider of colour and additive solutions for synthetic fibres, is completing a plant-wide renovation and redesign of the factory’s workflow, intended to increase productivity and product quality.
Responding to change
How traditional German textile manufacturer Tenowo transformed itself into a 21st Century leader in engineered nonwovens and technical textiles. Adrian Wilson reports.
50 years of Dupont Tyvek
Dupont Protection Solutions has announced the 50th anniversary of DuPont Tyvek, a nonwoven material used in protection, security and safety applicatio
Renamed, united and looking to grow
Nonwovenn is the new name uniting threelong-established and now reinvigorated UK businesses – BFF, Lantor and Sterling – all under a single streamlined management strucure.
BonarBuilt joins construction market
Performance materials company Low & Bonar has launched BonarBuilt – a new brand for the building industry of products which work to improve building safety, durability and sustainability.
Wipes packer debut at Index
Nonwovens downstream packaging technology provider Shemesh Automation Wet Wipes has reported a positive response at Index 17 to the launch of its new Citadel monoblock packer for round wipes in flexible packs.
Game changer from Reifenhäuser Reicofil
Machinery supplier Reifenhäuser Reicofil has presented at Index 17 its new line generation – RF5 -for the production of spunbond, meltblown and composite nonwovens, said to set new standards for quality, efficiency, output, uptime and machine intelligence.
Freudenberg wins Filtrex award
The first Filtrex Innovation Award was presented to Freudenberg Filtration Technologies at the on-going Filtrex conference in Geneva, Switzerland.
Waste minimisation from Curt G. Joa
Machinery manufacturer Curt G. Joa, Inc. has announced at Index 17 it has received a new patent for its automatic cuff defect correction system, the latest addition to its waste minimisation technology portfolio.
Oerlikon and Teknoweb to establish joint venture
The man-made fibres segment of Swiss machinery manufacturer Oerlikon Group and Italian technology company Teknoweb Materials are to form a strategic partnership aimed at extending a production systems portfolio to service the high-growth market for disposable nonwovens.
North American nonwovens update
Nonwovens association INDA has published the fourth edition of its annual North American Nonwovens Supply report which provides a view of North American supply, including capacity, production and operating rates, and regional trade metrics.
Sales healthy for Sandler
Despite a sharp fall in raw material prices, German nonwovens manufacturer Sandler has reported stable sales of €288 million in 2016 and further increased output during the last financial year.
Rockline forms new wet wipes subsidiary
Wet wipes producer Rockline Industries has formed a new subsidiary which is to be dedicated to the design and manufacture of FDA-regulated nonwoven wipes for use in the consumer, health care, food service, and hospitality industries.
SCA to expand Lotus brand in France
Hygiene and forest products company SCA is to set to capitalise on the popularity of its Lotus brand in France and will add a full-range of baby products to the existing portfolio of disposable paper goods, which includes toilet rolls, kitchen towels and hankies.
Innovation commended at converting show
Converting exhibition ICE Europe 2017 welcomed 6,850 visitors from 68 countries in Munich, with an all-time record for international attendan
A.Celli spunlace packaging
A.Celli Nonwovens has launched a new automatic system for rolls handling and packaging for the carded products market.
Andritz technologies at Techtextil
Andritz Nonwoven will platform its turnkey and individual technologies for in air-through bonding, needlepunch, spunlace, spunjet, thermobonding, wetlaid, and technical textiles product at Techtextil Frankfurt, to be held in Frankfurt, Germany, in May.
Suominen patterns for nonwoven wipes
At Index 17, Suominen will exhibit its new pattern selections for nonwovens for baby care and household wiping applications. The new seriescontains unique high-resolution patterns designed exclusively for Suominen and validated with consumers to convey softness and functionality in cleaning.
Wipes converting combo at Index
Machinery specialist Teknoweb Converting will share a booth with packaging solutions provider Ilapak, to introduce new converting processes for a production and packaging for the wet wipes industry – said to be the first set-up of its kind in Europe, at nonwovens exhibition Index 17.
Women’s Board Award to Suominen CEO
President and CEO of nonwovens supplier Suominen Nina Kopla has been presented a Women’s Board Award. The award supports the development of board work and highlights potential female candidates for board chairs.
New backsheets from RKW
The RKW Group will showcase its film and nonwoven portfolio targeted at hygiene, medical and industrial applications at Index 17, to be held in Geneva, Switzerland, next month.
Andritz line to Autotech Nonwovens
Andritz Nonwoven has successfully started up a complete needlepunch line supplied to Autotech Nonwovens, India.
Multitexx fleece at Index 17
Multitexx, a member of the Dörken Group, will present its spunbond nonwoven capabilities for the first time at Index, to be held next month in Geneva, Switzerland.
A.Celli to supply Fujjan new line
A.Celli Nonwovens has received an order to supply Fujian Nanfang Textile Co. Ltd. with its latest-generation winding line for spunlace products. The line is earmarked for Fujian’s new facility in the city of Nanping, and start-up is scheduled for the first quarter of 2017.
Avgol set for Dimona site
Avgol, manufacturer of hygiene nonwovens, is set to open a new US$60m manufacturing site in Dimona, Israel. The new facility is part of a company strategy to grow its customer base in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and South America.
Fibre developments from Beaulieu
European polypropylene (PP) staple fibre producer Beaulieu Fibres International will launch a new range of fibres at nonwovens conference Index.
Monadnock uses renewable energy
Monadnock Non-Wovens (MNW) is now manufacturing all of its products using renewable electricity.
Huafon Microfiber orders 10 Dilo lines
Artificial leather producer Huafon Microfiber Co. has ordered 10 complete needling lines with DiloGroup for its new plant in Qidong, Jiangsu Province, China.
BASF launches aqueous acrylic binder
BASF has launched a new aqueous acrylic binder for nonwovens, which is said to meet the necessary requirements for thermo-dimensional stability. The Acronal 2434 is suitable for nonwovens that are used in construction and abrasive applications.
Mogul ups spunlace capacity
Mogul has increased its nonwoven spunlace production by adding a cross-lapped spunlace line at its plant in Luleburgaz near Istanbul, Turkey. The new technology, branded Durell, supplements Mogul’s existing production of its Aqualace parallel-laid spunlace.
Johns Manville ups spunbond prices
Johns Manville, manufacturer of nonwovens from glass fibres, polyester and polypropylene, is set to increase prices for polyester spunbond nonwovens by 8 per cent.
Sustainability focus from Advansa
European polyester fibre producer Advansa, a supplier to the nonwoven wallpaper industry, will highlight its portfolio of “responsibility produced” fibres at Index
Mitsui ups breathable films production
Mitsui Chemicals has successfully started up manufacturing facilities for breathable films at Mitsui Hygiene Materials (Thailand) Co. Ltd., a manufacturer and distributor of nonwovens and breathable films for use in diapers, to cope with growing demands throughout East and Southeast As
Pegas Nonwovens eyes South Africa
Pegas Nonwovens SA has confirmed its intention to invest in a production plant in South Africa, planned to be in operation by the end of next ye
Simulation tool for nonwoven production
The Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM in Kaiserslautern has developed a new Fibre Dynamics Simulation tool (FIDYST tool) which simulates the movement of fibres in turbulent air flows and will reportedly benefit nonwoven producti
Andritz and Ramisch to cooperate
Andritz Küsters (AK), part of international technology group Andritz, and machinery consultant Rolf Ramisch have signed an exclusive cooperation agreement aimed at enhancing market position and creating a premium brand in the textile calender business sector.
SCA invests in diaper and tissue facilities
In a move to help enable future growth in its tissue operations in Mexico, hygiene product supplier SCA has invested around US$105 million into its production facilities in the country.
Henkel reports adhesive growth
Organic sales at Henkel’s Adhesive Technologies business unit grew 2.8 per cent through 2016, with the company’s overall sales up 3.5 per cent to €18.
Andritz wetlace line opens in Turkey
Production has begun on a neXline wetlace line supplied to Akinal Sentetik Tekstil, a Turkish producer of nonwoven fabrics by nonwovens technology supplier Andritz.
Oerlikon to showcase at Index
Oerlikon Neumag will showcase the latest additions to its manufacturing technology range at Index 2017, the nonwovens trade show which takes place 4-7 April in Geneva, Switzerland.
Bikoma turns to Index with converting bar
April’s Index show will see German nonwovens machinery supplier Bikoma display its latest development in turn bar equipment. The company’s DEDE300 machine is said to allow for more control during the converting process by applying constant tension along a material web.
SNW meets Marion Sterner, Gruppo X
SNW meets Marion Sterner, co-founder, Gruppo X, the developer of new Papermorphosis technolo
SWM to rebrand acquired companies
Engineered materials company Schweitzer-Mauduit International (SWM) will rebrand all of its acquired company corporate brands in 2017.
Suominen creates new senior role
Nonwovens manufacturer Suominen has appointed a new senior vice president and chief technology officer. Markku Koivisto, who has expertise in combining business development with profit and loss responsibility, will also join the corporate executive team once his appointment becomes effective on 27 March 2017.
Andritz customer in action
International technology group Andritz will present its technologies for spunlace, thermobonding, air-through bonding, wetlaid, needlepunch, and spunjet manufacturing, as well as customer service capabilities, at nonwovens exhibition Index 17.
Growing demand for Xantu.Layr
New Zealand-headquartered Revolution Fibres is increasing its production to meet growing worldwide demand for its Xantu.Layr nanofibre nonwoven veil in composites.
ELG teams up with Adesso
ELG Carbon Fibre based in Coseley, UK will work with China’s Chery and Adesso Advanced Materials on the use of recycled carbon fibre nonwovens in new automotive applications.
New nonwovens site for Asahi
Asahi Kasei’s Fibres and Textiles business unit has added a new production facility for Bemliese cupro continuous-filament nonwoven fabric in Nobeoka, Miyazaki, Japan.
High speed capabilities from Trützschler
Trützschler Nonwovens will platform its new High-Speed Foulard for the application of liquid binding agents application at Index 17, said to increase the production speed of lightweight webs by up to 50 per cent thanks to roll optimisation and improved sub-components.
Dryer developments from Brückner
Nonwovens and textiles finishing specialist Brückner will present the Supra-Flow BH belt dryer, developed for the air-through drying of light hydroentangled nonwovens, with a recently improved design at Index 17, to be held 4-7 April in Geneva, Switzerland.
Anti-static fibre from Kelheim
Viscose speciality fibre manufacturer Kelheim Fibre has developed a new fibre – Electra – which can be used to dissipate statics charges. The company now testing the possibility of the fibres use with sensitive electronic components.
No glue needed?
Aurizon Ultrasonics will showcase its adhesive-free elastic entrapment system at Index 17.The system comprises a rotary ultrasonic bonder that creates bond points in nonwoven materials adjacent to a reduced diameter, elongated elastic strand.
Trützschler cooperates on recycled PET yarn
Dr. Lassad Nasri, senior manager of technology and product management, Trützschler Switzerland, reports on a new technology from Trützschler and EREMA for production of BCF yarn from recycled PET.
Curt G. Joa celebrates 85th anniversary
Machinery manufacturer Curt G. Joa will soon celebrate its 85th anniversary. The company’s accomplishments include the first Joa rotary mill, a flying splice, vertical stacker, Cut at Tape Speed (CATS) unit, web velocity modulator, Single Transfer Insert Placement Process (STIPP) unit and the No Scrap Ear (NoSE) unit for diaper producti
Nonwovens benefit wound healing
New nonwoven technology from Freudenberg is helping make drug treatment delivery more precise and the wound healing process faster.
Freudenberg invests in filter production
Freudenberg Filtration Technologies has added a new cabin air filter production line to its US manufacturing facility in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, confirming its commitment to the US automotive market.
New Turkish diaper manufacturer
Imam Kayali Holding has platformed its new disposable hygiene products manufacturerEnka Hijyen,located in Gaziantep, Turkey.
Sales down at Suominen
Increased competition and postponed customer deliveries caused a financial year which did not meet expectations for nonwoven roll goods manufacturer Suominen, according to president and CEO Nina Kopola.
Shenda and IAC in global JV
International Automotive Components (IAC) and Shanghai Shenda are forming a global joint venture partnership to supply soft trim and acoustics products to automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).
Time saving from GDM
Machinery manufacturer for disposable hygiene products GDM Spa has platformed its new application process for diaper rear wings size change.
Wipes promotion at Multi-Pack Solutions
Packaging specialist Multi-Pack Solutions has promoted David Sanchez-Turner to operations manager for its Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based wet wipes manufacturing business.
H.B. Fuller adhesive acquisition
Adhesives giant H.B. Fuller has purchased the industrial adhesives business of Wisdom Worldwide Adhesives, a provider of adhesives for the packaging, paper converting and assembly markets.
Equity partner for Korozo
Turkish flexible packaging producer Korozo has partnered with private equity company Actera Group. The negotiations concluded with the signing of stock transfer and partnership agreements between Korozo Ambalaj San.
JV for speciality materials
Paper manufacturer Felix Schoeller Group, and the Welbon Group of Hangzhou, China, have entered into a new joint venture for speciality materials.
Absorbent and washable nonwoven
Technical Aborbents, manufacturer of SAF super absorbent fibre, will platform its new washable nonwoven fabric technology at Index 17 in Geneva, Switzerland.
New facility for Nonwovens Institute
The Nonwovens Institute at North Carolina State University is to open a new facility for spunmelt and hydroentangling in April 2017.
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