Archive for December, 2010

Lab coats, surgical gowns and scrubs come in bonded textiles treated to keep out moisture and particulates.

Friday, December 31st, 2010

China suppliers of healthcare industry uniforms are turning to nonwoven fabrics for their recent releases as single-use lab coats, and surgical gowns and scrubs increase in popularity. PP variants are the most typical and least expensive option. They usually have PE coating for water resistance.

Textiles that contain wood pulp are being adopted as well. Such inputs are able to withstand static and feature heightened absorbency even if not treated chemically.

Fibers are either spunlaced or spunbond-meltblown-spunbond. Fabrics created through the former are hygroscopic. They show high drape and softness, and can be washed a few times.

SMS kinds highlight a trilaminate construction that provides high tensile strength and durability. Companies sometimes employ two meltblown layers to enhance fluid and particulate isolation. Materials with three plies are also utilized. (more…)

Not just winding, but printing too

Sunday, December 26th, 2010

A.Celli Nonwovens has finalised a new project with a leading European breathable textile backsheet producer for the supply of a multi-functional lamination line with printing capabilities.

Celli will supply two non-stop unwind stands, one for PE film and the otherfor spunbond/meltblown nonwovens.
The integrated combination of these two machines enables unwinding and off-line/in-line slitting for the production of different finished products.

Celli’s non-stop unwind stands are specifically designed for projects where the roll good producer is seeking to expand its product range and introduce the flexibility to produce value added fabrics.In addition to PE films and nonwovens, non-stop unwind stands are designed to unwind a range of different webs including paper and tissue. (more…)

Ahlstrom Adds To Transportation Filtration Business

Saturday, December 25th, 2010

Ahlstrom will invest in additional capacity in transportation filtration material at its site in Turin, Italy. The total investment is about €17.5 million; it will be completed in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Tommi Björnman, executive vice president, Filtration, said, “We have been pleased to grow with our key customers and, as a commitment to the filtration business, we are expanding the operation with state-of-the-art equipment. This is an important step in our global growth roadmap where we have strengthened our global platform first in Asia and now in Europe. We will also continue to keep our focus on the Americas—both North and South America—hence being a global supplier in the filtration market with a full offering of filter media.”

In September, Ahlstom boosted its transportation filtration business throughthe acquisition of a transportation filtration material plant in Binzhou, China.


Fiberweb Acquires Boddingtons

Friday, December 24th, 2010
Fiberweb has acquired Boddingtons International Ltd., the parent company of the Boddingtons group of companies. Boddingtons is the only U.K producer of geosynthetic nets as well as a wide range of accessories and laminates for use in civil engineering projects and for temporary ground protection.Its business is highly complementary to Fiberweb’s Wales-based Terram geosynthetics business.There is a long-standing and growing supply relationship between the two businesses, accounting for around 10% of Boddingtons’ sales. There are also links with Fiberweb’s Old Hickory, TN-based Typar construction fabrics business.
Boddingtons is based in Maldon, Essex with small manufacturing operations in Loddon, Norfolk and Melbourne, Australia and has sales offices in the U.S. and Germany with a total of 92 employees.
A private U.K.-based company, majority owned by Robin Boddington, its founder who is now retired, and John Warner, its current chief executive, as well as by other current and former employees, Boddington’s sales for the year ended June 30 were £14 million with profit before interest and tax of £1 million. Since 2007, Boddingtons has grown steadily, with a compound annual growth rate between 2007 and 2010 for sales of 21%.
Boddingtons and Fiberweb’s existing geotextile business will form a new business unit in the industrial division, Fiberweb Geosynthetics, to be led by Mr. Warner. An important growth initiative for the new division will be investment in a specialty needlepunch geotextile production line in the U.K.
Fiberweb will pay £8.2 million for 100% of the share capital of Boddingtons and will assume net debt of an estimated £1.2 million, according to the company.


Cereplast Secures $5 Million in Growth Capital

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

EL SEGUNDO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Cereplast, Inc. (NASDAQ: CERP), a leading manufacturer of proprietary bio-based, compostable and sustainable plastics, announced today that it has secured $5 million in growth capital from Horizon Technology Finance Corporation (NASDAQ: HRZN) to support the Company’s exponential growth and expansion. The investment capital will be used for the purchase of additional raw materials and working capital needed to meet rapidly increasing global demand for Cereplast resin. (more…)

First Quality plans for nonwoven manufacturing facility

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

First Quality Nonwovens Inc is pleased to announce its plans to build a nonwoven manufacturing facility in China to primarily supply the Chinese domestic market and Asia.

The initial plans for the new facility call for two state-of-the-art nonwoven machines. The first line—scheduled to start production in 2012—will be a multi-beam Reifenhauser machine incorporating the latest technology enabling First Quality to provide premium nonwoven material to the hygiene and medical markets. Details on the second line will be announced in 2011.

First Quality is finalizing its site selection decision among three alternative strategic locations in China and expects to announce its final selection in the first quarter of 2011.

This investment is another demonstration of First Quality’s commitment and dedication in maintaining its leadership position in the nonwovens industry globally; satisfying the desires and demands of the market by providing innovative and high quality products manufactured utilizing the most updated technology.

First Quality has become a diversified family of companies manufacturing Adult Incontinence Products, Feminine Hygiene Products (tampons), Non-woven Roll Goods, Baby Wipes, Adult Washcloths and Consumer Paper Product serving institutional and retail markets throughout the world.


Toray To Add Third Chinese Line

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Toray Advanced Materials has finalized a plan to add a third line to its Chinese operation. Known as Toray Polytech Nantong (TPN), the Chinese operation will have a total capacity of 58,000 tons when the new 20,000-ton line comes onstream in July 2012.

Toray’s spunbond business targets hygiene companies in Korea, Japan, China and other Asian countries. It was established in 2006 with an 18,000 ton line and a second line is set to come onstream in March 2011, bringing another 20,000 tons online. Toray also makes 50,000 tons of spunmelt nonwovens per year in Korea.


Lenzing Announces Further Tencel®, Viscose Expansions

Sunday, December 19th, 2010

Austria-based cellulosic fiber manufacturer Lenzing AG has announced yet more global production capacity expansion to meet ever-increasing demand for its Tencel® and viscose fibers. This most recent expansion — the fourth to be announced this year — will add more than 200,000 metric tons of production capacity to facilities in Austria, the United States, Indonesia and China; and will cost approximately 285 million euros total.

“This expansion program responds to the dynamic demand development for man-made cellulosic fibers and is intended to further secure our leading world market position,” said Peter Untersperger, CEO, Lenzing. “The structural changes in the global textile fiber market, which are characterized by a tendency towards rising cotton price levels and an ever-increasing volatility of cotton quantities, as well as the increasing demand for man-made cellulosic fibers in nonwovens, lead us to continue to expect strong demand for Lenzing fibers over the next years. Moreover, the capacity expansion program is intended to further secure our leading position in the industry with respect to cost efficiency and market position.”

Lenzing plans to build the first Tencel production plant at its Lenzing, Austria, headquarters site, investing 130 million euros and providing an annual capacity of 60,000 metric tons. The plant will receive pulp from the fully integrated pulp mill in Lenzing, making it the first fully backward-integrated Tencel fiber production operation.

Tencel production also will be expanded at Lenzing’s site in Mobile, Ala., where a $30 million investment will be used to upgrade and modernize a production line that was shut down by the plant’s previous owner, adding some 50,000 metric tons of capacity. Fiber from the Mobile operation will be used in nonwoven wipes and baby care products manufactured in North and South America.

In Asia, Lenzing will increase viscose production capacity at its PT South Pacific Viscose (SPV) subsidiary in Purwakarta, Indonesia, as well as at its production facility in Nanjing, China. SPV will add a fifth production line costing approximately $130 million and adding 80,000 metric tons of annual production capacity, bringing total capacity up to 325,000 metric tons by 2013.

The Nanjing site already has a second production line under construction that is expected to nearly double capacity there to 140,000 metric tons by mid-2011. Lenzing will invest $18 million to add 20,000 more metric tons of capacity at the site by 2012.

The company also will upgrade an existing specialty nonwovens fiber line at Lenzing, investing some 17 million euros in that expansion, which is expected to be completed by mid-2012.


Chisso forms a new company in China

Saturday, December 18th, 2010

CHISSO Corporation has founded a new company in China to sell and manufacture air-through nonwoven in China to keep up with high growth rate of hygiene products in China and Asian countries.

CHISSO has been already selling and manufacturing air-through nonwoven by Guangzhou ES Fiber Co., Ltd., its subsidiary in Guangzhou, China. The customers, however, have been strongly requesting CHISSO to expand its capacity because of explosive growth of economy in China.

To meet these demands, CHISSO founded a new company, CHISSO ES ASIA (CHANGSHU) CO., LTD., in Changshu Economic Development Zone in Changshu city, Jiangsu province. CHISSO ES ASIA (CHANGSHU) will finalize the project by the end of October, 2011 and the company will have one air-through nonwoven line at 2,400 metric tons/year. The site is large enough to house 5 air-through lines and CHISSO plans to increase the capacity up to 12,000metric tons/year in the future.

CHISSO recognizes that China, Asia, and Middle East are strategically the most important regions and will actively invest and expand its fiber and nonwoven capacity in line with the growth in the regions.

CHISSO is the very first company that succeeded to commercialize thermo-bondable bicomponent fiber, well-known as `ES FIBER`, back in 1972, and has been developing technology and know-how in the relevant business areas. ES FIBER is a bicomponent fiber made of two different thermo-plastic polymers at different melting points and with sheath / core configuration for thermo-bondability.

ES FIBER is currently marketed by ES FIBERVISIONS, a sales joint venture company between FIBERVISIONS Corporation and CHISSO Corporation. Nonwovens made of ES FIBER has various benefits such as no skin irritation, no adhesives, high softness and high processability therefore highly reputed by the customers.

CHISSO, as a pioneer of bicomponent fibers, will continue to contribute a good life with its unique technology and will provide valuable products to the society.


Polyester Fibers buys Ahlstrom’s Groesbeck business

Friday, December 17th, 2010

Ahlstrom Corporation, a global leader in nonwovens and specialty papers, announces the sale of its Groesbeck filtration business located in Groesbeck and Mexia Texas, USA, to Polyester Fibers, a portfolio company of private investment firm Empire Investment Holdings.

The value of the transaction is approximately EUR 4.5 million. This amount may increase by up to EUR 1.5 million if certain conditions and targets are met in the future. Ahlstrom will book a non-recurring loss of approximately EUR 18 million related to the divestment in its fourth-quarter financial results.

The Groesbeck operation, which employs about 100 people, makes air filtration media for the heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) industry. The unit has been part of Ahlstrom’s Filtration Business Area’s Dust Filtration unit. Ahlstrom has concluded that dust filtration materials do not fit strategically to its product portfolio.

The transaction will be effective immediately.

This divestment together with earlier announced Wuxi and Bethune divestments complete Ahlstrom’s exit from dust filtration businesses.