Archive for the ‘Plant & Equipment’ Category

Texel is investing $15 million in a new DILO production line

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Published April 1, 2013

The various production and finishing equipment for needlepunch nonwoven materials are currently being installed in the new extension of close to 35,000 square feet in the Sainte-Marie (Quebec) facilities, especially designed to hold the different components of the production line. This new DILO-brand equipment, which is at the technological cutting-edge, will allow Texel to increase its production capacities by more than 7 metric tons of transformed fibers per year and will, among other uses, allow for the manufacturing of products with a width of 5.25 meters, the largest in the needlepunch geotextile industry in North America.

This investment is part of Texel’s plans to modernize its equipment so as to develop its six major product platforms. Increasing its overall production capacity will thus allow the company to meet the constant demands from the geotextile, industrial and automotive market segments and to open the way for new business opportunities in these segments in Canada and the United States. Through this investment, Texel has confirmed its position in the geosynthetic market in Quebec, Canada and the northeastern United States.

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013
nternational technology Group ANDRITZ will present the latest technologies of its three nonwoven competence centers – ANDRITZ Asselin-Thibeau, ANDRITZ Küsters, and ANDRITZ Perfojet, at HIGHTEX/ITM 2013 in Istanbul. With a wide range of products and services for the Turkish market, ANDRITZ provides full line and individual solutions for spunlace, wetlaid, needlepunch, bonding, and finishing for spunbond applications, as well as top performance textile calenders.

On the Turkish market, ANDRITZ is recognized as one of the leading suppliers of technologies in particular for needlepunch and spunlace. These technologies include production lines for the automotive industry, coating substrates, wadding, and geotextiles, as well as for spunlaced wipes and cotton pads. The ANDRITZ neXline spunlace is designed to produce state-of-the-art nonwoven fabrics at very high capacity, low MD/CD ratio, and very low energy consumption. In the needlepunch area, ANDRITZ has integrated the double carding Isoweb technology with the ProDyn concept into the neXline needlepunch. This is a major improvement in order to achieve the excellent technical product characteristics requested by the market. A further important development is neXline wetlace, an ANDRITZ line concept that integrates wetlaid and hydroentanglement technologies. (more…)

Web Industries adds additional thin nonwoven printing capabilities

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Web Industries, an outsource converting and manufacturing solutions provider, has expanded its printing capacity through equipment upgrades at its facility in Dallas, TX. These upgrades add high-speed flexographic printing with tight dimensional pattern registration and precision inline slitting to the facility’s existing flexible material converting assets, giving Web Dallas the ability to print and convert large rolls of material in a single operation.

The printer improvements allow Web Dallas to offer high-speed, wide-web, one-color flexo printing that can hold complex graphics without image bleed-through on nonwovens as light as 10gsm and on papers. The 60″ press at Dallas joins the 90″ press at Web Industries Fort Wayne in providing customers the opportunity to print registered and non-registered patterns and slit inline to multiple widths depending on end-use needs, eliminating unnecessary manufacturing steps and reducing overall costs. (more…)

Tenowo Lincolnton to add 26 jobs in $7.2M expansion

Sunday, January 6th, 2013

Senior Staff Writer- Charlotte Business Journal

Tenowo Lincolnton Inc. plans to add 26 jobs and spend $7.2 million to expand the nonwoven textile production at the Lincoln County plant.

In exchange, the company, formerly known as HOF Textiles Inc., will get a $50,000 grant from the One North Carolina Fund.

The average annual wage for the new jobs is $32,538, plus benefits. That compares to an average salary of $31,252 a year in Lincoln County. The plant currently employs 67. (more…)

Monadnock Non-Wovens to expand in Michigan

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Published October 26, 2012

Michigan’s Branch County Economic Growth Alliance along with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation recently announced that pending city and state approval a $4.5 million dollar facility investment will create 42 new jobs when Monadnock Non-Wovens LLC takes root in Coldwater by the end of 2013.

Monadnock Non-Wovens LLC (MN-W) manufactures high performance melt blown nonwoven roll goods for the filtration, industrial, healthcare and consumer markets and is based in Mount Pocono, PA. The company says it has experienced significant annual growth in recent years and has firm expectations for the growth to continue. The addition of a second location in the Midwest near major customers was seen as a major advantage to the company.

Expansion of nonwoven materials maker Bondex in Edgefield

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012
September 28, 2012 (USA)
Bondex Inc, a maker of thermally bonded nonwoven materials, announced that it will expand its existing operations in Edgefield County. The $6.4 million investment is expected to generate 13 new jobs.

“We are excited about moving forward with our plans to expand our existing facility in Edgefield County. South Carolina has provided us with an excellent business environment and a talented workforce. We look forward to continuing to grow here. We appreciate all the support we’ve received from state and local officials,” said Brad Willingham, president of Bondex Inc.

Bondex Inc. is expanding the company’s nonwovens production plant in Trenton, S.C. in order to add a new product line, which will allow the company to produce industrial laminates and composites for the electrical and electronic markets, as well as other specialty areas. The company will add 33,000 square feet of space to the facility, doubling the plant’s size. The expansion is expected to be completed in end of fourth quarter with production starting in January. (more…)

Andritz to introduce nonwoven lines for technical textile production

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

By David Stevenson

International technology group Andritz is to introduce a full range of complete nonwoven lines for the production of technical textiles during the CINTE 2012 exhibition, which runs from October 22-24.
At the event in China, Andritz Küsters, Andritz Asselin-Thibeau, and Andritz Perfojet will present the latest lines and advanced systems for high-end technical nonwovens at booth N5B21.
Andritz Perfojet will present its new Jetlace Evolution machine designed for technical fibres and durable products, such as automotive or filtration substrates. The Jetlace unit is said to offer efficiency either for high capacity or for bonding power dedicated to industrial applications.
In addition, Andritz Küsters has developed a new calender design especially for the production of delicate, technical textiles with very high density. The teXcal Trike is a 3-roll calender with S-Roll, Xpro Roll and heated steel roll in a triangular roll arrangement.
This configuration allows extremely flexible production by using one or two nips. Both nips are individually adjustable without influencing the other nip’s deflection characteristics. In comparison to standard 3-roll calenders with vertical roll arrangement, the teXcal Trike reduces seam loss to a minimum. (more…)

Avgol brings on fourth production line

Monday, August 13th, 2012

By: Richard Craver | Winston-Salem Journal

An Israeli manufacturer of specialty fabrics said Tuesday it has started a fourth production line at its Mocksville plant.

Avgol America Inc. is part of Avgol Nonwoven Industries, based in Tel Aviv. The company makes nonwoven fabrics, primarily for manufacturers of baby diapers and adult incontinence and feminine hygiene products.

The opening of the production line July 30 represents the quick fulfillment of a jobs pledge Avgol made in February as part of a $35 million plant expansion.

Avgol now has 180 employees at the plant. (more…)

Companhia Providencia adds 20,000t nonwoven capacity

Monday, July 16th, 2012

By Tara Hounsle Mon Jul 16 2012, 12:06 PM

Companhia Providencia is increasing its nonwoven capacity in Brazil with the addition of a second plant in Pouso Alegre, Minas Gerais. The plant, which will produce nonwovens mainly for the hygienic disposable and medical domestic markets, will produce around 20,000 tons per year.
The company said this investment, in the region of $63m, was a way of strengthening its operations in South America.
“By the end of 2012 the region will account for more than 70% of the company’s production capacity,” said CEO Herminio de Freitas.
He said that the nonwovens industry has grown on average of 10% per year over the last five years in Brazil, compared with average growth of less than 5% of the Brazilian economy during the same period.
“We chose Pouso Alegre, because it is a place where logistics is privileged to receive raw materials and faster service for our customers,” he explained. “In addition to the experience already working in the region, we can also rely on local labour experienced in nonwovens.”
The company now has 62 employees in the region and the new plant will create over 30 direct jobs.
Last year, Companhia Providencia opened its first factory outside Brazil, in North Carolina, USA, in an investment of around $80m. The facilities housed the company’s eleventh production line. This year, the company has expanded production in the country to 40,000 tons/year. The first line has achieved record production while operating fully.
Later this year, the company will reach full production capacity of 140,000 tons/year, an increase of 40% compared with the end of 2011.



Sanrhea to expand non-woven fabric capacity

Saturday, July 14th, 2012

One of the top three players in Resorcinol Formaldehyde Latex (RFL) dipped fabric for tyre and rubber component industry, Ahmedabad-based Sanrhea Technical Textiles is set to double its manufacturing plant of non-wovens. The company is scouting for land to set up a greenfield plant for manufacturing non-woven fabrics for tyre and rubber components industry.

“With the automobile industry growing in the country and especially in Gujarat, we have planned to set up a greenfield manufacturing facility to expand our capacity. Due to scarcity of land in Kalol, we are scouting for land near Ahmedabad which will have an added advantage of proximity to the city,” said Tushar Patel, managing director of Sanrhea Technical Textiles Ltd.

At a capacity of 150 tonnes currently, the company manufacturers of RFL dipped specialised fabrics for the tyre, conveyor-belt, and rubber component industry in India.

According to Patel, the company is looking at add another 200 tonnes of specialised fabrics manufacturing capacity at the new greenfield plant. For this, Sanrhea Technical Textiles is looking to invest about Rs 50 crore.

“We will be playing within the field of mobile textiles or mobi-tech but have started concentrating on fabrics for the bonding of very specialized and critical rubber components or products. All our future growth is targeted towards that,” he added.

The company is also bullish about the upcoming car manufacturing plants of Ford India, Maruti Suzuki and Peugeot in the state of Gujarat. “We will be supplying these specialised fabrics to auto component manufacturers who are vendors of the likes of Ford and Maruti.

This has exhibited extensive growth potential for our business in the coming days,” said Patel.

Among its clientele include the likes of Phoenix Conveyor-Belts India Pvt Ltd. (A Continental AG Company), Sempertrans Ltd, MRF Ltd., Apollo Tyres Ltd. Sundaram Auto Components Ltd., and Zenith Rubber Products Pvt Ltd., among others.

For the financial year 2011-12, the small and medium enterprise (SME) pegged a turnover of Rs 29 crore.