Graz, February 7, 2014. International technology Group ANDRITZ will be presenting its latest nonwovens solutions at INDEX 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland (April 8-11, booth 2114). ANDRITZ Nonwoven provides with its worldwide leading companies ANDRITZ Asselin-Thibeau, ANDRITZ Küsters, and ANDRITZ Perfojet turnkey solutions for spunlace, needlepunch, wetlaid/wetlace, and finishing.
What’s new since INDEX 2011?
The innovative carding technology from ANDRITZ Asselin-Thibeau is one of the core components in drylaid technology. An important development is the Isoweb TT card for significant enhancements in CD tensile values, MD/CD ratios, and a commercial speed of 300 m/min. ANDRITZ offers a full range of solutions in spunlace with two proven line concepts. For highest capacities, the neXline spunlace eXcelle is the preferred solution; this unique design combines the latest generation of TT card and Jetlace Essentiel hydro¬entanglement unit. This top-speed spunlace line is the best choice for commodity products like wet wipes, producing lightweight fabrics with less than 20 gsm at very high capacities. For medium capacities, the neXline spunlace aXcess is the right choice. This spunlace line is equipped with one Varioweb in-line card with three doffers in combination with the Jetlace Avantage hydroentanglement unit.
In needlepunch technology, ANDRITZ achieves excellent technical product characteristics with a remarkable reduction in fiber consumption at the same time by integrating the double carding Isoweb technology with proven ProDyn concept, the Dynamic crosslapper, and A50 needlelooms into the neXline needlepunch. Thanks to the quality of its equipment and products, ANDRITZ grows in its needling business continuously, noting numerous orders for the supply of needleloom for the production of random velour for automotive applications recently. Thanks to its brush concept, the SDV-2 needleloom produces excellent felts that have passed all resistance tests with 20 to 30% lower needling density than their competitors.
Another major development is the eXcelle card for through-air bonding, which is ideal for multi-layer products. ANDRITZ is increasingly successful with its sales of production lines for ADL hygiene products, in particular for top sheet products that have a combined drainage effect to enhance the ADL web properties.
In order to step ahead in nonwovens technology, ANDRITZ has set up a technology platform with competence and service centers all around the globe. In three European ANDRITZ sites, state-of-the-art technical centers have been installed with a focus on core competences: spunlace in Montbonnot, France; drylaid and needlepunch in Elbeuf, France; wetlaid/wetlace and calendering in Krefeld, Germany. In order to customize the technologies to the demands of the Asian markets, ANDRITZ has also installed a new technical center and manufacturing site in Wuxi, China. Together with its sales and service locations in Spartanburg, USA, and Chennai, India, ANDRITZ Nonwoven is a one-stop supplier for its global customers.
Trip to state-of-the-art spunlace pilot line