Bleached cotton producer Ihsan Sons, Lahore, Pakistan, has unveiled plans to forward integrate by installing a hydroentangling line at its Lahore headquarters. The new line, featuring technology from Fleissner as well as Truetzscler and Spinnbau, will be capable of producing hydroentangled nonwovens from 100% bleached cotton fibers for the medical and baby wipe markets. The line is expected to be fully operational by the second half of 2005. It will be integrated into Ihsan?s cotton manufacturing to achieve complete, in-house processing from the raw fiber through to 100% cotton nonwoven fabrics, which will be sold under the brand name Belcot.
The equipment will be able to make fabrics weighting from 25 to 90 gpsm in widths up to 2 meters. The annual capacity of the new line is estimated at 3000 tons.
Among the benefits of making wet wipes with cotton spunlace fabric, compared to synthetic materials, are: 100% biodegradability, environmental friendliness, excellent absorbency, superb natural feel, high wet strength, excellent marketability and softness, bulkiness and flexibility, according to the company.