Textile machinery specialist Saurer has added another expertise to its portfolio. The M?chengladbach, Germany-based company acquired needleloom specialist Fehrer AG, providing it with the technology to produce carded nonwovens from long fibers. This gives Saurer access to new market segments including automotives, carpets and geotextiles.
Fehrer ranks among the worldwide leading suppliers of needle punching machines for the nonwoven and textile industry. Furthermore, Fehrer manufactures carding lines with the aerodynamic web forming principle and DREF friction spinning machines. In 2005, sales of €30 million will be achieved with approximately 180 employees, according to reports.
The move follows several other acquisitions in the nonwovens industry. In April, Saurer took over festooning equipment supplier Kortec GmbH and last year the company purchased airlaid machinery specialist M&J Fibretech and Ason, Neumag, a supplier of turnkey machines in the spunbond segment.