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Hof Expands Into Spunlaced

April 27, 2007

New line came up in January.

In its first foray into spunlace technology, Textilgruppe Hof has launched a new line in Reichenbach, Germany. Located between the company's Hof/Saale and Mittweida plants in the state of Saxony, the greenfield line produced spunlace nonwovens under Hof's new Zetajet brand. The 12,000 square meter plant, which came onstream in January, is part of the company's eswegee business and employs about 30 people.

The new facility represents an investment of €25 million and capacity on the new line is at least 70-100 square meters depending on the product mix.

The company describes the spunlace configuration as a new set-up for this technology. "Our understanding is this kind of machinery is totally new," said Harald Stini, managing director. "We will use our expertise in technical markets to further expand our product rante."

The material made on the new spunlace line will target automotive, filtration and other specialty end uses.

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