Integrating nonwoven processes has long been a strategy behind the acquisition activities of at Neumag, recently renamed as Oerlikon Neumag. The expected advantages of process integration are not only optimized product qualities and characteristics but improved cost efficiencies as well.
At this week’s ITMA show, Oerlikon has announced an important milestone on the road to process integration which would be the completion of a new operation at Ascania Vliesstoffe GmbH located in Aschersleben, Germany. Ascania is an affiliated company of the Albis Group. Calling it a “combined plant,” Oerlikon is announcing the implementation of three different web forming processes with a production width of four meters: an Oerlikon Neumag bicomponent spunbond beam, an M&J airlaid forming head, and a carding machine. The webs are bonded by a Fleissner Aquajet spunlace system. Apart from the delivery of the machines and components Oerlikon Neumag was also responsible for the total engineering of the plant in close cooperation with the customer.
An example of the typical output of such a “combined plant” might be the combination of a high tenacity fabric with one for high liquid absorption all with a particularly soft touch, as might be necessary with high-quality wipes.
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