Last month Fiberweb celebrated the official commercial launch of the second airlaid line at its China-based Tianjin Teda factory by Fiberweb (China) Airlaid Company Limited, which was incorporated into TEDA, Tianjin, PRC as a Wholly Owned Foreign Enterprise (WOFE) in 1999. The EPS-ZGJ2100 airlaid line was manufactured by Chinese airlaid specialist Shanghai Expansion Light Industry Machinery Co., Ltd. (EPS), based in Shanghai.
Among the key executives in attendance at the grand opening ceremony of Fiberweb’s Line II expansion project were Fiberweb CEO Daniel Dayan; Cheng Zhiyun, Fiberweb’s Asia district president; EPS’ president and general manager as well as the leaders of the Tianjin Teda Development Zone. Other attendees included several nonwoven industry insiders such as Wang Yanxi, vice chairman of Asia Non-woven Fabric Association, and Jin Xiangyi, a professor of the nonwovens research and development center at DongHua University.
Boasting an annual capacity of 10,000 tons, the highly flexible production line produces thermal bond, multi bond, latex bond and SAP nonwovens in 2100 mm widths with a 200-meter line speed. The line will target hygiene applications as well as specialty industrial uses and household products such as wipes and food packaging.
According to the company, the new production line is the largest airlaid line to be designed, built, installed and commissioned in China by a Chinese supplier. The line is supported by state-of-the-art winding and slitting equipment. Upon full commercialization, Fiberweb (China) Airlaid Company Limited will have a total annual production capacity of 26,000 tons, making the company the largest airlaid manufacturer in the Asia-Pacific Rim with two leading airlaid technologies (agitator forming and drum forming).
Fiberweb invested $68 million to import and install its first world-class, state-of-the-art machine in China to manufacture high-tech, superabsorbent airlaid materials. Application of these airlaid materials is mainly for wipes and feminine hygiene products. The company has progressively increased its production capacity and rapidly developed its business since commencement of commercial production in the fourth quarter 2001.