Since its founding in 1984, TECHNOplants S.r.l. has been focused on meeting the needs of textile manufacturers, particularly in the nonwoven industry. Starting with the construction of crosslappers for the local market, company founder Marco Gualtieri soon understood that building ancillary equipment to automate the end-of-the-line process would enable the company to separate itself from other suppliers of nonwovens equipment. In this context the first fully automatic and winding unit for needlepunched nonwovens was built. This equipment was ideal for industries that produce geotextiles.