Plans by Pantex International to add a high-speed nonwovens pin perforation line at its facility in the United Arab Emirates have been delayed. Pantex has invested €600,000 in the new Taiwanese-made line, which was expected to begin production by November 2008 and is now scheduled to come onstream in Spring 2009. Pantex has also reached an agreement with regional nonwoven producers to supply spunbonded and thermal bonded substrates for this new line.
According to Pantex CEO Jim Cree, the decision to source nonwovens is consistent with Pantex’s strategy of being a company dedicated to specialty perforated products. When asked whether the company would consider expansion into the manufacture of roll goods, he said, “We buy all our spunbond presently and have no intentions of going into spunmelt.”
In other news, Pantex will add a new line in China in response to strong demand from the Asian market. No further details on the expansion were available as we went to press.
Pantex currently operates a joint venture with Japanese fiber and nonwovens producer Chisso Corp. to produce and sell unique perforated nonwovens in China. While Pantex’s Gangzhou, China-based production line makes perforated nonwovens, Chisso, through its Chinese subsidiary, contributes fiber and nonwovens know-how and bicomponent spunbond material to the venture.