With more than 15 years of experience as an importer of spunbond nonwovens, Avanti Manufacturing, headquartered in Cranbury, NJ, is transitioning into the manufacturing arena. The company is establishing its first nonwovens production facility, which will be based in Clarksville, TN and have a capacity of 4500 metric tons per year. The plant will begin commercial production of polypropylene spunbond nonwovens this month and represents a $13 million capital investment that is expected to create thirty jobs by the end of the second year of operations.
The line is four-beam Impianti system designed to produce materials in 96-inch widths that target industrial applications such as landscaping, bedding and mattress, filtration and others. Based in Italy, Impianti has sold more than 60 machines. Fabric specifications will include color, topical treatment, UV additives, slitting/rewinding and custom packaging. The company will service customers within a geographical target area of 500-750 miles.
"Impianti's technology is designed for use in the industrial rather than hygiene segment—another reason for us to choose this machine," said Ash Mehta of Avanti. Commenting on the company's strategy, Mr. Ash added, "We chose Tennessee because of its central location. Backward integration will offer us less dependence on overseas suppliers."