China’s The Jofo Group will invest more than $60 million in a new 3.2 meter wide, multi-beam Reicofil-IV spunmelt line and a separate finishing line in its Weifang plant in Shandong, China. The line will be delivered in April 2012 and is scheduled to start up in the fourth quarter of 2012. Currently, there is an existing 4.2 meter Reicofil-IV multi-beam line at the Weifang plant, which will be able to make more than 30,000 tons of material after the second line is complete. Jofo will target the rapidly growing disposable hygiene and medical application areas in Asia with the new capacity.
Jofo's current nonwovens capacity is more than 55,000 tons, and the company has production facilities in Guangdong, Shandong and some other areas in China. The second Weifang line and other ongoing projects will bring the company’s total capacity above 100,000 tons by the end of 2012.
Jofo plans to continue investing in adding new capacity as well as research and development in the nonwoven areas to forge core competence in supplying premium nonwovens to disposable hygiene, medical, geotextile, industrial and other application areas, according to executives.