Nonwovens machinery specialist Trützschler has partnered with paper machine manufacturer Voith Paper to make wetlaid and hydroentangled nonwovens. The aim of the cooperation is the joint development and marketing of innovative and economical production equipment.
"We are certain that this partnership will enable us to offer convincing machine concepts," says Marc Wolpers, sales director of Trützschler Nonwovens & Man-Made Fibers. "By providing common solutions we can meet the market requirements in a much better and faster way than we ever could by acting independently."
With its HydroFormer, Voith Paper contributes the core component to the cooperation. It has been specifically optimized for the formation of wetlaid nonwovens and, with more than 70 installations, has already gained worldwide acceptance. Voith also offers support regarding stock and water systems, press concepts, fabrics and calendars.
Trützschler's know-how in the bonding area is expected to enhance the Voith technology. Web bonding is performed downstream of the former with the help of the well-known AquaJet, a leading solution in the field of hydroentanglement. In this field, Trützschler Nonwovens can draw on extensive experience from more than 100 projects.
"This cooperation allows us to offer our customers a complete line ranging from wet laying and bonding to drying and winding," says Klaus Afflerbach, responsible for special machines within Voith Paper. "The combination of two wet processes in form of HydroFormer and AquaJet results in a high-quality web that is of interest to manufacturers of cleaning cloths throughout the world."