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Albaad invests in flushable nonwovens technology



Published April 10, 2014
Albaad Corp. of Israel, Trützschler Nonwovens & Man-Made Fibers GmbH and Voith Paper GmbH & Co. KG formed a partnership to develop an innovative technology for flushable nonwovens.

Albaad, a producer of nonwovens and nonwoven products, independently developed a confidential technology for flushable fabrics, according to the EDANA/INDA definitions for flushability, that it says delivers advantages versus the existing technologies—both product wise and operational wise.

Following a three-year product development process and successful feasibility proofs for a range of flushable materials, Albaad specified its requirements for commercialization and says it considered the most advanced solutions offered by the leading equipment supplier groups. Albaad chose both Voith Paper and Trützschler Nonwovens as technology partners for the new project.

The three-year development project was driven by the increasing demand for environmentally friendly products.

By this investment Albaad says it aspires to secure its position as the leading moist toilet paper producer globally. The line will be established in Dimona, Israel, and will start operating next year. A wide variety of flushable nonwovens will enable customization by the different needs of customers and to the changing market demands.

The company’s say this new production line will open a door into wetlaid and spunlaced nonwovens and the fast growing segment of flushable materials is an ideal field to bring both technologies nearer together. Both the HydroFormer, Voith Paper’s wet laying machine, and Trützschler Nonwovens’ spunlacing unit, the AquaJet, are highly productive as well as highly efficient solutions that have proven themselves in dozens of installations all over the world. Moreover, the energy-conscious Streamliner drying system makes it’s entry into a wet-in-wet production line and further reduces production costs.