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a look at what companies will be showcasing at next month's event in Frankfurt, Germany



Published June 16, 2005
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a look at what companies will be showcasing at next month's event in Frankfurt, Germany
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Scheduled for June 7-9, 2005, Techtextil 2005 will once again be held in Frankfurt, Germanyrnand sponsored by Messe Frankfurt. The last Techtextil, held in 2003, occupied 44,400 squarernmeters of floor space, drew 18,500 trade visitors from 69 countries and included 879rnexhibitors from 42 countries.rnrn

For the first time, BASF will participate in Techtextil at Stand B79, Hall 3. With therntheme of innovative ideas for the textiles of the future, the company's focus will be onrnsolutions for the Clothtech, Hometech, Mobiltech and Sporttech sectors - solutions that BASFrnhas also developed together with customers.rnrn

BASF has developed a system for coloring and coating polyolefin textiles that is provingrnits worth in terms of fastness and flexibility. It permits polyolefins to be colored,rnprinted, coated and functionalized in standard textile processes - and all with water-basedrnformulations. Special pretreatment is unnecessary. The innovative system for coloring andrncoating opens up new applications for polyolefin fibers, which up until now were usedrnmainly in nonwovens.rnrn

Lurotex TX products are also new in the BASF range. Textiles finished with thesernfluorocarbon-based products repel water, oil and dirt. Also possible are effectrncombinations such as dirt repellency and easy care, which are in demand by many textilernmanufacturers. The repellent effect of the fluorocarbons generally depends on the type ofrnpretreatment as well as on auxiliaries and effect chemicals used in the finish. In thisrnrespect as well, Lurotex TX products offer the best possible effect, since they ideallyrncomplement BASF products for pretreatment, finishing and coating.rnrn

First-time exhibitor Breco Company will be at Techtextil at Stand A77, Hall 3.1. Therntextile product manufacturer has been in business since 1898, when the first lines ofrncloths, wadding and padding were launched. Currently, Breco is among the largest producersrnof high quality runners and rugs. The company produces the following products: loop floorrnmats, room and bathroom rugs, step mats made from runners, Maliwatt-type nonwovens used inrnthe footwear industry, upholstery and insulation, protection of soil in water gardens andrndrainage mats.rnrn

Other product offerings include nonwovens for protection of scarps, embankments andrndrainage ditches; separators used for protection purposes in transport; decorativernnonwovens such as non-fusible interlinings used in decorating as well as two- andrnthree-layer textile thermally bonded composites for soundproofing uses.rnrnrn

Breco's service includes commissioned cutting, trimming and co-packing of runners and rugsrnand tearing of textile production waste. The company holds a license from the Minister ofrnEnvironmental Protection to purchase and process textile wastes. Breco also handles thermalrnbonding and laminating with the use of the latest technologies and machines.rnrn

At Stand J32, Hall 3, French producer Calemard will highlight its full line of in-line andrnoff-line slitting and rewinding machines. The company specializes in lengthwise slittingrnand rewinding; crush, shear and razor slitting systems and sealing/cutting technologiesrn(hot cutting and ultrasonic cutting through Decoup+, its sister company).rnrn

Calemard also specializes in rewinding technologies. Originally focused on narrow webrnslitting, the company has expanded its knowledge in spooling technology. As an alternativernto the use of pancakes, spooling technology is the solution that enables 10 times morernproduct to be rewound than a pancake, offering a stable package of narrow products.rnrn

Additionally, Calemard operates a complete testing facility, featuring cutting and windingrnmachines and relevant test equipment. In order to demonstrate the value and quality of itsrnmachines, and to ensure the most appropriate cutting results, Calemard offersrnrepresentative trials with customer products.rnrn

In the hygiene market, Calemard has been present for more than 10 years with the Pegasernline. This high performance, sensitive machine is dedicated to the slitting and spooling ofrnfragile nonwoven hygiene products used in the manufacture of baby diapers, femininernprotection and adult incontinence products.rnrn

Coatema Coating and Zimmer will co-exhibit at Stands B14 and B18, Hall 3.0 to promoternnumerous coating solutions for technical textiles such as prepregs, double-dot,rngeotextiles, nanocoatings, sol-gel processes and many more. Among the companies' highlightsrnwill be a combination of the Zimmer Magnoroll system and the Coatema coating knife systemrnand Coatema's Moduldry dryer. The companies will also showcase the Easycoater, the modular,rndiscontinuous screen printing/doctor blade/jet unit for the production of samples in A4 orrnA3 size. Also on display will be the Basecoater, a compact and cost-effective modular labrncoating unit for technical textiles with a working width of 220 mm. Live coating trialsrnwill be done at the booth. Additionally, the Hotcoater, a unit for hotmelt coating withrnwide slot die and 80 m/min. production speeds, will be shown.rnrn

A specialist in the design and manufacture of ultrasonic cutting and splicing solutions,rnSaint Chamond, France-based Decoup+ will be at Stand J32, Hall 3. Decoup+ ultrasonicrnmodules are compact components and easy to integrate on existing manufacturing lines. ThernDecoup+ slitters/sealers cleanly cut and seal the edge of synthetic films and fabrics in arnsingle pass. Fraying, unraveling and material beading along the cut edge are eliminated.rnrn

The solutions developed by Decoup+ are part of an industrial range of ultrasonic equipment;rnthey are proven solutions with power from 75 to 1200W and are specifically adapted torncontinuous operations. These solutions are offered as modular units to be mounted onrnexisting lines, as adapted benches or as handheld units.rnrn

Decoup+ offers specifically designed solutions for cutting on looms (edge trimming and/orrncenter cut). Compact and easy to install on any type of loom (flat and circular), thernDecoup+ devices produce stable and consistent edges while maintaining fabric properties.rnReliable and affordable, this equipment is the solution to avoid hot cutting drawbacksrn(color changes, edge burns and over-thickness). Decoup+ ultrasonic devices have provenrntheir reliability and quality results on various synthetic fabrics, including technicalrntextiles, coating supports and polypropylene fabrics.rnrn

Decoup+ has also developed an ultrasonic forging solution to reinforce fabric edges. Thisrntechnology enables edge reinforcement and customized marking. Fabric edges are stronglyrnreinforced, thus increasing the product durability, while web flexibility is preserved. Allrnof these types of equipment are designed to be integrated onto existing lines, either asrncompact bench modules or as devices to be mounted directly on stenters and slitting orrndoctor machines.rnrn

Degussa will present its broad range of customized copolyamide hot melt adhesives at StandrnH82, Hall 3. The company will highlight its newly introduced Vestamelt 900 series, whichrnfeatures different viscosity settings and various new developments for technicalrnapplications.rnrn

Vestamelt 930 to 970 have proven their worth in the last two years as copolyamides thatrnboast an excellent price-performance ratio. The high viscosity setting of 970 isrnparticularly suitable for technical applications that require a higher resistance to strikernback, for example, for in-mold lamination.rnrn

The High Performance Polymers Business Unit produces customized copolyamide hot meltrnadhesives that are sold both in powder and granular form. The products are optimized forrnparticular properties, depending on the application.rnrn

Used in a variety of industries, Vestamelt provides all applications with a good balance ofrnhigh-quality service properties, easy and reliable processing and high cost effectiveness.rnrn

At Stand F68, Hall 3.1, French company Dounor will focus on the introduction of its rangernof polypropylene material for industrial applications including filtration, medical,rnpackaging and garments. Dounor also offers various treatments such as antistatic,rnantimicrobial and UV-treatments. A new pattern for better drapability and improved softnessrnwill also be introduced at the show.rnrn

Dounor manufactures and markets polypropylene fibers, polypropylene-based nonwovens andrnpolypropylene recycled chips for hygiene, medical, mattress and bedding and filtrationrnapplications. In addition to fiber production, nonwovens manufacturing processes includerncarded, thermal bonded, spunbonded and SMS.rnrn

German machinery manufacturer Fleissner GmbH will exhibit machine and process developmentsrnfor new generations of technical textiles and nonwovens at Techtextil, Stand B03, Hall 3. rnFleissner will highlight its production program and new product applications for all areasrnof technical textiles and nonwovens including the hygiene, personal care and wipes sector,rnwhere the company offers its AquaJet Spunlace System. In the residential area, Fleissnerrnwill present a range of machines for wet and dry wipes and all bonding technologies such asrnspunlacing, binder bonding and thermal bonding.rnrnrn

Home furnishing applications include needlefelt floor coverings and wall coverings as wellrnas highloft nonwovens. In the architecture, construction and geotextiles sectors, Fleissnerrnhas made many new developments in bonding lines for roofing membranes according to staplernfiber technology as well as spunbond-based technologies.rnrn

Also, for geotextiles made from staple fibers or spunbond filaments, Fleissner hasrnintroduced new developments using the AquaJet Spunlace Technology and new production linesrnare already operating. The advantages for roofing membranes and geotextiles bonded byrnspunlace technology are: high production speed compared to mechanical needling and lowerrnweight products with excellent uniformity and higher tensile strength. Another area ofrnstrength for Fleissner is apparel and shoes.rnrn

Application examples for fabric enhancement are: airbag fabrics with engineeredrnpermeability and improved seam strength, filtration fabrics with engineered pore size, PESrnfabrics for flame retardant drapery and softness and upholstery fabrics with yarnrnreduction, better resistance and seam slippage improvement.rnrn

Fleissner will also showcase the advantages of using AquaJet Spunlace technology forrnnonwoven filters (new generations of filters, adjustment of porosity, high strength andrnsplitting technology for conjugate fibers to achieve microfiber structures) and wovenrnfabric filters using the Fleissner AquaTex technology. For automotive applications, therncompany offers AquaCarpet technology for latex-free carpet backing for tufted-carpets, foamrnimpregnation bonding and thermal bonding, new generations of insulation materials made fromrnblends of natural fibers and polypropylene by spunlace technology as well as finishingrnlines for flexible foams and AquaTex Enhancement Technology for automotive seat covers.rnrn

Fleissner's AquaTex technology also offers benefits in the area of hydroenhancement ofrnglass fabrics. This new technology enables manufacturers of glass fiber fabrics to achieverna much higher degree of density and uniform spread of the filament bundles without breakingrnany of the fine glass filaments, which can be as small as 5�.rnrn

At Stand A 17, Hall 3, Eduard K¨sters Maschinenfabrik, Krefeld, Germany, will offer a jointrnpresence of its two divisions, nonwovens and textiles. With years of experience in variedrnprocesses of dry and wet finishing, both divisions' comprehensive know-how will team up tornpresent sophisticated technologies for the finishing of technical textiles.rnrn

As a leader in calender technology, K¨sters specializes in deflection-compensating rollrnsystems: S-Roll, HyCon Roll or Hot S-Roll. The re-design of textile and nonwoven calendersrnhas been concluded and is supplemented by the new twin calender. K¨sters now holds arndifferentiated product portfolio for the most varied processes in the textile and nonwovensrnindustry.rnrn

In wet finishing, some technologies from the textile industry have been successfullyrnadapted for the nonwoven sector, such as padding with S-Roll technology or foamrnapplication.rnrn

K¨sters also offers a modular plant concept into which washing machines and suction devicesrnare completely integrated. Quick commissioning, compact design and easy handling are amongrnthe advantages of this system.rnrn

The company's new TurboFlush washing machines feature an excellent washing effect with goodrnfabric guiding and optimized water consumption. These integrated high-performance vacuumrnsystems can be used for dewatering as well as in the finishing of technical textiles andrnnonwovens.rnrn

Roll goods producer Libeltex will be at Techtextil at Stand H39, Hall 3.1. The company'srnfocus will be on new developments in its Quiet Web product range, Libeltex's acousticrnnonwoven, which is used in many interior trim parts. Libeltex will also be exhibiting itsrnversatile range of filtration media. This will include the traditional quality range forrnHVAC and spraybooth filtration, as well as new developments in pleat filter media andrnliquid filtration. With six factories in Europe and three in the U.S., the nonwovens grouprnis one of the largest players in the market.rnrn

Libeltex has been involved in nonwovens manufacturing since 1945. Today, as a part ofrnBritish Vita plc, the company has expanded rapidly from traditional markets into therntechnical segment focusing on automotive, filtration, hygiene and industrial markets. Asrnfor its automotive business, Libeltex develops nonwovens for interior trim applications,rnunderbonnet and trunk parts. Libeltex supplies some major automotive interior componentrnmanufacturers in Europe and the U.S. Libeltex Belgium became ISO/TS 16949 certified inrnNovember 2004, confirming its professionalism towards Tier 1 and Tier 2 automotivernsuppliers.rnrn

Reliant Machinery Ltd., Chesham, Bucks, U.K., will be at Techtextil at Stand JO5, Hall 3.rnReliant has recently introduced its latest development in medium- to light-weightrnlaminating equipment, which incorporates its GOS system. Both the Excel and Coolstreamrnranges bring a new dimension to laminating and other bonding processes with theirrnrelatively low cost compared to other types of equipment as well as a high level ofrnflexibility.rnrnrn

The Reliant GOS system allows a gap setting to be adjusted on the machine to enable thickerrnand less flexible materials to be processed. It avoids crushing or distortion of thernmaterials during processing and enables customers to handle a wide range of substrates.rnrn

Reliant has also launched the latest version of the Coolstream laminator, which has anrnoptional one meter internal cooling section. With its wide range of options for powerrnrating, the Coolstream can be used for lightweight materials through to medium- andrnheavyweight materials such as foam.rnrn

Reliant also offers the Powerbond modular laminating machinery range. The Powerbond is thernonly system on the market that offers customers a machine to suit their specificrnrequirements for laminating rather than trying to fit their requirements to a specificrnmachine. With an ability to engineer a machine with standard heating and cooling zones inrnone meter sections, Reliant is able to offer customers total flexibility in their choice ofrnspecifications in widths from one up to three meters as standard.rnrnrn

At Techtextil Stand C29, Hall 3.1, German roll goods producer Sandler will showcase itsrnlatest innovations. The company will present a range of innovative nonwovens for a varietyrnof technical applications, as well as products designed for the hygiene industry and wipesrnmarket. Once again, Sandler is using this fair as a platform to present new developments,rnproduct optimizations and unique solutions.rnrn

In the area of filters, the established sawascreen fine filter series is now available withrna laminated pre-filter. Voluminous, needlepunched polyester nonwovens and the particularlyrnlow-priced polypropylene nonwovens, thermally bonded using a special hotmelt process, makernideal pre-filter media. As a result of this material composition, the dust holding capacityrnof the pocket filters produced is 3-5 times higher than that of similar versions withoutrnpre-filters.rnrn

Coarse dust filter media from the sawaloom and sawaflor product groups are characterized byrnthe use of particularly fine fiber compositions. The enlarged "inner surface" makes itrnpossible to meet the requirements of grades G2 to F5, achieving particularly high dustrnholding capacities.rnrn

A range of pleatable, self-supporting filter media from the sawascreen and sawaloom productrnranges has been developed for the production of cartridge filters. Fiber-based productsrnmade from needlepunched polyester nonwoven cover grades G2 to F5. For higher filter classesrnup to H10, Sandler manufactures fine filter media on a meltblown base, also usingrnsawascreen technology.rnrn

Sandler will also be presenting some innovative products for special filter applications inrnthe field of home care. These include synthetic vacuum cleaner bags, which are being usedrnincreasingly instead of conventional materials. The major product advantages includernresistance to moisture and bacteria, as well as depth filtering properties. Establishedrncoarse and fine dust filters are used as pre-cut and pressed parts in cooker hoods andrnsmall air conditioning units.rnrn

In the automotive sector, Sandler presents sawasorb absorbing nonwovens. These authenticrnpolyester-based nonwovens cover almost all applications for acoustically effectiverncomponents in the automotive industry and are found in more than 30 vehicle modelsrnthroughout Europe.rnrn

At this year's Techtextil, the focus will also be on new developments in the spunlacernsawatex family for baby wipes, wipes for the cosmetic industry, special hygiene productsrnand household and all-purpose wipes. Depending on customers' wishes, nonwovens made fromrnviscose, polyester or polypropylene, as well as blends from such fibers under the namernsawatex can be manufactured in basis weights of 40-120 g/m2.rnrn

In the hygiene area, Sandler will be exhibiting an array of composites for specialrnapplications in baby diapers and feminine hygiene, as well as adult incontinence pads.rnCombining two or more functions in one product simplifies production and reduces logisticsrncosts. Nonwoven sheet laminates are used as backsheets in baby diapers. Sawaflex is thernbrand name for these fully- or strip-laminated materials.rnrn

German producer Tangerding Bocholt GmbH will present its most recent technical advances inrnthe filtration and automotive sectors at Stand E68, Hall 3.1. In the area of filtration,rnthe company will showcase highly efficient pre-filters, G2-F6 class filter media, recentlyrndeveloped pleatable F5 filter media for cabin air filtration (for passengers as well asrnheavy duty applications) and needled carded webs for liquid filtration (hydraulic andrncoalescer).rnrn

In the automotive field, Tangerding Bocholt and Recytex Textilaufbereitung GmbH haverncombined their technical know-how in the production of nonwovens and subsequentrnlamination.rnrn

At Stand D15, Hall 3, J.H. Ziegler GmbH & Co. KG, Achern, Germany, will present newrndevelopments in all of its business units. Last year, the corporate organization wasrnchanged from a regional structure into a business unit structure in order to provide morerncompetent application-oriented advisory service.rnrn

In the automotive business unit, the main focus is on products for acoustical applications.rnThe newly developed HACOloft 2840 offers outstanding absorption properties, particularly inrnthe low-frequency range. Not only have the acoustic properties been improved compared tornconventional acoustic materials, a weight reduction of more than 50% has also beenrnachieved. These articles are particularly forward-looking because the emission levels inrnthe vehicles' interior are noticeably less than the limiting values. Further advantagesrninclude weight savings, recyclability and an increase in vehicle safety.rnrnrn

HACOflex 2930, a high quality foam/nonwoven composite, has been developed for automotivernseats. This product features excellent compression recovery and good drapability. Itrnsupplements the range of high quality padding materials made of breathable andrnclimatically-effective polyester nonwovens used as padding under leather or to laminate thernface fabric.rnrn

The company's business unit for other industrial applications proves its capabilities withrnproducts for the glass fiber-reinforced plastics industry. The assortment consists of arnbroadened range of products, including HACOloft PP coarse-fiber nonwovens (used as corernmaterials), HACOloft surface nonwovens (surfacing veils) based on PES and PAN as well asrnthe renowned absorptive, breathable nonwovens. New developments will also be presented forrnother applications covered by this business unit, e.g. in the construction sector and forrndecorating.rnrn

The furniture industry continues to be an important market for Ziegler. In addition torngrowth in the sales of high quality laminated nonwovens and nonwoven/foam composites, thisrnbusiness unit increased its turnover in Middle/Eastern Europe by intensifying its marketingrnactivities.rnrn

Roll goods producer Libeltex will be at Techtextil at Stand H39, Hall 3.1. The company'srnfocus will be on new developments in its Quiet Web product range, Libeltex's acousticrnnonwoven, which is used in many interior trim parts. Libeltex will also be exhibiting itsrnversatile range of filtration media. This will include the traditional quality range forrnHVAC and spraybooth filtration, as well as new developments in pleat filter media andrnliquid filtration. With six factories in Europe and three in the U.S., the nonwovens grouprnis one of the largest players in the market. Libeltex has been involved in nonwovensrnmanufacturing since 1945. Today, as a part of British Vita plc, the company has expandedrnrapidly from traditional markets into the technical segment focusing on automotive,rnfiltration, hygiene and industrial markets. As for its automotive business, Libeltexrndevelops nonwovens for interior trim applications, underbonnet and trunk parts. Libeltexrnsupplies some major automotive interior component manufacturers in Europe and the U.S.rnLibeltex Belgium became ISO/TS 16949 certified in November 2004, confirming itsrnprofessionalism towards Tier 1 and Tier 2 automotive suppliers.rnrn

Reliant Machinery Ltd., Chesham, Bucks, U.K., will be at Techtextil at Stand JO5, Hall 3.rnReliant has recently introduced its latest development in medium- to light-weightrnlaminating equipment, which incorporates its GOS system. Both the Excel and Coolstreamrnranges bring a new dimension to laminating and other bonding processes with theirrnrelatively low cost compared to other types of equipment as well as a high level ofrnflexibility. The Reliant GOS system allows a gap setting to be adjusted on the machine tornenable thicker and less flexible materials to be processed. It avoids crushing orrndistortion of the materials during processing and enables customers to handle a wide rangernof substrates. Reliant has also launched the latest version of the Coolstream laminator,rnwhich has an optional one meter internal cooling section. With its wide range of optionsrnfor power rating, the Coolstream can be used for lightweight materials through to medium-rnand heavyweight materials such as foam. Reliant also offers the Powerbond modularrnlaminating machinery range. The Powerbond is the only system on the market that offersrncustomers a machine to suit their specific requirements for laminating rather than tryingrnto fit their requirements to a specific machine. With an ability to engineer a machine withrnstandard heating and cooling zones in one meter sections, Reliant is able to offerrncustomers total flexibility in their choice of specifications in widths from one up tornthree meters as standard.rnrn

At Techtextil Stand C29, Hall 3.1, German roll goods producer Sandler will showcase itsrnlatest innovations. The company will present a range of innovative nonwovens for a varietyrnof technical applications, as well as products designed for the hygiene industry and wipesrnmarket. Once again, Sandler is using this fair as a platform to present new developments,rnproduct optimizations and unique solutions.rnrn

In the area of filters, the establishedrnsawascreen fine filter series is now available with a laminated pre-filter. Voluminous,rnneedlepunched polyester nonwovens and the particularly low-priced polypropylene nonwovens,rnthermally bonded using a special hotmelt process, make ideal pre-filter media. As a resultrnof this material composition, the dust holding capacity of the pocket filters produced isrn3-5 times higher than that of similar versions without pre-filters.rnrn

Coarse dust filterrnmedia from the sawaloom and sawaflor product groups are characterized by the use ofrnparticularly fine fiber compositions. The enlarged "inner surface" makes it possible tornmeet the requirements of grades G2 to F5, achieving particularly high dust holdingrncapacities.rnrn

A range of pleatable, self-supporting filter media from the sawascreen andrnsawaloom product ranges has been developed for the production of cartridge filters.rnFiber-based products made from needlepunched polyester nonwoven cover grades G2 to F5. Forrnhigher filter classes up to H10, Sandler manufactures fine filter media on a meltblownrnbase, also using sawascreen technology.rnrn

Sandler will also be presenting some innovativernproducts for special filter applications in the field of home care. These include syntheticrnvacuum cleaner bags, which are being used increasingly instead of conventional materials.rnThe major product advantages include resistance to moisture and bacteria, as well as depthrnfiltering properties. Established coarse and fine dust filters are used as pre-cut andrnpressed parts in cooker hoods and small air conditioning units.rnrn

In the automotive sector,rnSandler presents sawasorb absorbing nonwovens. These authentic polyester-based nonwovensrncover almost all applications for acoustically effective components in the automotivernindustry and are found in more than 30 vehicle models throughout Europe.rnrn

At this year'srnTechtextil, the focus will also be on new developments in the spunlace sawatex family forrnbaby wipes, wipes for the cosmetic industry, special hygiene products and household andrnall-purpose wipes. Depending on customers' wishes, nonwovens made from viscose, polyesterrnor polypropylene, as well as blends from such fibers under the name sawatex can bernmanufactured in basis weights of 40-120 g/m2.rnrn

In the hygiene area, Sandler will bernexhibiting an array of composites for special applications in baby diapers and femininernhygiene, as well as adult incontinence pads. Combining two or more functions in one productrnsimplifies production and reduces logistics costs. Nonwoven sheet laminates are used asrnbacksheets in baby diapers. Sawaflex is the brand name for these fully- or strip-laminatedrnmaterials.rnrn

German producer Tangerding Bocholt GmbH will present its most recent technical advances inrnthe filtration and automotive sectors at Stand E68, Hall 3.1. In the area of filtration,rnthe company will showcase highly efficient pre-filters, G2-F6 class filter media, recentlyrndeveloped pleatable F5 filter media for cabin air filtration (for passengers as well asrnheavy duty applications) and needled carded webs for liquid filtration (hydraulic andrncoalescer). In the automotive field, Tangerding Bocholt and Recytex Textilaufbereitung GmbHrnhave combined their technical know-how in the production of nonwovens and subsequentrnlamination.rnrn

At Stand D15, Hall 3, J.H. Ziegler GmbH & Co. KG, Achern, Germany, will present newrndevelopments in all of its business units. Last year, the corporate organization wasrnchanged from a regional structure into a business unit structure in order to provide morerncompetent application-oriented advisory service.rnrnrn

In the automotive business unit, the mainrnfocus is on products for acoustical applications. The newly developed HACOloft 2840 offersrnoutstanding absorption properties, particularly in the low-frequency range. Not only havernthe acoustic properties been improved compared to conventional acoustic materials, a weightrnreduction of more than 50% has also been achieved. These articles are particularlyrnforward-looking because the emission levels in the vehicles' interior are noticeably lessrnthan the limiting values. Further advantages include weight savings, recyclability and anrnincrease in vehicle safety.rnrn

HACOflex 2930, a high quality foam/nonwoven composite, has beenrndeveloped for automotive seats. This product features excellent compression recovery andrngood drapability. It supplements the range of high quality padding materials made ofrnbreathable and climatically-effective polyester nonwovens used as padding under leather orrnto laminate the face fabric.rnrn

The company's business unit for other industrial applicationsrnproves its capabilities with products for the glass fiber-reinforced plastics industry. Thernassortment consists of a broadened range of products, including HACOloft PP coarse-fiberrnnonwovens (used as core materials), HACOloft surface nonwovens (surfacing veils) based onrnPES and PAN as well as the renowned absorptive, breathable nonwovens. New developments willrnalso be presented for other applications covered by this business unit, e.g. in thernconstruction sector and for decorating.rnrn

The furniture industry continues to be an importantrnmarket for Ziegler. In addition to growth in the sales of high quality laminated nonwovensrnand nonwoven/foam composites, this business unit increased its turnover in Middle/EasternrnEurope by intensifying its marketing activities.