At the fifth edition of the Asia Nonwovens Exhibition and Conference (ANEX) 2012, held for the first time in Korea this June 13-15, more than 200 exhibitors from 20 countries and regions will present their raw materials and nonwovens production machinery and equipment. Held on a three-year rotation cycle with IDEA in North America and INDEX in Europe, ANEX is one of the top three exhibitions in the nonwovens industry. Seoul, South Korea will host ANEX this year in more than 13,000 square meters of exhibition space at Exhibition Centre II of KINTEX. ANFA (Asia Nonwoven Fabrics Association) is organizing the exhibition.
Based on support from INDA (Association of the North American Nonwoven Fabrics Industry) and EDANA (Association of the European Nonwoven Industry), ANEX 2012 is arranging country pavilions including Japan, China and Taiwan.
Leading domestic corporations will be attending the show, such as Toray Advanced Materials Korea, Hyosung Corporation, Korea Vilene Co. Ltd, Baiksan, Sam Hwa Machinery Co. Ltd and WELCRON. Major foreign companies include A.Celli Nonwovens, Andritz, Asahi Kasei Fibers Co., Avgol, Bostik, Dow Chemical, Exxon Mobil, Fibertex Personal Care, First Quality, Freudenberg, Invista, Lenzing, Oerlikon, Reifenhauser Reicofil and US Pacific. More than 80% of the exhibitors are from overseas, exemplifying ANEX’s reputation as a leading international nonwovens business market.
Korea, the host country for ANEX 2012, is one of the world’s top producers of chemical fibers and woven fabrics, and is ranked seventh in the fiber exporting industry. The nonwovens industry in Korea has shown steady growth by conducting active research and development at a nonwoven industry specialized research center and putting constant effort into the development of various uses for nonwoven fabrics. Furthermore, the world’s textile industry has garnered attention due to the Korea-U.S. free-trade agreement and the Korea-EU Free Trade Agreement.
The Global Nonwoven Summit (GNS) and the ANFA General Meeting will be held in conjunction with the exhibition. There will be earnest discussion on the theme “Population and Nonwovens” and new technology trends will be discussed in-depth.
A.Celli Nonwovens sales and project managers will be attending and looking forward to welcoming visitors to stand C16. Winders and slitter-rewinders are A.Celli’s core business and therefore the team will greatly welcome the opportunity to discuss current, potential and future projects for winding and slitting needs. The company has more than 450 machines installed worldwide. Since its entry into the nonwovens industry in the early 1980s, A.Celli Nonwovens has delivered 250 in-line winders and 200 off-line slitter-rewinders, making the company the major supplier of winding and slitting equipment to leading nonwovens producers worldwide.
Airlaid Project Managers will be on call to welcome visitors who are interested in discussing the patented airlaid web forming technology known as Wingformer, which draws on the 65 years of experience in paper making machinery of its sister company, A.Celli Paper.
Anyone looking to increase the automation, control and efficiency of their production line is strongly recommended to make the most of being able to discuss the right Slittopack system for the job. A.Celli Nonwovens roll handling and packaging systems are custom built to integrate into the specific environment and interact with the machinery within it. The company has completed more than 30 projects since Slittopack was first introduced to the market in 2006. A.Celli Nonwovens has very rapidly established itself as a leading supplier of roll handling and packaging systems.
A.Celli Nonwovens now offers printing technology to offer the highest quality of printing onto different kinds of substrates including for nonwovens, PP/PE film and tissue with a wide range of basis weights. The printing technology is fully integrated with its multifunctional lines and can be integrated with blown/cast film lines. This technology enhances the process chain offering roll goods producers the possibility to add aesthetic benefits to their products to empower their brands with high definition designs and images.
Based on the comprehensive product and service offerings of Andritz Asselin-Thibeau, Andritz Küsters and Andritz Perfojet, international technology Group Andritz offers many years of experience and state-of-the-art technologies in the supply of complete nonwovens lines. The team of experts from Andritz will present latest developments and services at ANEX 2012.
In the spunlace sector, Andritz is the only machine manufacturer acting as system supplier and offering high-speed integrated production lines with unequalled energy efficiency ratio. The neXline spunlace—which includes the Excelle carding system, the Jetlace hydroentanglement process, the neXaqua dewatering unit, the Perfodry through-air dryer, and the neXcal twin embossing calender—provides a major competitive advantage to spunlace producers. The optimum solution for top-speed spunlace lines for commodity products is a combination of Excelle card and Jetlace Essentiel, producing lightweight spunlace at very high capacity and low MD/CD ratio. For new, developing markets, the combination of the Axcess carding machine and the Jetlace Avantage hydroentanglement process is a proven concept, designed to produce lightweight fabrics at low operating costs.
Andritz’s latest innovation in the cross-lapping technology for durables markets, the ACS system, is capable of handling bulky card webs when feeding a cross-lapper. The ProDyn technology guarantees uniformity of the web. Combined with the needleloom series A50, this solution provides a clear competitive edge for end users.
With the neXline finish, Andritz combines excellent technologies, from bonding to finishing, and meets the demand for reliable, first-class production equipment with significant added value. The process solutions dedicated to lightweight spunbond nonwovens for hygiene applications begin with the twin thermobonding calender and include dosing, application of hydrophilic surfactants, drying and process control. The spunjet system offers a new generation of nonwovens with superior fabric properties with regard to bulk, softness, drape and tensile strength. Andritz’s customers now have the opportunity to combine the spunjet technology with a thermal bonding calender in one line. Depending on the requirements of the final product, thermal bonding and/or hydroentanglement can be applied.
Combining the wetlaid and spunlace technologies has resulted in the neXline wetlace, producing fully biodegradable nonwovens with neither chemical additives nor thermal bonding. For Andritz, sustainability is a continuous driver for developing innovative processes. Andritz provides state-of-the-art technology to give customers a competitive edge while protecting the environment in the best possible way. Sustainable technologies, however, need life-cycle support to ensure top performance. For this reason, Andritz also offers comprehensive services including upgrades, rebuilds, spare and wear parts, audits, preventive maintenance and on-site support.
BICMA Hygiene Technologie GmbH
BICMA Hygiene Technologie GmbH is a well-known machine builder based in Germany. BICMA has been an expert in the hygiene market since 1995 and supplies a full range of machines, size kits and upgrades for manufacturing of adult and baby diapers, light incontinence products, feminine care products, underpads, meat pads, nursing pads and similar products.
BICMA has an excellent reputation for its customer-oriented attitude, competence in the hygiene market, flexibility and power of innovation. The company’s customer base is worldwide. BICMA is also known for selling not only standard machinery off the shelf, but for finding intelligent, customized solutions for the individual requirements of the customer.
BICMA machines and rebuilds are operating successfully worldwide. National leading branded companies, multinational global players and various sized private label manufacturers are all among the satisfied customers and long-term business partners of Bicma.
At ANEX 2012, BICMA’s team will present the company’s latest developments, including new adult diaper machinery for new and modern product concepts with add-on ears and zero waste as well as for shaped pads. New baby diaper machine generation runs up to 1000 modern diapers/minute or 520 meters/minute. This machine generation launched at INDEX 2011 implies several technological innovations and is also available for production of adult diapers, adult shaped pads, light incontinence and feminine care products.
BICMA will be showing its latest machine and equipment videos and product samples to interested customers and will discuss technical solutions for new projects in detail.
Birla Cellulose (Grasim Industries Ltd)
Consumers and brands are increasingly looking for environmentally sustainable products from the nonwovens industry, especially when it comes to disposable products like wipes. To help the nonwovens industry in offering more sustainable products to consumers, Birla Cellulose is making a variety of Viscose fibers to suit the wide range of applications such as wipes, medical, hygiene, filters and pads.
The company is a global leader in Viscose rayon fiber production and is producing more than 750,000 TPA of Viscose fibers at six different plants across Asia (India, Indonesia, Thailand and China). With additional capacities coming-up, production will increase to one million tons by 2015.
The fibers are made using wood pulp obtained from managed forests. The fibers offer excellent performance characteristics and are bio-degradable, the company says. Birla Cellulose offers fibers from 0.9 to 5 denier and also offers a large range of viscose spun dyed fiber shades. Birla cellulose also produces VSF specially designed for the nonwovens hygiene segment conforming to the globally recognized quality benchmarks and certification requirements.
Bostik’s hygiene adhesive experts from the region will be on hand at ANEX 2012 to answer questions, provide market insight and discuss solutions to industry challenges. As one of the world’s largest and best adhesive solution providers, Bostik enables businesses worldwide to enhance product performance and achieve proven cost savings. Bostik’s forward-thinking technology and formulation expertise has created an innovative product portfolio for disposable hygiene products. These include the industry’s premier olefin-based construction adhesives, Relyance; ZeroCreep, a unique rubber-based adhesive that provides unrivaled hold and stretch; and Securance, an innovative pad attachment adhesive that offers exceptional balanced performance.
Cotton Incorporated’s focus will be on the sustainability and versatility of cotton, a fiber that has fed and clothed the world for millennia. Different types of cotton fiber will be featured, including virgin, mechanically cleaned, gin motes, linters, scoured/bleached and recycled. A range of cotton nonwoven products made from these fibers will be on display. They will represent different applications in different industries, such as health and beauty, industrial and medical. Each will feature a flag indicating its country of origin, showing the universality of the world’s most abundant natural fiber. The company plans to give away swatch cards containing cotton nonwoven samples, data and analysis on the sustainability and biodegradability of cotton and brochures containing consumer market research.
The company’s new cotton nonwovens swatch card features materials made from virgin, mechanically cleaned and scoured and bleached cotton. Technologies include hydroentanglement, needlepunching and composites. Weights range from 30–250 g/m.
Dow Chemical Company
The Dow Chemical Company will showcase its diverse and innovative product portfolio for the hygiene and medical markets. Dow’s theme at ANEX 2012 is “Stronger Together” and focuses on the value of Dow and its customers and other key stakeholders collaborating on delivering the solutions of tomorrow. The company’s key hygiene and medical product technology segments include back sheets, nonwoven fibers, elastic components, sealants, binders, additives and dispersants for use in diapers, wipes and other personal hygiene and medical end-use products. With its global market focus, broad product offering and strong commitment to innovation, Dow Hygiene and Medical engages partners along the value chain to help develop cost-efficient, innovative solutions that align with current and future industry trends as well as marketplace needs in both developed and emerging economies.
Dow will have a technical seminar in the afternoon of June 13th (first day of ANEX) focusing on ASPUN fiber-grade resins that offer excellent softness, cloth-like feel and drape for ultimate comfort and fit in hygiene absorbent products. These materials are expected to be well suited for both monocomponent and bicomponent fiber applications. Dow is also focused on Infuse, a differentiated range of soft and elastic polymers that offer excellent comfort and body fit.
Fibertex Personal Care
Fibertex Personal Care supplies nonwovens for applications in diapers, feminine hygiene and incontinence care products. From its facilities in Denmark and Malaysia, the company manufactures and delivers innovative nonwoven solutions to converters around the world. Customers constantly challenge the company to think differently, and an integrated research and development effort across continents keeps Fibertex Personal Care moving forward.
The company is committed to serving its customers and, in response to growing demand, has invested in a state-of-the-art Reicofil SMMS line in Malaysia, only a few months after its latest expansion with a Reicofil SSS line began operation. With these investments, the production facility in Malaysia will reach a total capacity of 70,000 tons.
Fibertex Personal Care’s three product categories, Comfort, Elite and Dual, each offer unique properties such as low basis weight, high barrier strength and ultimate softness.
At ANEX, the company will be showcasing its wall of softness and offering more information on the distinct new soft materials and Topsheet solutions.
ANEX visitors will have the chance to share the combined knowledge of five of the world’s leading providers of nonwovens and filtration solutions: Japan Vilene Company, Korea Filtration Technologies, Korea Vilene Company, Freudenberg Filtration Technologies and Freudenberg Nonwovens. These five companies have chosen to present their products and services in a way that focuses on how they combine their specialist expertise to provide individually customized local solutions for global markets.
The Freudenberg stand is divided into four segments, surrounding a central “Innovation Zone.” Each segment focuses on examples of holistic solutions that the five companies have created in the fields of health, environment, comfort and industry. These solutions are put into context in the “Success Stories Zone,” showing how they have delivered specific customer value in each segment (e.g., the development of PAP/Transdermal base material for the health sector, environmentally friendly Ni-MH battery separators, new materials for cable wrapping and major engineering projects and turbomachinery filter solutions).
Advanced products and services planned include nonwovens for the very latest nanotechnology, nanofiber materials for cell culture, Li-Ion battery separators, automotive carpets and nano filter bags, as well as a comprehensive range of EPA and HEPA filters.
Hangzhou Creator Machinery Manufacture Co Ltd
Hangzhou Creator Machinery Manufacture is a high-tech specialized designer and manufacturer of equipment for sanitary products. The company produces adult diaper production lines, baby diaper production lines and female care production lines. Creator offers training programs, technical support to customers to optimize and also improve the efficiency of machinery and production lines.
Hangzhou New Yuhong Machinery Co Ltd
Hangzhou New Yuhong Machinery specializes in producing baby diaper machines, sanitary napkins and panty liner machines. Its annual production capacity is one of the largest in China. New Yuhong exports machines to Indonesia, Vietnam, Russia, Iran, Malaysia and Africa. The company also sells good quality second hand machines.
Heng Chang Machinery Co Ltd
Heng Chang Machinery manufactures production lines for disposable hygiene products. Its production capacity is one of the largest in China. Heng Chang has a 110,000-square-meter plant, more than 400 staff and 100 advanced machining equipments. The company is able to produce 60 machines a year. Heng Chang also exports machines to Europe, America, Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
For many years, Ibis has offered different filter configurations. The most popular of these has been the traditional drum filter with “clean floor” design followed by a self-cleaning cartridge filter. The company has refined its design of one of these configurations under the new name “G-3,” and will be featuring the new design at ANEX.
When exceptionally clean air is required for recirculation within the production area and/or exhausted to the local atmosphere, Ibis has developed the G-3 concept that offers a high level of filtration efficiency while addressing the issues associated with OSHA, CE, ATEX, FM, NFPA and other safety and environmental directives. The G-3 is based on the design principle of “Capture & Contain,” eliminating the use of compressed air cleaning, residual dust and any/all electrical components or other possible sparking components in the air stream.
The dependable and time tested Ibis rotary drum filter remains as stage number one. The stage number one drum filter is an “evacuation” of dust/particulate with minimal accumulation. The “G-3” concept filter is comprised of two pocket type filter walls. The first wall (stage 2) is a pocket filter that is approximately 80% efficient to 5 micron followed by a second wall (stage 3) of pleated bag filters that are 95% efficient to 1 micron.
KNH has offered a vertical integrated service to customers for more than 40 years, including nonwoven and finished products such as feminine sanitary pads, wipes, adult incontinent care and baby diapers. At ANEX, in addition to its nonwoven and personal care product portfolio, KNH will also show:
• 100% cotton spunlace made of 100% cotton, natural, eco-friendly—a new alternative for surface layer or wipes;
• 2-in-1 air through—excellent rewet test result, perfect for surface layer choice;
• Polymer Sheet—light weight absorbent sheet, thin but with superb absorbency according to needs, can be used as absorbent core for hygiene products or as light absorbent pad for all purposes.
Sustainability continues to be a key global topic influencing purchasing decisions throughout the supply chain. The careful selection of raw materials like fibers is the first step toward green products. By choosing Lenzing fibers, consumers make sure to use products that combine performance, comfort and environmental responsibility from the very beginning.
Changing environmental conditions, seasonal climate changes and stress may irritate skin on a daily basis. Tencel is ideally suited for sensitive applications such as wipes, facemasks and hygiene products. The smooth and gentle surface of Tencel not only creates a silky feeling but also provides an optimized liquid management for its end uses. Lenzing fibers are pure and due to their botanic origin wood, they fully biodegrade after use.
Established in 1990 by Dr. Min-Sheng, Mytrex Company is based in Taoyuan, Taiwan and received ISO 9001:2008 approval in 2010. The company has more than 20 years of production experience in meltblown media. Myrtex currently has five meltblown lines in its factory, processing up to 1.1 to 1.6 meters wide. The company specializes in thermal insulation, acoustical insulation and liquid and air filtration. Myrtex uses the TSI 8130 to conduct pressure drops and filtration efficiency quality control. At ANEX 2012, Myrtex will display numerous applications of meltblown nonwovens, including medical masks (BFE 99%) and NOISH/EN149 industrial respirators; HEPA/HVAC filter media; and a production series for elastic thermal insulation and acoustical insulation.
Nanliu Enterprise Co. Ltd.
Nanliu Enterprise will be launching its new “PowerTec” fabric at ANEX 2012. This is a new approach involving multiple nonwovens technologies. The result is a mix of high strength, absorption and adsorption aimed at producers of different types of wipes. Moreover, Nanliu will be exhibiting its vast range of spunlace fabrics for producers of consumer and of industrial low-lint wipes. Also on display will be the SilkSoft woodpulp/polyester liquid barrier fabric for surgical gowns and drapes. The fabric is produced on Asia’s largest production line for such fabric and is now successfully sold on all continents. Additionally, Nanliu will show its air-through and thermalbond fabrics, as well as finished wet wipes products.
NatureWorks/US Pacific Nonwovens
The latest developments in nonwoven applications for Ingeo biopolymer, a low-carbon-footprint polymer made from renewable plant material, not oil, will be on display in the NatureWorks/US Pacific Nonwovens booth, including a range of final products demonstrating the commercial reality of Ingeo.
Over the last few years, significant advances have been made with both spunbond and meltblown fabrics. These advances, combined with the broad range of commercially available Ingeo staple fiber products provide real options to satisfy growing consumer desires for more products with green credentials and positive environmental impact, without sacrificing performance.
The array of Ingeo nonwoven innovations will be on display at ANEX, and the NatureWorks team will be available to discuss how Ingeo nonwovens can be incorporated into your products. US Pacific Nonwovens is NatureWorks Asia-Pacific agent for sales into spunmelt nonwovens applications.
TechAdhesion Systems Ltd
TechAdhesion specializes in manufacturing hot melt adhesive application systems for various uses, such as disposable sanitary products production, packaging, labeling and paper converting. Its core products are piston pumps and gear pumps, hot melt spray equipment, PUR hot melt equipment and component unit systems.
TechAdhesion has two registered trademarks (Chinese and English versions) and eight patented technologies. Its products pass CE certification and get approved by ISO9001-2000. Working with Hallys, a Japanese company, TechAdhesion develops a series of advanced Full Servo/PLC hot melt adhesive equipment and gear-driven heads particularly for high end customers.
Tapyrus Co., Ltd
Founded in 1987, Tapyrus Co., Ltd is a Japanese meltblown nonwovens manufacturer that provides high quality nonwovens with its in-house developed technology. The company’s nonwovens composed of ultrafine fiber realize well filterability and texture and are used in a wide range of application areas, including liquid filters, air filters, battery separators, capacitor separators, coalescers, medical products, HVAC, HEPA, cabin air filters, acoustics, water purifiers, coffee filters and household products.
The company will be introducing two new products at ANEX 2012: Ultrafine nonwovens with average fiber diameter of 500 nm developed for liquid filters and air filters; Long-life filter medias with super ample porosity realized with a new unique technology by mixing coarse and ultrafine fibers. Additionally, nonwovens with a variety of engineering thermoplastic materials such as nylon, PBT, PPS, PEEK, PLA, PGA will be introduced, including PP.