Machinery specialist Andritz has received an order to supply a new Jetlace nonwovens production line for Precot Meridian, Coimbatore, India. The line will produce spunlace fabrics for the hygiene and medical industries and is scheduled to start up in the first quarter of 2013.The investment includes a complete Andritz Perfojet Jetlace line, a unit for the production of customized fabrics with patterns and logos as well as a high-efficiency filtration system designed for specialized fibers and fiber recycling equipment.
Precot Meridian, a leading manufacturer of yarn and fabrics with annual revenues of more than $120 million, announced its intention to diversify into nonwovens this spring. At the time of the announcement, executives indicated plans to become an important player in the cosmetic pad market with a new nonwovens operation in the southern state of Karnataka in India. “This greenfield project will be an integrated plant, with processing, nonwovens lines and finishing machines. Major machinery has been ordered and Precot will start with trial production of cotton pads in January 2013,” says Ashok Kulkarni, CEO of the new division.