“Our mother company was founded in 1892. Since 2000 we have produced spunbond materials for our own roofing products. In 2015, the new company Multitexx formed to also offer these spunbonds to other companies,” says Michael Mertens, Multitexx’s key account manager for nonwovens.
He says the company’s key markets—the building industry, automotive industry and filtration industry—are performing excellently.
Multitexx has more than 10 years of experience manufacturing PET spunbonds using a Reicofil 3 spunbond line. Its thermally bonded nonwovens are available in various square weights that are up to 3200mm wide.
The materials are made directly from granular feedstock material in an integrated process. In this closed process, polymers are converted into continuous filaments by melting and drawing; the filaments are then deposited on a conveyor belt in the form of a random fiber mat. Filaments are produced and deposited in a single operation, and thermal bonding is achieved in a calender exclusively through pressure and temperature, without any chemicals being used.
Multitexx spunbonds are universal in application and economical to process; on request, they may be stabilized for specific applications, and they are available in many colors. Key performance characteristics for its PET spunbonds include large square-weight bandwidth from 30 to 150gsm; high tear strength and elongation at the break; good temperature resistance; very little shrinkage; filament fineness 2.5 dtex, equivalent to 2.25 Denier and large square-weight bandwidth from 17 to 85gsm. For its PP spunbonds, the materials are available in large square-weight bandwidth from 17 to 85gsm; optional flame-retardant finish and filament fineness 2 dtex, equivalent to 1.8 Denier. Both materials are available in various roll diameters, adapted to customers’ requirements between 800 and 1200mm.
As a new company, Mertens is optimistic about Multitexx’s opportunities in the nonwovens industry. “It seems to me that a lot of people were waiting for our PET nonwoven,” he says. “I got a lot of positive feedback to our product quality, so for us, the time to enter the market is perfect.”