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Technische Textilien Lörrach GmbH & Co. KG (TTL) was founded 1838 in Lörrach, located in the Southwest of Germany, on the border with Switzerland and France. It has 43 employees and a turnover of €11 million ($12.8 million).
TTL entered the nonwovens market in the 1950s. “Woven products could not fulfill the requirements of industrial filtration anymore,” explains Roland Jaehn, CEO, TTL. “A new technology came up, which was needlefelt, made of synthetic fiber. The management of that time decided to invest in this technology as environmental protection was expected to become more and more important.”
During that time, he says, other industries were looking for products with properties that a needlefelt could provide such as temperature, chemical and mechanical resistant, highly dense, yet flexible textile cloth.
Currently, TTL develops, manufactures and sells needlefelt for technical applications. The company has three divisions: industrial filtration, industrial laundry and industrial textiles.
TTL’s customers are global OEMs and converters such as e.g. stitching companies in the filtration industry. “We target the premium segment of each market, giving the best service and speedy response,” says Jaehn.
The company’s needlefelt is made of synthetic fiber, such as polyester, polypropylene, acrylic, metaaramide, polyphenylenesulfide, polyimide and PTFE. The weight range is currently from 200 g/m² up to 4000 g/m², with a maximum width of 440 cm.
Recent news from the company is the investment of a needlepunch line supplied by Andritz Nonwoven, which is being installed this summer.
The scope of the order includes opening and blending equipment, Dynamic card, and crosslapper in combination with Andritz technology for drafting, needling, and unwinding/combining. Andritz will also supply the process control as well as the unique, closed-loop ProDyn system, thus providing continuous web monitoring and optimization of the end product.
The high-capacity Andritz needlepunch neXline eXcelle line will produce industrial textiles such as nonwoven felts made of different polymers like polyester, polypropylene, polyacrylnitrile, aramid, PPS, polyimide, and viscose. In addition, the line will be used to manufacture individual products for different dedicated technical applications, for example for protection against fire and heat and electrical industries.
This year, TTL also purchased a cutting machine, which Jaehn says will allow the company to satisfy the needs of existing and future customers.
Jaehn is optimistic about the future of the nonwovens industry. “All markets for nonwovens have been increasing for years and will continue to do so. Many companies have understood this a long time ago and entered the market. Newcomers will have a hard time to catch up with these companies, which have gathered a lot of experience over the years.”