Grover, NC 28073
Tel. 704-457-3003 / 336-905-0171
Established in 2016, Uniquetex, LLC, is a joint venture between Foshan Nanhai Beautiful Nonwoven Co. Ltd. and Wenzhou Chaolong Textile Machinery Co., Ltd (CL Enterprise), both based in China. Situated on 100 acres of land, Uniquetex manufactures in a 360,000 square foot building in Grover, NC.
Beautiful Nonwoven and Chaolong Textile Machinery have been collaborating and partnering with each other since the late 1990s. Beautiful Nonwoven specializes in producing and converting to final finished nonwoven products, while Chaolong Textile Machinery specializes in designing, manufacturing and assembling production lines with parts provided by top-notch engineering firms around the world from Germany and Italy. Chaolong Textile Machinery also specializes in controlling systems and now has many know-how technologies, authorized patents and software patents.
According to Dwight Fillers, VP of sales, Uniquetex, both companies were looking to expand their businesses overseas, particularly in North America, which accounts for the largest nonwoven market size in the world. By collaborating and partnering, the two companies have been able to engineer and streamline the nonwovens manufacturing processes, tailor and customize nonwoven machinery and production to meet specific customer needs, and greatly advance nonwoven technologies and manufacturing processes to produce differentiated and value-added nonwoven materials.
Uniquetex’s first two spunmelt lines were installed in the first half of this year, and over the second quarter the company focused on machine validation and product qualification with the 100+ customers it has already established. Full production will start up in the second half of 2018. The site also houses a fully functioning testing lab with a research & development team equipped to test, qualify and verify everything manufactured, including raw materials.
With an investment totaling $31.6 million, Uniquetex is expected to operate six manufacturing lines within the next five years. By the third quarter of this year, Uniquetex will be producing over 10,000 metric tons of SS and SMS engineered nonwoven fabrics and specialized composites annually, which will target industrial, medical, hygiene markets and technical specialties.
Since its founding, Uniquetex has made considerable progress in terms of establishing and expanding its customer database, providing samples and sending quotes to customers, exhibiting at various trade shows, analyzing market trends and developing its marketing and sales plan. “Our strategy is to identify key customers that can utilize our unique and differentiated technologies and products such as integrated converting capabilities from nonwoven roll goods to post-treatment from cut-sewing to finished package products, and our newly launched elastic nonwovens, as well as composites to bring more value and offer an innovative solution to our customers in industrial, hygiene, medical and specialty applications,” says Fillers.
In the future, the company will consider installing finishing and converting lines to expand the manufacturing capabilities that allow it to engineer and make structured composites and value-added products for specific applications.
Uniquetex has its own proprietary spunmelt technology that can offer finer fiber denier extrusion for superior softness and great comfort to meet the market demand, especially in hygiene and medical markets, Fillers says. “Our nonwovens technology also provides us with the flexibility and cost-effective way to make elastic nonwovens and engineer the products to meet specific customer needs. Combined with the two parent companies’ technical expertise and integrated nonwoven manufacturing process from machinery customization to roll goods production, and from converting/treating to final finished products, we are confident in gaining market share and establishing Uniquetex in the global market for a bright future.”