First investment in the new technology for flushable nonwovens
Israel’s Albaad Corp., Trützschler Nonwovens & Man-Made Fibres GmbH and Voith Paper GmbH & Co. KG (both German) partnered to realise an innovative technology investment for flushable nonwovens
Albaad, a producer of nonwovens and nonwoven products, independently developed an innovative confidential technology of flushable fabrics (by EDAMA/INDA definitions for flushability) with proofed advantages versus the existing technologies, both in view to product and production. Following a three year product development process and successful feasibility showed the potential for a range of flushable materials. The company specified its requirements for commercialisation and considered the most advance solutions offered by a leading equipment supplier group. A thorough technological assessment was leading to the decision to choose both Voith Paper and Trützschler Nonwovens as technology partners for the new project.
The Israeli company aims with the investment to secure its position as the leading Moist Toilet Paper producer globally. The line will be established in Dimona, Israel, and will start operation in 2015. A wide variety of flushable nonwovens will enable customisation by the different requirements of customers and to the changing market demands.
Albad was founded in 1986 and is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of hygiene products, employing 1700 persons in seven sites in Israel, Germany, the U.S. and Poland. The public traded company at the Israel Stock Exchange, develops, manufactures and markets wet wipes, FemHy and adult incontinence products for the world’s biggest retailers, as well as contract manufacturing for branded customers.
In the wet wipe sector, Albaad is unique by having full in-house capabilities for the production of both nonwoven rolled and converted products.
Both Voith Paper and Trützschler Nonwovens & Man-Made Fibres are very honoured to participate in Albaad’s demanding project. The new production line will open the door to the high potential field of wetlaid and spunlaced nonwovens. The fast growing segment of flushable materials is an ideal field to bring both technologies nearer. Both the HydroFormer, Voith Paper’s wet laying machine, and Trützschler Nonwovens’ spunlacing unit, the AquaJet, are highly productive and are offering efficient solutions already proven in dozens of installations all over the world. Moreover, the energy conscious Streamliner drying system makes its entry into a wet-in-wet production line and by further reducing production costs.
The three companies believe that the new nonwoven line will be the most advanced line for flushable nonwovens technology in the world.
Trützschler, founded in 1888, is – according to in-house information, one of the world’s leading textile machinery manufacturers employing around 3000 persons. The traditional family owned company specialises in machines, installations and accessories for spinning preparation, nonwovens and manmade fibre industry. Trützschler Nonwovens forms part of Trützschler Nonwovcens & Man-Made Fibres and was created through the merger with the long established Fleissner, Erko and Bastian companies. Through its offerings, manufacturers around the globe can find solutions for the entire nonwovens process chain, from bale opening, fibre blending, bonding, finishing and winding, as well as for manmade fibre installations.
Voith Paper is a division of the Voith Group and the leading partner and pioneer to the paper industry. Through constant innovations, Voith Paper is optimising paper manufacturing process, focusing on developing resource saving products to reduce the use of energy, water and fibres.
Voith (founded in 1867) is setting standards in the markets of energy, oil and gas, paper, raw materials, as well as transportation and automotive. Voith group employs nearly 42000 persons, generates sales in the order of EUR 5.7 billion and operates in some 50 countries around the world, and forms today one of the biggest family-owned companies in Europe.