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DUELMEN - Trützschler Nonwovens & Man-Made Fibers has embarked on a joint venture with Italian textile machinery manufacturer Texnology to offer complete production lines for needlepunched nonwovens under a new brand called T-SUPREMA.

Web bonding with steel needles represents the largest production process in the drylaid nonwovens segment. The areas of application are predominantly of a technical nature, with the largest applications being durable geotextiles, automotive textiles and filter media.

The high adaptability of the needling and finishing processes as well as the broad material base result in a large number of different end products. Needle-punching is suitable for a wide range of man-made and natural fibres including mineral and high-performance fibres.

Trützschler Nonwovens says it is contributing its many years of experience in fibre preparation and web forming to the cooperation while Texnology will mainly be responsible for the needlepunching process.

"With Texnology, we have an innovative and reliable partner at our side. The company already sets an important course in the field of needle-punching machines through excellent and patented solutions," said Klaus Wolf, Managing Director of Trützschler Nonwovens. “Trützschler Nonwovens is returning to needle-punching solutions. In the partnership, we are able to serve this interesting market segment with precisely fitting production lines. With T-SUPREMA needle-punching becomes as easy as never before."

Nicola and Paolo Olivo, owners of Texnology S.r.l., also see the joint activities as key opportunity: "Texnology has developed its own needling technology with patents and profound know-how. Collaborating with a well-known, globalized company like Trützschler Nonwovens will significantly increase our target group," they said.

A first joint project has already been successfully completed, implemented and put into operation.

Texnology offers a number of systems for the nonwovens industry. The company develops and manufactures next-generation needle looms, web drafters, profiling systems and high speed crosslapper systems. With the X1 series for entry level; X2 series for high performance and X3 series for very high performance / end product differentiation lines, Texnology says it is able to supply a broad range of projects and budgets.

The Texnology site in Fontaniva, Italy, offers a show room with a complete needlepunching line for in-depth trials with customers’ materials.

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