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GRAZ - International technology group Andritz will be presenting its latest nonwovens and textile solutions at ITME 2022, which takes place in Greater Noida, India, from 8th-13th of December.

The broad Andritz product portfolio covers state-of-the-art nonwovens and textile production technologies, such as air-through bonding, airlay, needlepunch, spunlace, spunbond, wetlaid/Wetlace, converting, textile finishing, recycling, and natural fiber processing.

With the acquisition of Andritz Laroche SAS, Andritz has expanded its product portfolio to include airlay and recycling technology as well as bast fibre processing technologies. Complete recycling lines for post-consumer and industrial textile waste to produce fibres for re-spinning and/or nonwoven end-uses are one focus of this product range.

As Andritz notes, customer awareness and regulations are forcing clothing brands to recycle their textile waste in their own products. Recycled fibres can also be used in several nonwoven processes such as airlay for various applications, for example in the automotive industry, for insulation, mattresses, and furniture felts.


The strong increase of nonwovens in the automotive sector in recent years has also also opened up new opportunities in the filtration industry. Based on decades of experience, Andritz develops cost-efficient and reliable turnkey needlepunch and airlay lines.

The recent boom in the market for durable nonwoven products led Andritz to develop its PA3000 elliptical cylinder pre-needler to meet the demand for higher capacities and lighter products. This state-of-the-art equipment consists of an optimized cylinder pre-needler for the production of light batts up to 6.75m width and provides greater speed (up to 18m /min depending on desired width). As a result the web layers are stitched together with optimum cohesion to maintain the web surface evenness, minimizing the risk of cloud formation, as is the case with other pre-needler designs.

In addition, the automotive industry is shifting its focus to green technologies, and this has a direct impact on the properties of nonwoven parts in vehicles. Andritz SDV2+2 double velour needleloom can indeed process composite velour fabrics and offer latex-free use for more recyclability and sustainability, strongly contributing to an environmentally friendly approach.

Moreover, using Andritz’s expertise in needlepunch processes and web profiling know-how (new ProWin), manufacturers can provide the most suitable fabrics for this industry’s requirements and maximize ROI (with significant fibre savings of up to 5%), the company says.

Moreover, the airlay technology also plays a major role in durable nonwovens, such as in the automotive industry, building insulation, carpet underfelt, the mattress industry, and furniture applications.

Elsewhere, Andritz airlay solutions have been designed to form mats from all types of fibres, from short, recycled fibres to long and coarse natural fibres, and from blends with non-fibrous components, and many more.

Customers are also welcome to conduct trials together with the Andritz team and compare the different options available in the technical center for needlepunch processes at Andritz Asselin-Thibeau in Elbeuf, France, and/or on the airlay pilot line at Andritz Laroche in Cours, France.


Andritz also offers various nonwoven processes to produce best and cost-effective wipes, like spunlace, Wetlace and Wetlace CP. Andritz also accompanies nonwoven producers in the move to sustainability with the aim of reducing or eliminating plastic components while maintaining the high quality of the desired product properties. This applies to all types of sustainable wipes, such as flushable, biodegradable, bio-sourced, carded-pulp or standard carded wipes. The latest development in this field is the ANDRITZ neXline wetlace CP line, which integrates the card-pulp (CP) process. This is a fully engineered production line combining the benefits of drylaid and wetlaid technologies to produce a new generation of biodegradable wipes.

Andritz also welcomes nonwovens producers to its spunlace technical centre at Andritz Perfojet in Montbonnot, France. The technical center has been upgraded just recently with an inline pulp formation system and, according to Andritz, is now the most advanced nonwovens test center for wipes worldwide.

At ITME, Andritz can be found in hall 12, booth A22.


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