Oerlikon Entering Strategic Partnership in High-Growth Disposable Nonwovens Market

The Manmade Fibers segment of the Swiss Oerlikon Group is entering into a strategic partnership with Teknoweb Materials s.r.l. of Italy, with an aim at extending the nonwovens production systems portfolio to include the high-growth market for disposable nonwovens.

The two companies have come to an agreement in principle on establishing a new jointly owned company. This is expected to be completed within the next few weeks. With this development, Oerlikon strengthens the Oerlikon Neumag nonwovens systems business within the Manmade Fibers segment, and expands into the attractive disposable nonwovens market.

Teknoweb Materials is an established technology provider focusing on nonwovens used in disposable products. The company has in the form of Arvell technology, its own patented and particularly energy-efficient manufacturing process, with which wipes can be produced using an efficient spunbond-airlaid nonwovens process instead of the complex carded-spunlace process.

The Arvell technology dispenses with hydroentanglement and subsequent drying, which results in considerable energy and hence cost savings for customers. Together with Oerlikon Neumag’s know-how and equipment for manufacturing technical nonwovens (durable nonwovens), both companies will in the future occupy a significant position within the nonwovens production solutions market. The newly created, combined technology platform offers considerable synergy potentials and the ideal prerequisites for launching innovative products.

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