For Oerlikon Nonwoven, IDEA, taking place until March 28th in Miami Beach, Florida, U.S., kicked off with the signing of a contract.
The customer, a renowned European meltblown specialist, invested in a two-beam, stand-alone meltblown system from the Neumünster-based plant manufacturer in order to meet strongly increasing demand.
In the future, the system will be deployed to manufacture meltblown nonwovens for various applications, especially from the filtration and wipes sectors. Commercial production launch is scheduled for the first half of 2020.
The market for meltblown nonwovens is growing by an average of 6% per annum. Oerlikon Nonwoven meltblown technology enables cost-efficient manufacture of high-end meltblown and SMS (spunbond-meltblown-spunbond) products. Stand-alone mono-component and bi-component meltblown plants produce nonwovens for a whole range of filtration, insulation and sorption applications. As ‘plug & produce’ installations in already existing and new third-party composite systems, meltblown technology is deployed for a whole range of medical and hygiene products. This solution permits cost-efficient upgrading of new or existing spunbond systems, and offers nonwovens manufacturers access to markets with especially high-quality requirements. In addition to standard polymers, such as polyester and polypropylene, promising polymers such as fluoropolymers can also be optimally processed.