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Report | June 2014

3 join hands to kick off flushable nonwoven project

Albaad Corp of Israel, Trützschler Nonwovens & Man-Made fibres GmbH and Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG teamed up to realise an innovative technology for flushable nonwovens.

Albaad, a producer of nonwovens and nonwoven products, independently developed an innovative confidential technology of flushable fabrics (by EDANA/INDA definitions for flushability) with proofed advantages versus the existing technologies - product wise and operational wise. Following a three year product development process and successful feasibility proofs for a range of flushable materials, Albaad specified its requirements for commercialisation and considered the most advanced solutions offered by the leading equipment supplier groups. A thorough technological assessment lead to Albaads decision to choose both Voith Paper and Trützschler Nonwovens as technology partners for the new project.

The three year development project was driven by the increasing demand for environmental-friendly products and demonstrates Albaads ecological responsibility as a leading manufacturer of wipes.

By this investment Albaad aspires to secure its position as the leading Moist Toilet Paper producer globally. The line will be established in Dimona, Israel, and will start operating next year. A wide variety of flushable nonwovens will enable customisation by the different needs of customers and to the changing market demands.

Both Voith Paper and Trützschler Nonwovens & Man-Made fibres are very proud to be part of Albaads demanding project. This new production line will open a door into 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 together. Both the HydroFormer, Voith Papers wet laying machine, and Trützschler Nonwovens spunlacing unit, the AquaJet, are highly productive as well as highly efficient solutions that have proven themselves 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 further reduces production costs. The three companies believe that the new nonwoven line will be the most advanced line in the world for flushable nonwovens technology.

Albaad Corp

Albaad, founded in 1986, is one of the worlds leading hygiene products manufacturer with approx 1,700 employees in 7 sites in Israel, Germany, the U.S. and Poland. The public company traded in the Israel stock exchange develops, manufactures and markets wet wipes, FemHy and adult incontinence products for the worlds biggest retailers, as well as contract manufacturing for branded customers. In the wet wipe market Albaad Is unique by having full in-house capabilities for the production of both nonwoven rolls and converted products.

Trützschler

Trützschler, founded in 1888, is one of the worlds leading textile machinery manufacturers with approx 3,000 employees. The traditional family-owned company specialises in machines, installations and accessories for spinning preparation, nonwovens and man-made fibre industry. Trützschler Nonwovens is part of Trützschler Nonwovens & Man-Made fibres and was created through the merger of the long-established Fleissner, Erko and Bastian companies.

Here, 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

Voith Paper is a division of the Voith Group and the leading partner to and pioneer in the paper industry. Through constant innovations, Voith Paper is optimising the paper manufacturing process, focusing on developing resource-saving products to reduce the use of energy, water, and fibres. Voi

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