Textile Technology section
Fitesa: capacity expansion in Brazil and other regions
More information about new equipment and debottlenecking/upgrade projects that will increase the company’s capacity by 55,000 tons/year has been announced by Fitesa, Porto Alegre/Brazil.
Latin America will lead the capacity expansion with a new multi-beam Reicofil 5 line to be installed in Cosmópolis/Brazil. Construction is in an advanced stage and the line will arrive in July 2021. In Gravataí/Brazil, one upgraded and redesigned meltblown line has already begun to produce N95 meltblown grades and help the fight against Covid-19. In addition, one additional state-of-the-art Reicofil meltblown equipment is being assembled to start before the end of 2020. The total investment in the region will increase production capacity by 30,000 tons/year and triple the company’s pure meltblown supply availability.
Stand-alone meltblown capacity is also being added in other regions, with new machine start-ups coming on stream in November 2020 at the plant in Trezzano Rosa/Italy, by December 2020 in Peine/Germany and in January 2021 in Simpsonville, SC/USA.
Furthermore, Fitesa is adding projects to increase production volumes, modernize the assets, and enhance the flexibility. As a result, in Q2 and Q3/2021 another 20,000 tons/year of spunmelt capacity will become available to continue serving the healthcare and hygiene markets.
Existing projects include the acquisition of Freudenberg Hygiene Brazil, Fiber Dynamics and Tredegar Personal Care, as well as the start-up of a new Reicofil 5 in November 2020 in Thailand, which all together adds an additional 130,000 tons/year to the company’s portfolio.
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Freudenberg: 50 years of innovation in Kaiserslautern
For 50 years, innovative technologies have been produced and developed by the Freudenberg Group, Weinheim/Germany, at its production site in Kaiserslautern/German.
With 600 employees from the Business Groups (BGs) Freudenberg Performance Materials (FPM), Freudenberg Filtration Technologies (FFT) and Freudenberg Medical (FM), work and innovative technologies have been produced and developed here, such as technical nonwovens for the manufacture of high-quality face masks, a new sensor technology for the production of medical silicone tubing, or innovative cabin air filters for the global automotive industry.
In 1970 Freudenberg signed the purchase agreement for the property together with BASF SE, Ludwigshafen/Germany, in order to produce spunlaid nonwovens as a joint venture. In 1975, Freudenberg took over the company and continuously expanded production.
In 1990, a re-granulation plant was put into operation for recycling spunlaid nonwovens. Nonwovens for the manufacturing of filters have also been produced on the meltblown plant since 1998. FPM opened another re-granulation plant in 2013, which is used to recycle nearly 100% of the start-up scrap and edge strips from daily production. A new logistics center for cabin air filters was opened in 2014 by FFT.
Moreover, the company has twice received the Rhineland-Palatinate (Germany) state prize for the employment of severely disabled people, most recently in 2016.
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