Textile Technology section
Oerlikon: Manmade Fibers Segment on track despite pandemic
The Manmade Fibers Segment of Oerlikon Management AG, Pfäffikon/Switzerland, delivered a resilient performance despite the corona virus pandemic, driven by the recovery of the filament equipment business in China and a diversified portfolio in products such as nonwovens, staple fibers, polycondensation and smart factory solutions.
In the 2nd quarter (Q2) of 2020, a significant increase in order intake was recorded, attributed to a quick recovery in demand in China and the rest of Asia and the increasing demand for the nonwoven meltblown systems used in face mask production. For the half-year H1/2020, the man-made fibers business booked more than CHF 500 million in order intake and is on track to fulfill its delivery schedules for 2020.
Sales declined by 22.8% in Q2/2020, mainly due to the extraordinarily high sales volume in Q2/2019. At constant exchange rates, sales declined by 17.7% to CHF 264 million. Sales in China were stable in Q2/2020 year-over-year, affirming the recovery in China from the shutdowns in Q1/2020. EBIT was CHF 30 million or 12.1% of sales (Q2/2019: CHF 51 million; 15.7%).
The nonwovens market is anticipated to continue developing positively, as many countries strive to become more strategically autonomous for items deemed critical.
Oerlikon: electro-charging unit rounds off filter nonwovens systems
Spunbond and meltblown materials can be electrostatically charged to improve their filter performance. The ecuTEC+ electro-charging unit from the Nonwoven BU of the Manmade Fibers segment of Oerlikon Management AG, Pfäffikon/Switzerland, is part of the delivery scope of all meltblown systems currently sold for the manufacture of protective mask nonwovens.
The patented solution is characterized by its high flexibility: ecuTEC+ stands out above all as a result of its diverse applications, which can be electro-charged. Nonwovens manufacturers can freely choose between numerous variation options and set the optimal charging method and intensity for their specific filter applications. Additionally, EPA and HEPA-class filter media can also be manufactured using the ecuTEC+.
This meltblown technology, with which among other things nonwovens for respiratory masks can also be manufactured, is recognized as being a technically very efficient method for producing highly-separating filter media made from man-made fibers. The capacities for respiratory masks available in Europe to date are predominantly manufactured on Oerlikon Nonwoven systems.
Oerlikon: largest single industrial yarn order to China
From the end of 2020, the yarn manufacturer Fujian Billion Polymerization Technology Industrial Co., Ltd. (FBPT), Jinjiang, Quangzhou/China, will be producing industrial yarns using systems supplied by Oerlikon Barmag, Remscheid/Germany, a subsidiary of the Oerlikon Manmade Fibers segment of Oerlikon Management AG, Pfäffikon/Switzerland.
Thus the company – considered to be the largest polyester yarn manufacturer in southern China – is now also entering the industrial yarn market. With 124 positions and a capacity of around 250,000 tons/year, this project is the largest single industrial yarn order placed with Oerlikon Barmag to date.
With this order, FBPT positions itself as one of the 10 largest Chinese industrial yarn producers. The company will be predominantly manufacturing high-tenacity (HT) and low-shrinkage (LS) yarns from the end of this year. These sophisticated yarns are deployed both in the automotive, geotextiles and safety sectors (HT yarns) and in the manufacture of coated industrial textiles such as truck tarpaulins and tents (LS yarns).