Textile Technology section
Berry Global: expansion in nonwovens capacity in fight against Corona
In response to fight spread of the coronavirus, the manufacturer of nonwovens Berry Global Group, Inc., Evansville, IN/USA, has increased production for healthcare materials across North America and Europe.
On March 10, 2020, in addition to its already vast nonwovens supply network, Berry announced the commercialization of its new Spinlace production line in Mooresville, NC/USA. A US$50 million investment, the line is running at full production rates, providing an incremental 17,000 tons of annual capacity to the marketplace. This asset is also focused on various wipes applications serving the healthcare, hygiene, household cleaning, foodservice, and industrial markets.
The company manufactures nonwovens fabrics which are sold to converters who produce infection prevention items. These include hard surface disinfectant wipes, face masks or products used in blood filtration. Berry has shifted capacity to supply maximum output.
Lenzing: solid 2019 results in a historically difficult market environment
Despite a generally difficult demand environment for textile fibers and a drastic drop in prices for standard viscose, the producer of cellulosic fibers Lenzing AG, Lenzing/Austria, recorded a solid business development in 2019.
Sales fell slightly by 3.3% to €2.10 billion, and EBIT (earnings before interest and tax) fell by 31.7% to €162.3 million year-on-year. Expenditures for research and development (R&D) amounted to €53.2 million in the 2019 financial year (2018: €42.8 million).
In order to meet the high demand for specialty fibers, an investment of more than €1 billion in new production facilities will be made in the coming years. The first expansion phase of this growth plan was approved in H1/2019: the construction of a state-of-the-art lyocell plant in Prachinburi/Thailand, which is the largest of its kind with a capacity of 100,000 tons. Production is expected to start in the H2/2021. The investment volume totals roughly €400 million.
The start-up of the dissolving wood pulp plant being built in Brazil is scheduled for H1/2022. With a capacity of 500,000 tons, the single-line plant will further enhance Lenzing’s independence of raw material markets.
In 2019, the company became the world’s first fiber producer to make a strategic commitment to climate-neutral production. Lenzing aims to implement this vision by 2050. The intermediate goal for 2030 is to reduce emissions by 50% per ton of product compared to 2017.
Advansa: acquisition completed
The acquisition of the manufacturer of polyester fibers Advansa GmbH, Hamm/Germany, has been legally completed by Sverige Netherlands B.V., Hoofddorp/Netherlands, – an investment holding company which is affiliated with the major shareholders of PT Asia Pacific Fibers Tbk. (APF), Jakarta/Indonesia.
For Advansa, this sale signifies a long term and enduring continuation of the polyester production. The closing is related to the relevant companies of the Advansa Group (Advansa Marketing GmbH, Advansa IT Service GmbH, Advansa Logistik und Dienstleistungsgesellschaft mbH, Advansa BV and Bergers Technik und Maschinenbau GmbH), as well as the start of business operations of the new production company Advansa Manufacturing GmbH.
It also marks the beginning of the cooperation between Advansa and APF, with the advantages of being a leading integrated global polyester company.
The former Advansa GmbH will remain as a liquidation company under the responsibility of the insolvency administrator Achim Thiele of Husemann Eickhoff Salmen & Partner, Dortmund/Germany.
nova-Institut: 1st International Conference on Cellulose Fibers
With 210 participants and 15 exhibitors from 26 different countries, the 1st conference on cellulose fibers organized by the nova-Institut, Hürth/Germany on February 11/12, 2020 in Cologne/Germany, was a great success. The focus of the conference was on markets, technologies and sustainability – and especially alternative cellulose feedstocks.
Cellulose fibers are the fastest growing fiber group in the textile industry and also the largest investment sector in the bio-based economy worldwide. The entire cellulosic segment, including viscose staple fibers and filaments as well as acetate tow, accounts for about 6 % of the world fiber market. This segment has continuously gained weight thanks to dynamic growth rates of viscose and lyocell fibers.