In addition to nonwoven highloft and needlepunch products, the company is in the process of introducing affordable wet laid fabric
for the bottom of no-flip mattresses and foundations; and self-extinguishing ticking fabrics for bed pillows and other top of bed products as well as low- to mid-priced mattresses and foundations.
The first is an air laid material with superabsorbent powder, while the second is an air laid fabric
with an antimicrobial treatment.
Under the general umbrella of dry formed nonwovens it is, distinctively, the air laid web consolidated by a number of available bonding techniques to the air laid fabric
Narrow-cut and jumbo rolls of "Airtex" and "Dritex" air laid fabrics
are supplied to feminine hygiene, incontinence, diapers, wet wipes, wipers, tabletop, medical, food packaging and other markets.
He has 14 years of experience in the nonwovens field and previously oversaw the "Confil" line of wet laid fabrics
produced in Lewisburg, PA.
"Concert's efforts in developing leading edge absorbent air laid fabrics
have opened up new frontiers for our industry particularly in personal hygiene, homecare and food packaging applications where double- digit growth in demand is expected to continue," he said.
As the binder fiber component in highloft battings, needlepunched, hydroentangled, stitchbonded and wet laid fabrics
, flat nonwovens, yarns and fiberglass composites, Eastman copolyester 20110 increases strength and lowers the degree of linting, pilling and fuzzing.
The line is expected to double the company's global capacity to 35,000 metric tons for conventional thermal and multibond air laid fabrics
. Concert has also signed a three-year agreement to produce specialty bonded air laid material for a major international fiber manufacturer.
The expansion is the result of two separate multi-year customer contracts for air laid fabrics
, which will reportedly exceed Concert's existing capacity by 2001.
Another trend noticeable in the market is an increased usage of synthetic melt blown materials compared to glass wet laid fabrics
. While overall manufacturers were divided on this subject, certain companies described glass as a diminishing market.
The new line, which will be capable of producing 17,500 tonnes per year of air laid fabrics
, is being undertaken as a result of long term contractual commitments the company has secured that exceed current plant capacity.
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