Technical Fibre Products to double production capacity

Technical Fibre Products will install a third manufacturing line to double its nonwovens capacity, based on its current and proprietary wet-laid technology.

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Technical Fibre Products (TFP, Burneside, U.K.), a manufacturer of advanced nonwovens, has announced a commitment to double its current production capacity through the installation of a third manufacturing line. This significant financial investment comes in response to increasing demand for TFP’s nonwovens across all markets.

This latest planned capacity expansion will constitute a significant capital investment to develop and install the new forming line. The line will be based on the current proprietary wet-laid technology, as used on the existing machines, to ensure the continued guarantee of the highest quality nonwovens. The new machine will be engineered to extend production capability beyond the current constraints; a key modification will be an increase in production width to more than 2m/6.6 ft.

Martin Thompson, managing director of TFP, comments that: “The installation of a third production line at TFP is an exciting and necessary step to meet rapidly increasing demand and facilitate the delivery of the company’s successful growth strategy. The installation of the new line is expected to be complete in summer 2015 and represents the latest step in an accelerated program of capacity and capability improvements for the company. This includes the installation of a state-of-the-art nano-coating line at TFP’s U.S. manufacturing facility and the commissioning of a high-specification flatbed laminator to enable in-house material conversion. The third nonwoven machine will provide a stepwise increase in capacity to support sales growth and provide the opportunity to access new markets for which current production constraints have been a limitation.”

The wet-laid nonwoven technology used is unique in its design, its roots lying in the papermaking processes used by TFP’s parent company James Cropper plc, which produces the paper for the Remembrance poppies and are globally renowned for their luxury packaging papers. The unique design of the process enables TFP to manufacture nonwovens with an exceptional uniformity of fiber dispersion at areal weights from 2 g/mto more than of 3500 g/m2. A wide diversity of fiber types can also be processed, encompassing carbon, aramid, glass, polyester, thermoplastic and metal-coated carbons, as well as more speciality fibres such as quartz, silicon carbide and pure metals. This fiber range and their associated properties enables TFP’s nonwovens to be used in a variety of applications across industries ranging from aerospace and defense to automotive, energy, industrial, construction and healthcare. Typical applications include high-quality and functional surface finishes in composites, thermal insulation and passive fire protection, as well as solutions for cryogenic storage and power generation.