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10/5/2015 | 1 MINUTE READ

Technical Fibre Products opens new production line

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The new nonwovens production line, based on the company's wet-laid technology, doubles TFP's production capacity and represents a significant expansion investment.

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Technical Fibre Products (TFP, Burneside, UK) reports that Sir James Cropper, honorary president of TFP’s parent company James Cropper PLC, and Martin Thompson, managing director of TFP, formally opened TFP's new nonwoven production line on Sept. 16. 

The new line doubles TFP’s production capacity and represents a significant investment in the expansion of the business. The line is based on the current proprietary wet-laid technology, but is engineered to extend production capability beyond previous constraints by increasing production width to more than 2m, enabling TFP to access new markets.

Thompson says: “James Cropper PLC develops progressive, ideas-based companies with international reach and we proudly share our history as well as leading in our respective fields. TFP’s new production line delivers a stepwise increase in capacity for the business. It is a necessary step to meet rapidly increasing demand and facilitate delivery of the company’s successful growth strategy. The opening of the new line is just the latest exciting step in an accelerated programme of capacity and capability improvements for the company; these have included the development and installation of the world’s first commercial nanocoating facility in Schenectady, US.”

TFP's wet-laid technology used to produce these materials is adapted from the papermaking processes used by James Cropper PLC for 170 years to manufacture luxury papers. Typical applications for TFP’s materials include functional surface finish in composites, passive fire protection and high-temperature thermal insulation, as well as solutions for cryogenic storage and power generation.

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