Rodewisch Opens North American Sales Office
Rodewisch GmbH, a manufacturer of premium paper ma- chine clothing, has opened a sales and service office to support its growing customer base in Canada and the U.S.
After successfully servicing mills and other customers through
their factory in Saxony, the company took the next step to better
serve their customers in the paper, pulp, nonwovens, filtration
and wood products industries in North America.
CEO Dr. Peter Klose says, “We have reached a point where
we need to be closer to our customer base in the U.S. We will be
more effective in handling inquiries and providing service sup-
port with our own, permanent office.”
Rodewisch opened an office in Brewer, ME, in March and
“Rodewisch, Inc.” will be managed by its new head of sales Peter
Witt. Witt comes to Rodewisch from a career in consulting for
European companies entering the North American market. Most
recently, he managed a German sales subsidiary in New England,
tripling its turnover in nine years.
The company focuses on specialized dryer fabrics that other
suppliers usually do not offer, with a particular eye on smaller
machines and single-fabric orders, delivered very quickly. Particular expertise is with difficult applications, requiring unique fabric
Voith, Trützschler Adopt New Safety Standards
In the form of standard VN 3260/TN 0790, Voith Paper and
Trützschler Nonwovens have developed a safety standard for
wetlaid spunlaced nonwovens machines. The standard will help
producers of nonwovens to ensure safe and reliable operation of
their machines while providing the basic prerequisite for meeting
expectations for production and quality: basis for safe production
of nonwovens; combination of proven standards for paper and
textile machines; and standardization process by ISO initiated.
Voith and Trützschler jointly developed the manufacturing
process for wetlaid and hydroentangled nonwovens. The machines on which the materials are produced consist partly of paper
machine components and partly of components from nonwoven
machines. The manufacturing process for wetlaid nonwovens is
similar to that for producing paper: A suspension consisting of
water and fibers up to 40 mm long is passed over a wire on which
a homogeneous fiber mat forms. The hydroentangling or spunlacing process produces bonded nonwovens that can be textured
if required. Drying and winding of nonwovens are done on other
machine components. The newly developed standard combines
various Voith and Trützschler safety standards for paper and
textile machines in a new document and thus defines the safety
requirements for new hybrid machines.
The safety standard has already been incorporated by the
International Organization for Standardization (ISO) as the basis
for developing an international standard, so as to achieve greater
impact at global level.
www.voith.com / www.truetzschler.de
Sareks Invests in Backsheet Capacity
Sareks invested in additional capacity for backsheet production
with a new blown line, which will make 625 million square meters
of material a year. Sareks, a Turkish manufacturer of baby diaper, adult incontinence and femcare components, produces both
breathable and non-breathable backsheets using both blown and
Special properties from the new line include excellent dimensional stability, soft touch feeling, good planarity and printing is
protected between layers with a sandwich printing technique.
Product characteristics include: Laminated basis weight: 25-
31 gsm range; film weight: 14-20 gsm range; good mechanical
strength; white or other colors possible; printing up to six colors;
printed (continuous or with eye mark) or unprinted; and WVTR
(MOCON) ( 38.0˚C 100%RH, WSP 70. 4 (08)) (in a range of 500-
8000 g/m2 within 24 hours).
Sateri to Expand Viscose Production In China
Sateri signed an investment agreement with the municipal government of Jiujiang in Jiangxi province on April 11 to expand its
viscose staple fiber capacity in China by up to one million tons
per year. Sateri is currently the largest producer of viscose in China, with annual capacity in excess of 550,000 tons from its three
mills in Fujian and Jiangxi provinces.
With investment of 12 billion yuan ($1.75 billion), the latest
expansion in Lianxi, Jiujiang, will be executed in four phases of
250,000 tons each. Construction of the first phase is scheduled to
start in the fourth quarter of this year.
Coupled with the expansion plans at its mill in Hukou, Jiujiang,
the company’s total capacity in Jiujiang city is expected to exceed
two million tons per year, advancing Sateri’s plans to become the
world’s largest producer of viscose fiber. In Hukou, a 160,000-ton
expansion is already under construction and is expected to start
up in early 2018.
Sateri will also invest in feedstock production and work with
the Jiujiang government to attract investment from spun yarn
and nonwoven companies to build a complete industry chain.
Including other production bases in China and internationally,
Sateri has plans to build up to three million tons of annual capacity of viscose fiber by 2025. The pace of expansion will be adjusted
according to market conditions.