Converting companies are an integral part of the nonwo- vens supply chain. For all of the advantages the industry’s products provide, a lot has to happen prior to their end
use. Nonwovens need to be cut into a variety of shapes and sizes,
scaled down to become a single-use product, as well as printed,
packaged and more. Sometimes the process is simple, and sometimes more complex, with converting companies using the latest
technology to add value to products and make them easier to
use. The following is a compilation of capabilities and services of
some the nonwovens industry’s leading converters.
Athea Laboratories recently purchased the building adjacent to its current headquarters in northern Milwaukee, WI. The additional 80,000
square feet will allow for continued
growth and expansion into the industrial, institutional, and retail space in
which Athea manufactures products.
With over 50 years of experience,
Athea Laboratories is a leader in specialty wipes, liquid, and powder contract manufacturing and packaging.
Its expertise and experience gives its
customers an extensive variety of product formats to serve numerous end-user markets with their private labeled product. As an EPA
and FDA facility, Athea’s manufacturing capabilities include custom
wipe converting, custom formula development, blending services,
on-site chemists, formula-substrate compatibility testing, graphics,
and technical and regulatory support. Athea can offer customers a
turnkey solution to their packaging needs at low minimums.
Aurora Specialty Textiles Group
For over 130 years, Aurora Specialty Textiles Group, Inc. (Aurora)
has been a leading, world-class finisher of both woven and non-woven fabrics. Utilizing state-of-the-art equipment and technologies, Aurora specializes in coating and finishing products for
print media, home furnishings, and industrial belting, pressure
sensitive tapes and medical and industrial products.
Recently, Aurora has opened a new state-of-the-art manufac-
turing operation in Yorkville, IL, which offers ultra wide width
(134-inch) coating and finishing techniques. This enhanced ca-
pability secures its place in today’s changing global textile market
as an innovative global provider of textile solutions. This move
expands Aurora’s ability to provide product solutions for a wide
range of applications and further strengthened its ability to be
responsive, efficient and price competitive.
Aurora is a Meridian Industries Inc. company, which is a private-
ly held, family-owned company headquartered in Milwaukee, WI.
Beckmann Converting continues to upgrade its high tech, ultrasonic
laminating equipment, both in bonding capability and in web handling, to create wide web, multilayer and multifunction composites.
Upgrades have allowed the company to process more efficiently and
to process more types of raw materials. Beckmann operates as a contract or toll laminator and is able to create from two-layer composites
to six-layer composites. It can create them as wide as 120 inches and
slit in line, to any width a customer or its next step converter requires.
These composites can be combinations of nonwovens, films, knits,
wovens or meshes.
Ultrasonic laminating has a unique place in the creation of multi-layer composites because nothing other than the original materials are
used in that process. This makes it a true “green” process. As long as
there is sufficient thermoplastic content in the layers to be laminated,
the ultrasonic energy melts the materials at the bonding points, making it the bonding link of the individual layers, unlike adhesive bonding, which introduces foreign substances into the composites. Because
ultrasonic lamination is a“point bonding process,”all of the properties
of the raw material layers, in between the bond points, are the same
as before lamination, which include properties such as strength, loft,
breathability, filtration and chemical resistance. Beckmann has successfully produced multi-layer composites for applications such as
filtration, environmental, protective apparel, protective covers, healthcare products, cleanroom wipes and many more.
Boyertown, PA-based Berk International manufactures nonwoven
wipes, toilet tissue and paper towels. The company is an expert in
converting an assortment of materials including DRC, spunlace,
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By Tara Olivo, Associate Editor