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Flying start to the year for Andritz

New installations in China, Portugal and Russia.

18th February 2022

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Graz, Austria


Andritz, headquartered in Graz, Austria, has started 2022 strongly with the announcement of a number of new orders, including the delivery of four needlepunch nonwoven lines to Yanpai Filtration’s plant in Tiantai, China.

Yanpei, founded in 1990, is one of the leading Chinese producers of nonwoven filters for dust and air treatment, as well as woven filter fabrics used in solid/liquid separation, with plants in both China and the USA.

Its new Andritz lines will consist of cards and crosslappers manufactured at the Andritz Wuxi site in China, including eight PRO 25-80 aXcess profile crosslappers for controlled web weight evenness. Sixteen eXcelle needlelooms will meanwhile be supplied by Andritz Asselin-Thibeau in France, with start-up of the lines planned from the third quarter of 2022.


In a second order for nonwovens production machinery, Andritz is to supply a complete neXline spunlace line to Laboratoire Naturel and the ZetTechnology group of companies based in Kaluga, Russia, with start-up scheduled for the second quarter of 2022.

This high-capacity line is designed to process various types of fibres, but especially polyester/viscose and cotton blends, and is dedicated to the production of high-end hygiene and cosmetic wet wipes to serve private label clients. The Andritz spunlace line with its CPC design (card-pulp-card) will enable the company to process a multilayer spunlace fabric including wood pulp as a raw material.

Yanpei is a leading Chinese producer of nonwoven filters for dust and air treatment. © Andritz

Laboratoire Naturel and ZetTechnology have been pioneers in the converting industry and manufacturing of wipes in Russia since 1996. The two companies were the first manufacturers of wipes for the Russian hygiene market.


Andritz has also just started up a latest-generation tearing line for spinning grade fibres at the plant of Sasia in Ribeirão, Portugal.

The line consists of a seven-cylinder Andritz Laroche Jumbo tearing machine – the first of its kind in Portugal – and the latest innovations in fibre opening, including a new-generation pinning configuration.

Sasia CEO Miguel Silva at the new Andritz Laroche Jumbo tearing machine. © Andritz

“This equipment will drive the company towards greater productivity and to greater value-added production, reinforcing its capacity to develop distinguished products through innovative technologies that contribute to the progress of the value chain,” said Sasia CEO Miguel Silva.

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