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Double capacity for NXTNano by end of 2021

Markets for nanofibres continue to grow strongly.

14th April 2021

Innovation in Textiles
 |  California


NXTNano will have six HYPR-Spun nanofibre production lines in operation by the end of this year, doubling its capacity to meet growing demand.

The first new line is expected to be operational in June, and each is capable of high volume nanofibre manufacturing in nonwoven rolls up to a maximum width of 2.15 metres.

“In 2020, we saw the rapid adoption of our products into a number of new markets and more importantly, we have a social obligation to continue serving our mask, respirator, and indoor air purification customers who have taken up the fight against Covid-19,” said director of sales Andrew McDowell. “In existing markets we expected the pandemic to produce a pronounced slowdown, but that never materialised.  As a result of the growth and new projects moving to commercial sales, the time has arrived for us to add capacity.  “

The number of markets commercially consuming nanofibres has continued to exhibit strong growth, and according to industry reports, this trend is expected to continue.  Growth is expected to be above 36% annually in the next few years and this, combined with a unique focus on application know-how, has allowed NxtNano to lead the pack in both innovation and economics-based adoption.

“I’ve spent nearly my entire career in nonwovens and filtration – over 30 years now – and the last nine months have been unlike anything I’ve experienced before,” said Alan Smithies, vice-president of technology for the California-based company. “The growth has not been without challenges, but as a company we have stepped forward and embraced them. Our head count is now over 80 people and we are putting out full truckloads of material every day. Our customers have been absolutely phenomenal in working with us to execute innovative products the market desperately needed, and for that, I must give them credit. These new lines are our commitment to ensuring they continue to succeed.”

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