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Pentamerous first for India

Patent pending technology will allow the Gujarat-based to produce five types of different eco-friendly wipes substrates.

17th September 2021

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Gujarat, India


Rope and netting manufacturer Tufropes is installing a new nonwovens manufacturing line from Truetzschler Nonwovens and Voith to target the growing Indian market for wipes.

The lines is based on patent pending ‘pentamerous technology’ which will allow the  Gujarat-based to produce five types of different eco-friendly wipes substrates and is based on Truetzschler/Voith core components for wet-laying, carding and hydroentangling.

Truetzschler/Voith’s carded/pulp (CP) technology combines a cost-effective, wet-laid pulp layer and a carded web layer from cellulosic fibres.

Proprietary refinements will allow Tufropes to produce any possible hydroentangled nonwoven material, including biodegradable, natural fibre, eco-friendly high-performance nonwovens.

This will be a first industrial-scale pentamerous technology-based nonwoven project and is expected to be commissioned next year.

Founded in 1992, Tufropes’ rope and netting solutions are used in a wide array of industries such as aquaculture, marine, safety, sports, shipping and defensc.  

The management team at Tufropes opted for Truetzschler Nonwovens and Voith for good reason to supply machinery and be the technology partners in this new project.

© Tufropes

“The team of Truetzschler and Voith has extensive experience with the wet-laid/hydroentangled nonwoven technology,” said Tufropes director Madhav Goel. “Several wet-laying/spunlacing plants and their CP line at a European customer are running at full capacity. We wanted to invest in a unique and progressive technology and we are pleased to have found the best partners to realise our first step into this new business field.”

 “A special advantage of our CP nonwovens technology is the very consistent distribution of stock suspension for highly flat profiles,” said Oliver Crasser, sales manager for inclined wire solutions at Voith Paper.

“The NCT high-speed card delivers a carded web into the manufacturing process and offers additional flexibility in web forming and end products,” aded Christian Maennich, area sales manager at Truetzschler Nonwovens.

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