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Americhem invests in nonwovens to further global strategy

The company’s synthetic fibres business invested in two new custom-made high speed spinning lines at its Concord, NC, and Dalton, GA, plants.

1st April 2016

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Cuyahoga Falls, OH

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“We’re happy to add these new positions to our global team,” commented Robert Baldy, Americhem’s market manager for nonwovens. “We’re now better equipped than ever to serve the needs of customers in the nonwovens industry in the Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific.”

Georgia plant

Kam Lui has joined Americhem as development specialist for nonwovens. He brings more than 20 years of technical experience in the polymer processing industry and will work closely with the development and commercial teams located at the company’s Dalton, GA, plant. He has a degree in chemical engineering from SUNY in Buffalo, NY, and a PhD in chemical engineering from Northwestern University.

Also based at the Georgia plant is Greg Kern, who has taken on the role of account manager for nonwovens. Greg has many years of experience in the polymer industry, most recently serving as market development and account manager with OMNOVA Solutions.

Greg also worked for Shell Chemical Company in sales and product development for PET and PTT polyester polymers and earned a chemical engineering degree from Purdue University. Greg will work closely with customers to develop products that create value through technical innovations.


In Europe, Peter Puchalla has joined the organization as films and nonwovens market leader. Previously, Puchalla worked for Sukano AG as an account and business development manager with focus on the company’s colour and additive masterbatch products.

Prior to Sukano, he worked for Clariant in a variety of functional roles including business development, supply chain management and process engineer. He has a dual degree in industrial engineering and business management from the University of Applied Science FH Nordakademie, Germany.

New high speed spinning lines

The investment in the nonwovens industry is not limited to the personnel, the company reports. This year, the company’s synthetic fibres business invested in two new custom-made high speed spinning lines at its Concord, NC, and Dalton, GA, plants.

Global capabilities for nonwovens and synthetic fibres include eleven dedicated spin lines throughout Americhem’s global plant network and a spunbonded fabric pilot line dedicated to the nonwovens industry at the Georgia plant.

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