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Third Andritz line for stitchbond leader

Close collaboration between machine builder and manufacturer.

2nd March 2022

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Cape Town, South Africa


Andritz has received an order for the third batt forming line to be delivered to Romatex in South Africa in four years.

The lines are used for the production of Maliwatt products used in a wide range of applications, including home textiles. Start-up of the latest line is planned for the fourth quarter of 2022.

Andritz will deliver dedicated batt forming equipment, mixing an aXcess card and an eXcelle crosslapper to achieve the technical characteristics Romatex requires in terms of product quality and line performance. The new stitchbonding line will enable Romatex to better serve growing customer requirements in terms of availability.

“We bought our first line from Andritz in 2017, then another one in 2019,” said Romatex general manager of operations Helmut Höck.  “We have been very satisfied with the close collaboration between our companies, the flexibility and reliability of the machines, and the excellent service from Andritz. The experience has been uncomplicated, which has given us the confidence to consider a further investment.”

Andritz batt forming equipment is used for the stitchbonding processes used to make Maliwatt, Malivlies and Multiknit products for a variety of applications, including automotive, household, bedding, footwear, wipes and many others.

Romatex is the leader in Maliwatt stitchbonding in Africa. Its facility is located in Cape Town. One of the company’s key strengths is its product diversification. Today, the company offers a complete range of bed linen, duvets, pillows, and stitchbonded products.

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