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Major expansion for TFP

Unique wetlaid nonwoven technology developed from the paper making processes of parent company James Cropper.

30th July 2021

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Burneside, United Kingdom

Transport/​Aerospace, Industrial

Technical Fibre Products (TFP) has installed a new manufacturing line at its plant in Burneside, UK, to significantly increase its capacity in response to growing demand for its advanced nonwovens across all markets.

The new line was formally opened by Mark Cropper, chairman of TFP’s parent company James Cropper, on July 28th, alongside TFP managing director Martin Thompson, Phil Wild, CEO of James Cropper, and honorary president Sir James Cropper.

Commissioning of the new line will start soon and the project represents a significant financial investment for the company, with new infrastructure installed to house the line and extended warehousing to support the increase in product and raw materials. The expansion follows an already significant capacity increase in 2015.

“This new production line is necessary to meet rapidly increasing demand for our nonwovens in markets such as fuel cells and defence, as well as facilitating delivery of the company’s successful growth strategy,” said Martin Thompson. “It is the latest exciting step in TFP’s growth, which has also included the acquisition of TFP Hydrogen Products (formerly PV3 Technologies) in January this year to expand our product portfolio and knowledge base in hydrogen technologies.”

TFP’s advanced nonwovens provide innovative solutions across a number of growth industries such as hydrogen fuel cells, aerospace, defence and wind energy. The materials are used extensively in a multi-functional capacity in advanced composites, playing a crucial role in facilitating the light weighting of wind turbines and electric vehicles (EV), as well as commercial and defence aircraft.

The company uses unique wetlaid nonwoven technology developed from the papermaking processes used by its parent company James Cropper.

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