Hygiene and medical nonwovens
They are presenting themselves as a new partner to the nonwovens industry: Oerlikon Nonwoven and Chinese systems manufacturer Shaoyang Textile Machinery are now offering joint international systems solutions for manufacturing spunbonds for hygiene applications. Since the autumn of 2018, they have been uniting global engineering competence and technological know-how – to fulfill market-leading standards.
Today, modern disposable diapers are quite literally items of high-tech, particularly thanks to the diverse properties of the primary materials – nonwovens. Correspondingly, studies have shown that the hygiene market for infant diapers, incontinence products and feminine hygiene articles has been continually growing since 2009. In addition to major customers such as the US and Europe, demand is meanwhile also increasing in densely-populated countries including China and gradually also India. As much as 82 percent of global spunbond consumption was attributed to hygiene products in 2018, according to the market consultants at Price Hanna.
Nonwoven manufacturers wanting to become players in this hugely-promising market must fulfill the high requirements and standards of such industry giants as Procter & Gamble and Kimberly-Clark – and they need the corresponding technical equipment and providers with international infrastructures and experience. And this is precisely what partners Oerlikon Nonwoven and Shaoyang Textile Machinery are offering. The Neumünster-based business brings its plant engineering know-how to the table, is responsible for both the CE certification and the product and process guarantees and assumes overall responsibility for projects and global customer service outside China. In return, Shaoyang – headquartered in the city of the same name in the Hunan Province – provides the systems spinning technologies.
The Chinese spunbond systems enable nonwovens manufacturing with various spunbond and meltblown configurations (SS, SMS, SSMMS). The diverse products to be manufactured from them comply with the high international standards for hygiene products, comments Rainer Straub, Managing Director Oerlikon Nonwoven: “Here, Shaoyang is a top Chinese systems constructor for spunbond hygiene product. Together with our many years of engineering experience, we can offer our customers international-standard production lines. Here, our mission is to fulfill the requirements and demands of both nonwoven manufacturers and their end customers.” The nonwoven expert also promises highly-competitive solutions at attractive prices with comparably low investment. Marketing will also become successful outside China in this way and on the basis of the extensive global Oerlikon segment Manmade Fibers service network.