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National Nonwovens Expands Needlepunch Capacity

National Nonwovens, Easthampton, Mass. — manufacturer of needlepunched nonwovens for aerospace, ballistics, craft, home furnishing, filtration and medical applications — has installed a 2.4-meter airlaid needlepunch nonwoven line located in a clean-room environment and primarily will produce medical products including advanced wound care, medical devices and patient-care products. According to the company, the line features the latest electronics to provide temperature, humidity, dusting and contamination control.

The new line can process man-made and certain natural fibers, and has an annual capacity of more than 2 million pounds. Product weights range from 1.5 ounces per square yard (oz/yd2) to 10 oz/yd2, supported or unsupported. The line also features in-line slitting with slit widths up to 90 inches. The company plans to expand the line with the installation of a three-roll press with lamination capabilities.

With the installation of the new airlaid line, National Nonwovens has a total annual processing capacity of more than 15 million pounds of airlaid and carded crosslaid webs. Constructions include chemical bond, felted wool, needlepunch, lamination and thermobond.

March/April 2012