National Nonwovens Expands Needlepunch Production Capacity

National Nonwovens, Easthampton, Mass. — a manufacturer of needlepunched nonwovens for aerospace,
ballistics, craft, home furnishing, filtration and medical applications — has expanded its
fiber-processing capacity with the installation of a 2.4-meter airlaid needlepunch nonwoven line
that is 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

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 also 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.

February 14, 2012