What is the impact of the epidemic on the non-woven fabric industry? How is non-woven fabric produced?

What is the impact of the epidemic on the non-woven fabric industry? How is non-woven fabric produced?


Non-woven fabrics are needed for medical and sanitary products and absorbent hygiene products. Suntech non-woven fabrics help human health.

Due to the impact of the covid-19 epidemic in 2020, most industries have experienced a period of suspension of operations, and various economic activities have temporarily come to a standstill. In this situation, the non-woven fabric industry is busier than ever. As the demand for products such as disinfection wipes and masks has reached an unprecedented level, news reports about the surge in demand for substrate materials (ie meltblown materials) have become mainstream, and many people have heard a new word for the first time-non-woven fabrics , People began to pay more attention to the important role of non-woven materials in protecting public health. 2020 may be a lost year for other industries, but this situation does not apply to the non-woven industry.Click to share to LinkedIn


1. In response to Covid-19, companies increase production or expand their business scope to new markets


It has been more than a year since Covid-19 cases were first reported. As the virus gradually spread from Asia to Europe and finally to North and South America in the first few months of 2020, many industries are facing suspension or closure. The non-woven fabric industry has begun to develop rapidly.


Many markets for non-woven services (medical, healthcare, sanitation, wipes, etc.) have been declared essential businesses for a long time. The unprecedented high demand for medical equipment such as protective clothing, masks and respirators has also This means that many companies in the industry must actually increase production or expand their existing businesses into new markets.


With the increase in demand for personal protective equipment (PPE), the output of non-woven materials has increased by 65%. Suntech has significantly increased production by eliminating some of the defects in existing lines and other improvements, and soon announced that it will build a new global expansion plant. Suntech has also been supplying non-woven fabrics to the medical market for many years. As COVID-19 drives the demand for medical materials, suntech will transfer materials used in textiles and other applications to the medical market to rapidly produce more medical protection. product.


2. Industry-leading nonwovens manufacturers will increase their meltblown production capacity this year


In 2020, nearly 40 new meltblown production lines are planned to be added in North America alone, and 100 new production lines may be added globally. At the beginning of the outbreak, meltblown machinery supplier suntech announced that it could shorten the delivery time of the meltblown line to 3.5 months, thus providing a fast and reliable solution to the global shortage of masks.


Most of the world's major nonwoven fabric manufacturers have increased their meltblown production capacity. Lydall is adding two production lines in Rochester, New Hampshire, and one production line in France. Fitesa is setting up new meltblown production lines in Italy, Germany and South Carolina; Sandler is investing in Germany; Mogul has added two meltblown production lines in Turkey; Freudenberg has added a production line in Germany. At the same time, some companies that are new to the nonwovens field have also invested in new production lines. These companies range from large multinational raw material suppliers to small independent start-ups, but their common goal is to help meet the global demand for mask materials.Click to share to Facebook


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3. Manufacturers of absorbent hygiene products expand their business scope to mask production


In order to ensure that there is sufficient non-woven production capacity to meet the mask market demand, companies in various consumer markets have begun to increase the production of masks. Due to the similarities between the manufacture of masks and absorbent hygiene products, manufacturers of diapers and feminine hygiene products are at the forefront of these conversion masks. In April this year, Procter & Gamble announced that it would switch production capacity and begin manufacturing masks in nearly ten production bases around the world. The CEO of Procter & Gamble said that mask production started in China and is now expanding to North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa.


In addition to Procter & Gamble, Sweden's Essity announced plans to produce masks for the Swedish market. South American health expert CMPC announced that it will be able to produce 18.5 million masks per month in the near future. CMPC has added five mask production lines in four countries (Chile, Brazil, Peru and Mexico). In each country/region, masks will be provided to public health services free of charge. In September, Ontex launched a production line with an annual production capacity of approximately 80 million masks at its Eeklo factory in Belgium. Since August, the production line has produced 100,000 masks per day. Suntech also expanded its textile machinery business to the absorbent sanitary products industry, and began to produce smart devices such as sanitary napkin machines and diapers.


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4. The production volume of wet wipes has increased significantly, but meeting the market demand for wet wipes is still facing challenges


This year, with the surge in demand for disinfecting wipes and the continuous introduction of new wipes applications in industry, personal and home care, investment in this area has been strong. In 2020, two of the world's leading nonwoven fabric processors, Rockline Industries and Nice-Pak, both announced that they will significantly expand their North American operations. In August, Rockline stated that it would build a newest disinfection wipes production line costing US$20 million in Wisconsin. According to reports, this investment will nearly double the company's production capacity. The new production line, called XC-105 Galaxy, will become one of the largest wet wipe disinfection production lines in the private brand wet wipes industry. It is expected to be completed in mid-2021.


Similarly, wet wipes manufacturer Nice-Pak announced a plan to double the production capacity of disinfecting wipes at its Jonesboro plant. Nice-Pak changed the factory's production plan to a 24 hours a day, 7 days a week production plan, thereby expanding production. Even though many companies have greatly increased the production capacity of wet wipes, they still face challenges in meeting the market demand for disinfection wipes. In November, Clorox announced an increase in production and cooperation with third-party suppliers. Although nearly one million packs of Clorox wipes are shipped to stores every day, it still cannot meet the demand. Suntech has also joined the wet wipes industry, with wet wipe machines selling well all over the world.

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5. Integration in the supply chain of the health industry has become a clear trend


In recent years, integration in the supply chain of the health industry has continued. This trend started when Berry Plastics acquired Avintiv and merged nonwovens and films, which are the two basic components of sanitary products. When Berry acquired Clopay, a manufacturer of breathable film technology in 2018, it even expanded its application in the film field.


Another nonwoven fabric manufacturer Fitesa also expanded its film business through the acquisition of Tredegar Corporations Personal Care Films business, including a production base in Terre Haute, Indiana, Kerkrade, the Netherlands, Rétság, Hungary, Diadema, Brazil, and Pune, India. This acquisition strengthens Fitesa's film, elastic materials and laminate business. Suntech has also become an indispensable company in the sanitation industry, deeply involved in the supply chain of the sanitation industry, providing meltblown machines, spunmelt nonwoven machines, spunbonded nonwoven machines, spunlace nonwoven machines and other nonwoven machines and various Class non-woven material. The non-woven fabric machine has greatly improved the production efficiency of non-woven fabrics and contributed to the cause of human health.


How is non-woven fabric produced? Suntech shares non-woven technology.


Non-woven fabric process


Equipment process:

Suction machine screw filter metering pump box stretcher net forming machine hot rolling machine winder slitting machine.


Product process flow:

Raw material (ingredients)heatingextrusionfilteringbox bodystretchingnet-forming hot rollingcoiling and cuttingweighinginspectionpackingwarehousing.


1 Filling formula workshop accessories polypropylene finished product.

2 production workshop

Accept the production plan organize production process control supervision and inspection confirm warehousing.

3 Assembly workshop

Folding nailing tag tethering card semicolon bagging boxing sealing packing.


With 50 years of technical precipitation and design experience, suntech has developed and produced spunmelt nonwoven machines, spunbonded nonwoven machines, meltblown machines and other nonwoven machines and nonwoven materials to help cotton soft towels, wet wipes, and protection and hygiene. The development of supplies and other industries and human health and hygiene services provide convenience for human life.

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