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Technical Fibre Products announces expansion

News International-French

9 Sep 2014

Technical Fibre Products (TFP), a leading manufacturer of advanced nonwovens, announced a commitment to double their current production capacity through the installation of a state of the art third manufacturing line. This significant financial investment comes in response to increasing demand for TFP’s innovative nonwovens across all markets.

This latest planned capacity expansion will constitute a significant capital investment to develop and install the new state of the art forming line. The line will be based on the current proprietary wet-laid technology, as used on the existing machines, to ensure the continued guarantee of the highest quality nonwovens. The new machine will be engineered to extend production capability beyond the current constraints; a key modification will be an increase in production width to over two metres.

Martin Thompson, Managing Director of TFP, comments that: “The installation of a third production line at TFP is an exciting and necessary step to meet rapidly increasing demand and facilitate the delivery of the company’s successful growth strategy. The installation of the new line is expected to be complete in summer 2015 and represents the latest step in an accelerated programme of capacity and capability improvements for the company. This includes the installation of a state of the art nano-coating line at TFP’s US manufacturing facility and the commissioning of a high specification flat bed laminator to enable in-house material conversion. The third nonwoven machine will provide a stepwise increase in capacity to support sales growth and provide the opportunity to access new markets for which current production constraints have been a limitation.”

The wet-laid nonwoven technology used is unique in its design, its roots lying in the papermaking processes used by TFP’s parent company James Cropper plc, who produce the paper for the Remembrance poppies and are globally renowned for their luxury packaging papers. The unique design of the process enables TFP to manufacture nonwovens with an exceptional uniformity of fibre dispersion at areal weights from 2 g/m² to in excess of 3500 g/m². A wide diversity of fibre types can also be processed; encompassing carbon, aramid, glass, polyester, thermoplastic and metal coated carbons, as well as more speciality fibres such as quartz, silicon carbide and pure metals. This fibre range and their associated properties enables TFP’s nonwovens to be used in a variety of applications across industries ranging from aerospace and defence to automotive, energy, industrial, construction and healthcare. Typical applications include; delivering a high quality & functional surface finish in composites, providing high temperature thermal insulation & passive fire protection, as well as offering solutions for cryogenic storage & power generation.