Lenzing's New Business and Innovation Director Robert Smith gave a paper at the Nonwovens Network meeting in Bradford this week updating progress on their collaboration with Weyerhaeuser to produce Tencelweb(TM) nonwovens. Since start up of the 50cm wide research line in 2009 the process has been revamped to increase the productivity, and will be able to produce nonwovens with a variety of fibre sizes in the spunbond to meltblown range. Being made from a solution of cellulose, fibre-reinforced film-like structures and paper can also be made by using unregenerated filaments or dope to bond those that have been regenerated.
The conference is reported by Sustainable Nonwovens and this paper is summarised at: Next step for extruded Tencel and also in Nonwovens Report International
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