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Brazilian nonwovens activity in spunbonds, diapers.

One of the more intriguing countries in the nonwovens industry is Brazil, where a number of companies are emerging to become leaders in not only South America but worldwide as well. NONWOVENS INDUSTRY South American correspondent Freddy Gustavo Rewald offers some of the following news items.

* Nonwoven Kami, the major producer of spunbonds in Brazil, has added a third line based on Reifenhauser's "Reicofil" technology. The new 4.2 meter line has an output of approximately 500 kg an hour. The line is scheduled to be delivered in March and should be operating by May, 1992.

* Polypropylene fiber supplier Fitesa S.A. recently began production on a new line targeting the nonwovens industry. The output of the new line is 500 kg/hour of 1.4 dtex polypropylene fibers, with the capability to go up to 900 kg/hour of 15 dtex fiber.

* Procter & Gamble continues its assault on the Brazilian market. It continues to ship Pampers produced in the U.S. in preparation for expected domestic production in the "near future."

* There were 5204 kg of wet laid nonwovens imported into Brazil in October, almost all from Dexter Nonwovens, Windosr Locks, CT. The primary application remains in tea bags.

* A supplier of flexible card clothing for cotton cards, Graf Maquinas Texteis Industria e Comercio, Barueri, Brazil, a subsidiary of the Swiss company Graf & Cia, has entered the nonwovens business by supply metallic card wire for long staple fiber.
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Title Annotation:International News
Publication:Nonwovens Industry
Date:Jan 1, 1992
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