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Celli Starts Italian Tradition.

One day conference examines nonwovens industry trends

In celebration of selling its 100th winding/rewinding line to the nonwovens industry, A. Celli S.p.A., Porcari, Italy, recently sponsored a forum for its fellow Italian nonwovens manufacturers at Lake Como, Italy. The event, held March 2, included two sessions featuring speakers on new nonwovens technologies and attracted 100 participants predominantly from Europe.

Hosting such an event, which was dubbed Accademia Nontessuto, was a longtime dream of company officials, according to Mauro Celli, managing director. "There is no doubt that the importance of the nonwovens market has been increasing dramatically both in Italy and worldwide during the last decade, The applications of nonwovens have been spreading in our everyday life and nowadays most of our end consumers refer to nonwovens as something that has always been part and parcel of their daily lives.

The one-day event focused on new trends in the nonwovens industry in conjunction with the latest developments in production technology. Ivan Pinko, president NotaBene Associates, Longboat Key, FL, discussed the air laid market in his discussion titled, "The Challenge: Why Air Laids And Why Now." With some 120,000 tons of air laid capacity being added around the world, Mr. Pinko said that the industry now has to wait and see if end product manufacturers are really going to absorb all of this material. The boom in air laid will primarily affect the diaper business as well as other personal hygiene segments.

Presented by Andre Villaume, research and development director, Rieter Perfojet, Montbonnet, France, "Spunlacing Of Nonwovens: Jetlace 3000--The Latest State Of Technology" focused on the latest developments in spunlace technology Dr. Villaume said that a reduction in operating costs, the development of high speed lines and the advent of new composite materials containing wood pulp have helped boost growth in this web forming technology

In her discussion, "Tendencies In Process And Machine Automation," Sabina Cristini, system manager, Textiles Division, Siemens, discussed the increasing importance of vertical and horizonal integration in the manufacturing industry.

Ing. Bernd Kunze, Reifenhauser, GmbH Troisdorf, Germany, presented a speech titled, "A Prospective For Spunlaid Technology Requirements And Opportunities." Here, Dr. Kunze compared technology with product requirements in an attempt to gauge how the two affect spunlaid equipment. These two factors have helped make spunlaced equipment the fastest growing machinery segment in the nonwovens industry.

The final speech of the conference was given by Allessandro Celli, managing director, Nonwovens Division of A. Celli. The discussion, "'Terminal Velocity' Is It All About Nonwovens?" discussed the maturity of the nonwovens industry. Dr. Celli called for new product niches as well as increased speed and velocity to provide a boost to nonwovens. A. Celli is in the midst of three projects to help boost its nonwovens business. These projects include a production capacity expansion, a "Customer Care Project" that provides customer relations and a series of new systems, which feature high line speeds and full automation that are scheduled to become available next year.
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Author:Bitz, Karen
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Date:Apr 1, 2001
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