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Kimberly-Clark Partners with Florida Wastewater Facilities.

With more than 3900 miles of wastewater collection lines and 11 treatment plants, the JEA wastewater team is familiar with the challenges posed by the improper flushing of items not designed or marketed as flushable - mostly baby wipes, but also cosmetic wipes, surface-cleaning wipes, paper towels and feminine hygiene products.

But it's what JEA, one of the largest water and sewer utilities in the nation, didn't find - flushable wipes manufactured by Kimberly-Clark - that has the utility taking a different approach to the issue.

"It's clear from the results of this collection study that our customers want a wet wipe solution in the bathroom; however, it's important that our customers stop flushing baby wipes and other wipes that aren't designed to break down in our system," says Deryle Calhoun, vice president and general manager for JEA's Water and Wastewater Systems."So, we want our customers to know that if they're going to use a wipe in the bathroom, we really need them to use a wipe that is truly safe for flushing."

Together Kimberly-Clark and JEA are launching a new campaign intended to remind residents of what not to flush, and importantly, that flushable wipes - specifically Cottonelle flushable wipes - are a solution to the problems related to non-flushable wipes in their sewers.

"After looking at the performance of Cottonelle flushable wipes in the lab and in our sewers, we know that the wipe does what it says it does - it breaks down after flushing, contains no plastic fibers, and it is compatible with our system,"adds Calhoun."That's why we are able to confidently support this product with our customers in this campaign."

The recent collection study of trash found in Jacksonville's sewers confirmed that the wipes accumulating in the system are baby wipes, cosmetic wipes, household wipes and other wet wipes not designed to be flushed. The study, available on the JEA website, reflects similar data from other large forensic collection studies in New York and the U.K. that flushing these non-flushable products are the cause of problems in municipal systems.

Vita Nonwovens Adds to Indiana Site

According to a report from Inside Indiana business,Vita Nonwovens recently celebrated the expansion of its Fort Wayne, IN, facility with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The 150,000-square-foot expansion will allow the company to house a new production line and add 22 employees.

The site, operational since 2003, was formerly 108,000 square feet and held the company's thermal bonding, needling, lamination and die-cut technology assets. The $18 million expansion will add space to the facility to help meet Vita Nonwovens growing demand.

The Indiana site is one of three U.S. sites owned by Vita Nonwovens, which is now a part of Germany's TWE Group. The company's other sites are located in Waco, TX, and High Point, NC.

Fitesa to Add Line at CNC Site

Fitesa is investing $70 million in a new spunbond line at its joint venture company FitesaCNC, based in Rayong, Thailand. The Brazilian nonwovens manufacturer acquired a 51% stake in CNC International in July, marking its first entry into the fast-growing Southeast Asian market. Prior to the acquisition, CNC operated two spunmelt sites in Rayong as well as a sales office in Tokyo, from which it largely supplies the hygiene market.

Fitesa did not release details on the investment but it is likely the investment will significantly increase capacity in the region. CNC's last major investment was a 24,000-ton Reicofil 4 production line in 2013 and capacity at the time of the Fitesa purchase was thought to be about 40,000 tons per year.

In other news, Fitesa has recently completed work on a pilot line in Simpsonville, SC, which will allow it to run trials on new air through bonded spunbond technology, which was recently developed by Reicofil to create highloft nonwovens.
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