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ANDRITZ starts up Turkish biodegradable wipes line

ANDRITZ starts up Turkish biodegradable wipes line
The new ANDRITZ neXline wetlace CCP line at Teknomelt, Türkiye (photo courtesy Teknomelt).

Austria-headed international technology group Andritz AG (ANDRITZ) has announced that it has successfully started up a new nonwovens production line supplied to Teknomelt Teknik Mensucat San. ve Tic. A.S. (Teknomelt) in Kahramanmaras, Türkiye.

Teknomelt is one of the leading manufacturers of nonwoven meltblown, spunbond, SMS, and SMMS fabrics in Türkiye. The company serves a wide range of markets, exporting 45 percent of its production.

The new neXline wetlace carded-carded-pulp (CCP) line produces nonwoven roll goods for biodegradable, plastic-free wet wipes.

By combining the benefits of two technologies, spunlace and wetlaid, the line enables the use of bio-based fibers, like viscose and wood pulp, to produce a high-performance and sustainable wipe with the same technical product characteristics and performances as a conventional wipe made of synthetic fibers.

This perfectly supports Teknomelt’s sustainable development goals and opens new growth opportunities for the company as it expands its range of sustainable nonwoven production for wipes.

With this start-up, we have achieved a new milestone in our production. Using ANDRITZ’s Wetlace CCP technology, we produce our new “Biona” fabric brand. Made of viscose and pulp, our Biona fabrics are not only 100 percent biodegradable but also extra soft and highly absorbent, commented Salih Ziya Gümüser, General Manager at Teknomelt.

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