IVL eco-fibres Filtech 17-02-2023

IVL eco-fibres Filtech

-IVL showcasing latest eco-fibres at Filtech

Indorama Ventures’ Hygiene Group will present its sustainable suite of recycled and biodegradable polymer solutions for filter media applications, including its latest offering Deja CO2 Neutral Fibers, at this week’s Filtech exhibition.

The company’s fully certified carbon neutral brand Deja CO2 Neutral is the latest addition to its innovative Deja range, a carbon neutral solution for PP staple fibres.

Deja CO2 Neutral Fibers come with an independently verified carbon neutral certification of compliance to demonstrate its sustainable production throughout its supply chain. IVL eco-fibres Filtech

The final carbon footprint is reduced to zero through the use of clean energy, recycled water, low impact transport network and by using carbon credit offsetting for unavoidable emissions.

According to IVL, this certification can facilitate environmentally conscious companies to achieve their ambitious sustainability targets. Through Indorama Ventures’ partnership with South Pole, a leading project developer and provider of global climate solutions, the company is able to offset any unavoidable carbon emissions with carbon offset projects that help to transform lives and protect the planet.

The focus of the Hygiene Group at Indorama Ventures is on producing PP, PET, rPET, and bicomponent fibres and nonwovens with a lower carbon footprint, providing a sustainable source of material for Filtration Media applications. IVL eco-fibres Filtech

The Hygiene team at Indorama Ventures aims to optimises sustainable technologies and group materials and apply this expertise across specialist areas and applications, offering multi polymer solutions with enhanced functionality. Similarly for filtration media, the breadth of polymer and technologies which the Indorama Ventures Hygiene Group can support is driving innovation across both air and liquid filtration applications. IVL eco-fibres Filtech

At Filtech, Indorama Hygiene Group will demonstrate the latest product developments offering solutions for: Air filtration, including air conditioning, cabin filter media, industrial media and face masks; Liquid Filtration, including food and beverage, waste water treatment and also oil, coolant; and Ink, blood and industrial process water filtration. IVL eco-fibres Filtech

“Customers now have aggressive targets which they have committed to reaching,” said Shachar Rachim CEO, Indorama Ventures Hygiene Group. “The carbon neutral offerings from our innovative Deja CO2 Neutral range of sustainable products means customers will now be closer to achieving their targets. Our sustainable certifications offer assurance of high standards for recycled and renewable materials to achieve carbon reduction targets through using carbon neutral fibres”.

Indorama Ventures’ 60% owned subsidiary Avgol, a manufacture of high-performance nonwoven fabrics, will use Filtech to showcase its latest developments in application of the biotransformation technology. IVL eco-fibres Filtech

“We have enjoyed significant recent advances in material development, which ensures such can biodegrade in the open terrestrial environment without creating any microplastics,” said Avgol CEO Tommi Bjornman. “We look forward to highlighting the latest breakthroughs in producing meltblown filter components to visitors at the event as we underline our commitment to helping customers, consumers and communities meet their sustainability objectives.” IVL eco-fibres Filtech


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Increasing consumption nonwovens

-That’s a wrap

The increasing consumption of nonwovens products across the world is being accompanied by an equal amount of growth in the vital machine-made packaging sector

A key requisite for the packaging of nonwovens items in the hygiene and medical sectors is that they should have the longest possible shelf life while also ensuring that the product complies with all legally specified hygiene and sterilization standards.

Another increasingly important aspect is the sustainability of the product throughout the supply chain, from the raw material production to waste disposal.

The result of these two demands is that nonwovens are becoming more and more attractive as packaging material, both for manufacturers and users.

Throughout the world packaging manufacturers in different industries are stepping up their endeavours to ensure the best possible sustainability for the production and waste disposal of their products prompting the rise of key trends such as volume reduction and reusability

Recyclable  Increasing consumption nonwovens

Recyclability is a requirement that multi-national packaging specialist Mondi is keen to address. The company has recently collaborated with Essity and Dow to create new, recyclable secondary packaging for Essity’s feminine care products, using renewable materials and post-consumer recycled content that reduces the use of fossil-based materials.

Essity’s feminine care towels were previously packed in bags that already used 50% renewable materials. Extensive research and testing by Mondi however, resulted in the recommendation of a new solution that aligns with Essity’s packaging goals – to work towards 100% recyclability and to use up to 85% biomass, renewable or recycled material in all bags where up to 25% are recycled plastics. Increasing consumption nonwovens

The new packaging contributes by using a renewable material and by-product from the paper making industry that is produced from circular feedstock based on the ISCC (International Sustainability and Carbon Certification) mass balance approach. The packaging also contains mechanically recycled content from post-consumer material. Mondi worked with long-term supplier Dow and other companies along the value chain to find the most suitable resin formulation for this solution. The end result is an extruded film that is printed on and converted into a bag.

Providing the same high-level of protection as the previous alternative, the solution prevents moisture and light damage, has strong sealing properties and delivers outstanding print quality to maintain on-shelf appeal for Essity’s European recognised brands such as Bodyform, Libresse, Nana and Nuvenia.

“The challenge was to find the best combination of renewable and recycled content that maintains product quality and the production efficiency already enjoyed by Essity said Marjo Kuisma, responsible for consumer flexibles regional sales at Mondi.

“We tested several options until we found the most suitable solution. Working in collaboration with Essity and Dow validates our EcoSolutions approach – we go back to the start and ask the right questions to ensure we create the best possible solution for our customers.” Increasing consumption nonwovens


Recyclability was also a key consideration for American Hygienics Corporation, a global leader in wet wipes and baby diaper manufacturing, which has introduced a sustainable alternative packaging option which uses Kraft paper for its most eco-friendly baby diaper range of products.

AHC’s paper bag offers global hygiene product manufacturers an additional option to bio-based and compostable packaging and has a number of attributes that will be attractive to the end consumer. The bags are easy-to-open, recyclable and sustainably sourced, with FSC certification, significantly reducing carbon footprints. Increasing consumption nonwovens

“AHC’s long-term vision towards sustainability is driving its R&D efforts to give the world a better sustainable and eco-friendly choice,” said group directors Kalpesh Parmar. “Following tremendous demand for more eco-friendly packaging and interest in reducing the single use plastic in our products, we have been constantly looking for the right option. Finally, we came up with the paper bag for our green diaper range that has the ability to claim itself more sustainable and recyclable.

Among other targets in the years to come, AHC aims to offer more biodegradable and compostable products to reduce landfill waste while committing to carbon-neutral manufacturing operations.


Hayat is regarded as one of the leading FMCG companies (Fast Moving Consumer Goods) based in Turkey, offering products in the hygiene, home care, tissue, and personal health categories that reach over 100 countries. With demand continuing to grow the company has recently taken delivery of its 50th Optima bundler, expanding its 18-year partnership with the packaging technology specialist. Increasing consumption nonwovens

Optima and Hayat have worked closely together since 2003, and in 2021 this culminated in the delivery of the 50th Optima bundler.

Hayat, which is the world’s fifth largest branded baby diaper manufacturer, ordered an Optima bundler for the first time in 2003 – the first model offered through the company for packaging paper hygiene products. This year the 50th bundler was supplied to Hayat – a special occasion that both companies are proud of.

“When we entered the market for baby diapers and sanitary napkins, we were looking for a world-class partner for packaging,” Ibrahim Güler, vice president Operations at Hayat, said. “Of all the potential partners, Optima stood out with its high standards and clever solutions. Today, Optima also meets the requirements of our high speed production lines, which are Industry 4.0 compatible, perfectly.” Increasing consumption nonwovens

Ivair Santos, sales director, South America at Optima do Brasil, added: “Hayat expects the best technologies to ensure maximum efficiency. With valuable feedback, Hayat has played a part in the success story of the Optima bundler over the years.” Other multipackers are already in production for Hayat.

During their 18 year partnership, Optima says it has continued to optimize the bundlers and adapt the technology to customer requirements. Today, for example, the welded seams of the multi-unit packs, which consist of PE film, are formed with a servo-controlled unit. This makes format changes significantly quicker. Hayat is also able to accommodate the almost tool-free format change. The Optima bundler can be switched to a new format in 15 to 30 minutes. Increasing consumption nonwovens

Pre-packed paper hygiene products are fed inline to the OPTIMA BD12 bundler during production. For multi-line packaging, the bundler creates single or multi-layered formations. The bags are made in the machine from the PE film roll, then the product formations are inserted into the bags and closed with a welded seam.

The multi-unit packs have a width of up to 800 mm, a length of up to 1,200 mm and a height of up to 400 mm. The output is twelve multi-unit packs per minute, which almost entirely covers the market requirements. All Optima bundlers are produced at the Brazilian site in Vinhedo and comply with the high standards of the international special-purpose machine manufacturer based in Schwaebisch Hall, Germany.

The Optima bundlers are used at various Hayat locations worldwide. The company employs over 9,000 employees across 21 plants. Increasing consumption nonwovens


Increasing consumption nonwovens

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AsahiKasei – MitsuiChemicals nonwovens 10-02-2023

AsahiKasei – MitsuiChemicals nonwovens

-Asahi Kasei and Mitsui Chemicals to combine nonwovens businesses

Asahi Kasei and Mitsui Chemicals have agreed to combine their spunbond nonwovens businesses in a new joint venture.

With a tentative date of October 2, 2023 for the formation of a new integrated company, both parties have agreed on a business integration agreement that aims to carry on the operations that both companies run in Japan and Thailand for the production, development and sale of nonwovens products.

Nonwovens represent a growth business for Mitsui Chemicals’ Life & Healthcare Solutions business sector. Since beginning the production and sale of nonwovens in 1971, the company has leveraged its strength in integrated business operations – spanning upstream raw materials through to development and production – to develop and sell specialty products for a wide range of applications, including hygiene, industry, oil absorption, automotive interiors, civil engineering, filters and more. The company also opened up production and sales facilities in Thailand in 2001, allowing it to proactively pursue overseas expansion. AsahiKasei – MitsuiChemicals nonwovens

However, with competing manufacturers in Asia increasing their production capacity in recent years – and tariffs being repealed due to the implementation of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership – it is expected that competition in the nonwovens market will only further intensify in the coming years.

This consideration led Mitsui Chemicals and Asahi Kasei to hold a series of discussions centered around what form their nonwovens businesses should take going forward, with both aiming to maintain competitiveness, ensure stable earnings and keep up business expansion. Ultimately, the two companies determined that the best way to strengthen their businesses in this realm would be to spin them off, establish a new integrated company that brings them together and manage them in that manner going forward.

Asahi Kasei began developing, manufacturing and selling products in the spunbond nonwovens market in 1973, and continues to operate this business both in Japan and overseas. AsahiKasei – MitsuiChemicals nonwovens

Using the technologies it has built up over its long history in the fibres and textiles business, Asahi Kasei develops unique products here that are then employed by customers in a wide range of fields, spanning hygiene materials through to industrial materials and lifestyle materials. The company has also proactively pursued overseas expansion after opening up production and sales facilities in Thailand in 2012.

In order to unify the various capabilities of Mitsui’s and Asahi Kasei’s nonwovens businesses, the companies intend to strengthen their governance systems and maximize their synergy in sales, production, procurement and R&D. Under the terms of the deal, all of Mitsui Chemicals’ nonwovens-related businesses (with the exception of the company’s business for SWP fibrillated polyolefin fibre) are to be integrated with Asahi Kasei’s spunbond business and cartridge filter business.

In addition, the Japanese production sites for the integrated company will be Mitsui Chemicals’ wholly owned subsidiary Sunrex Industry Co., Ltd. in Mie and Mitsui Chemicals’ Nagoya Works in Aichi, with Asahi Kasei’s plant in Moriyama providing outsourced production. Overseas production sites Mitsui Hygiene Materials (Thailand) and Asahi Kasei Spunbond (Thailand) Company will continue to carry out production and sales as subsidiaries of the integrated company. AsahiKasei – MitsuiChemicals nonwovens

In a further step, the manufacturing business centered around spunbond facilities at Asahi Kasei’s plant in Moriyama is set to be merged into the integrated company by way of an absorption-type merger at a later date.


AsahiKasei - MitsuiChemicals nonwovens

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