Thermoplastic-elastomer – Nonwoven 28-04-2022

Thermoplastic-elastomer – Nonwoven

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-Teknor Apex Launches World’s First TPE with Sustainable UBQ Additive

By incorporating UBQ and high-quality post-consumer recycled raw materials diverted from landfill, the thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) promotes circularity within the polymers supply chain.

Plastics compounder Teknor Apex announced today that it will use UBQ, a plastic substitute made from chemically recycled household waste, in its thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) compounds. It’s the first time that the sustainable material developed by Tel Aviv–based UBQ Materials has been added to a TPE compound.

The partnership with UBQ has resulted in the development of a series of TPEs incorporating various levels of UBQ and high-quality post-consumer recycled raw materials, said Teknor Apex. The initiative helps divert plastics from landfills and creates greater circularity within the polymers supply chain.

“Incorporating UBQ into our TPEs, we are introducing the market to a new TPE option that is both cost-competitive and better for the planet,” said Jonathan Plisco, New Business Development Manager at Teknor Apex. Thermoplastic-elastomer – Nonwoven

UBQ is described as a sustainable plastic substitute converted entirely from unsorted municipal solid waste, including all organics, that has been diverted from landfills. The proprietary process incorporates a form of chemical recycling. The resulting material is compatible with injection and compression molding, extrusion, and 3D printing, according to the company.

UBQ Materials was founded in 2012 and patented the world’s first bio-based thermoplastic made entirely of unsorted household waste converted into a sustainable substitute for oil-based plastics.

Teknor Apex Launches World’s First TPE with Sustainable UBQ Additive

-PFNonwovens celebrates US$75M expansion

Nonwovens manufacturer PFNonwovens has inaugurated the US$75 million expansion at its Humboldt Industrial Park plant in Pennsylvania, an upgrade that includes the installation of the latest R5 technology from Reicofil.

PFN held a formal inauguration and grand opening of their new manufacturing Line 9 in Hazleton, PA earlier this month. In attendance for the tour and “Nonwoven” cutting ceremony were local legislators, members of the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce, CAN DO, and original equipment manufacturers from Germany, France and Italy. Thermoplastic-elastomer – Nonwoven

Back in April of 2020, PFNonwovens approved a new nonwoven line investment for Hazleton, Pennsylvania. Construction of the over 170,000 square-foot expansion began in the fourth quarter 2020. Construction and equipment installation were completed in December 2021.

This expansion included one state-of-the-art technology nonwoven manufacturing line as well as production space for additional investment in the near future.

The new line is Reicofil’s latest R5-Technology, the first in North America, and is equipped with a state-of-the-art specialized and proprietary fabric enhancement unit that will create premium soft fabrics for the North American hygiene market. The line will also have bi-component capability to produce bio-sourced and other specialty products. Importantly, this line will also increase the capacity to produce medical fabrics in Hazleton to address medical health crises, such as COVID19.

This investment confirms that PFN, and its Czech Republic family owners, R2G, are committed long-term to the global growth of PFN, and the strengthening of their position in the nonwovens industry. “PFN is dedicated to satisfying the demands of the market by providing innovative and high-quality products manufactured using state-of-the-art technology coupled with best-in-class product development,” the company said. Thermoplastic-elastomer – Nonwoven

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