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12th July 2019, Barcelona

High interest in CAFT at ITMA 2019

A broad selection of products can be produced with CAFT. © Advance Nonwoven

A broad selection of products can be produced with CAFT. © Advance Nonwoven

Advance Nonwoven, of Roende, Denmark, reports terrific interest in its CAFT web former for the production of natural fibre mats at the recent ITMA exhibition in Barcelona.

“We were super happy with the interest shown in our technology by visitors to ITMA 2019,” said COO Fleming Werk. “Our web forming technology is maybe one of the missing links in the drive towards more sustainable products. The CAFT web former can handle both very short and long fibres, mixing them and forming a homogenous mat, while using more air and fewer bico fibres than competing technologies.”

The raw materials can be natural fibres, either from a fibre crop or residuals from agricultural production, or from waste fragments or recycled material. Possible materials include hemp, flax, pineapple, cotton, peat moss, linseed and recycled paper, textile, glass and carpets.

A broad selection of products can be produced with CAFT ranging from thin tissue-like textures to lofty structures and from low to high-density compositions. Treatment of the fibres with the company’s Spray-Dry-In-Line system also ensures that functional properties can be added to the nonwoven fabrics, including flame retardancy, alternate hydrophobic or hydrophilic capabilities, anti-microbial agents, dust binding and a variety of coatings.

Final end uses in addition to reinforcements for composites include insulation for buildings and machines, growth media for cultivated plants, oil absorption mats and boards for building construction. Further possibilities include furniture upholstery and packaging and filtration products.

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