A new system for specialty paper production from the manufacturer of paper technology Voith Paper Walztechnik AG, Zurich/Switzerland, part of the Voith Group, Heidenheim/Germany, and the textile machinery manufacturer Trützschler Nonwovens & Man Made Fibers GmbH, Egelsbach/Germany, has been delivered to the paper factory Papel Aralar, Amezketa/Spain.
In December 2020, the PM 5 successfully started up and is now stably producing adult and baby wet wipes that are completely plastic-free, flushable and biodegradable, a characteristic that conventional wet wipes do not have. With the recent investment, Aralar now has 2 Wet-Laid Spunlacing (WLS) lines with a total production capacity of 45,000 tons/year.
The HydroFormer from Voith, one of the main components of the new system, the suspension is heavily diluted to produce nonwovens made completely of cellulose, a renewable resource. Besides this, the company has supplied the BlueLine stock preparation, a master reel, and the wet end process for the new system.
Trützschler Nonwovens completes the production line with the well-proven AquaJet in an innovative configuration for hydroentangling (spunlacing) and an energy-efficient multi-drum dryer. Its many years of expertise form the basis of the web bonding and drying components that have been adapted to the needs of the wet-laid process.