Kelheim Fibres/Santoni: Energy-efficient and ...
Kelheim Fibres/Santoni

Energy-efficient and waste-free production of hygiene products

SM8-TOP2V circular knitting machine (Source: Santoni Spa)
SM8-TOP2V circular knitting machine (Source: Santoni Spa)

Based on advanced machine technology and high-quality, high-performance viscose fibers, Kelheim Fibres GmbH, Kelheim /Germany, and Santoni Spa, Brescia/Italy, have jointly developed an innovative and sustainable menstrual underwear.
The product consists of a soft outer layer and an inlay made from special wood-based fibers from Kelheim. The result is a sustainable and high-performance product that combines comfort and functionality.
The soft outer layer is produced on Santoni SM8-TOP2V circular knitting machine or on the SM4-TL2 machine manufactured by Santoni Spa, Brescia/Italy. One of the major advantages of these circular knitting machines is that they significantly reduce the amount of cutting waste or even allow production with zero-waste.
The Santoni XT-Machine, originally developed for the footwear market, is used for the functional inlay of the period panty. The unique XT-Machine allows for different layers to be produced with different yarns and knitting structures. This enables all 3 functions of the inlay - the absorption and distribution layer ADL, the absorbent core, and the back layer - to be knitted in a single tube. This reduces production time and costs and enables zero-waste production.
In the inlay, wood based Kelheim specialty fibers such as trilobal Galaxy or the hollow Bramante fiber replace synthetic materials.

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