In a global marketplace, collaboration is just as important as competition. This is what motivated Procter & Gamble Corp., Cincinnati, OH/USA, and Oerlikon Nonwoven, Neumünster/Germany – Teknoweb Materials srl., Palazzo Pignano/Italy, to agree on an exclusive license agreement to market and sell the Phantom platform worldwide. Oerlikon already entered into a strategic partnership with Teknoweb in 2017 aimed at extending the nonwovens production systems portfolio.
The patented process for hybrid nonwovens combines the best of both airlaid and spunmelt technologies to deliver new, flexible ways of creating wet and dry wipes. The Phantom technology offers additional benefits by reducing resources and cost, while increasing overall performance. The exclusive license gives Oerlikon Nonwoven – Teknoweb Materials total access to the patents, know-how, and pilot lines developed by Procter & Gamble. The research and development team at Procter & Gamble continues to support Oerlikon Nonwoven – Teknoweb Materials distribute this technology worldwide. In addition, Oerlikon Nonwoven – Teknoweb Materials have further refined the process into their own Levra technology – an entry-level option which offers tailored production volumes with lower investment costs but is still suitable to be upgraded to the premium Phantom model in the future.
Essentially, Phantom technology was developed to produce hybrid substrates. The spunmelt and airlaid processes are merged into one step to combine cellulose fibers, long fibers such as cotton, or even powders with polymer fibers in unprecedented ways. This technology has clear advantages in terms of resources, performance and cost compared to the previous processes on the market. By removing hydroentanglement, it is no longer necessary to dry the material. Adjusting the process can optimize relevant product characteristics such as softness, strength, dirt absorption, and liquid absorption. In the end, this even increases the quality of the product itself.