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New REICOFIL Spunbond Pilot Plant for the Nonwovens Institute

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Troisdorf, May 21, 2015 | Reifenhäuser Reicofil is supporting the Nonwovens Institute (NWI) of North Carolina State University, USA with a further cooperation: After the installation of a melt blown plant in 2011, Reicofil will now deliver an RF®4 BiCo spunbond line, which will be configured especially for trial purposes of the institute. Apart from the Reicofil spinning tower as central technology, some existing high value components of the former Andritz Perfojet labour plant will be incorporated in the line, including a water hydroentaglement system and calender from Andritz, as well as a dryer and a winder. With this configuration, the Nonwovens Institute will be equipped in an optimized way for a wide application range. The line is expected to be in operation by the end of 2016 and will be housed in a new SpunMelt R&D facility in Raleigh, NC, on NC State’s Centennial Campus.

With the expansion of line capacity with this new asset, the NWI continues its investment in modern fiber and spunbond technology. The aim of the investment is the development of innovative applications apart from hygiene. The pilot line shall be used for both the development program of the Nonwovens Institute and the research and development objectives for the industrial sector. Customers have thus a further contact point for their developments on Reicofil plants in addition to the capacities of Reicofil’s R & D Center in Troisdorf and STFI in Chemnitz, Germany.

New R&D facility at the Nonwovens Institute New R&D facility at the Nonwovens Institute

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On Reifenhäuser REICOFIL
The German machinery manufacturer Reifenhäuser REICOFIL, a subsidiary of the Reifenhäuser Group, is the worldwide leading supplier of nonwoven, meltblown and composite lines. With its technologies, innovative spirit and know-how along the entire value chain, Reicofil enable their customers worldwide to produce nonwoven fabrics economically, reliably and sustainably in hygiene, medical, filtration and industrial applications. The company employs approximately 200 employees at its location in Troisdorf. Managing Director is Dr. Bernd Kunze. For more information on REICOFIL please visit

On The Nonwovens Institute at North Carolina State University
The Nonwovens Institute is the world’s first accredited academic program for the interdisciplinary study of engineered fabrics through an innovative partnership of industry, government, and academe. NWI combines the expertise of North Carolina State University’s leading colleges of Textiles, Engineering, and Natural Resources with the research and development capabilities of its more than 60 member companies. NWI supports over 40 graduate students and is a global leader in nonwovens research. The Institute also houses state-of-the-art facilities for product development, analytical services, materials testing, analysis and evaluation that is valued at over $30 million dollars. NWI cooperates with worldwide renowned universities in the fields of education and research and offers students and graduates opportunities for international communication. For more information about the Nonwovens Institute please visit or send an email to

The ANDRITZ GROUP is a globally leading supplier of plants, equipment, and services for hydropower stations, the pulp and paper industry, the metalworking and steel industries, and solid/liquid separation in the municipal and industrial sectors. ANDRITZ Nonwoven combines the expertise of three leaders in the nonwovens industry with long-standing and successful traditions: Asselin-Thibeau, Küsters, and Perfojet. The key competences lie in needlepunch, spunlace, wetlaid, wetlace, spunbond, spunjet, and finishing technologies. For more information on ANDRITZ please visit

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