Sofidel Reconfirms A.Celli Technology

Sofidel, that has just celebrated 50 years of business activity, is present in Europe and the United States with 19 companies that each year produce more than one million tons of paper and employ over 5,500 people.

The new tissue rewinder model E-WIND®T200 commissioned to A.Celli Paper of Lucca will have a 5600-mm format and a working speed of 1600 mpm. The machine, highly evolved from the point of view of design and equipped with sophisticated technological innovations, will guarantee the Lucchese Group Sofidel the opportunity to work and handle structured webs. The rewinder is scheduled for delivery in May 2017, and will be installed in one of Sofidel’s facilities in Europe.

Just a few months from the order of the first tissue rewinder by Sofidel, this new order is yet a further confirmation that A.Celli Paper is a reliable, expert and professional partner capable of walking side by side with its customers, building important relationships.

The Lucchese Group is increasingly becoming a global partner!

A.Celli Group announces the opening of a new branch facility in Istanbul, Turkey.  The new offices, which have been operational since the beginning of September, are a further confirmation of the strong desire by the A.Celli companies to broaden their sales and customer service network in the world.

For the A.Celli Group, Turkey – a natural bridge between east and west – represents a market with great potential and that already counts many active customers. The new offices are a demonstration of the attention and commitment that the Lucca company shares with its partners, and will become a reference point for sales and post-sales relationships in the region of western Asia. The opening of the subsidiary in the city of the Bosporus is the result of the Group’s consistent growth and joins the A.Celli global network that already includes China and the United States.


Endless Possibilities: Viscose Speciality Fibres From Kelheim, Germany, Improve Filter Performance

Unlike other cellulosic fibres such as cotton or wood pulp, viscose fibres are distinguished by their well-defined and reproducible properties that allow them to be designed to meet the needs of processing steps and adapted to each application. For example, the porosity and surface of a filter can be precisely controlled by adding viscose fibres with different cross-sections. The incorporation of functional additives into viscose fibres allows the optimization of the fibres in respect of the intended application, for example for the removal of tannins from beer.

The advantage of functional viscose fibres: as the additives are incorporated in the fibres they do not impact the physical properties of the filter and can not migrate into the filtered product but can still function effectively. As viscose fibres are manufactured from renewable raw materials incineration at the end of filter life is CO2 neutral, or – if the residue in the filter allows – they can be composted, an ideal disposal route for precoat filter cakes in the beverage industry.

The use of viscose speciality fibres from Kelheim is completely safe both for people and for the environment, and this is one of the reasons why the fibres have been used for decades in medical products. The fibres are certified for food contact by ISEGA and the absence of harmful substances in the products is confirmed by their certification to the Oeko-Tex standard 100 in the most demanding product class. Viscose fibres are taste neutral and are currently used in food and beverage applications: coffee pads and tea bag papers are two examples for applications in which viscose fibres are used to a considerable extent.

Now, the fibre specialists are looking into a new area of applications and are exploring the suitability of their hydrophobic Olea fibre for emulsion separation.

Olea is a viscose fibre with durable hydrophobic properties. The additives used in production are approved for food contact by the FDA and the BfR and at the same time free of silicones. In a series of tests over the next months, the leading manufacturer of viscose speciality fibres will analyse how these hydrophobic properties influence the separation of water/oil mixtures. Preliminary trials have shown an accumulation of oil on the fibre’s surface which then enables the separation of the larger oil droplets.

In a next step, the Bavarians will examine the efficacy of separation of different emulsions, as well as the influence of the nonwoven construction and suitable blend partners.

Kelheim Fibres GmbH is the world’s leading manufacturer of viscose speciality fibres and the largest supplier of viscose fibres for the manufacture of femcare tampons. Every year approximately 90.000 tons of viscose fibres are produced and tested at the plant in Kelheim. The fibres are used in a wide range of applications – from fashion to hygiene and medical products, from nonwovens to speciality papers. Innovative products, flexible technologies and a strong customer orientation are the foundation for the success of the company.


Küçükler Tekstil Developed Bed Fabric That Can Pass The Flammability Testing Standard

R&D and M&D departments in the year 2015. In addition, having also developed bed fabric that can pass the flammability testing CFR 1633 for the new markets, Küçükler Tekstil’s Deputy Director General Selim Şahin said: “The products we developed successfully passed the tests conducted in the independent laboratories in America. In order to reach the potential new customers in these countries, we will be taking part in the international fairs held there. We aim to present our new products and to increase our sales volume in those fairs. We provide service through our 38 brands in total and through our many unique pattern and designs. We patented our designs within the body of Turkish Patent Institute as the authorized institution in Turkey and thus we protected them. We increase our sales volume every passing day”.

Stating that they export to 45 countries, Şahin also said that they would like to add three more countries within their export portfolio.

Pointing out that they are again planning on increasing the market shares in the countries of America and Far East within this year, Selim Şahin said: “As Küçükler Tekstil, our R&D team continues its works in order to develop new three products and brands that support sleep quality and can be beneficial for the users in terms of human health and comfort. Especially in this field, we prioritize technical features such as the thermal comfort, moisture transfer and fabric handle during sleep”.

Adding that they will be completing their ERP software processes so as to provide better service for the companies they work with, Selim Şahin underlined that through this process, they will have the ability to use the resources belonging to the companies in a more correct, sufficient way and in a timely manner.