One thing leads to the next; Zschimmer&Schwarz has already been through a decade of great change. Being a spokes person for Zschimmer&Schwarz the company that associates with the industry for more than a century now, how would you narrate the change in your sector? How has your Group adapted to this change?
The demands from downstream users have changed dramatically. In the past, spin finishes and additives for nonwovens were supposed to just provide a smooth running and low downtime. Nowadays the demands are also in the direction of achieving new characteristics and values through the addition of chemicals and auxiliaries. This can be achieved in many ways by using spin finishes from Zschimmer&Schwarz. A very actual example is improved moisture management in nonwoven fabrics by addition of our new Lertisan HD 102 hydrophilic finish in the spunlacing process.
You run a business that caters to Nonwovens sector; what would you quote for potential of Nonwovens industry, its present performance, and chemicals auxiliary sector shaping along this field?
The nonwovens industry is a very innovative industry sector with high demands for new characteristics of products and applications. The consumer needs and values have changed and hence the nonwovens industry follows this change with new products. Spin finishes can help to achieve new product characteristics and the nonwoven producers are now more willing than in the past to work with chemicals or auxiliaries. At Zschimmer&Schwarz we have reacted to this not only with a constant stream of new and innovative products, but also with a broad range of pilot facilities that we offer for our partners in the industry. For example can we offer a nonwoven treatment line from Coatema. On this pilot line we can run any nonwoven fabric and treat this with our products. The line can dry the fabrics with either infra red or hot air.
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