Technical Fibre Products (TFP), a leading manufacturer of advanced nonwovens, today announced a commitment to double current production capacity through the installation of a state of the art third manufacturing line. This significant financial investment comes in response to increasing demand for TFP’s innovative nonwovens across all markets.
Technical Fibre Products is a successful knowledge based manufacturing company specialising in developing nonwovens for highly technical and challenging applications. Over 85% of TFP’s advanced nonwovens are exported worldwide and these highly specialised materials routinely succeed where others have failed, providing innovative solutions across a number of growth industries. Applications range from enabling the thermal management of the ESA satellite GAIA to playing a crucial role in facilitating the light weighting of the latest generation of commercial and defence aircraft.
The expansion of TFP is necessary to facilitate further growth and will constitute a significant capital investment to develop and install the new state of the art forming line. The line will be based on the current proprietary wet-laid technology to ensure consistent high quality, but will be engineered to extend production capability beyond the current constraints.
Martin Thompson, Managing Director of TFP, comments that: “The installation of a third production line at TFP is an exciting and necessary step to meet rapidly increasing demand and facilitate the delivery of the company’s successful growth strategy. The installation of the new line is expected to be complete in summer 2015 and represents the latest step in an accelerated programme of capacity and capability improvements for the company. This includes the installation of a state of the art nano-coating line at TFP’s US manufacturing facility and the commissioning of a high specification flat bed laminator to enable in-house material conversion. The third nonwoven machine will double production capacity to support sales growth and provides the opportunity to access new markets for which current production constraints have been a limitation.”
The wet-laid nonwoven technology used is unique in its design, its roots lying in the papermaking processes used by TFP’s parent company James Cropper plc, who produce the paper for the Remembrance poppies and are globally renowned for their luxury packaging papers.
To find out more about the innovative production methods, product range, responsible manufacturing principles and history of both Technical Fibre Products and the wider James Cropper group, please visit www.tfpglobal.com and www.jamescropper.com.