Manifattura Fontana orders Andritz needlepunch line for geotextiles; to start up in October 2018

CLOVERDALE, CA, March 8, 2018-

Italian durable products maker Manifattura Fontana ordered a new neXline needlepunch eXcelle line from Andritz for the production of geotextiles, with startup scheduled for October 2018, the equipment maker announced. Andritz added that, “For the first time in Italy, the line will feature air-through bonding capabilities in combination with calendering. It is targeted to become the most productive line in Europe.”

When Fontana was acquired by its present owner, the Belgian conglomerate Sioen, in 2016, the Italian firm’s capacity was estimated at 10,000 tonnes of needlepunch. At that time Sioen said Fontana had some spare capacity.

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