We’re pleased to announce the successful closing of the Jacob Holm acquisition.
Stay tuned for more exciting details about Glatfelter’s Spunlace and Sontara products.
Glatfelter is the world leader in high-quality, customized nonwoven airlaid materials, with four sites spanning the United States, Canada and Germany. Our airlaid materials can be found in applications such as feminine hygiene, adult incontinence, wipes, table top, food packaging and medical care.
Airlaid is a highly absorbent fabric consisting of one or more layers. Most are composed of all-natural fluff pulp, often in combination with binding fibers and functional additives. Each layer can be designed to add specific functionality to the final homogeneous fabric.
We manufacture airlaid material through a three-step process:
This airlaid manufacturing process creates a final nonwoven fabric that is well suited for many applications and is most often used when exceptional fluid absorption is required.
We bring cutting-edge technology and decades of expertise to the wetlaid nonwoven industry. At our sites in Gernsbach, Germany, Lydney, UK, and Scaër, France, we use inclined wire machines to create lightweight, highly porous engineered materials for beverage filtration, wipes, decorative laminates and electrical capacitors. We process specialty long fibers, such as abaca, from our own pulp site in the Philippines to create a best-in-class product.
In Dresden, Germany, we are the leading global supplier of nonwoven wallcover base materials. In Ober-Schmitten, Germany, we produce glassine for a variety of applications and specialty kraft solutions for electrical capacitors.
Wetlaid is a form of fiber processing where a dilute suspension consisting mostly of separate cellulose fibers in water is drained through a sieve-like screen so that a mat of randomly interwoven fibers is laid down. Water is further removed from this sheet by pressing, sometimes aided by suction or vacuum, or heating. Once dry, a flat, uniform and strong sheet of is achieved.
We make wetlaid materials by suspending specialty cellulose and synthetic fiber and performance enhancing additives in a diluted slurry. The slurry is uniformly deposited onto a moving wire screen that allows water to pass through. The fibers collect on the screen forming a web that will be further processed. Once fully processed and dry, the web is rolled into large parent reels and ready for final converting and packaging.
The metallization technology is used in wet glue labels for returnable bottles, inner liners for the tobacco industry, self-adhesive labels for the wine and spirit industry and packaging such as gift wrap. (See our metallized label and metallized packaging solutions.)
Metallized materials are highly engineered composites made of an ultra-thin layer of aluminum and lacquers on special cellulose-based substrates. They come in a variety of qualities and weights. Metallized materials have an exceptionally low metal content, on average the aluminium content is less than 0.002% of the weight. As a result, they may be recycled with other similar materials.
The metallization process has three steps:
Consumers rely on Glatfelter for everything from their morning coffee to personal care products. Browse our engineered materials across a variety of applications.