The very best in innovations expertise in the world of nonwovens

TWE develops and produces functional nonwovens to improve quality of life and for a wide range of technical applications. An international team of experienced and very well trained professionals works constantly to detect new, market-focused solutions. The research and development of new and improved nonwovens plays an important role within the TWE Group, and so investment in this area is close to the heart of TWE.

With the company's increasing globalisation, a dynamic development team of experts with different fields of training has been created in recent years.
These teams work on the one hand on customer-focused developments, which may be further developments and improvements to existing products, and on the other hand they work on future-focused new developments for our customers.
Identifying trends in good time, and creating trends with new and innovative products is what our R&D team does every day.

This puts us in a good starting position to penetrate new markets areas and strengthen our competitive position. 

Materials and technologies


Because of the wide variety of fibres we use, the different fixing methods an further finishing of the
nonwovens is always aligned
to the particular product.

Raw materials

Our main raw materials are staple fibres which are made from different polymers such as polyester, polypropylene or viscose. To produce a staple fibre, individual polymers are heated to far above the melting point and then extruded in a spinneret. This process gives the now firm fibre its crimped effect which is important in lending the end product the typical style, mass and elasticity of nonwovens. The crimped fibres are then cut into specific lengths and pressed into bales. To achieve adhesive bond, for the thermally reinforced nonwovens we use so-called low-met binding fibres, and for the bond-strengthened nonwovens we use a range of chemicals.

Further functionalities

Once our nonwovens have been bonded, special methods can be applied to further finish and enhance them. TWE offers a wide range of possibilities to increase functionality and so lend the nonwoven additional special properties.

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Web formation

Web formation is at the core of nonwovens manufacture. It can be done using various processes such as parallel-laid or cross-laid carding, or the web can be laid by means of an air stream.

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Bonding

Nonwovens can be bonded in three different ways: thermally, using mechanical processes such as needle punching or water jet bonding, or by means of chemical processes.

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Read here about how we have worked with our customers to develop innovative products, solutions and applications covering exciting topics within the TWE Group, and the unusual applications our nonwovens can be found in.

Do you need a special nonwoven that meets your individual wishes and specifications 100%? We develop and produce the prefect solution for your technical applications – in surface weights of 17 to 3,000 g/m² and material strengths of 2 to 200 mm.   

Right from selecting the appropriate raw materials and production processes, we ensure properties are delivered with precision, including acoustic insulation, thermal conductivity, or fire rating.

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