Oerlikon Offers a Complete Range of Solutions for the Production of Manmade Fibers

by swisscham in Engineering, Manufacturing

Under the motto of “From Melt to Yarn,” Oerlikon’s Manmade Fibers Segment provides producers of manmade fibers like polyester or polyamide with an integrated complete solution covering all steps of the polymer melt production process that extends to finished fibers, yarn or nonwovens. “By using engineering services to position ourselves on the level of raw materials production, we will be able to better utilize the position of this global growth market in the future,” says Stefan Kross, CEO of the Oerlikon Segment Manmade Fibers. In the technology-driven and less cyclical business involving projects and systems used to make manmade fibers, Oerlikon supplies a concentrated, financially robust customer base that, altogether, is responsible for about half of the annual production of fibers and filaments. China is the largest producer of manmade fibers. The amount of fibers produced by the People’s Republic grew by 60 % between 2008 and 2012, and now totals 36.1 million tons. This represents a world-market share of 65 %. Oerlikon has been located in China since 1984 and has played a major role in the expansion of the manmade fiber industry there. Today, the Manmade Fibers Segment works in an international network with production sites in Europe and Asia.

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