Friday, June 28, 2013

Innovation: Product Development with Tencel (1985-94)

Work with potential customers started in secret in October 1985 based on Coventry pilot plant Tencel.  All the developments to 1994 were organised by Courtaulds Research in conjunction with sales offices outside the UK and Tencel sales. 
There's a bias to nonwovens and technical textiles here because I have little information on the development of apparel textiles. Comments and additional information from those involved is welcome as always!

Products:  Hydroentangled dry-laid nonwovens, woven Tencel gauze
Markets:  Surgical Swabs (cotton gauze replacement)
Partners:  Chicopee USA,  Johnson and Johnson
Key Players:  Alton Bassett, Eric Attle (CNA)
Products:  Hydroentangled Coverstock (Topsheet)
Markets:  Diapers, Femcare
Partners:  Unicharm (Japan)
Key Players:  Migaku Suzuki,
Products: Hydroentangled Nonwovens
Markets:  Disposable Wipes
Partners:  Chicopee NV, Johnson and Johnson
Key Players:  Derek Rochford, John Elves
Products: Thermal bonded nonwovens
Markets:  Interlinings
Partner:  BFF Nonwovens
Key Players:  Taki Tyropolis, Bill Kennard
Products: Thermal bonded nonwovens
Markets:  Wipes
Partners:  J W Suominen
Key Players: Jorma Suominen, Esa Paltaala
Products:  Wet-laid nonwovens/Special Papers
Markets: Abaca replacement, tea-bags, food casings
Partners: JR Crompton (UK)
Key Players: Brian Tomkinson, Ivan Gbur
Products: Wet-laid nonwovens
Markets: Drapes/Gowns/Central Sterilising Room Wrap
Partners:  Dexter USA
Key Players: Alan Meierhofer
Products: Latex bonded nonwovens
Markets:  Disposable Wipes
Partners:  International Paper,
Key Players:  Zoltan Mate, Eric Attle (CNA)
Products: Thermal bonded (Powder Bonding)
Markets:  High Loft absorbents
Partners:  Bonar Carelle
Key Players:  ?
Products: Wet-Laid Nonwovens
Markets:  Wet-Wipes (Viscose replacement - low odour)
Partners:  Stora Kopparberg
Key Players:  Stefan Fors, Peter Fredericks
Products:  Modified Apertured Fabrics
Markets:  "J-Cloths" (polyester replacement), Swabs
Partners:  Johnson and Johnson (Canada)
Key Players:  Errol Tan
Products:  Hydroentangled Nonwovens
Markets:  Surgical drapes and gowns (polyester replacement)
Partners:  Chicopee USA,  Johnson and Johnson
Key Players:  Alton Bassett, Eric Attle (CNA)
Products: Tampons
Markets:  Femcare
Partner:  Johnson and Johnson (Germany)
Key Players:  Fritz Weinstrauch, Rolf Altdorf
Products: Tampons
Markets:  Femcare
Partner:  Tambrands (USA)
Key Players:  Ken Merrill, Eric Attle (CNA)
Products: Dry-Laid Nonwovens - various bonding
Markets:  Interlinings
Partner:  Freudenberg (Germany)
Key Players:  Gerhard Schaut, Johannes Knocke
Products:  Hydroentangled Nonwovens
Markets:  Surgical Dressings (cotton and polynosic replacement)
Partners:  Unicharm (Japan)
Key Players:  Migaku Suzuki, Kunihiko Tozaki (CJL)
Products:  Flame Retardant Tencel
Markets:  Workwear
Partners:  Albright and Wilson(UK)
Key Player:  David Cole, Les Pearson
Products: Dry Laid Thermal Bonded
Markets:  Floppy Disc Liners
Partners:  Freudenberg
Key Players:  Holger Buchwald
Products: Dry-Laid Latex Bonded
Markets:  Battery Separators
Partners:  BFF
Key Players:  Andrew Kelly
Products: Hydroentangled Coverstock
Markets:  Diapers/Femcare
Partner:  Kendall/International Paper
Key Players:  Drew Horn
Partner: J&J Personal Products
Key Player:  Beth Stern
Products:  Paper
Markets:  Security Papers
Partners:  Portals (UK), Tumba Bruk (Sweden)
Key Player:  Paul Howland,
Products: Wet-Laid Hydroentangled
Markets:  Industrial Wipes
Partners:  Molnlycke (Holland)
Key Player: Bernt Johannsen

(1990's developments follow)

Change of Address

It's a year since we started this blog.  

The objective was to provide information on the evolution of Tencel in Courtaulds before the Tencel business was acquired by Lenzing in 2004.  We hoped that the site would allow anyone searching for information on lyocell fibres in general or Tencel in particular to find the Courtaulds history without too much difficulty.

Lenzing expressed their disapproval of this blog earlier this year and while we changed several aspects in view of their comments, offering to post any and all Lenzing press releases and other contributions, our use of the tencel word in the URL became a sticking point on which they threatened legal action commencing today.  

We have therefore changed the URL to