Fi-Tech Inc.  

Midlothian,  VA 
United States
  • Booth: 4101, 3233

Your Global Connection to Nonwovens Machinery and Components

Fi-Tech is your Global Connection to the leading manufacturers of equipment and components used in the production of nonwoven fabrics. Visit us in booth 4101 to meet representatives from Fi-Tech as well as AstenJohnson, Brueckner, Hastem, Hansa Mixer, Idrosistem, Saueressig Surfaces, Schill & Seilacher,  Spoolex and Tokuden. We are also located adjacent to our principal Reifenhauser Reicofil and Enka Tecnica.

 Press Releases

  • SAUERESSIG Surfaces will be presenting its innovative nonwovens solutions at IDEA 2022 in Miami, from March 28 to 31 at booth 4101.

    SAUERESSIG Surfaces unites decades of experience and a wide range of expertise in all areas of surface refinement.

    As leading international supplier along the pre-press stage as well as rotogravure and embossing cylinders, SAUERESSIG Surfaces offers a strong technical expertise in the field of tissue and hygiene products, nonwovens, glass and metal as well as wood, flooring and plastics processing industry and an extensive expertise in surface design.

    Latest Developments

    3D Embossed and Apertured Nonwoven

    In addition to its comprehensive portfolio, SAUERESSIG Surfaces will present its latest developments in 3D embossing and apertured nonwovens at IDEA in Miami.

    The development process combines the production of 3D embossed and apertured nonwovens, creating the possibility of adding new special effects to high-quality nonwovens while improving material properties. The process is achieved by using a set of high-precision heated rollers with equally accurate engraving designs. Such extreme precision is required due to the high processing speed with currently up to approx.600 m/min. SAUERESSIG Surfaces aim is to provide solutions to increase the production speed even further.

    The application enables nonwovens producers to expand their portfolio and diversify in the market with new and unusual designs, enhance product properties, generate completely new applications, and increase the production speed.

    Nonwovens produced with this process have a low weight in contrast to conventionally produced nonwovens, impress with extraordinary and new design possibilities and 3D effects, have an improved tensile strength with good elasticity, are pressure resistant and have a high air and water permeability.

    Pilot Line for 3D Embossed and Apertured Nonwoven

    3D Embossed and Apertured Nonwoven Fabric

    SAUERESSIG Surfaces offers complete units and lines for offline 3D embossed and apertured fabrics.

    To complete the range and enable customers to run trials, SAUERESSIG operates two pilot lines with working widths of up to 250 and 1100 millimeters.

    Furthermore, SAUERESSIG Surfaces offers nickel sleeves for 3D embossed and apertured nonwovens produced in a hydroentanglement process. These apertured spunlace nonwovens are widely used in the health and hygiene sector where a variety of products such as wipes, gauzes, meshes, and compresses are made from apertured spunlace.

    When it comes to the manufacturing of apertured spunlace, the production via a wire mesh has significant advantages, as this process is cost-effective. This method, on the other hand, has limitations in terms of clarity, open area for air or liquid flow and in particular leads to high volume grammage of the nonwoven fabrics.

    Already decades ago, SAUERESSIG Surfaces developed and perfected a solution to freely define the size and depth of the aperture elements within the nonwoven and added the possibility to mark them with the brand of the respective manufacturer, offering diversification in the market.  In Addition, SAUERESSIG Surfaces offers the further advantage of testing the production with Celenium plates before manufacturing the production screens with the exclusive laser + etching method.

    3D Embossed and Apertured Nonwoven

    Nonwovens via Hydroentanglement

    The SAUERESSIG Surfaces team is looking forward to welcoming you at booth no. 4101.


  • Not only spooling machine

    Spoolex is involved in nonwovens market since the 80’ through its well-known Calemard brand, qualified expert in slitter-rewinders and spooling lines manufacturing.

    Spooling machine

    With the widest range of spooling machines in the world, Spoolex is recognized by the major nonwoven converters as an expert in tension control, offering smart, adapted and customized solutions. We have gained our reputation of leader thanks to our high productive Jumbo spooling lines Pegase. Thanks to constant new development, our Pegase lines are today the most adapted response to the development of new ADL or top sheet materials always bulkier, fluffier and more tension sensitive, but also for thick and difficult to handle cellulose natural fibers.

    But not only…

    The today critical period has pointed out difficulties for some companies to continue supporting their customers. Spoolex’s way of being is led by a spirit of service, whatever the situation. For several months now, we have demonstrated our comprehensive vision of the nonwovens market by engineering and manufacturing for different customers all around the world, either technical slitter-rewinders as well as non-stop winders… Today, Spoolex targets BIGGER … Come to meet Cyrille Pontet, Benjamin Grasset and Pierre Croutelle on our booth #4101 for more information about our next coming steps for nonwoven applications…

    Breaking News

    During the IDEA®22 we are also going to release more information about our recent partnership with two key nonwoven players in Europe an North America!

  • For more than 70 years BRÜCKNER has been the world leader in the construction of drying and finishing lines for the textile and nonwovens industry. In the nonwovens sector, the German family-owned company supplies worldwide thermofusion ovens, dryers, coating and heat-setting lines. On the IDEA 2022 trade fair in Miami, USA, BRÜCKNER presents together with its American representation FI-TECH new machine concepts and solutions for different applications in the mentioned fields. Convince yourself in a personal conversation with our experts of the innovative technologies of BRÜCKNER. Visit us on our booth no. 4101 directly at the entrance of the exhibition hall.

    The production of nonwovens always requires a bonding process after the nonwovens formation, where the loosely laid fibers are bonded to a resilient fiber composite. For this purpose, depending on the process, different ovens and dryers are used. BRÜCKNER offers the specific know-how and supplies the necessary lines for all applications. The production program is completed by different impregnation and coating units as well as slitting and winding equipment. BRÜCKNER's customers produce geo nonwovens, filter media, hygiene and medical textiles or different fabrics for the automotive and transport industry. For each customer an individual solution and a corresponding line layout is designed.

    Recently BRÜCKNER realized several extraordinary installations in the field of highloft nonwovens and geotextiles. For the production of highloft nonwovens the double-belt thermofusion oven SUPRA-FLOW BX is used. This oven system operates according to the air-through principle and can be perfectly adapted to the product requirements in terms of flow speed, flow direction and temperature on a field-by-field basis. Typical end products include mattresses, bedspreads, upholstery, wiping cloths, automotive components or insulating materials. The SUPRA-FLOW BX can produce nonwovens up to a thickness of 280 mm and a basis weight of max. 8 kg/m². The available working widths vary between 2400 and 5200 mm at production speeds of up to 100 m/min.

    For geotextile projects, the proven POWER-FRAME stenter is usually used, which impresses with its high uniformity in terms of temperature distribution as well as maximum productivity. In addition, the fabric can be stretched in a targeted manner by transporting it in the stenter chain. This has a controlled influence on fabric width, fiber orientation and fabric shrinkage. Working widths of up to over 7 meters are not uncommon with geotextile finishing systems. Depending on the required width, maximum temperature, stretching forces and other process requirements, the optimum solution is found for each customer. Fabric trials are also possible at any time in BRÜCKNER's Technology Center in Leonberg, Germany. The expert team of BRÜCKNER and FI-TECH will be pleased to advise you on your very special application.