Murtra Nonwovens – Nonwovens Industry Magazine
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Murtra is a Spanish family business formed from two production sites located in Piera, Spain (Telas Y Fabricados No Tejidos SA – Tefisa), and Ystad, Sweden (IMS Nonwoven AB), forming the nonwoven division named Murtra Nonwovens.
IMS Nonwoven, formerly Fiberduck, has been supplying dry chemically bonded materials to a wide range of business areas since 1959. With a long history and quality consciousness, the company has dedicated significant resources to achieve strong growth, from adding a technical spunlace production line for the automotive industry to a chemical bonding production line for the medical sector.
Tefisa was founded in 1984 by the Batlle paper group. With its first chemically bonded nonwoven machine, the company began supplying the market with nonwovens for liquid-absorbent products such as diapers. After years of technological evolution and development of new products, Tefisa has consolidated its position in the market and has become one of the national leaders in industrial products, while expanding its activities in key sectors such as automotive, filtration, medical, construction and agriculture, among others. , in addition to expanding the geographic reach of its sales. In 2003, Tefisa was acquired by the Spanish textile group Industrias Murtra as part of the group’s diversification strategy, creating the nonwoven division Murtra Nonwovens. In 2008, Tefisa acquired Fiberduck and renamed the company IMS Nonwoven AB
One of the main objectives of Murtra Nonwovens is to replace a significant part of its raw materials with raw materials from sustainable sources and to expand its product portfolio by offering sustainable, biodegradable and compostable materials. Currently, a significant part of its R&D resources is devoted to the study of new markets and material trends that could help the company to be part of the circular economy, a clear bet for the future challenge of a green world. .
The company also continues to innovate and grow through investment. In 2020, Murtra acquired a state-of-the-art laminating machine to support the automotive market and applied this knowledge to other sectors requiring technical nonwovens and laminates. In addition, different production process parts and tools are also updated as part of the technological improvements that Murtra Nonwovens has experienced in the past eight years. The company is now able to offer a wide range of finishing and coating possibilities: film-coated, water-repellent, oil-repellent, fire-retardant, serializable, biodegradable, composite, heat-sealable, absorbent, fungicide, monolayer, non-slip, mouldable, printable and designed to meet almost any requirement.
The company places the customer at the center of its decision-making process. “We have the ability to develop unique new materials to meet the specific needs and exact specifications of our customers,” says Alfons Lloret, Managing Director. “We analyze all the requests with our commercial and technical department to find the optimal solution that the customer expects for his project but not only that, our production process is oriented to offer flexibility and agility in response to all the needs of our customers for provide sampling at the best possible time.
The year 2020 brought unprecedented challenges due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Thanks to the effort, commitment and talent of all its teams, Murtra was able to rapidly develop a range of personal protective equipment for overstretched healthcare systems during the pandemic, which led to a turnover and record results.
Additionally, the past year has brought new challenges with shortages of semiconductors – dramatically reducing volumes for the automotive sector – and leading to huge increases in raw material prices. The first strategic decision taken by the company in the face of this crisis was to secure and guarantee the supply of all customers, to reallocate internal resources and to diversify into new markets where Murtra’s position was not so strong like construction and filtration.
But with every crisis, new opportunities can arise. “2021 has shown significant growth in the nonwovens industry with new strategic alliances, expansion of manufacturing capabilities of many companies, and innovation in the development of new materials, substrates and applications based on new trends when it comes to sustainability, electrification and digitization,” says Lloret. “With increasing investments and reorganization of the supply chain, Murtra Nonwovens is definitely a company that has an important role to play in this changing scenario.”