Germany-based nonwovens machinery supplier Trützschler Nonwovens, part of Trützschler Nonwovens
& Man-Made Fibers GmbH, and paper machine manufacturer Voith Paper, a division of Germany-based
Voith GmbH, have announced that a nonwovens fabric produced using their jointly developed
production process for wetlaid and hydroentangled nonwovens has been certified flushable by the
Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry (INDA), Cary, N.C., and the International Association
Serving the Nonwovens and Related Industries (EDANA), Brussels.
The nonwoven fabric — produced using Voith’s HydroFormer™ for web formation and Trützschler
Nonwovens’ AquaJet for web bonding — features cellulose as the raw material, and draws its strength
from a small percentage of viscose fibers spun from the cellulose. Because the production process
doesn’t use binding agents or melt fibers, the fiber material is completely biodegradable, and the
cloths can quickly disperse in water, the companies report.