wipes industry is facing a lot of backlash but over the coming
years it will smoothen out with all our mutual efforts,” he says.
“Any new items are great for growth—this is a really good one
as it helps hygiene which is good for overall health and safety.”
There is no question that the consumer need for better hygiene
has driven demand for flushable wipes. As the wipes industry
continues to grapple with false claims that it is solely responsible
for clogging septic systems around the world, wipes makers continue to show their confidence in this market through a number
of investments worldwide.
In Spain, paper maker Aralar is starting commercial production
on its latest investment—a wetlaid line capable of making 20,000
tons of dispersible materials annually. Javier Falcon, sales manager,
says that the fact that his company’s product is 100% cellulosic has
attracted quite of bit of attention from the industry.
“There is a lot of interest in the wet wipe manufacturing com-
munity in our flushable project,” he says. “The availability of a
new technology by an experienced and competitive fiber-based
products manufacturer, combined with the tonnage that will be
made available to customers, has been very positively welcomed
in the industry.”
Aralar announced in April 2014 it would construct a new line
supplied by Voith-Trutzschler. Reportedly the first of its kind to be
installed globally, the line contains hydroentangling technology
offered by Trutzchlser with paper making expertise from Voith.
The two machinery companies had announced they had formed
Now that most of the baby
wipes industry is in compliance
with the guidelines’ code
of practice, the next step is
to make sure that any wipe
that enters the bathroom be
labeled not flushable unless it
is meant to be flushed.