Despite the continuing market slowdown in China, the new manmade-fibers segment Oerlikon Barmag Huitong Engineering Co. Ltd.—a joint venture of Swiss technology group Oerlikon and Chinese chemicals specialists Huitong Chemical Engineering Technique—recently signed an order for a 60,000-tons-a-year polycondensation system. The system, to be commissioned in China’s Jiangsu Province in the second half of 2017, will be installed upstream to an existing filament-spinning system to convert it into a direct-spinning system.
The new system will cater to the demand for differentiated fibers. Yarns with bright, cationic dyeable, semi- and full-dull features can be produced, as can special polyesters with flame-retardant, low-melting-point, high-shrinkage, water-soluble and anti-static properties. Such polyesters can also be deployed in the manufacture of films, bottles and industrial yarns. Furthermore, the system is sufficiently flexible to process polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and polytrimethylene terephthalic (PTT).
Oerlikon Barmag Huitong Engineering has comprehensive experience in polycondensation systems concepts for differentiated polyester fibers. In this regard, the company was the world’s first supplier to develop and manufacture the corresponding technology ten years ago.
Oerlikon Barmag, a brand of Manmade Fibers Segment, and Huitong have been cooperating since 2007 and have realized several international projects together.