The manufacture of paper machine clothing requires large-scale machinery. Weaving machines employed for production can be up to 35 metres wide, and equipment for making needle punched paper machine clothing fabrics weighs up to 500 tons.
Paper machine clothing has undergone many transformations over the years. The challenge has been to innovate, and to keep pace with changes in the paper manufacturing industry and in paper machinery technology. This has become especially important as machinery speeds have continued to increase and as pressures have mounted to cut down on environmental damage caused by processing.
Faced with such market pressures, many of the original companies which pioneered the development of paper machine clothing have been unable to survive alone. Consequently, the industry has witnessed an unprecedented wave of restructuring involving mergers and consolidation.
Characteristics of the market for paper machine clothing
Restructuring of the paper machine clothing industry
Structure and size of the global papermaking industry
Developments in paper machine clothing
Papermaking and the role of technical textiles
Preparation of the slurry
Manufacturers of paper machine clothing
Builders of machines for making paper machine clothing
List of tables
Table 1: USA breakdown of papermaking costs, 2002
Table 2: Global production of paper and paperboard by region, 2000
Table 3: Shares of global paper and paperboard production by region, 1990 and 2000
Table 4: Life of paper machine clothing by process stage