It all started as a means to an end. In 1974, Reifenhäuser acquired a patent from a company in Dresden to enable the purchase of equipment by an Eastern German manufacturer. A small team started working on the manufacture of a simple non-industrial plant according to the patent. A task that demanded considerable stamina from the company. The success story began.
Signing of a patent and know-how contract between Reifenhäuser and WTZ Technische Textilien Dresden (the predecessor of STFI).
First spunbond lab line to acquire the know-how necessary for commercial utilization of the process.
After the acquisition of the patent the Reifenhäuser team got started with the development work. Some years later it turned out that no one wanted to buy the product. Due to the high costs, big companies like DuPont and Kimberley Clark were developing their own systems. The project was given an ultimate chance shortly before it finally failed: Hans Reifenhäuser made a new investment and installed the line in a sister company. The labor resources and the necessary logistics available there made it possible to run the machine in several shifts, carry out field tests, and achieve the benchmark. It took another two years to make the machine ready for the market – after a total of twelve years of development, stamina and the firm belief in success.
The first REICOFIL® spunbond line is put into operation at a Chinese customer. The line is still producing today.
The first REICOFIL® single MB line of 3.2 m net width is installed. This was made possible by the acquisition of an exclusive license for the EXXON meltblown process.
Commissioning of the first composite line featuring the new REICOFIL®-2 technology. It improves tensile strengths and allows the manufacture of lighter basis weights.
Launch of the REICOFIL® 3 technology.
Introduction of the REICOFIL®-4 technology. Separating process- and stretching air results in higher throughputs at better control of process parameters.
Reifenhäuser Reicofil is spun off as an individual company within the Reifenhäuser Group.
Reifenhäuser invests over 30 million euro in research & development. A technology centre accommodating three REICOFIL lines exclusively dedicated to tests is built at the Troisdorf site.
Research & Development at Reicofil
The Reicofil Technology Centre changes to two-shift operation due to a high degree of capacity utilization.