June 2021

Many industries are facing significant environmental and social challenges today. In particular, the Paris Climate Agreement has set benchmarks for the reduction of CO2 emissions and standards that businesses must adhere to in the interests of the planet.

The Oerlikon Group’s presence among the 50 Sustainability and Climate Leaders is just one of the tangible ways in which it demonstrates its commitment towards taking concrete, effective actions that use fewer resources for greater results.

Oerlikon works tirelessly to develop innovative technologies that deliver the highest standards in terms of productive performance, with a substantial decrease in the materials and energy required in such processes. As a result, it has significantly reduced the environmental impact of numerous key sectors in which it operates, including automotive, aerospace and textile manufacturing.

A concrete example is the 25 million tonnes of CO2 emissions offset in the aeronautic industry in 2019. This represents a saving for manufacturers equivalent to the amount of energy required to power 3 million homes in a year

Do more with less. This is the ambition of the Oerlikon group and it is the pledge that TKW Materials makes to clients and potential clients who are considering making the move from traditional nonwoven production to our Phantom hybrid solution.

This revolutionary technology enables manufacturers to produce higher quality wet wipe and diaper cores at a decidedly lower cost than airlaid or spunlace alternatives. On top of this, by eliminating the hydroentanglement phase and subsequent energy-consuming drying stage, Phantom delivers substantial resource and cost savings for manufacturers.

Last, but not least, the disposable cellulose-polyolefin conformed substrates it produces are up to 90% made of natural or recycled fibres and we intend to take this percentage even higher.

In some segments, such as bio-agriculture, developing sustainable products that are beneficial to both the environment and consumers inevitably entails higher costs for the manufacturers that in turn are passed on to the end consumer. This is not the case with Phantom coforming technology, which enables the production of disposable substrates that are sustainable in every sense, from economic to social to environmental.

Do more – and better – with less. It is hard to come up with a valid reason to not embrace an opportunity that has no negatives, but only a host of significant positives.