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Epitropic fibre is incorporated into fabrics to provide safe discharge of static electricity.


The Maccaferri Group acquire Epitropic Fibres Ltd

The Maccaferri Group of Bologna, Italy, is pleased to announce its acquisition of 100% of the shareholding of Epitropic Fibres Ltd. The purchase was concluded on 31st May 2006.

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Epitropic Fibres Ltd, based in Oakworth, West Yorkshire, has been owned by JWH Group Ltd since 2002. The company produces conductive anti static polyester fibre known as “Epitropic Fibre” and is globally recognized as the leading anti static polyester material supplier. This niche product is sold across the world and is used in a variety of applications where the build up of static electricity could cause safety or operational difficulties.

This acquisition further enhances the Maccaferri Group’s diversification strategy, aimed at strengthening its position in key niche markets as well as entering new market sectors that have significant growth potential.

The Maccaferri Group is fully committed to providing the highest quality products and service to our clients and we will extend our efforts and commitment to the existing Epitropic Fibres customers.

We would also like to take this opportunity to welcome our Epitropic Fibres colleagues to the Maccaferri family.

The coming months will see a smooth initial transition towards the successful integration of Epitropic Fibres into the Maccaferri Group. We will endeavour to maximize the potential synergies between our companies to ensure steady market development, strong financial results and secure future growth.

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A new venture begins for Epitropic Fibres Ltd

The opening of Epitropic Fibres Ltd’s first overseas offices, based in Shanghai China, is a major milestone for this young and innovative company.

The offices, located in a new development in central Shanghai (photo below left), will be the focal point for the company’s entry into the rapidly developing Asian market for antistatic fibres.

Shanghai Office of Epitropic fibre is incorporated into fabrics to provide safe discharge of static electricity.
Shanghai skyline
With the appointment of Mr. Brian McAndrew as Commercial Development Manager (Asia) and his assistant Ms. Xiao Ling (both shown in photos below), Epitropic Fibres Ltd are well placed to provide antistatic fibre solutions to this important market.


Epitropic Fibres Ltd’s first overseas offices, based in Shanghai China

Brian McAndrew at Epitropic Fibres Ltd’s first overseas offices, based in Shanghai China
Ms. Xiao Ling at Epitropic Fibres Ltd’s first overseas offices, based in Shanghai China




Epitropic Fibres to exhibit at SINCE 2005
Epitropic Fibres will be exhibiting at Shanghai International Nonwovens Conference and Exhibition (SINCE 2005), which runs from the 26th-28th of September 2005 at INTEX Shanghai, China. This will be the 11th conference and exhibition, which is Asia’s and China’s premier meeting place for manufacturers, suppliers and buyers of nonwovens raw materials, equipment, machinery and services to reach China and the rest of the world.

Epitropic Fibres in Shanghai Nonwovens Conference
INTEX Exhibition Centre, Shanghai
Taking place alongside the exhibition will be a high-level conference that will cover the latest developments and global trends in technology, end uses, and supply and demand as well as issues that affect the nonwovens industry. At SINCE 2005, Epitropic Fibres will be among 300 exhibitors from all over the world – an event that they anticipate to be as positive for the company as recent exhibitions that they have attended in Europe.

Following the recent successes of Index05 in Geneva and TechTextil in Frankfurt, Yorkshire-based Epitropic Fibres is following up a number of significant leads with potential customers interested in specifying their epitropic (anti-static) product.

The success at these international exhibitions follows a trend of increasing interest in the company’s products, including repeat business from a non-woven manufacturer in China and South Africa – in part due to Epitropic Fibres’ on-going product development programme. Part of this extensive development programme includes anti-static socks, which are being developed in partnership with Czech Republic-based VUB a.s.

In addition to producing epitropic fibres, for applications to where the dissipation of static electricity is required, the company has developed fibres with anti-microbial properties for applications where hygiene is of the utmost importance. In the pipeline are plans to expand the range of decitex available and to also develop a continuous yarn and a spun yarn using epitropic fibres, also in partnership with VUB a.s.

Several new products for new markets are also in development, which hope to be available to exhibit at the Shanghai exhibition in September, by which time a deal with a major US-based manufacturer will have been completed involving new manufacturing technique.


Epitropic Fibres at Techtextil Expo Frankfurt
For the very first time Epitropic Fibres Ltd will be exhibiting at Techtextil in Frankfurt June 7 to June 9; Hall 4.1, stand C12 on the U.K. Pavilion.

Techtextil is the world’s largest trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens. The complete global market for these products will be showcased at the most important forum for the industry, and Epitopic Fibres Ltd are delighted to be a part of it.

In collaboration with its customers Epitropic Fibres Ltd continues to develop antistatic solutions for use in various manufacturing techniques and markets. With new product developments to be exhibited, visitors can see at first hand the various end-use applications where Epitropic fibre can be applied.

Epitropic Fibres at Techtextil Expo Frankfurt
Contact us on Stand C12 in Hall 4.1 on the U.K. Pavilion.
Our representatives are available to discuss your particular requirements

Also on show will be Epitropic Fibres Ltd standard staple fibre, with new options on cut lengths and anti microbial additives.

Put this Event in your diary now. Visit us on stand C12 and discover the new materials and innovative concepts that Epitropic fibre can be used in.



Man-Made Fiber Year Book
Epitropic Fibres for technical polyester textiles

The process of producing anti-static fibers was developed in the 1970s by ICI Fibres Limited in Harrogate/UK, but it is only in recent years that Epitropic Fibres Limited has positioned the product as successful international brand.

Properties and end-uses
Epitropic Fibres is the only company in the world that can lay claim to the epitropic process, according to the company. Epitropic fiber consists of carbon particles embedded in the polyester fiber. When blended with regular fibers, it confers conductivity to textile fabrics – usually, although not exclusively, manufactured using nonwoven technology. Applications for epitropic fibers, where it is essential to safely discharge static build up, include safety work wear, carpets and upholstery.

Approximately, 1% epitropic fiber prevents discomfort from static in everyday clothing and carpets; about 2-5% epitropic fiber is necessary for fabrics for industrial filters and safety work wear. Resistivity is approximately 1-100Megohms/m2 , but it is dependent on the end fabric and its construction.

Epitropic Fiber Properties
Titer (dtex)
Staple length (mm)
Cross section
Tenacity (cN/tex)
Extension (%)
Density (g/cm3)
Moisture regain (%)
Electrical resistance (Megohms/cm)

Epitropic Fibres Ltd

Epitropic Fibres Ltd.. Vale Mill ..Oakworth ..Keighley ..West Yorkshire BD22 0EB ..UK
Tel: +44 (0) 1535 640130 ..Fax: +44 (0) 1535 643605

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