Cotton wool

The pelzGROUP started in the 1950s with the production of cotton wool. We use so-called cotton combers, often as certified organic cotton or in fair trade quality, such as GOTS or OEKO-TEX. The cotton is cleaned and bleached, and then processed into cotton wool pads or cotton buds using hydroentanglement.

Our cotton wool production process

1

Cleaning and bleaching

The cotton fibers are cleaned with water and bleached with hydrogen peroxide.

2

Production of nonwoven materials

The cotton fibers are processed into nonwoven material with the help of high-pressure water jets (hydroentanglement).

3

Punching the cotton wool pads

The bands of nonwoven material are processed into cotton wool pads, punched and finally packaged.

Step 1: Cleaning and bleaching

For our production, we use cotton combed fibers. Cotton combed fibers refer to fibers that are too short to be used in the textile industry. We source them from Turkey, India or Pakistan. During bleaching, the remains of the husk and any contamination are removed from the hollow fibers.

The fats that sit on the fibers are removed – after all, they are supposed to be highly absorbent.

And by the way: we reuse the process water multiple times by cleaning it again and again in our filter system. Finally, it goes into our biological purification plant, where it is cleaned to drinking water quality.

Step 2: Production of nonwoven materials for cotton pads

Using the bleached cotton fibers, we produce long bands of nonwoven material using our spunlace (hydroentanglement) system. The fine, high-pressure water jets intertwine the dry, aerodynamically arranged cotton fiber web into a nonwoven material at over 200 bar.

Step 3: Punching the cotton wool pads

In the last step, the long nonwoven bands are processed into cotton wool pads. The cotton bands are automatically unrolled and stamped into circles or squares. The finished cotton wool pads are then packaged in printed PE bags, which we also produce, by the way. This is how we manufacture 25,000 cotton wool pads a minute, every day!

We continue to maintain the following business areas:

Feminine Hygiene & Incontinence

Efficient liquid management is achieved through carefully matched nonwoven materials, hygiene films and high-performance absorbant cores.

Household & Industrial Films and Foils

Using innovative technology, we produce especially thin, high-performance films and foils which are not only used in the home but also as industrial packaging.

Nonwoven Materials

We combine various fibers, such as cotton, viscose and PP fibers and stabilize them using heat, hot air, hydroentangelment or binding agents.

Feminine Hygiene & Incontinence

Efficient liquid management is achieved through carefully matched nonwoven materials, hygiene films and high-performance absorbant cores.

Household & Industrial Films and Foils

Using innovative technology, we produce especially thin, high-performance films and foils which are not only used in the home but also as industrial packaging.

Nonwoven Materials

We combine various fibers, such as cotton, viscose and PP fibers and stabilize them using heat, hot air, hydroentangelment or binding agents.

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