TFP announced a planned capacity increase of 50% by 2020. This significant financial investment is in response to rapidly increasing demand for our advanced nonwovens across all markets, following an already significant capacity increase in 2015.
TFP is a successful knowledge based manufacturing company specialising in developing advanced nonwovens and other related materials for highly technical and challenging applications. Examples range from enabling emerging technologies such as fuel cells, to playing a crucial role in facilitating light-weighting of the latest generation of commercial and defence aircraft. This significant addition to capacity is necessitated by existing and projected growth in these areas, amongst others.
Martin Thompson, Managing Director of TFP, comments that: “This latest planned expansion is an exciting and necessary step to meet rapidly increasing demand and facilitate the delivery of the company’s successful growth strategy. The 50% growth in capacity will be completed by the end of 2020 and represents the latest phase in an accelerated programme of both capacity and capability improvements for the company. Examples include the installation of a state of the art particle plating line & upgraded IT infrastructure at TFP’s manufacturing facility in the US, as well as the doubling of production capacity here in the UK in 2015 and increased warehousing to support this. The planned expansion will continue to facilitate the rapid growth we have seen in key markets such as aerospace, defence and fuel cells and will be supported by significant capital investment to develop and house the new capacity.”
TFP is a global company, exporting over 85% of its nonwovens worldwide. It uses wet-laid nonwoven technology which is unique in its design, its roots lying in the papermaking processes used by our parent company James Cropper plc. James Cropper is globally renowned for luxury packaging papers as well as its latest sustainable initiatives, these include Cup Cycling™ – the upcycling of take-away paper coffee cups into luxury papers & packaging, and Colourform™ – an innovative new range of renewable and recyclable moulded fibre packaging.
TFP was established 30 years ago and is part of James Cropper plc who have been trading for over 170 years. TFP is a speciality wet-laid nonwoven manufacturer, producing a diverse range of high performance veils and mats for an array of challenging applications.