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Rockford, IL - July 30, 2020
Cellusuede Products, Inc, Rockford, IL is pleased to announce it has acquired Engineered Fibers Technology, (EFT) Shelton, CT. On June 30, 2020, Cellusuede completed the purchase and now has 100% interest in EFT ownership, greatly expanding Cellusuede’s capabilities as a precision short-cut fiber supplier.
 
EFT, founded in 1998, is an industry leader in precision short-cut technical fibers (including Ni coated carbon, Vectran, BioMid, lyocell, S-2 glass, aramid, and PEEK, among several others) into technical markets, including specialty papers, construction and composites, as well as into thermoplastic /thermoset molding compounds, with coated (controlled strand integrity) fibers. EFT also has a well-established and unique line of wet processed fibers that includes EFTec TM Nanofibrillated fibers for filtration, wipes and specialty papers. In addition, EFT’s offerings include its DensePakTM proprietary short fiber and packaging expertise used to manufacture obscurant devices employed by the U.S. Government as a defense against sophisticated electro-optical sensors and advanced weapon systems.

EFT is well recognized for its materials science expertise and proprietary technology for high performance technical applications. EFT’s solutions-based technical focus combined with Cellusuede’s long standing history of highest quality short-cut fibers and larger scale capacity will catapult the Company into new technical markets while entrenching the Company even further into existing markets as a first quality partner to our customer base.

Cellusuede, an ESOP company founded in 1938, will look to leverage EFT’s capabilities to grow its business in energy storage markets, automotive applications and additive manufacturing. Andy Honkamp, President and CEO of Cellusuede, is the new President of EFT. Bob Evans, founder and former Managing Director of EFT, will stay on in a technical consulting role, and Dave Merrill, former Sales and Marketing Director for EFT, will remain in a sales and customer service support role. EFT will continue operations in Shelton, CT.


Cellusuede Products, Inc.
1515 Elmwood Road
Rockford, IL 61103
Phone:(815)964-8619
Fax: (815)964-7949
Engineered Fibers Technology, LLC, Shelton, CT, established in 1998 and now located in our expanded manufacturing and research facility, offers a broad range of high performance fibers and materials including precision short-cut fibers from a wide range of fiber types, as well as EFTec™ Nanofibrillated Fibers and other fibrillated fibers for technical papers and engineered materials. Spectracarb™ GDL porous graphite conductive papers and panels are manufactured for fuel cell and other various electrochemical devices. Contract research, technical support and applications development are provided in all of these areas, with laboratory facilities maintained to address both product and process development. Consulting services are also available.

Precision Short-Cut Fibers
EFT can provide a wide range of both textile / industrial type and higher performance engineering type precision short-cut fibers, in lengths from 0.25 mm to over 75 mm. Currently available fibers include a wide range of acrylic, modacrylic, lyocell, rayon, polyester, melamine, PVA, polypropylene, polyethylene, nylon, splittable bicomponent fibers, thermal binder bicomponent fibers and other specialty textile / industrial type fibers. Various engineering/ technical fibers including pitch and PAN based carbon fibers, Ni and Cu clad carbon fibers, S-2 Glass, Quartz, PEEK, PPS, Ultem, Spectra, Vectran, PBI, fluorocarbons including PTFE and Halar, aramid, high modulus acrylic and PVA, and high tenacity polyester. Fiber orders from a few hundred grams to production / truckload quantities can be delivered. We can also coat / size advanced fibers from aqueous based polymers prior to cutting. Contract cutting services and special packaging options to meet specific customer requirements have been expanded. In addition, we maintain strategic alliances with several fiber producers worldwide to be able to provide the newest fiber products and highest levels of customer service.


EFTec Nanofibrillated Fibers
EFT™ also has broad capabilities to provide highly fibrillated fibers/pulps including EFTec Nanofibrillated Acrylic Fibers and EFTec Nanofibrillated Lyocell Fibers with average fibril diameters of 0.2-0.3 microns for filtration and other wet-laid applications. We can also provide other fibrillated fibers including Vectran LCP pulps and Zylon PBO pulps in a range of lengths and degrees of fibrillation. Fibrillated polypropylene fiber and nylon / polyester pulp blends are also now available. Fibrillation capabilities range from laboratory scale to large-scale commercial /container load production batches. Wet pulps are normally provided for wet-laid applications, but dry pulps can also be produced.
Contract Research / Product Support / Consulting Services
EFT is also continuing to expand contract research and development and provide product support to address specific customer requirements and applications. We maintain a laboratory staff and have the ability to provide applications development and evaluation, as well as technical support to customers related to new short-cut fibers and pulps, with the major focus being on wet-laid papers, filtration media, slurry molded shapes, as well as lower cost and customer tailored Spectracarb GDL.

Please contact us if we can answer any of your specific questions or provide additional information.