Specialty applications of nonwovens: An overview

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The rapid growth of the nonwoven textile industry over the past decade has seen the development of valueadded products at lower costs. The applications of needlepunched, meltblown and spunbonded nonwovens are reviewed. Meltblown nonwovens are used in applications such as barrier and filtration textiles, and in the medical/hygiene sector - baby diapers, medical wipes, sanitary napkins etc. Similar applications apply to spunbonded fabrics, and also technical end uses such as covering and roofing materials. Both technologies are also applied to pillow and upholstery liners, wipes and packaging liners. Spunlace technology, such as the AquaTex treatment by Fleissner, is described and wide-ranging applications are listed. Nonwoven protective clothing substrates as developed by the US Army Soldier Systems Center are described, with further development work at Texas Tech University noted. The development of nanofibre based nonwoven substrates is included, and the work of eSpin Technologies, Inc. (www.nanoSpin.com). Natural fibre based nonwovens have been developed by Cotton Incorporated, US, using airlaid and spunlace technologies. Other specialty products and specialty fibre nonwovens are described.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages2
Specialist publicationATA Journal
StatePublished - 2001


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