Saturday, August 2, 2008

[ Technical Textiles - Fiber World ]

Performance Options With Fiber And Yarn
Fiber options abound for innovative performance textiles ranging from technical textiles and nonwovens through improved traditional offerings.
James M. Borneman, Editor In Chief

Textile development today is seeing a growing demand for performance - performance that starts with fiber. Whether it is for high-technology products or better-performing traditional textiles, fiber can make all the difference. A recent survey of leading fiber producers revealed a common trend of delivering value and performance alternatives for fabric and product developers.

runner DAK America's HydroPur™ fiber is incorporated into a range of activewear.
Flame Fighting
William Younts, vice president, business development, Basofil Fibers LLC, Enka, N.C., stated that Basofil® melamine fiber for thermal insulation and fire resistance has been in full production for more than 10 years. Recent breakthroughs have come in dyeability. "It is unique," Younts said. "It is complementary by stabilizing meta-aramid-containing fabrics, reducing the shrinkage in blends with modified acrylic. It has a higher thermal insulating value when compared to meta-aramid, para-aramid, wool or [Polybenzimidazole]." According to the company, as a fiber blend component in fire-retardant apparel fabrics and bedding, the fiber offers high thermal insulation, char stabilization, no melt or drip, very low shrinkage and high inherent fire retardance. Currently, Basofil is used in industrial workwear, military and filtration end-products; and allows for the manufacture of fire-retardant apparel that does not contain California Proposition 65-listed additives.

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