Know-how Non-wovens | Joint International
Expertise in the area of spunbond also biodegradable, airlaid and wetlaid, spunlaced or meltblown non-woven fabrics!

Core business Non-wovens

Non-wovens are Joint International's core business. A non-woven is a textile fabric that is made out of fibers that are bonded to each other. No yarns are used in a non wovens. This makes the production process shorter and more economic compared to a knitted or a woven fabric. Raw material are natural-, synthetic-, or half-synthetic fibers. ( e.g. PLA, Co, PP, PES, PE, Viscose) During production these fibers are bonded mechanically (needling, jetlaced), thermally (melted) or chemically (glue) to become strong webs with specific properties. Handle, thickness, colour, absorption, strength, elasticity and many other properties are defined through and in this process.

Because of the different technologies available on the market it is not easy to find the right product for the application. Our approach is to make a inventory of necessary properties in order to present one or a few products. Your advantage is that we are an independent supplier where the technology is concerned so that we can advise the appropiate product from the customer's point of view.

This huge variety of properties makes that non wovens are applied in a very wide range of products. Visible but even often invisible, they have become a part of many products, like spunbond in diapers, roofing and sanitary napkins. We hope we can help you to find the right product.

Polylactic acid / PLA

The most commonly used fiber for non woven fabrics is polypropylene (PP). However, Polylactic acid ( PLA ) is also increasingly finding its way. This bio-plastic is an environmental friendly organic material. The material is made from vegetable renewable raw materials such as sugars from food crops ( a.o. maize, sugar beet and sugar cane), wheat or cellulose. It isn't made from petroleum like many other synthetics. In other words non woven material, which is made from polylactic acid also called starch plastic, is a fabric that is biodegradable. Furthermore Polylactic acid can be reused (recycling) and is biocompatible (body-friendly). Polylactic acid is the durable alternative to the traditional synthetics, such as PP and PE, and if such starch-synthetic is manufactured on a large scale, the actual high price will decrease.

The PLA we offer fulfills the European industrial composting norm EN-13432. In accordance with this European Standard, Spunbonded of polylactic acid fabrics are therefore biodegradable. Thus this Spunbonded nonwoven we offer will dissolve into carbon dioxide, vegetable biomass and water.

Summary: why is PLA sustainable?

  • Environmental friendly (completely vegetable)
  • Renewable (Petroleum is only available to a limited extent)
  • Creating it has a lower CO2 emissions than other types of synthetic materials
  • Biocompatible (body-friendly related to hypersensitivity)
  • Re-usable (recycling)
  • Biologically degradable

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