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Non-woven types

Non-wovens are Joint International's core business. 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 Joint International is independent where the technology is concerned and can advise the appropiate product from the customer's point of view.

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.

The most commonly used fiber for non woven fabrics is polypropylene (PP). Polylactic acid (PLA) is a bio-plastic, environmentally friendly organic material, which is made from vegetable renewable raw materials such as sugars from food crops (maize, sugar beet, sugar cane) and wheat or cellulose and not from petroleum like many other plastics. 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. Polylactic acid fulfills the European industrial composting norm EN-13432. Therefore Spunbonded PLA fabrics manufactured, in accordance with this European Standard are biodegradable. Thus this bio-synthetic will dissolve into carbon dioxide, biomass and water.

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.

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