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Automotive Nonwovens: Protecting Vehicle Exteriors

Posted by Chris Rowlett

ID-10038576-1New cars can journey many thousands of miles before ever seeing the inside of a new owner’s garage. Along the way, they are hauled on transport trailers and are sometimes shipped by sea. Customarily, these exported vehicles were covered in a plastic film but, recently, GM began shipping cars with a sturdy, reusable nonwoven car cover custom-designed to fit some of the GM models like a glove.   As a matter of fact, according to the recent article by Tim Wright in Nonwovens Industry, every 2014 Corvette Stingray that leaves the factory floor is shipped in one of these nonwoven covers regardless of whether its final destination is Michigan or Morocco.

But new cars aren’t the only cars needing protection. Manufacturers have been making traditional car covers out of nonwoven fabrics for many years.

Why Nonwovens Make Terrific Automotive covers

Nonwovens are a perfect fit for car covers, custom or otherwise. Here’s why:

  • Durability.  Nonwoven covers often have multiple layers, usually with a soft lining, a dust barrier and then a tough outer layer.

  • Weather protection.  Because of their strength and layers, they typically provide good protection against weather, specifically if the car is repeatedly exposed to snow, ice, wind, hail and mud. In addition, the cover can be effective in keeping the interior cooler in summer and warmer in winter.

  • Treated fabric.  Nonwoven fabrics can be treated for UV protection to make interiors and tires more resistant to ultraviolet damage.
These are only few of the reasons why nonwoven fabrics are a perfect choice for coverings of all types, including automotive covers. 

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