Manufacturers and converters have a myriad of choices. We live in an age where not only new suppliers but new technology choices are popping up every day. Marketing machines are working overtime to let manufacturers (and consumers) know that THIS is the best new thing. THAT is harmful to you, your pets or your kids. THIS is natural, organic and relevant.
It’s tough to decide what to incorporate into your new products or determine if you should keep using the same things in your existing products.
We’re here to help make that easier. Here are some facts about synthetic nonwovens that might help you make your decision a little less taxing.
- Nonwovens are incredibly customizable. Nonwoven manufacturers can sit down with your product engineers and determine exactly what it is you need. You need flame retardant material? You need a specific width? Yes. Do you require a finer denier? You’ve got it. You can dream up a whole wish list of ways that you need that nonwoven fabric to perform and you may get most or even all of them.
- Natural fibers tend to stretch or shrink over time. Nonwovens are resistant to both stretching and shrinkage and tend to retain their shape. This can be important for product integrity.
- Because synthetic nonwoven fabrics are engineered to a specific strength, they are stronger than naturally occurring fibers. If you have a weight-bearing application, material strength becomes essential.
- Nonwoven fabrics are created entirely in a manufacturing environment. Fibers are of a consistent size, weight and shape. They are blended uniformly and engineered to have uniformity. This lessens the chance that there will be naturally occurring weak spots or spots that are too wide or narrow for filtration applications.
We are definitely proponents of nonwoven fabrics. But please don’t take our word for it! You should ask for samples of nonwoven materials and spend some time talking to your nonwoven manufacturer before you make any product decisions. The best product decision is going to be the one that’s right not only for your manufacturing process but, perhaps more important, for your end-use customers.