Nonwovens are found in so many areas of filtration due to many reasons. Two key end-use segments of nonwoven applications are within air (dry filtration) and liquid (wet filtration). Common nonwoven technologies used for filtration are spunbonded, meltblown and wetlaid.
Nonwovens often have an advantage over other filtration media such as wovens or paper because of their cost effectiveness, recyclability and light weight.
There are literally hundreds of small markets in the filtration industry and, as government regulations increase and consumer demand rises, the filtration market is poised for additional growth in coming years. Nonwoven manufacturers continue to improve their technologies and create more efficient filtration media. As nonwoven manufacturers partner with converters, the effectiveness of filtration media improves with designs engineered specifically for end-use applications. A filter for the automotive industry, for example, can be manufactured with a variety of characteristics that would be very different from the characteristics required for the medical industry.
Whatever your end-use filtration needs are for the air, gas, food, hvac, food and beverage or medical industries, you should work closely with your nonwoven manufacturing partner to determine how to best engineer your filtration media.
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