Trevira Fibres and filaments for technical applications
In 2014, 46% of all filaments and fibres made by Trevira were used in technical applications. So this year the fibre manufacturer is once again exhibiting at the Techtextil, making a joint presentation with its owner Indorama Ventures and sister companies FiberVisions and Wellman. Their stand offers a wide portfolio of man-made fibres.
Fibres: focus on customised specialties
In the fibre sector the focus for Trevira lies in customised special solutions in polyester, PLA and bico fibres. Fibres from biopolymers (PLA / IngeoTM) for a variety of non-wovens make up an essential element in the product programme. According to its own description, Trevira is the most important partner in staple fibres for NatureWorks, its supplier of raw materials. Initially used principally in hygiene products, bico fibres are appearing more and more in developments for customer projects aimed at technical applications, like filtration or insulation.
Flame retardant fibres are increasingly gaining ground in technical textiles as well. In this area Trevira intends to extend business particularly in nonwovens, and to concentrate here on customised applications in soundproofing, insulation and applications in the automotive sector. Further attention is going to short cut fibres for a great variety of end uses, such as wallpaper and food packaging.
Filaments: the whole range from flat to textured, with inherent functions
Trevira filaments cover a steadily growing spectrum of applications in technical textiles for standards, but also
for niche products and for requirements that are constantly becoming more specialised. Technical applications for Trevira filaments are, for example, special yarns for medicinal and hygiene textiles, together with textured PBT filaments as basis for plasters and bandages containing active ingredients. Meanwhile, demand has been rising steadily for PLA multifilaments. Flame retardant Trevira yarns (Trevira CS) have become the standard material in textiles for exhibition construction and print base.
Hybrid yarns for stiffened materials constitute a rapidly growing specialty, where a yarn from a co-polyester filament, modified at melting point, is combined with another yarn. According to demand, this latter can be either a Trevira standard or flame retardant filament. Combinations with high tenacity filaments, possibly glass and carbon filaments, are also conceivable (and to some extent already realised by industry partners). Textiles made from these components can be shaped almost at will, but in a controlled manner and they can be fixed in this form. In the composites segment such intermediate products are designated thermoplastic prepregs; materials much in demand in modern automotive construction.
Technical applications for flame retardant hybrid yarns in rather textile materials are, for instance, acoustic materials, exhibition construction textiles, and advertising banners. In home textiles interior sun shading can be added to the list. The textiles can be coloured and printed, and there are in addition articles from spun-dyed yarns. Made from 100% polyester, the fabrics can also be recycled without difficulty.
In economic and ecological terms materials in Trevira hybrid yarns provide an interesting alternative to materials with acrylic coatings. Sewing threads for multiaxial fabrics constitute a further application area for specialised Trevira filaments. These yarns are supplied on spools or alternatively on sectional warp beams, which allows to shorten the supply chain for these composites considerably.
Caption for the picture above: Stiffened textiles made from Trevira hybrid fibres with a low-melt component.
© Photo: Trevira GmbH