The growing segment of technical textiles encompasses textile products produced for functional purposes as opposed to aesthetic and apparel-related ones. Technical textiles are used in a variety of industries, including packaging (e.g. rope, twine, strapping, industrial bags, bulk or flexible intermediate bulk container/FIBC bags), agriculture (agrotextiles, baler twine), building (geotextiles, carpet yarns and backings), leisure (fishing and other sport nets, artificial grass etc.) and others.
No matter the area of application, users expect technical textiles to exhibit high performance levels with respect to long lifetime, durability, strength and weight. Geotextiles used outdoors – e.g. for roads, airfields, railway tracks or other civil engineering projects – must be extremely durable, holding up to wear and tear and the elements over long periods of time. In agricultural applications, agrotextiles are commonly used among other things for crop protection or as sun screens, making UV stability an essential performance parameter. Other outdoor applications such as artificial grass in stadiums or playing fields also demand high strength and UV stability, while indoor applications such as carpets must fulfil stringent standards when it comes to resistance to heat, abrasion, wear and colour fading.
The reliable supply of our high-performance PP fibre grades means that manufacturers of technical textiles can improve manufacturing efficiency – and thus overall cost effectiveness – thanks to high line speeds and high output rates. Excellent spinning stability ensures very low waste levels. Because downgauging is possible, additional savings (energy consumption, materials etc.) may also be realised. Yet our PP fibre materials offer additional benefits.
We have been a leading supplier of superior polyolefin plastics for advanced packaging and fibre solutions for over 50 years. Thanks to our unique and proprietary technologies as well as our decades-long cooperation with customers in the industry, we can provide a large and ever-expanding portfolio of innovative products and solutions – from geotextiles to agrotextiles and beyond – and work with our partners to address the technical challenges of tomorrow.
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