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[ MARKETS ] PRODUCT TRENDS
transportation
 Nonwovens earn their
place in the transportation
sector by saving
resources and making
vehicles quieter, lighter
and more comfortable.
Photo: © Péter Gudella,
Dreamstime.com
Textiles in
transportation
Nonwoven technologies
reduce weight, fuel
consumption and cost.
by Seshadri Ramkumar
T
HE MAGIC TARGET IS 1.5 DEGREES CELSIUS. The
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (the United
Nations body for assessing the science related to climate
change) has set an ambitious goal to limit global warming to 1.5
degrees. Experts say that to maintain the global warming target,
greenhouse gas emissions must be curtailed by one-third. Fuel
emissions have a major effect on global warming. Petrochemical,
synthetics, manufacturing, agriculture and construction are some
of the important sectors that have their tasks cut out for them to
reduce carbon dioxide and hence protect the environment. The
transportation sector is eyeing nonmetallic components to tackle
global warming.
The American economy grew rapidly after World War II due to
the middle-class expansion into suburban neighborhoods, which
relied on automobiles and good transportation infrastructure. With
advancements in fabric structures from tricot knits to nonwovens to
composites, the transportation sector has endeavored to use these
fabric structures to enhance efficiencies. In automobiles, the use of
fibrous structures results in weight reduction, enabling " vehicle end
of life " goals and sustainability.
Nonwovens in transportation
Recently, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry
(INDA), headquartered in Cary, Ind, renamed the automobile
sector as " vehicle construction " due to the use of nonwoven fabrics.
This classification includes engineered fabrics used in lightweight
vehicles, trucks, railways, airplanes and more. There are about 40
different components in passenger vehicles that use nonwovens or
composites that include nonwovens.
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