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" Nonwovens have proven themselves
versatile in the transportation
sector, saving resources and making
vehicles quieter, lighter and more
comfortable, " says Brad Kalil, director
of market intelligence and economic
insights at INDA.
Chris Plotz, director of education
and technical affairs at INDA, adds,
" Most anything fuzzy in a car is a nonwoven-including
the seats, carpeting,
headliner, trunk liner and hood liners,
and a new class of undercarriage and
wheel well materials that provide noise
resistance and prevent ice buildup in
cold winter driving. "
In the transportation and
construction sectors, nonwovens
find single-use, semi-durable and
durable applications. Semi-durables
include roofing substrates, while
single-use items include filters used
in homes and automobiles. Glass fiber
mats and roofing components are
prominent applications of nonwovens
in the construction sector. While the
nonwoven sector includes synthetics
such as polypropylene and polyester,
climate change and sustainability issues
encourage the use of biodegradable
and compostable materials.
The transportation sector provides
plenty of opportunities to employ
circularity through reusable and
recycled materials. " I have used
nonwoven backing and adhesives
for lamination needs, " says Mir
Quddus, senior scientist at Shurtape
Technologies LLC. " The use of
nonwovens in automotive seating/
headliner applications is expected to
grow in the coming years. "
Sustainability
Automotive and manufacturing sectors
need to focus on green manufacturing,
as it affects both their bottom-line
profits and their contribution to
combating climate change. Advanced
textiles such as composites made using
fibers, hybrid textile structures and
nonwovens find good use. When metal
components can be replaced with
fibrous composites, they can reduce
weight, resulting in fuel efficiency.
Carmakers have come up with
composite door panel components,
tray panels and trunk parts using
fibers. " The use of recyclables certainly
will help with the reduction of
greenhouse gases due to the 'cradle-togate'
concept. Industries are exploring
cost-effective ways by adopting
product re-usage/re-purposing for a
low carbon footprint, " says Quddus.
The textile industry is moving
toward a circular economy, so recycled
and post-industrial fibrous substrates
are being examined. Cotton Inc.,
headquartered in Cary, N.C., has led
efforts to use recycled cotton from
denim in new applications such as
insulation materials for automobiles.
If flammable materials are used, flame
retardant treatments are needed so that
safety is not compromised. Headliner
material is a composite structure
consisting of recycled webs with
paperboard with either needle-punched
fabric or tricot knit fabric as a face
material depending on the model of the
automobile. " There is no greenhouse
gas emission from nonwovens, " notes
INDA's Plotz, " but there are processes
being used via recyclable materials
in automotive textiles that support
carbon-neutral products along with
emission reduction measures. "
Interesting developments:
A glimpse
Recently there has been growing
interest in using discounted cotton,
bast fibers and recycled blends to
develop auto components. The U.S.
Department of Agriculture's Southern
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Transportation textiles
are finding a home
in electric vehicles
because of their low
weights and lower costs
than traditional woven
and knitted fabrics.
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