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Spunbonded polypropylene fabric – What you need to know

Posted on 15th May, 2014 in Nonwovens by John Smith Tags:

Spunbonded polypropylene fabric

From industrial clothing and surgical gowns to furniture covers and horticultural protection, non-woven fabrics are found in a wide range of industries. These incredibly versatile fabrics serve a number of purposes, and can be tailored to suit individual requirements.

As opposed to materials that require knitting or converting into yarn, non-woven fabrics are made from separate fibres of molten plastic or plastic film. Spunbonded polypropylene fabric has numerous benefits and potential applications.

What is spunbonded polypropylene?

This lightweight, breathable material is chemical resistant and non-toxic. Composed of thermally bonded, continuous polypropylene filaments that are spun into a multi-directional web, this non-woven fabric boasts enhanced durability and increased resistance.

“Spunbonded” refers to the production process, whereas “polypropylene” describes the plastic polymer. This is the most widely used polymer for nonwovens production and provides the highest yield (fibre per kilogram) at the cheapest price due to its low density – a great value-for-money choice!

What are the benefits of using spunbonded polypropylene fabric?

Due to its exceptional filtration and immense tensile strength, this non-woven fabric is resistant to both moisture and chemical attacks, making it much more effective than alternatives when it comes to protection and preservation.

This is an eco-friendly fabric, too: manufacturing techniques for nonwovens of this type are environmentally responsible, and the finished product can be recycled easily. Again, good news for businesses that want to increase procurement and waste sustainability!

Due to their versatile nature, spunbonded polypropylene fabrics can be cut and coloured to exact requirements. And while this might sound expensive, it is actually an affordable and cost-effective process, which you’ll find reflected in the price of the end product.

What can spunbonded polypropylene be used for?

Spunbonded polypropylene fabric is found in the following sectors:

  • Automotive – Most commonly used to produce carpets, trim parts, and interior door panels, it can also be made into steering wheel and seat covers. Exterior covers and tarpaulins, which shield cars from adverse weather conditions, are often made from this non woven fabric as well.
  • Furniture – With their fire resistant properties, nonwovens like Spunbonded polypropylene are used to upholster and protect furniture.
  • Horticulture – With the ability to stave off frost and control weeds, it is used to create protective covers for plants and flowers in the garden.
  • Clothing – It is also frequently utilised for industrial and medical purposes. Products include protective overalls and gloves, surgical masks, hairnets as well as shoe linings and covers.
  • Engineering – Thanks to the chemical stability of spunbonded webs, this fabric also covers multiple engineering uses including erosion control, reservoir lining protection and black top cracking prevention on roads.

Spunbonded polypropylene: a versatile choice of industrial fabric

As you can see, spunbonded polypropylene is a flexible choice of non-woven fabric with a wide range of possible applications. This cost-effective and durable product is both UV resistant and flame retardant, making it great for safety-conscious manufacturers.

It’s also waterproof, non-polluting and – perhaps best of all! – long-lasting, making it a good choice for products that undergo a lot of wear and tear. For more information on how spunbonded polypropylene could suit your company’s needs, contact Techtex today on +44 (0)161 643 3000 – our friendly, expert customer care team is always happy to help.

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