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Wearable, economical and breathable: all about viscose

Posted on 25th Jun, 2014 in Nonwovens by John Smith Tags:


Here on the Techtex blog, we like to give our customers a bit of insight into the varied range of high-quality industrial materials we manufacture. This week, we’re talking all about viscose: another of our popular and cost-effective non-woven fabrics.

What is viscose?

Viscose, or “viscose rayon”, is a bio-based textile made from regenerated wood pulp – commonly known as cellulose. The “rayon” part of its name refers to the family of man-made fabrics manufactured from cellulose, whether from bamboo, plant or tree pulps.

Once the cellulose has been sourced, specialist technology chemically bonds the cellulose fibres to form the soft, non-woven fabric known as viscose.

What are the benefits of using viscose?

Viscose is a versatile textile with a natural source. Similar in its make-up to cotton, viscose is moisture absorbent, breathable and comfortable to wear.

It has moderate dry strength and abrasion resistence, and is usually unaffected by acids, alkalis and bleaches, making it a relatively hardwearing member of the nonwovens family. As a cellulose-based fibre, viscose can burn, but the fabric can easily be treated with a flame retardant finish for extra safety.

What is viscose used for?

Like many of our flexible nonwovens, viscose can be used in a wide range of industries – from fashion to filtration. Viscose, with its cotton-like properties, makes an excellent lining for clothes.

But while viscose can be used very effectively in fashion textiles, much of our viscose finds its way into the industrial sector, where it is used for applications as varied as industrial yarn, upholstery and carpets.

One of the primary uses for viscose is as an excellent and affordable choice for gravity filtration processes. Techtex’s viscose filtration products are biodegradable, cost-effective and suited to holding large quantities of liquid. They are also resistant to coolant continuants, although customers should bear in mind that the fabric’s high absorbency means that liquid may be depleted over time.

Viscose grades available at Techtex

Here at Techtex, we know that every business has different needs, which is why we pride ourselves on tailoring our nonwovens to suit your unique requirements. We offer three grades of viscose, ranging from low to high, so you can choose the level of filtration to suit:

  • Low grade: 20g per square metre, effective filtration of approximately 50 micron.
  • Medium grade: 35g per square metre, effective filtration of approximately 35 micron.
  • High grade: 50g per square metre, effective filtration of approximately 20 – 25 micron.

Find out more about our non-woven fabrics today

While Techtex specialises in manufacturing and delivering a huge range of complex industrial nonwovens to clients across the globe, our staff are experts in making life simple for our customers.

Our friendly, knowledgeable team are on hand to advise you about the non-woven fabrics we manufacture, and answer any queries you might have, so call us today on 0161 643 3000 to find out more.

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