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the history of pp nonwoven fabric industry

- Sep 07, 2018 -

The concept of making fabrics directly from fibers on needle punch machinery achieved commercial viability in north America and Europe more than 75 years ago.much of the early work with nonwovens was done by cotton mills,which were seeking to upgrade cotton waste into salable products such as furniture stuffing and wipes.up until the 1960s,the major technology for nonwovens was based on dry-laid technology.the 1960s however,saw the introduction of spun bond,melt blown,needle punch and wet-laid nonwoven technology.by the 1970s,the establishment of a trade association for nonwovens,the association for the nonwovwn fabrics industry(INDA) provide a focal point for nonwovens as useful and distinct materials differentiated from conventional textile material.in the decade of 1980s,nonwovens particularly spun bonded and melt blown products,dramatically increased throughout the world.the 1990s marked the era of widespread acceptable of nonwovens as performance and problem solving materials for industries as diverse as civil engineering and health care.many of product that came into use during this time were based on composites made by combining different types of nonwovens and/or nonwovens with other materials,such as films and foams.By the mid of 1990s,some portions of nonwovens industry were technology driven while others were market driven.many nonwovens producers continued the quest for new market and more opportunities to compete with traditional textiles ,papers and plastics.commodity materials definitely have their place in nonwovens,but in order to strengthen industry competitive,special value-added products and unique technology are crucial.