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Freudenberg extends its range of microfilament textiles with Evolon technology

Freudenberg’s microfilament textiles are innovative materials for the packaging and transport of highly sensitive parts, providing enhanced surface protection.

14th December 2015

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Colmar

Packaging, Construction, Transport/​Aerospace

Freudenberg Performance Materials is extending its range of available weights and mechanical properties, special finishes and protective features of microfilament textiles made using Evolon technology in order to fulfil the requirements of various applications and industries.

Freudenberg’s microfilament textiles are innovative materials for the packaging and transport of highly sensitive parts, providing enhanced surface protection while bringing significant operations savings, according to the manufacturer.

They are designed to provide an extremely durable soft and smooth surface which is anti-scratch, breathable, and absolutely lint free.

Comparative scratching tests

Freudenberg Performance Materials has recently supervised comparative scratching tests involving its latest variant of microfilament textiles and several competitive products. According to the manufacturer, only the Freudenberg solution created no damage to painted metallic parts during this intensive lab test.

High-performance protection provided by Freudenberg´s microfilament textiles results from its unique, world-wide patented Evolon technology, the company believes. Bicomponent filaments are spun, then hydro-entangled thanks to high-pressure water jets, and split to generate microfilaments which are 100 times thinner than a human hair. Unlike staple fibres, filaments cannot release fibres or lints because they are virtually endless.

Solutions for more industries

Thanks to their unique construction, Freudenberg´s microfilament textiles are successfully being used by the automotive suppliers for packaging their sensitive parts during the storage and transportation process. Moreover, converting possibilities of the fabric allow flexible integrating into various container systems.

In addition to automotive applications, Freudenberg´s microfilament textiles are said to offer a high-performance solution for many other packaging applications such as consumer electronics, consumer appliances, custom countertops, aerospace products, lighting systems, and more.

Packaging of heavy parts

The heavier grey variants of Freudenberg´s microfilament textiles for packaging, ranging from 100gsm to 240gsm, are designed for the transportation of heavy parts. EVO 200 SG SP and EVO 240 SG SP provide high mechanical strength, which make them the ideal eco-friendly substitute to conventional PVC compositions.

Recently, some of those packaging materials have been also granted a Ultraviolet Protection Factor of 80, the highest value of the demanding ‘UV Standard 801’. UV Standard 801 is the only standard to verify to durability of UV protection in real-life heavy use conditions. Other features developed include anti-static and water-repellent treatments.

Packaging of medium-sized and small parts

A grey 80gsm version of Freudenberg´s microfilament textiles for packaging has been recently introduced to provide an economical alternative for medium-sized parts. It is 20% lighter and offers the same anti-scratch lint-free protection and colour fastness as the rest of the range. It is especially suitable for light electronic components.

With their lighter 40gsm version, Freudenberg´s microfilament textiles for packaging material can also be used for small luxurious parts. The fabric supplants PE sheets, foams and paper layers to protect small precious items such as deluxe cosmetic and perfume packaging components. The smooth soft microfilament textiles made using Evolon technology ensure no scratch or transfer of texture on the protected part.

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