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Trevira to present latest product innovations at IDEA 2016

The manufacturer of polyester specialties and supplier of fibres for nonwoven applications will make its first appearance at the event.

8th March 2016

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Bobingen

Medical/Hygiene, Sustainable, Transport/​Aerospace, Packaging

Sharing a booth with sister companies from the Indorama Ventures Group, Trevira is making a first appearance as exhibitor at the important international nonwovens trade fair IDEA that takes place in Boston this May.

The manufacturer of polyester specialties and the leading supplier of fibres for nonwoven applications, mainly focuses its business on the domestic market, Europe, and in North America. “For us IDEA has, along with INDEX in Geneva, become an important event for the business,” said Hartmann Huth, head of the Business Unit Staple Fibres.

“We see this platform as a good opportunity to meet up with our important customers and partners, and also to make new contacts and develop new business. North America is also significant for us, because we are dealing here with a developed market and ground-breaking technologies, a market that we are able to service and expand with our specialties and customised solutions.”

PET specialties

With homopolymer fibres, there is clear focus on customer-specific developments which can offer evident added value for customers and partners, the company reports. Trevira intends to further expand its programme for shortcut fibres, for example, for paper and filtration materials. These fibre types are also available in a flame retardant variant.

As a specialist in polymer modification, Trevira has recently brought a new development onto the market, one that is said to supply the fibres with a particularly soft handle. The modification in raw material employed can be used for all polymers and is already commercially available for polyester and PLA. It is anticipated that, along- side technical applications, potential for the new development is expected primarily in the field of hygiene.

Bicomponent fibres

Today’s standard fibre programme already contains a whole series of raw material combinations, such as PET/Co-PET, PET/PE and PET/PBT.

Filtration materials made from Trevira fibres © Trevira

Trevira is currently working on new modifications, in order to offer suitable products to meet the needs and technical demands of customers. These include, for instance, flame retardant modified bicomponent fibre types for technical applications or fine titres for the filtration sector.

PLA fibres

In 2010 Trevira introduced PLA fibres into its programme, as part of its sustainability concept, using for this the biopolymer raw material Ingeo by NatureWorks. This product range is a sustainable alternative to petroleum-based fibres and since then the business has progressed very successfully.

The range comprises a series of different fibre types, including bicomponent variants. “Biological degradability and sustainability will continue to be important factors – therefore we see potential for growth in PLA in the future as well and will be further expanding the product range,” said Hartmann Huth.

Nonwoven material made from hydrophilic Trevira fibres © Trevira

Trevira offers PLA fibres for all classic processing technologies such as carding, spunlace, wetlaid and airlaid. Fields of application are hygiene products and technical end uses, including fresh areas as well: niche products and materials with added functions, food packaging, the paper industry and fillings.

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