Nonwoven is one of the more interesting materials and has a very broad application. This fabric material is different from your usual woven cloth. Woven material uses threads which are weaved to create your material, however for nonwoven fabric, there is no weaving but rather the material is made from strands of fibres which are then pressed together under pressure and heat and perhaps embossed to provide the pattern on the material.

Nonwoven fabrics samples

The thickness of the non-woven is determined by the amount of pressure applied and will also depend on the technician adjusting the amount of plastic resin spread out evenly on the conveyor system.

Not all non woven fabrics are the same. Having dealt with various material suppliers, each product suppliers have differing method of production using different fibre of raw material, whether they use chemical bonding or no bonding and finally the skill of the production supervisor all affect the outcome of the final nonwoven fabric material.

Thickness of the nonwoven can range from very thin from about 15 gsm (grams per square meter) to very thick of about 150 gsm and beyond.

Nonwoven Applications

Application are wide and varied, some of the applications include:

  • Diapers and hygiene
  • Wet wipes
  • Medical such as facemasks and medical gowns
  • Beauty products such as beauty mask
  • Decoratives and flower wrapping
  • Product packaging
  • Carpet backing
  • Automotives
  • Electrical cable wrapping
  • Filtration for water and air
  • Agricultural and horticulture
  • Mattress and furniture
  • Roofing and construction
  • Civil engineering and geotextiles
  • And many more applications!
Nonwoven in jumbo roll

Depending on the requirement, nonwoven has the ability to be soft or hard and can be dyed or printed on. It is porous and allows air, moisture or liquid to pass through (that's why it is used for geo-textile to prevent soil erosion) and of course for filtration purposes trapping dust and dirt particles while allowing the air or liquid to pass through. It can be made to pass one way so as to avoid back wetting as such is crucial in the hygiene and diaper market. Nonwoven can be blended with other material instead of just pure plastic resin to provide other functionality such as water absorbency; or nonwoven can be blended by way of bi-component method giving it the best of two different types of plastic resin characteristics.

The versatility of nonwoven has spawned many manufacturing to produce various grades to match the application at hand. So you will need to choose the appropriate nonwoven material suppliers to match the end-use application while meeting the cost requirement for that particular segment of the market.

Material suppliers are constantly improving and innovating on the nonwoven product offering coming up with various intriguing products to meet the specific requirement for the job application.

So do look through a sample of some nonwoven fabric material that we have and hopefully you can find a type to match your usage application requirement.