Bi-component technology makes it possible to functionalize monofilaments and to equip them with specific properties such as dimensional stability, core strength/elasticity, lower melt temperatures and special surface properties of the sheath. Bi-component monofilaments with a fusible sheath can be bonded with a different surface or permanently bond monofilaments within a mesh structure or a woven fabric.
AntiStat is a bi-component monofilament made from polyester. The core serves primarily as tensile reinforcement while the sheath has carbon added to remove any static charge. Possible applications are the production of wovens or spiral dryer fabrics. The purpose is to remove electrostatic charge, to enhance process stability and to reduce the risk of explosion in accordance with the ATEX directive on explosive atmospheres. This also makes it suitable for use in the insulation of high-voltage cables.
Polylactide (PLA) is manufactured entirely from renewable raw materials (e.g. starch or corn syrup) and belongs to the group of organic polymers. Bio-Polymer is formed by polymerization of lactic acid. In the production processes, any DNA is completely destroyed. PLA is compostable in standard composting facilities. Thanks to its durability, PLA reduces the consumption of fossil fuels by up to 50 percent.