The world of fiber applications

January 14, 2021
blog

Today, more than half of all fiber consumed is synthetic. For example, polyamide (PA), polyester (PE), acrylic and polyolefin makeup synthetic fiber production. Polyester alone makes up more than 70%. We can divide four markets for fiber applications. Non-woven, Artificial Turf, Carpet and upholstery and Automotive fibers. In this article, we will highlight these markets and the important additives to protect your fiber.

Non-woven

Non-woven fiber covers a wide variety of applications. Think of hygiene, air filtration, construction and textiles. For all kinds of polymers, the Omnistab AN BHT gives you the best antioxidant protection in non-woven fibers. For UV protection you need to the Omnistab LS 944.

Artificial turf

Artificial turf is a synthetic fibers surface made to look like natural grass and is most commonly used in sports arenas. However, there are three ways to produce artifical turf. You can choose one of the following polymers: PP, PE or PA. All three options require to apply a light stabilizer. Omnistab LS 2020 or LS 4050 is suitable for all polymers. For synergistic effects you can add an antioxidant or UV absorber. Take a look at below chart:

PolymerAnti oxidantUV / HALS
PPAN B 215 or AN B 225LS 770, LS 2020 or LS 4050
PEAN B 215 or AN B 225UV 326, LS 2020 or LS 4050
PAAN 168 + AN 1098UV 234, LS 2020, LS 4050 or LS 5519

Carpet and upholstery

This is likely to be the most visible market in everyday life and one of the largest synthetic fibers sections. Again we use PP, PE or PA. This time, the additives depend on which polymer you are using. So take a good look at the chart shown at the bottom of this article for our best advice.

Automotive Fiber

Automotive fiber used as an interior material is often subject to high temperatures and humidity. That’s why protection is important. The following chart represents the recommended additives for carpet and upholstery market as well as automotive fibers:

PolymerAnti oxidantUV / HALS
PPAN 168UV 234 or LS 2020
PEAN 1098 (+ AN 168)UV 234, LS 2020 or LS 4050
PAAN 1010 (+ AN 168)UV 234, UV 1577, UV 1600 or LS 5519

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