The use of bicomponent fibers in the production of nonwoven fabrics is growing. Manufacturers are discovering bicomponent fibers provide a cost-effective way to create customized nonwoven products with a wide range of beneficial characteristics. Bicomponent fiber nonwovens are the material of choice for products such as infant diapers, toddler training pants, feminine care products, adult incontinence products, medical under pads, wound care, and absorbent bandages.
The idea of blended fabrics is not new. For years, fabric manufacturers have been blending unique fibers to create fabrics with the combined characteristics of each, such as cotton and polyester blends for garments. The bicomponent fiber concept differs in that it combines two distinct fibers into a single fiber strand.
In the development of bicomponent fibers, two individual components distributed over the full length of a finished fiber. The components can be from the same or entirely different polymer types, and each with unique physical or chemical properties. When two polymers are combined to create a single fiber, the properties of each become the characteristics of the bicomponent fiber.
A few bicomponent fiber advantages include:
- 100% fiber
- Characteristics of special polymers or additives at reduced cost
- Uniform distribution of adhesive
- Fiber remains a part of structure and adds integrity
- Wide range of bonding temperatures
- Cleaner, environmentally friendly (no effluent)
- And more
As a U.S. producer of nonwoven fabrics, WPT Nonwovens is your knowledgeable and experienced source for bicomponent fiber nonwovens. Interested in learning more about bicomponent fiber nonwovens? WPT Nonwovens has developed a FREE eBook to offer information on this innovative nonwoven option.
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