Technology Advances in Coatings for Nonwovens

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Published: 12 May 2017

This issue of the Advanced Coatings and Surface Technology TOE profiles advances in coatings for nonwovens. Nonwovens are fabric-like materials that are made from fibers bound together by chemical, mechanical, or specialized treatment methods using solvents. Generally, nonwovens are densified to improve strength. Also, new functional possibilities using coatings and surface treatments are driving adoption of nonwovens as industrial textiles, geotextiles, and other commercial applications. Depending on the type of coating or surface treatment, functionalities such as electrical conductivity, electromagnetic interference shielding, hydrophobicity and antimicrobial resistance can be infused in the fibers of nonwoven fabrics. The Advanced Coating & Surface Technology TechVision Opportunity Engine (TOE) provides intelligence on technologies, products, processes, applications and strategic insights on various coatings across industries. This encompasses protective and functional coatings such as antimicrobial coatings, food coatings, energy-saving coatings, smart glazing, hydrophilic, hydrophobic and super hydrophobic coatings, corrosion protection coatings, barrier coatings and paints. The Chemicals and Advanced Materials cluster tracks research & innovation trends and developments across specialty chemicals, plastics, polymers, chemicals, bio-chemicals, metals, coatings, thin films, surface treatments, composites, alloys, oil and gas, fuel additives, fibers and several other related technologies and its impact and application across industries. Keywords: Antimicrobial polymer coating, nonwovens, extrusion coating, silver coating, nickel coating, metalized coating, polypropylene fiber, conductive fiber

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