Latex free automotive carpets
A large part of the conventional carpets for cars is nowadays manufactured from polyester nonwovens impregnated and bonded with latex coating on the back side. The function of this latex binder is to give to final materials abrasion resistance, stiffness as well as mouldability. Main constraints of those materials are:
-A very energy consuming technology requiring a long drying step to evaporate water
-A polluting process with emissions and waste waters
-A latex coating in the final product leading to a non recyclable material
Fibroline developed and patented a new alternative using a sustainable manufacturing solution:
-A large part of the powder binder, used to replace latex, is a waste from the powder coating industry
-Due to perfect powder location binder content is reduced by 40% (weight reduction)
-Manufacturing process does not require any drying step (huge energy savings).
-Possibility to recycle carpet production wastes into second quality fibres or pellets.
-VOC emissions significantly reduced during use of the product
Fibroline's technologies are perfectly adapted to thermosetting powders. From Polyester, Epoxy to Phenolics, several inovative prepregs can be manufactured without solvent.
Bio-sources composites are a sector of interest for Fibroline, which technologies can combine green resins with natural fibres textiles.
Several thermoplastic materials are available in powder form, leading to a large range of possiblities for composite materials manufacturing. Fibroline is in particular collaborating with Solvay in the field of PVC.
Interior parts (headliners, door panels...)
Nonwovens, foams and/or multilayers materials can be impregnated with high performances thermoset powders in order to fulfill automotive standards. Innovative structures are currenlty in development step at Fibroline.
Functional powders can be impregnated into filters to improve product performances. Solvent based impregnation can also be replaced by powders in a very efficient way and at very high speeds.
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