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Fibers & Textiles

The textile industry is extremely segmented. Almost every processing step is performed by a different company. Therefore, very few textile producers have established test production of a finished textile article made from PLA. The entire production chain will have to be optimized, if weaknesses of PLA textiles are detected. They have to be improved by cooperation of all stakeholders involved up to the polymer producer.

Fig. 5 Dyed Polyester Fabrics Source: Uhde High Pressure Technologies GmbH, Germany, 2013

For example, insufficient durability of a textile article might be caused by partial polymer degradation during the dyeing process. Therefore, improvements have to be made either by optimizing the dyeing process or by changing the polymer recipe. Up to now, PLA has played a limited role in the textile market, because of relatively high prices and some processing sensitivity of PLA in the textile production chain. However, solutions already exist to overcome these deficiencies and various efforts are ongoing to meet these challenges. Given the attractive properties of PLA and its huge growth potential, the combined know-how of technology companies, producers, processing equipment manufacturers as well as downstream converters will make PLA a very attractive polymer for the textile market.

www.uhde-inventa-fischer.com [1] Viju, S.; Thilagavathi, G; Chem. Fibers Int. 2/2009 [2] Courtesy of Uhde High Pressure Technology 2013 [3] Bach, E.; Knittel, D.; Schollmeyer, E; Color. Technol. 122, 252-258 2006

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