FiberLink® For resin reduction in nonwoven applications
- Reduced resin
- Improved opacity and appearance
- Enhanced filtration
- Improved processing
- Cost savings
- Reduced carbon footprint
FiberLink® is an engineered calcium carbonate which has been specifically designed to enhance aesthetics, mechanical properties and softness of nonwovens. FiberLink® can be used in nonwoven fabric production, bringing cost savings and reducing the overall carbon footprint of the final product.
FiberLink® improves opacity at the same weight per unit area giving the nonwoven sheet a better cosmetic appearance.
Enhanced filtration / dust capture
In nonwoven filtration applications, FiberLink® improves filtration efficiency in terms of dirt holding capacity and better capture of fine particles.
Increased absorption efficiency
FiberLink® can improve the texture and feel of mineral polymer composites making them more suitable for certain applications such as wipes. Absorption capacity per unit volume of the sheet is also improved compared to virgin polymer materials.
Spunmelt (SMS) containing FiberLink in the spunbond layers is softer than SMS with only polypropylene (PP). Panel testing of spunlace fabrics revealed
that the softness was improved with FiberLink incorporated in the staple fibers. This preference was demonstrated in both 100% PP wipes as well as in wipes containing a PP/viscose fiber blend.
Reduced environmental impact
Using FiberLink® helps save on raw material and process costs, reducing the carbon footprint and environmental impact of the final product while maintaining - or improving key properties depending on loading.
FiberLink® can allow for up to 40% by weight loading into the polymer in certain applications. The tailored top cut of the mineral, means it does not disrupt the manufacturing process by increasing pressure build up or causing blockages. Line speed can be increased, or processing temperature reduced, due to the higher thermal conductivity of the polymer mineral composite.
FiberLink® is suitable for:
We offer a full range of bespoke formulation and technical and process support services to help you match the right mineral grade to your application requirement.