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Nonwovens presence increased at Bobbin Show.

Nonwovens Presence Increased At Bobbin Show

The nearly 20,000 attendees at the 30th Bobbin Show in Atlanta, GA in September saw a much larger than usual nonwovens presence among the new machinery, equipment and supplies, particularly in the fabrics and interlinings area.

Along with traditional leaders such as Crown Textile, Hollingsworth & Vose, Freudenberg Pellon and Staflex, there were displays of nonwoven interlinings for apparel and home furnishings applications at Fisher Textiles, HTC Handler, Harotex, Kufner, Textil-gruppe Hof and Tessner.

The consensus among exhibitors of nonwoven products was that nonwovens have now garnered slightly more than half of the interlinings market and are gaining market share consistently for many apparel and home furnishings applications. Even the market leaders for traditional horsehair cloth and other woven and natural fiber underlayments in garment construction included nonwovens at this year's show.

Among the nonwoven products on display at the 1989 Bobbin Show:

*HTC Handler Textile exhibited its series 7000 interlinings. Among these were style 7108 soft and drapable thermal bonded nonwoven fusibles for men's and women's sportswear and blazer facings. The 100% polyester fabric comes in 47/48 inch widths with a fusible coating 17 mesh polyamide low melt; when used in apparel it can be dry cleaned or washed.

HTC also offered style 7208 for use in men's and women's sportswear and blazer tailoring where a more full bodied hand is desired. This fabric comes in 47/48 inch widths and 1.25 ounce weights and is also 100% polyester 17 mesh polyamide/low melt; it is either washable or dry cleanable.

Style 7008 from HTC is a 100% polyester 20 mesh polyamide low melt nonwoven thermal bonded fusible recommended for women's blouses and dresses. It offers a soft hand while stabilizing the fabric. It comes in widths of 47/48 inches and a mere 0.8 sq. oz. weight. Other nonwoven applications shown were shoulder pads and bra cups and boning for strapless garments.

*Crown Textile, with a large exhibit aimed at apparel and home furnishings applications under the slogan "Facing the Future," showed its nonwovens saturate interfacings and is continuing to gain share for lighter weight shell fabric designs (see Nonwovens Industry, August, 1989 issue).

At the Bobbin Show, Crown featured a range of new specialty textile products for career apparel with nonwoven and composite interlining fabrics. Among the services offered by Crown are coating, die cutting and nonwoven printing. Crown also reminded the visitors of its many nonwoven fabrics for such varied uses as medical disposables, institutional disposables, wipes, automotive facings, home furnishings, contract market coatings, lamination, filtration, building products and composites.

*Textilgruppe Hof, Eswegee Div., and its U.S. subsidiary RIK Textile, offered at least six types of trademarked interlinings such as "Zetafil" uncoated nonwovens for versatiles uses in the clothing industry and in technical applications. "Zetawatt" is a heat bonded (with no chemical binders) uncoated nonwoven for thermal and guilt effects and for floating chest pieces in men's tailored jackets. "Prontofit" is a scatter coated interlining for small part fusing, washable and dry cleanable. "Unipoint" is a dot coated nonwoven (binder and heat coated) for small part fusing.

There are also special qualities for siliconized outer fabrics for fine thread and transparent blouse and dress fabrics and leather and fur garments. "Variopoint" is a regular dot coated nonwoven interlining (binder and heat bonded) for front and small part fusing. "Florbond" is a specialty nonwoven for undercollars of jackets and blazers. The Eswegee Div. also offers a line of nonwoven tapes, such as slotted tapes and die cuts, for skirt and trouser waistbands.

*Hollingsworth & Vose and its distributors Samuel Haber's Sons, J&J Textile and Veratex Linings offered visitors a look at the firm's variety of nonwoven fabrics for facings, collars, waistbands and cuffs for ladies' sportswear and women's dress applications. The fabrics range from soft hand and moderately soft to firm in weights from .9-1.4 oz. sq. yard; fabric construction is either point bonded or unidirectional.

For ladies blazer uses, interlinings from H&V are available for full front fusibles, facing fusibles, collar fusibles and pocket flaps, all from a soft to moderately firm hand. Constructions range from point bonded, unidirectional to cross laid. There were also some styles for waistbands up to 1.8 oz. sq. yard weights. A range of nonwoven fabric styles for men's tailored clothing interlinings was also presented in point widths and 2.5 oz. sq. yard weight.

*Harotex, a subsidiary of Staflex, showed a complete line of nonwovens, fusibles and sew-in interlinings at Bobbin. Two new products - "Edgelok" and "EZ Crease" - were also on display. Edgelok is a unique tape center material said to eliminate clogging, fusing and fraying. EZ Crease is for band creasing.

*Fusing at lowest temperature to date is made possible with a new adhesive system for use in women's wear products. This system is the product of the technical expertise at the Pellon Div. of Freudenberg Nonwovens. Also offered was a new coat front fusible.

*Du Pont's "Sontara" is a new generation super light weight fusible interfacing in 48/68 inch widths for soft and sheer fabrics from Staflex. The firm also showed its industrial substrates and adhesive systems for specific end uses.
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