Freudenberg launches fully synthetic wetlaid nonwovens made in Europe

March 02, 2024 - Germany

Freudenberg Performance Materials (Freudenberg) has unveiled a new 100 per cent synthetic wetlaid nonwoven product line made in Germany. The new materials can be manufactured from various types of polymer-based fibres, including ultra-fine micro-fibres. These unique wetlaid materials from Freudenberg are designed for use in filtration applications as well as other industrial applications. This product line rounds off the wide range of wetlaid nonwoven capabilities from the leading manufacturer of high-performance materials.

Customers in the filtration business can use Freudenberg’s new fully synthetic wetlaid nonwovens in both liquid and air filtration. Applications include reverse osmosis membrane support, support for nanofibres or PTFE membranes as well as oil filtration media. The new materials are suited to use in the building & construction industry or the composites industry. For filtration applications, the new fully synthetic wetlaid nonwovens are marketed under the Filtura brand, the company said in a press release.

Freudenberg’s fully synthetic wetlaid nonwovens can be made of polyester, polyolefin, polyamide and polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), using staple fibres of up to 12mm fibre length and microfibres as fine as 0.04dtex. In terms of weight, the product range spans weights of between 8g/m² and 250g/m². Freudenberg’s flexible wetlaid manufacturing line has the capability to combine various thermal and chemical bonding technologies. The materials have high precision in weight and thickness as well as a defined pore size and high porosity.

In addition to its fully synthetic range, Freudenberg can also incorporate glass fibres, viscose and cellulose. General industry applications for Freudenberg wetlaid nonwovens are surfacing veils for glass-fibre reinforced plastics, compostable desiccant bags, battery separators, acoustics, heatshields, and apparel applications such as embroidery substrates.