We process various synthetic and natural fibers with different diameters from microfiber to coarse fiber (e.g. flax). Depending on the desired properties, special manufacturing processes, such as water jet technology or needlepunch technology, are used. Our nonwovens are available in a wide variety of colors, can be provided with different structures and patterns, and are suitable for various coatings (e.g. foam coating). Double-sided material constructions and multi-layered material concepts enable us to combine various functions in one product – either in a single process step or by means of coating and lamination.
In addition, we offer various finishing options to endow our products with valuable properties specific to the area of application. For example, they can become dirt- and water-repellent, or flame-retardant. With a flexible steel scrim, they can even become a vital part of complex anti-vandalism solutions for use in public areas.
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Available Product Modifications
We use high-quality fibers and fiber blends with various diameters for our nonwovens – from microfiber to coarse fiber. In addition to thermoplastic fibers such as polyester (PET), polypropylene (PP), polyphenylene sulfide (PPS), polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), and polyacrylonitrile (PAN), we process high-performance fibers such as meta- and para-aramides and polyimides (PI), regenerated fibers such as viscose and lyocell, as well as natural fibers such as flax, hemp, or cotton.
Our two process technologies, needlepunching and spunlacing, enable us to offer our customers a wide spectrum of area densities, from 30 g/m² to 1.000 g/m².
Depending on the application, a structure can increase the efficiency of a nonwoven. Various textures can be created with our waterjet process. The portfolio ranges from smooth, fine, coarse and extra-coarse perforations, to embossing with our Norafin 3D PERFORMANCE®.
We achieve good fiber distribution for special surface homogeneity with state-of-the-art carding technology.
Multilayer material concepts combine various functions in one product. We can achieve this either in a single process step by spunlacing or by coating and lamination.
Furthermore, the connection with different layers is possible (e.g. steel support layers or textile layers).
On our cutting machines, we can cut roll widths from 0.1 m to max. 2.4 m.
Likewise, packing of short rolls is possible.
We have the following in-house possibilities at our disposal for the finishing of our nonwovens:
- printing & coating
- kiss-roll process
The following properties can be achieved by professional finishing:
- oil- and water-repellent
- various coatings, e.g. foam coating
- grip strengthening, stiffening
Norafin has been developing waterjet nonwovens from flax fibers since 2006 and has since been able to extend this knowledge to other animal and plant fibers (e.g. flax, sheep's wool) as well as to sustainable and biodegradable regenerated fibers (e.g. viscose, lyocell).
Our technologies allow us to process the natural fibers without adding chemical substances and to create high-performance nonwovens for industrial use. Further functionalization through ecological finishes as well as the combination with other fiber types or textile fabrics are possible.
When processing thermoplastic fibers, we pay attention to the increased use of recycled PET fibers from European reprocessing plants. Polylactide (PLA) fibers are also frequently used as a sustainable alternative to petroleum-based fibers.