Basalt fiber knits showcased at Techtextil North America

Willy Hermann, Austria-located manufacturer of elastic knitted fabrics showcased basalt fiber based 20G polyamide single jersey fabrics. The sample with a unidirectional basalt fibre inlay was one of the two examples of inorganic fiber the company produces.

Daniel Hermann, head of technical textiles at the company said that their business is around 75 per cent in the intimate apparel and lingerie markets. But there are many potential applications of fine gauge knits in technical applications where the drape and stretchability of knits give significant advantages over woven textiles.

We think it will be useful for 3D form fabrics that are impregnated with resin as they have better stretch and drape than wovens. We’re at this show to find out about new possible applications for these novel technical fabrics from the wide variety of experts here from different industries.

Techtextil North America is the only trade show in the Americas dedicated to technical textiles and nonwovens. It brings together participants from around the world, those who can showcase their latest innovations, technologies and new products in technical textiles and nonwovens. In 2017 the event was held simultaneously with Future of Composites in Construction.

This year basalt fiber based technical textiles were showcased at the International trade fair Techtextil. Thus, Olbo & Mehler brought fire retardant basalt fabric to Frankfurt am Main. This product won Inova Textil Award in 2015.

GKD presented its new solutions for hybrid textile and mesh. Jakob Muller, a machines manufacturer, demonstrated a crochet knitting machine able to process various yarns, including basalt fiber.

Companies: Olbo & Mehler, Techtextil

Countries: USA

Industries: Construction

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