Nonwovens are innovative, high-tech, engineered fabrics made from fibres. They are used in a wide range of consumer and industrial products either in combination with other materials or alone.
Nonwovens are designed for their specific application, ranging from thin, light weight nonwovens to strong and durable nonwovens, be it consumer or industrial applications. The combination of their specific characteristics through the raw materials selection, the formation and bonding methods used or the applied finishing treatments, such as printing, embossing, laminating etc. allow to deliver high-performance products.
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Nonwovens are defined by ISO standard 9092 and CEN EN 29092. These two documents, identical in their content, are the internationally acknowledged definition of Nonwovens. As industry, trade and technology have evolved since their first publication in 1988, these standards are regularly being updated by experts to better reflect the present understanding of Nonwovens. The following text, prepared by the leading nonwovens trade associations, reflects the current definition of nonwovens and the related terminology.
A nonwoven is an engineered fibrous assembly, primarily planar, which has been given a designed level of structural integrity by physical and/or chemical means, excluding weaving, knitting or paper making.