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Development of new coated membrane textile using plant fibres

Objective



Commercial pressures and raised environmental awareness have increased the impetus to find safer, more environmentally benign replacements for the polyester/PVC combination. It is proposed that plant-derived cellulosic fibres, which display several desirable characteristics advantageous to their use as structural textiles, would be viable replacements for polyester fibres. These fibres are from renewable resources. Isolation of the fibres is a completely mechanical process. PVC will be replaced by a range of non-chlorine containing coatings. The coatings will protect the physio-chemical properties of the fibre and provide a renewable, aesthetically acceptable finish to the textile. Potentially, a coated textile produced in this manner could have a longer lifespan that polyester/PVC.

Funding Scheme

EAW - Exploratory awards

Coordinator

J and D Wilkie Ltd
Address
Gairie Works
DD8 4BL Kirriemuir
United Kingdom

Participants (2)

J T Inglis Ltd
United Kingdom
Address
Riverside Works
DD2 Dundee
tec-Knit
Germany
Address
9,Loensweg 9
46414 Rhede