Tencel fabric laminated TPU film is an ideal solution for the textile
and industrial lamination industries. It combines the strength of Tencel fibers with the water resistance and odor control of TPUs for superior protection. The flexible, durable and lightweight material can withstand harsh conditions without losing its functional properties or integrity.
TPU (Thermoplastic Polyurethane) is an elastomer that can be easily fabricated into a wide variety of products. Its versatility is due to its high elasticity, high resistance to UV rays and chemicals, and its ability to stretch and rebound without degrading or breaking down. Using different processing methods like injection molding, casting, extrusion and film blowing, TPU can be molded into complex shapes that have various properties, such as abrasion resistance, impact resilience, softness and flexibility. Its ability to be bonded with other materials, such as fabrics and leather, makes it an ideal choice for many applications, including footwear, clothing, and other technical textiles.
The TPU market is thriving. According to MarketsandMarkets, it is projected to grow by a CAGR of 7.1% till 2024 and reach a gross sales value of USD 3.5 billion. The biggest market segment for TPU is footwear, followed by automotive and medical. The use of TPU is expanding rapidly, especially in Asia-Pacific.
Moreover, the TPU market is growing because it is available in a range of colors, textures and odors that are suitable for the production of a wide array of clothing and accessories. In addition, TPU can be combined with other polymers and textiles for a wider range of uses.
As demand for TPU increases, manufacturers are exploring new ways to incorporate the versatile material into their products. Adding a laminated TPU layer to Tencel fabric enhances the protective qualities of a product, while maintaining breathability and comfort. This combination is particularly attractive for outdoor gear, such as backpacks and tents, which are frequently exposed to moisture and harsh weather conditions.
The study found that the optimal Tencel(r)/LMPET nonwoven fabrics were produced with a blending ratio of 60/40 wt% and a needle punch depth of 14 mm. The resulting nonwovens demonstrated improved tensile strength, bursting strength, and air permeability compared to those of the other groups tested. The effect of the triclosan content on these properties is also discussed.
The study examined the morphology, FTIR, water resistance, and windproof properties of laminated Tencel/LMPET nonwovens with antibacterial TPU/triclosan membranes. The results suggest that the use of a TPU/triclosan membrane can significantly enhance the water resistance and windproof properties of the laminated Tencel/LMPET nonwovens. In addition, the membranes have a smooth surface and low vapor permeability, making them an effective barrier to moisture ingress.