Laminating requires experience
Many different adhesives are used today for permanently bonding a variety of non-woven fabrics and technical textiles.
Always in dialog with the customer
“Our customers know the materials to be bonded,” says Maria Aleixo, Sales Manager at AB-Tec in Iserlohn. “We accompany the customer through his decision-making process and see it as our task to recommend not only the right adhesive, but also the optimal laminating process.“
The possibilities for creating laminates today are as varied as the individual components that need to be bonded. Nonwoven fabrics and spacer fabrics are bonded with woven fabrics, foams are covered with artificial leather materials, and stabilising materials are laminated with leather. Such laminates are then used in automotive manufacturing, in industrial applications, or medical technology. The thing all these different applications have in common is the selection of the right adhesive which will ensure a secure and especially permanent bonding of the material. Some customers use adhesives which are sprayed over a large area. Others use adhesives that are applied as a dot coating across the material to be bonded. And still others, AB-Tec customers in particular, rely on web adhesives, which are thin, web-like structures made from adhesive.
Expertise from the US
Increasing demands and requirements in various sectors have led over the past few years to particular growth in the market for web adhesives. But the necessary techniques and application processes are still relatively young. Spunfab, a company from Ohio which has an excellent reputation in high-tech industries, is a pioneer in this sector. Spunfab is also well known in the automotive industry for intelligent solutions for lamination involving non-woven fabrics, foams, and fabrics with decor materials.
In 2001, Spunfab embarked on a European path with the establishment of AB-Tec. This expansion enabled short communication and decision-making paths with European companies. After all, direct communication is a must for the consultation-intensive adhesive business. AB-Tec and Spunfab work together successfully. AB-Tec can produce and market its own product portfolio in Europe and also offer Spunfab products which are well established in the US.