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Gettin’ stringy with it

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The fiber industry keeps changing, especially for the producers of the lower-volume specialty fibers. Others have received the rights to produce, and many are available from several companies under various names. These are the most common ones. For a more extensive list, visit Intexa.

Fiber Product name Company
Polyetheretherketone PEEK Performance Fibers
Polybenzimidazole PBI PBI Performance Fibers
PPS/Sulfar (Polyphenylene-Sulfide) Ryton Toyobo and others
PBO – Polyphenylenebenzobisoxasole Zylon Toyobo
PTFE – Fluorocarbon Teflon
Gore PTFE
Toray Fluorofibers (U.S.)
W.L. Gore
HDPE (High Density Polyethylene) Spectra
Dyneema
Honeywell Performance Fibers
Toyobo/Dyneema
MELAMINE Basofil Basofil Fibers LLC
POLYARYLATE (Liquid Crystal) Vectran Kuraray Performance Fibers

William C. Smith is a technical textile consultant. He can be reached at billsmith@intexa.com (www.intexa.com).

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