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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
Toray Fluorofibers (U.S.)
W.L. Gore
HDPE (High Density Polyethylene) Spectra
Honeywell Performance Fibers
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 (

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