[ Technical Textiles - Sandler exhibits nonwovens for construction at Techtextil 2015.]
Sandler, the leading nonwovens manufacturer, has attracted around 600 visitors from the nonwovens industry, industry and politics to its booth at this year’s Techtextil trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens that concluded in Frankfurt last month.
The German manufacturer welcomed the audience to its textile building, a model home encompassing a showroom and a meeting room, complete with a terrace and garden, where visitors were offered a first-hand look at the diverse areas of applications for Sandler nonwovens.
The Sandler mansion highlighted applications in construction, making them the main talking point at the Sandler booth. In walls and roof, nonwovens of the fibercomfort product family created well-tempered rooms and pleasantly quiet conversational acoustics despite the bustle of activity at the booth.
In the showroom the nonwovens demonstrated their functionality in a drywall for individual room design and as pipe insulation that adjusts flexibly, perfectly insulating even bends, according to the manufacturer. Fibercomfort nonwovens are suitable for office acoustics and interior design, displaying excellent sound absorption and easy processing, the company reports.
A cycle of reusable materials placed special emphasis on recycling and sustainability. Made from 100% polyester, fibercomfort nonwovens contain recycled raw material and are easily recyclable themselves, even after years of use.
In the garden, sample collections showcased a wide product range for the automotive industry, filtration, construction, technical insulation, hygiene products and wipes. Visitors from the automotive industry were particularly interested in Sandler’s lightweight, recyclable absorber nonwovens for interior and exterior applications, nonwovens for moulded parts and upholstery nonwovens for comfortable seating.
Synthetic nonwovens for climate filtration that provide indoor air quality by keeping the air clean, as well as nonwovens for air and liquid filtration in the automobile were also in demand.
Techtextil exhibition focuses on technical applications. Nevertheless, representatives from all of Sandler’s markets visited the booth. Customers and potential clients from the hygiene industry were interested in the properties of Sandler hygiene nonwovens and by the manifold design opportunities through printing and embossing.
Design and innovation
Apart from the practical applications featured inside the house, highlights in product design and processing were showcased on the terrace, demonstrating the unique versatility of nonwovens.
The company, for example, displayed a wide-brimmed hat made of nonwoven, which, upon closer examination turned out to be a lampshade; sample nonwovens equipped with different embossing designs, print motifs, or laminated with coloured fabric; and composite materials incorporating nonwovens.
From university students to members of parliament
On the second day of the exhibition, Dr Ulrich Hornfeck, Member of the Management Board, and Gerhard Klier, Sales Director Technical Products, introduced some of the textile industry’s young professionals to the world of nonwovens. Students from the Technical University of Dresden visited the Sandler booth and were impressed by the wide range of applications, interviewing the Sandler team on the diverse processing methods available.
Local and federal politicians also sought the active exchange with companies on occasion of the international trade fair: Brigitte Zypries, Member of the German Parliament and Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, was given in-depth information on nonwovens by CEO Dr Christian Heinrich Sandler and Dr Ulrich Hornfeck.