HydroTube™ fabrics are lightweight hydroentangled (spunlaced) fabrics which are produced
as continuous seamless tubes. HydroTube™ fabrics can be manufactured from virtually
any fibre that is compatible with the hydroentanglement process, including natural
fibres such as pulp fibres, cotton, bast fibres, wool and hair etc., man-made fibres
or filaments e.g. polyesters, polyolefins, acrylics, regenerated cellulosics and
their derivatives, polyamides and the like, and aramid fibres. Inorganic fibres such
as glass and metal may also be used. Blends of fibre can also be employed and composite
or laminated fabrics can be produced. The tube diameter can be varied and the interior
can be either left hollow or filled with gels, waxes, cosmetics, detergents and solid
particles to functionalise the fabric as the tube is formed.
Potential applications include reinforced hoses and pipes, electronics, telecommunications,
protective seals and medical dressings. NIRI is developing the technology to be compatible
with existing hydroentanglement equipment, ensuring the commercial scaleability of
producing HydroTube™ products without the need for heavy investment.
NIRI is looking for final development and commercialisation partners to bring this
exciting new development in nonwovens to specialised market sectors.
If you are interested in discussing the development and commercialisation of HydroTube™
technology please contact our Managing Director, Chris Fowler.