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4th March 2019, Cincinnati, OH

Michelman introduces Unyte brand of surface modifiers

The company is known in the fibres and composites industry as the interface adhesion expert. © Michelman

The company is known in the fibres and composites industry as the interface adhesion expert. © Michelman

Michelman, a leading developer and manufacturer of environmentally friendly advanced materials, will introduce its new family of Unyte surface modifiers formulated specifically for manufacturers of technical textiles and prepreg fabrics at this month’s JEC World 2019 trade show that takes place from 12-14 March in Paris.

Designed to help technical textiles and prepreg fabrics achieve advanced form and function in both woven and nonwoven materials, this brand of water-based emulsions acts as binders for carbon, glass, aramid, basalt, UHMWPE, natural, and other polymeric fibres. “We are known in the fibres and composites industry as the interface adhesion experts,” explained Steve Bassetti, Global Marketing Director for the Industrial Manufacturing Group at Michelman.

“Our expertise in formulating surface treatments such as sizings, binders, and film formers, strengthened by our understanding of end-use applications, provides technical textile manufacturers an unequalled set of solutions offering various functionalities that can be applied at the fibre level or as an oversizing. Specifically, we help the construction, ballistic, medical and hygiene, automotive, filtration media, prepreg, and consumer products industries improve the performance and functional behaviour of textile applications.” 

Unyte Bind offers multiple solutions that improve fibre-to-fibre adhesion. This improved binding of fibres creates a better structure for applications such as laid or woven scrim and prepregs, the company reports.

Unyte Grip promotes the adhesion between fibres and polymeric matrices helping to improve mechanical properties. Increased fibre-to-matrix adhesion is beneficial to prepreg fabric for composites and multilayer systems, such as roofing underlayment, that combine woven and nonwoven materials.

Unyte Glide is for manufacturers of prepreg fabric and multilayer systems combining woven and nonwoven materials, who can use these grades to increase lubricity and slip and facilitate tow spreading of fibres in technical textile production. They are also used as over-sizing to improve release, drape, and fabric processability.

Unyte Heat operates at elevated temperatures without degradation and can withstand more thermal recycling operations. It provides heat resistance during primary and secondary processing, as well as in the end-use product, making it an ideal solution on braided 3D structures where thermal insulation is required.

Unyte Print is designed to boost ink adhesion for improved print receptivity and minimal colour bleed. Fabrics that are over-printed for decoration and branding, or with identification codes where legibility is essential, can benefit from these solutions.

Unyte Slip produces anti-block properties making it suitable for fabrics, nonwovens, and prepregs which need to be stacked or rolled. It helps prevent finished goods from sticking together and improve interlayer release and stack-ability.

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