Web Exclusive | January 2017
Nano coating comes of age
Since its discovery about a decade ago, nanopolymer research has increased tremendously and is revolutionising the future of the textile coatings sector. This technology cannot be seen by the naked eye, yet it is all around us, as it is used in several applications like home furniture, cars, and now clothing and textiles.
Nano Coatings in Textiles: Breakthroughs from top nano coating manufacturers have helped to develop unique solutions that have fully transformed textiles and nonwovens, introducing fabrics that possess completely new properties. The application of nanotechnology in textile manufacturing has resulted in the production of fabrics with exceptional chemical resistance, antibacterial properties, water repellence, mechanical strength, and other properties that cannot be realized by other means.
Nanotechnology provided the textile sector with the versatility it required to create technical textiles. For example, swimsuits are often produced with a plasma layer, improved by nanotechnology, to repel water molecules and offer gliding comfort to the swimmer.
The influence of nanotechnology and its introduction into the textiles sector is a huge reason why the world technical textiles market is forecast to grow several billion by the year 2020 according to Infiniti Research market intelligence professionals. In addition to its outstanding anti-bacterial properties and repellence, nano coatings for textiles also provide other major selling points such as soft finishes, invisibility, wrinkle-resistance, and easiness to clean.