Our nonwovens have a proven track record in automotive. They have been used effectively to fulfil a wide range of functions, including delivering the right aesthetic finish, providing a friction resistant substrate and enabling the co-existence of composite & metal components, to name but a few. Our successes so far consist of:

  • Surface finish – TFP nonwovens provide a high quality, resin rich surface finish to a composite. Used extensively as surfacing veils, they minimise print through and potentially reduce the amount of further processing required.
  • Electronic and Electrical systems – Metal coated nonwovens are incorporated into electronics enclosures to shield against electromagnetic interference (EMI).
  • Fire protection – Fire protection for mufflers, batteries, engines, catalytic converters and body interior panels. Our Tecnofire® materials have been used by NABI to provide fire protection for composite buses.
  • Brakes and transmissions – Abrasion resistant aramid provides an ideal substrate for friction parts, where it is used as a coating base for clutch, brake and automatic transmission systems.
  • Chassis and frame – Dielectric nonwovens are used to provide a lightweight, effective barrier to galvanic corrosion, a common and destructive problem when aluminium or other metals come into contact with carbon fibre. This enables both composite and aluminium components to be used in the latest lighter weight vehicles.
  • Power – As a GDL substrate, a key component of a hydrogen fuel cell, our carbon nonwovens enable the next generation of vehicles.

As with all of our markets, this just represents a cross section of our nonwovens potential; material development is fundamental to our ethos and we welcome new material challenges and applications.


To find out more about how our materials are used in automotive applications, follow the links below.

Abrasion Resistance

Imparting enhanced abrasion and wear resistance to composites.

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Corrosion Resistance

Nonwovens which provide chemical resistance and prevent galvanic corrosion.

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Electrical Conductivity

Nonwovens which offer tuneable electrical conductivity for a wide range of applications.

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EMI Shielding

An effective, lightweight & practical solution for imparting EMI shielding functionality to composites.

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Fracture Toughness

Increasing composite fracture toughness by up to 400%!

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Resin Flow Media

Solving resin flow problems during composite fabrication…

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Surface Finish

OPTIVEIL® nonwovens provide a high quality, resin rich surface finish to a composite.

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Composite Fire Protection

Integrated fire protection without structural compromise.

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