Manufactured fibers have a wide variety of uses, many of which are not always immediately obvious. In addition to such traditional uses as apparel and home furnishings, manufactured fibers are also important for geotextiles, industrial belts and filters, tire cord, building construction, medical implants, and aviation. They also form the basis for the today’s high-tech composite materials that offer light weight, high-performance alternatives to metals.
The following generic names are recognized by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission for fibers manufactured in the U.S. Click on the individual names for definitions and additional information.
- PEEK (polyether ether ketone)
- PEI (polyetherimide)
- PSA (polysulfone)
- Triexta (PTT)
- UHMW Polyethylene