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COMBINING DIFFERENT MATERIALS TO CREATE NEW ONES

LAMINATION DIVISION

By bonding materials together, or pasting one material into another, we can create new ones altogether. This process is called lamination. It is often referred to as "bonding" in the apparel industry and represents a technology that uses bonding adhesives.

For example, by combining knitted fabrics with urethane, or another unwoven fabric , or generally speaking a woven fabric with an unwoven one, the end-result can have the properties of both source products, or even produce new features altogether.

Though it is a simple processing technique, it is a much easier, economical and reliable method to create new fabrics than to start from scratch.

In the apparel industry, fabrics with lesser sewing during production are highly regarded. As laminated fabrics are the result of the combination of many fabrics, their production requires far less time, money and effort than that of a product resulting from the interweaving of many products.

Also, in addition to making the use of material not suitable for sewing possible, this technology can procure new antibacterial, deodorizing, waterproof and cold resistant properties to the fabrics.
Apart from apparel suppliers, our customers include various miscellaneous goods industries such as industrial materials businesses, shoes/insole businesses, building materials businesses etc.

In fact, even regular fabrics’ appearance and functionality can be improved with lamination techniques, while keeping the costs down as well.

However, because this technology has a shallow history compared to common sewing techniques, we at Topman Industries are focusing much of our efforts to researching, developing and improving it.

TOPMAN INDUSTRIES' LAMINATION METHODS

There are many lamination techniques, such as the emulsion method and the hot melt.

THE EMULSION METHOD

Consists of reducing synthetic insoluble resin into tiny grains, adding an emulsifier, pouring it in water and letting it stick together.

We do not use any organic solvents. Based solely on temporary bonding glue (some of them have quite a strong gluing power), this method is recommended for soft textures.

APPLICATION OF THE EMULSION PROCESS (ADHESION BY WATER-SOLUBLE GLUE)

By using soluble glue, the adhesive can later be easily peeled of in case the fabric is submerged in water.

Using this temporary bonding method, fabrics that are difficult to cut and sew together can be easily processed this way. Since the glue will peel off afterwards, both fabrics will come off clean after a wash.

HOT MELT METHOD

Hot melt adhesives are nonflammable thermoplastics. They are solid materials that do not vaporize at room temperature, but melt when heated. Also, because they do not contain any harmful solvent, they are considered to be a rather safe adhesive. As there are many types of adhesives, such as nylon, polyurethane, EVA, polyester, rubber based etc., we select the most appropriate one according to the strength and properties of the materials to be bonded.

WE RECEIVE ORDERS FROM A VAST ARRAY OF INDUSTRIES

Apart from the methods mentioned above, we use other ways such as dissolving adhesives on organic solvents, melting and gluing while baking the surface of the urethane foam and so on.

Which method is more appropriate depends on the type of fabric and the strength of the adhesive.

Besides, we at Topman Industries receive orders from a wide range of industries, from the apparel industry to industrial material businesses. Even for techniques that we do not use in-house, we will find for you one of our associates who does. therefore for any kind of request or technology, please feel free to contact us by phone at (+81)-6-6744-3356.

We stand ready to reply to you within a short time and promise to do our best to meet your demands.