A full integrated supply chain
The fibres production is not only the result of a complex process, but also of close collaboration with other industrial platforms of the Domo group which produce and supply the main raw material.
The raw material is Nylon Salt. Commonly known as "AH-Salt", it is supplied by tanker trucks from our plants in Belle-Etoile (Lyon, France) and Chalampé (Alsace, France) and is the basic building block for the manufacture of polyamide 6.6 fibres.
Through a continuous process (24/24, 7/7), this salt is first concentrated by evaporation, then polymerized under high pressure & temperature. The polymer - similar to a “hot & highly viscous paste” - is then directly injected in spinnerets, through thousands of microscopic holes. Once the polymer comes out from the spinnerets, it is quickly cooled down by air, then water and goes from the viscous to the solid state. Here the filaments are born, we leave the “chemical world” to enter the physical, “textile” one.
Those thousands of filaments are gathered together as “cables” and then stretched in another workshop, on 5 different drawing lines. On those lines the filaments are first stretched to align the microscopic chains of polyamide and give the filaments dimensional stability. This cable can be left as-is to produce tow for flock, crimped to produce nonwoven, textile or flooring articles, then finally cut (staple fibers) or not (crimped tow for textile high end specialties).
Tow for flock is packed in American boxes, other products are compressed and packed in bales, to save logistics costs.
The polyamide 6.6 fibres from Valence are renowned worldwide for their resilience, resistance to abrasion, friction and also light fastness. They are used for work clothes that are particularly resistant, such as military or firemen's clothing (reinforcement of cotton). This fibre is also used in furniture (sofas, seats...), automotive (glove boxes, window channels, seats), flooring (carpets, rugs), technical applications (paint rollers, tennis balls), non-wovens and abrasives (polishing, sanding). Also renowned for its fineness (Valence can produce filaments which weight only 0.06 grams/km !) .
The finished goods are shipped whether in full trucks (Europe) or containers (export) from the port of Marseille to be sold all over the world.
We are fostering innovation, especially on nonwoven and functionalized products (flame-retardant, bacteriostatic, biodegradable fibres). Those last ones use Amni Soul Eco® technology, formerly developed by Rhodia – Solvay Group. Amni Soul Eco® is offering biodegradability while maintaining the standard characteristics of nylon 6.6 such as durability, long life, high tenacity, soft touch and abrasion resistance.
Last but not least, we are also working on intelligent textiles like for example the "Emana®" range. Such fibre stimulates blood circulation, which helps sports people to recover faster…and ladies to have a smoother skin !
Our polyamide 6.6 cable is transformed and cut (on average 0.7 mm) by our customers and is then applied according to an original industrial process on fabrics, rubber profiles, ceramics. The support to be flocked is glued, either on its entire surface or in the form of a drawing. The object is then subjected to an electric field. The flock is attracted by the electric field falls perpendicularly and is inserted into the glue. After a drying and fixing phase, the flock adheres completely to its support.
A flocked surface looks like velvet. The main applications are clothing and upholstery (sofas, blankets, wall fabrics), automotive (window frames, car seats, glove boxes), decoration (velvety interior of jewelry boxes, felt figurines) and toys.
With over 60 years’ experience in the flock tow industry, we are committed to provide the best Nylon 66 flock tow in the world. Our Flock Tow “100% made in France” provides this unique touch of superior quality.
Thanks to our most advanced Polyamide 66 polymerization technology, our nylon 66 flock tows are designed to provide top static flocking performances for the most demanding applications such as textile, furniture, automotive. They are the guarantee of:
- Deep dyeing and long lasting colors
- Superior resilience and wear resistance
- Touch feel extremely soft
- Stable and consistent premium quality