Synthetic Fibers & Color Compounds for Performance Fibers

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What Is a Synthetic Fiber?

Synthetic fibers are man-made fibers created in a laboratory from chemical compounds called polymers.

Synthetic fibers are extracted during the chemical process using a spinneret, a piece of equipment with many holes. An extrusion process forces liquid polymers through the holes, creating long strands that harden into fibers.

What Are Synthetic Fibers Made From?

Synthetic fibers typically begin as crude oil, refined into petroleum products like gasoline and diesel fuel.

Chemical products called petrochemicals are derived from petroleum, but they can also be produced from natural gas. Through the chemical reaction of polymerization, petrochemicals are converted into polymers, which can then be used to make fibers.

What Are Examples of Synthetic Fibers?

Some of the most common examples of synthetic fibers are:

  • Polyester. The world's most widely used fiber. It accounts for about 80% of all synthetic fiber.
  • Polyethylene. The most commonly produced plastic. It's the primary synthetic fiber found in household packaging.
  • Polypropylene. The lightest synthetic fiber. A performance fiber used in activewear, it is more commonly found in consumer and industrial applications than in textiles.
  • Nylon. A strong and highly elastic performance fiber that is durable, dirt-repelling and quick-drying.
  • Acrylic. Lightweight, strong, warm and soft. Used to make artificial wool products like sweaters and blankets.

High-performance fibers, the strongest synthetic fibers, include Kevlar and Dyneema.