Polyester Fabric Compounds & Masterbatch

Americhem is a leading manufacturer of compounds and masterbatches formulated for the most demanding polyester applications. Our highly specialized, custom polyester solutions include color dispersions, reinforcements, fillers and impact modifiers that enhance performance, improve aesthetics and enable recycling for polyester fiber, yarn and fabric used across a wide range of markets. Get your questions answered here regarding our selection of innovative polyester products.

What is Polyester?

Polyester is a synthetic polymer derived from petroleum, a natural raw material. It is formed from a condensation polymerization process involving terephthalic acid and ethylene glycol (alcohol). Polyethylene terephthalate, also known as PET, is the most common polyester type, offering a high strength-to-weight ratio, moisture resistance and shatter-proof characteristics. PET is entirely recyclable and is the most recycled plastic in the world. PET and other polyester resin pellets are melted and extruded through tiny holes in metal containers known as spinnerets to produce single strands of polyester fibers that polyester manufacturers can then cut to predetermined lengths.

Most people associate polyester with polyester fabric because of its widespread use. However, polyester is also commonly sourced to create plastic bottles, consumer packaging, automotive parts and other durable molded products. Polyester is often a more cost-effective option compared to other polymers such as nylon and polypropylene (PP). Americhem can tailor polyester products to meet specific requirements through the right combination of polyester additives and high-quality resins.  

The Americhem Advantage in Polyester

Americhem has been developing custom material solutions for polyester fiber producers and manufacturers for over 30 years. Our designs were among the first introduced for solution-dyed carpet fibers, helping elevate us to our current position as a global manufacturer of high-performance polyester additive packages for use with PET, PBT, PTT and PETG polyesters. In addition to our broad suite of product additives, we offer the highest quality color concentrates in the industry, providing an extensive choice of shades that disperse evenly and consistently.

To ensure the polyester materials used in your product will endure when exposed to sunlight, temperature, humidity or moisture, we can perform highly accelerated interior and exterior weathering testing. This value-added capability gives our customers added peace of mind. And it allows us to incorporate suitable UV stabilizers to mitigate the effects of sunlight or fluorescent light and improve durability.  

WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF POLYESTER?

Polyester is one of the world’s most popular synthetic polymer materials, demonstrating a wide variety of advantages over other industrial fibers. When considering the many benefits that polyester offers, know that we have the people and the technology to optimize your success and can answer any questions you may have regarding industrial polyester choices. 

POLYESTER ADVANTAGES:
  • High tensile strength
  • High elastic modulus
  • Low moisture absorption (except during extrusion processing)
  • Weather-resistant
  • Low shrinkage compared to other industrial fibers
  • Good dimensional stability (retains its shape)
  • Highly durable/excellent wear
  • Lightweight
  • Flexible
  • Wrinkle and shrink-resistant
  • Excellent mechanical, electrical, thermal and flow properties
  • Good mildew resistance
  • Good chemical resistance – repels oils, greases and alcohol
  • High environmental stress crack resistance
  • Good heat and heat aging resistance
  • Good color stability
  • Good moldability
  • Easy to clean
  • Stain-resistant
  • Can improve acoustics (in applications like automotive)
  • Completely recyclable (PET)
POLYESTER DISADVANTAGES:
  • Lack of breathability
  • Lack of moisture absorption
  • Flammability (melts easier than other materials)
  • Holds a static charge
  • Holds odors
  • Non-biodegradable
  • Lack of hydrolytic stability during processing
Fibers
Durables
Film & sheet
Apparel
Automotive
Awnings
Packaging & bottles
Carpeting
Nonwovens
Industrial fabric & upholstery
Molding
Electrical components
OUR POLYESTER MATERIAL OFFERINGS
  • PET
  • PBT
  • PTT
  • PETG
Antimicrobial
Custom Color
Flame retardants
Optical Brighteners
Soil resistant
Single Pigment Dispersions (SPD’s)
UV and AO stabilizers
FDA grade
Structurally reinforced
Lubricated
GET MORE OUT OF YOUR PET RECYCLING

Recycled PET offers manufacturers a sustainable way to use material scraps and help meet their climate targets. The problem is that recycled PET often has a yellowish tint that hurts the appearance of the end product. For products like plastic bottles that need to look clean and clear to meet consumers’ expectations, any color change during recycling is unacceptable.  

Americhem can help!

Our PET Renewal Additive allows recycled PET to be restored to its natural virgin PET appearance, making recycled water bottles and food packaging more enticing. So go ahead and start increasing the amount of recycled content in your product without sacrificing packaging quality.

Contact us to learn more about our PET Renewal Additive. 

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