From Zetafelt to Zetatherm, a local company makes non-woven fabrics that can be found in almost every vehicle.
In 1992, Hof Textiles began production of non-woven fabrics for automotive and apparel applications at the Indian Creek Industrial Park.
â€œNon-woven fabrics have a huge variety of technical properties,â€ Dr. Lothar Hackler, president and CEO, said. â€œIt takes a lot of research and development to create the material.â€
According to Hackler, the non-woven fibers are mechanically, chemically or thermally stretched and bound in order to create the finished product.
â€œEighty percent of our production line is for automotive applications,â€ Hackler said.
Applications such as Zetatherm and Zetafil are thermally bonded fibers used in creating hood liners for vehicles, he said.
Non-woven fibers bonded by stitching (Zetstitch), are used in seats and in the interior trim of vehicles.
In the early 1990s, Hof Textiles made only non-woven fabrics for apparel, Hackler said.
â€œThink of it as a sandwich,â€ he said. â€œThe non-woven fabric is in between the lining and outside fabric.â€
Non-woven fabrics created at Hof Textiles are distributed to a manufacturer that applies the material to various applications.
â€œOur products are created for both safety and comfort,â€ he said. â€œThey are flame retardant and water repellent.â€
Hof Textiles has grown by 60% in three years.
â€œWe plan on expanding in the number of employees and machinery in 2008 and 2009,â€ Hackler said.
Hof Textiles is a division of the family-owned company, Textilgruppe Hof in Germany.
by Lisa Brown