Glossary of Terms

Industry and Business Terms

Bicomponent – Fiber comprised of two polymers with different chemical or physical properties (core/sheath technology). Bi-components provide functionality of specialty polymers or additives at reduced cost and are environmentally friendly (recyclable).

Binder - Polymer in a fiber that acts as an adhesive due to its melting point.

Co-Generation Facility - Environmentally sustainable manufacturing facility where all power comes from bi-products of the manufacturing process. Foss produces hot and chilled water and steam through environmentally clean processes. The company is certified as ISO 14000, the environmental quality standard.

Extruded Fiber - Fiber that is created when raw materials in pellet form (plastic) are melted and reshaped into a long, thin fiber that can be used in multiple applications.

Fossfibre - Colorfast, environmentally friendly synthetic fiber – the foundation for a majority of Foss products. Most Fossfibre’s are solution-dyed colors.

Fosshield® Antimicrobial Technology - Fossfibre variant containing a silver antimicrobial agent that protects the fiber against the growth of a broad spectrum of odor-causing and destructive bacteria, mold, mildew, and viruses.

Monocomponent - Fiber comprised of a single polymer.

Needle-punch - Mechanical process involving thousands of needles that orient and interlock fibers to create nonwoven fabric.

Nonwoven - Engineered fabric (sheet or web structure) bonded together by entangling fibers mechanically, thermally, or chemically. Nonwoven fabrics provide specific functions such as absorbency, liquid repellency, resilience, stretch, softness, strength, flame retardancy, washability, cushioning, filtering, bacterial barrier, and sterility.

Thermoformable - Fibers that can be molded and shaped when heated.