Orion's PartnerPlus team is a leader in the supply of specialists within the Non-Woven sector. The non-woven industry refers to the manufacturing of fabrics that are not woven or knitted but rather bonded together through various techniques such as chemical, thermal, or mechanical processes. These fabrics are made from fibers that are spun together and bonded through these processes to form a sheet of material with specific properties.
The non-woven industry is a rapidly growing sector of the textile industry and is used in a wide range of applications such as healthcare, hygiene, filtration, automotive, construction, and agriculture. Non-woven fabrics are preferred over traditional woven fabrics due to their lightweight, high strength, and low cost.
The non-woven industry has been able to take advantage of advancements in technology and innovation to create new and improved non-woven fabrics that are more durable, comfortable, and functional. With the increasing demand for eco-friendly and sustainable products, the non-woven industry has been able to develop new materials that are biodegradable and environmentally friendly.
One of the major challenges faced by the non-woven industry is the lack of standardisation in terms of quality and performance of the fabrics. This has led to the development of various testing and certification standards to ensure that the fabrics meet specific requirements for various applications.
Overall, the non-woven industry plays a vital role in various sectors of the economy and is expected to continue growing due to the increasing demand for cost-effective, durable, and eco-friendly materials.
Fife's three major towns are Kirkcaldy, Dunfermline (set to be awarded city status) and Glenrothes. According to the 2012 estimate, Dunfermline is the largest settlement by population, followed by Kirkcaldy then Glenrothes. These towns are well known centres for shipbuilding. Shipbuilding provided employment for 6,300 people(headcount), contributing 0.24% of the total Scottish employment and 8% of the marine economy employment. Scottish shipbuilding accounts for around 23% of turnover and 19% of GVA of total UK output of the industry in 2019.