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Airbag yarns on the rise

January 3rd, 2017 / By: / Industry News, News

The demand for airbags is expected to grow five percent annually over the next five years, according to estimates from Business Wire. While airbags have been predominantly manufactured using polyamide 6.6 yarns, there is a trend towards polyester, due to the challenging nature of industrial filament yarns. With the interest in this potential growth market, four projects for manufacturing airbag yarns from polyamide 6.6 (PA6.6) and polyester (PET) supplied by systems builder Oerlikon Barmag, Remscheid, Germany, have been successfully commissioned in the past 12 months alone. The reason for the increased demand for airbag yarns is the global rise in road safety requirements, causing governments to consider revising their safety rules and regulations.