Over the years, Leigh Fibers has developed expertise in dozens of diverse industries. Our on-going work in developing new applications for recycled fiber continues to take us into new markets. Wherever manufacturers are benefitting from the use of recycled fibers, that’s where you’ll find Leigh.
The following are a few of the many industries in which we are currently active.
Few, if any, textile recyclers are more active in the automotive industry than Leigh Fibers. Our durable, high-performance shoddys—natural and synthetic—are a key ingredient in the production of cost-effective, consistent acoustical parts and insulation. On the other end, our closed-loop solutions and waste stream management programs enable automotive suppliers to convert post-industrial scrap into valuable raw materials, thereby diverting those material from the landfill, and saving on virgin material costs.
Leigh Fiber’s re-processed natural and synthetic fibers for mattresses, pillows and quilts provide the product performance, price assurance and supply chain stability our customers require. Our recycled cotton gin motes, linters, picker, comber noils, wool and synthetic blends provide consistent high-quality materials for customers who supply to mattress manufacturers.
Leigh Fibers is a trusted partner in the burial industry. From the major casket manufacturers to the wholesalers of casket supplies, we supply re-processed fiber for pillows and casket interiors that meets stringent quality standards while delivering excellent value.
Leigh Fibers is a key supplier to the furniture industry. Our re-processed fibers are used for batting, waddings, and needled and bonded felts and provide a lower cost alternative to virgin polyester fiber. Our customers have successfully used Leigh Fibers re-processed fiber in demanding furniture applications while meeting their customers’ expectations for performance.
Today’s apparel industry is a true global market. Product life cycles are short and design differentiation is vast. Leigh Fibers works with apparel and yarn makers who are continually searching for ways to include re-processed fibers in new clothing products. This “closed-loop” mission is ongoing and continues to be a goal of both Leigh Fibers and many of our industry partners.
Some of the more significant recent progress in textile technology has been made in the areas of filtration and absorption.
Using polyester, cotton, polypropylene and acrylic blend fibers, Leigh provides re-processed fiber for yarn-wound, canister (string) and pleat media filters for the filtration market.
For absorption applications, Leigh provides re-processed fibers, such as cotton, wool and other cellulose and synthetic fibers that take advantage of the inherent capillary capabilities of natural fibers.
While filtration and absorption exist at different ends of the fiber spectrum, the one thing they both have in common is Leigh Fibers. We are, and will continue to be, actively involved; developing fiber solutions, fiber sourcing and using our experience to develop new and more innovative waste utilization strategies.
Leigh Fibers has developed processes that convert para-aramids in both filament and fabric forms into usable fibers for carding/spinning, composite, pulp and wet laid applications. In addition, we convert other aramids and fire-retardant materials back to fiber forms for use in non-wovens.
For damping sound resonance, especially in air cavities, the open design of cellulose, cotton, and polyester makes these fibers proven and preferred acoustical solutions. For manufacturers of acoustic insulation materials, Leigh Fibers is a key supplier. They rely on our precisely modified natural and synthetic fibers for the high acoustical density required for automobile parts, office partitions, ceiling tile, industrial machinery and household appliances.
Leigh Fibers supplies re-processed natural and synthetic fibers used in ring-spinning, air-jet and open-end spinning operations. Commercial spinners depend on us for a steady supply of high quality loose cotton, card waste, and synthetic fibers to keep their lines moving.
For over a decade, Leigh Fibers has been involved in providing products for the sports and leisure market. We understand the importance of supply chain support and put that knowledge to work for our customers. We are constantly developing new fiber blends that are used in the making of sports targets, athletic bags and other equipment. Leigh Fibers is one of the few suppliers large enough to warehouse customer’s inventory on-site, enabling us to immediately respond to shifts in their demand.
Uniforms and Public Security
For companies as well as consumers, brand protection and both public and personal security are very real and growing concerns. Brand protection involves destroying uniforms and fabrics where company logos and proprietary designs are displayed to ensure they don’t get in the wrong hands. Public safety prevents potential attackers from obtaining the uniforms that could allow them access to sensitive assets, people and events. In both cases Leigh Fibers works with company executives and / or public safety officials to completely destroy old and unused uniforms and other products. This is done using a secure chain of custody concluding with the issue of a Certification of Destruction. Not only does this reduce the threat to the public’s safety, it helps protect the integrity and good names of our customers.