Sisal Applications

Traditionally, sisal fibres are used in spinning mills for the production of yarns. The sisal fibres used come from Brazil or East Africa/Madagascar depending on the end product. During the last few years, sisal fibres have also been increasingly applied in the paper industry since pulp from sisal has a far higher tear resistance than pulp from wood cellulose. What’s more, the pulp from sisal fibre is highly porous. It is due to both these properties that pulp from sisal fibres is preferably used to produce filter and capacitor paper. Paper from sisal pulp (in combination with wood cellulose) is also applied in the tobacco and food industry. Likewise, the automotive industry is increasingly relying on the use of so-called composites, which contain natural fibres.

Sisal yarns are used in industry (carpets, polishing fabrics, roping, steel cables, packaging) as well as in tree nurseries and in agriculture (harvest baling twines). Sisal yarns are available in different specifications (coarse and/or fine yarns). Spool weight and dimensions of the spools may vary depending on the customer’s wishes.

Sisal ropes are used in the cable and wire rope industry. In this area of application, natural fibre ropes function as so-called cable cores. When lubricated and/or greased, the natural fibre, owing to its hygroscopic property, automatically lubricates the steel cables (e.g. in lifts). Sisal ropes are also used in agriculture, tree nurseries, shipping and the fishing industry. Sisal ropes are available in various qualities and dimensions.

Sisal fabric is used in the polishing industry for the production of polishing discs. These discs are used for pre-polishing and polishing surfaces (metal, aluminium etc.). Sisal fabric is available in a variety of weights (per m2). Finer or coarser yarns and their combinations (thickness) can be delivered depending on the wishes of the customer.

It is hardly surprising that a plant, which is exposed to extreme climate fluctuations, forms a fibre that is also suitable for the production of floor coverings. Sisal is antibacterial, flame retardant, highly sound- and heat-insulating, as well as being antistatic, which is the case for all natural fibres, and finally it naturally regulates the indoor climate. These properties make sisal floor coverings versatile and popular.

Needle felt made from sisal fibres is used as linings for mattresses and is also available in different weights and dimensions.