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Mr. Dave Hill
Mr. Dave Hill
Business Development Manager

Interview with Mr. Dave Hill

SAF can be converted into a multitude of fabric and yarn structures

An honours graduate in Chemistry, Dave Hill began his career working for the Courtaulds Cellulosic Fibres Group. He spent many years deployed in the USA and Germany in senior management positions before being appointed by the Super Absorbent Fibre (SAFTM) manufacturer TAL in 2002. The core business of Technical Absorbents (TAL) is the manufacture of Super Absorbent Fibre (SAFTM) at its impressive UK production site. TAL is part of Bluestar Fibres Company Limited, a subsidiary company of China National BlueStar (Group) Company Limited, who are wholly owned by ChemChina. He is responsible for all commercial activity of the business and is at the helm of leading TAL and its innovative technology into exciting new nonwoven and technical textile related product areas. Dave has tremendous experience in new business development, commercial management, R&D, operational manufacturing, and project management from concept to commercialisation. He has a proven track record of meeting new and challenging demands and has gained an extensive knowledge of the global nonwovens and textiles industries as a result of his extensive experience within the industries.

TT: Tell us about the properties of the super absorbent fibre developed by you?

The chemistry on which SAFTM is based has been extensively tested to establish its safe for use status in application areas requiring a high degree of toxicity and regulatory approval. Studies have included allergenicity, irritation, dermal, genetic, reproductive, and ingestion research. Technical Absorbents (TAL) manufactures its own patented polymer system to produce SAFTM– an aqueous solution which is extruded into a hot air stream in order to dry and cure the polymer, resulting in the formation of SAFTM filaments. These are then cooled, and precision cut into a range of staple lengths before being dried, cross-linked, conditioned and baled for dispatch. The manufacturing process is extremely versatile, allowing for precise tailoring and control of all required fibre parameters. In-house quality control systems ensure fibre is produced to exacting specifications.

TT: In which applications does it find use in the nonwovens and technical textile sector?

SAFTM is truly a versatile super absorbent product. The number of applications that already benefit from this absorbent technology is immense and extremely diverse. Ongoing innovation in the polymer chemistry of SAFTM, together with implementation of advanced fibre processing techniques, is leading to the design of new fabrics and yarns that deliver world-class super absorbency performance. SAFTM can be converted into a multitude of fabric and yarn structures for use in disposable hygiene, advanced wound care, food packaging, coolant apparel, agrotextiles, geotextiles, filtration and underwater cable applications.

Published on: 07/07/2012

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