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Big interest in Super Absorbent Fibre at INDEX11

30 May '11
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UK-based Technical Absorbents, part of the Bluestar Fibres Company Limited, enjoyed significant interest in its super absorbent fibre technology exhibited at INDEX11 last month.

Aimed to be the world's leading nonwovens exhibition, held in Geneva 12th – 15th April, INDEX11 is the global meeting place for the nonwovens and supporting industries. All the key players from around the world, from all levels of the industry and across the applications sectors gathered to present innovative solutions with nonwovens. Exhibitors included producers, convertors, raw material suppliers and machinery manufacturers, all showing their latest advances.

Visitors to the Technical Absorbents stand were keen to discuss how they could exploit the Super Absorbent Fibre (SAF®) technology within their market or application and they were not disappointed as the diverse range of SAF® product technologies across the full spectrum of sectors was available to view. These included performance cooling apparel, water barrier fabrics, geo & agro textiles, medical wound care, hygiene products, water blocking cable yarns and tapes, fuel/oil filtration and food packaging.

SAF® is produced in a range of fibre absorbency grades, lengths and dtex, and also in filament and polymer solution form. As a fibrous super absorbent, it can be converted via the traditional nonwoven, textile and yarn manufacturing routes, offering ease of handling and delivers superior final fabric distribution profiles and integrity, making it the super absorbent of choice for many customers.

Mr Dave Hill, Business Development Manager, said:

“INDEX11 has been very successful for us. We've had some intense interest from the medical markets for SAF® nonwoven usage within wound care products, given some clear benefits in product design and performance over SAP based material. We also received requests from suppliers to military, police and emergency services for trialling the “Koolsorb” (patent pending) heat and moisture management washable fabric. European-based geotextile companies are looking to introduce new technology for a range of water management projects. Hygiene market interest was typically high, fuelled further by the current industry shortages in SAP, fluff pulp and synthetic fibre availability.”

Technical Absorbents

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