News from the world of technical textiles

Excerpt: Here are the news from the world of technical textiles across the world.

Lubrizol to showcase new coating technologies at IDEA19

The Lubrizol Corporation ahs announced that it will exhibit at IDEA19 in Miami Beach March 25-28, 2019 in booth #640, showcasing several innovative polymer and additive technologies that enhance performance of specialty papers, textiles and nonwovens.

Flame retardant technologies for diverse applications will be a significant focus. New PVC, PUD, and non-halogenated, flame retardant polymers enable customers to design flame retardance into a broad range of applications. New Hycar NHFR technology can eliminate the use of particulates and heavy metals from flame retardant coatings without the use of halogens.

New, renewable-sourced coating technologies that are formaldehyde-free and APEO-free will also be showcased. These technologies provide customers the ability to formulate sustainable solutions with no sacrifice in functional performance.

Aptalon(TM) polyamide polyurethane technology enables coating products to be designed for higher heat and abrasion resistance.

Lubrizol's exhibit will also include a "How Can We Help?" desk, staffed with Lubrizol experts ready to discuss unique customer formulation requirements. Visitors will be able to challenge Lubrizol experts for polymer and additive solutions to their toughest problems in areas such as abrasion resistance, flame retardance, water resistance, olefin adhesion, moisture vapor transmission, chemical resistance, glass binding, tear resistance and more.

"Lubrizol has developed some remarkable new coating technologies that are bringing higher levels of protection and performance for paper, textile and nonwoven applications," shares Gary Anderle, marketing manager, Lubrizol Performance Coatings. "We're excited to share our new product line-up with customers and collaborate with them to deliver differentiated products. These products stem from new technology platforms that will continue to evolve over the coming months and years."

Come challenge Lubrizol experts at IDEA19 with your unique formulation and application demands, and let's work together on innovative solutions.

Winners of the European 2018 DuPont Kevlar Glove Innovation Awards announced

DuPont Safety & Construction (DuPont) announced the winners of its third annual DuPont Kevlar Glove Innovation Awards in Europe. There were multiple entries from manufacturers all across Europe, showcasing the diverse innovative ways Kevlar fiber can be utilized for hand protection in gloves. One entry took innovation with Kevlar beyond hand protection and designed a cut protective shirt with Kevlar.

“This is the third year we have held these awards and each year the manufactures continue to impress us with their innovations using Kevlar, positioning these products on the forefront of protective technology for worker safety,” said Joel DeNardis, Mechanical Protection Global Marketing Manager, DuPont. “We are proud to celebrate with these innovators as they push the limits of what's possible with Kevlar to make worker protection more comfortable, more durable and more protective.”

Winning entries were chosen based on designs that utilized Kevlar in unique and groundbreaking ways in their approach and challenged the boundaries of conventional cut protection. Entries were judged on a set of criteria based on excellence in the areas of innovation and benefits to the wearer, including enhanced protection, increased dexterity, comfort and durability – all critical to safety and performance in the toughest industrial environments.

The winners are:

Protective Industrial Products, Inc. - G-Tek Kev 09-K1640

These gloves have a distinctive enhanced visibility red liner made with Kevlar, touch screen compatibility, while being able to take seamless knit gloves to the next level in not only cut performance but fit, feel and look. Kevlar adds its strength, inherent heat properties and comfort.


This rescue glove is made of 100 percent Kevlar with steel wire (Inox) insertion and has its palm and fingertips with a slip proof hydro repellent coating. The glove withstands contact heat up to 100˚C and scores the best dexterity. The glove obtains high performance per EN388: 2016 achieving cut level F and puncture level 3, qualifying for the demanding tasks of fire brigade and rescue services. It is the first rescue glove with the highest cut level F.

Superior Glove - Dexterity S18KGDNE

These flame-resistant arc flash gloves with composite filament fiber shell made of Kevlar and neoprene palms are one of the thinnest (18 gauge) and most comfortable on the market. Arc flash testing placed these gloves at level 3, with an arc thermal performance value (ATPV) of 25cal/cm².

W+R KinetiXx X-BLADE

The cut protection glove KinetiXx X-BLADE has excellent fit due to the very fine 15-gauge 3D knit. The use of Kevlar makes it very thin for a cut protection glove with very good breathability and also offers heat protection. The black yarn made of Kevlar makes the glove very dirt-resistant. The glove can be washed at 30°C in a gentle cycle at home and can therefore be used many times by the user. Furthermore, the glove is touch screen capable.

S Gloves – ROKCL

The glove model, ROKCL belongs to the group of clean (dust-free) gloves and does not leave any traces on objects which they come into contact. They are made with 100 percent Kevlar, ensuring protection against mechanical, as well as thermal hazards. The ROKCL model is an exceptionally lightweight gauge 15 glove, guaranteeing perfect feel and very good dexterity.

Fuchshuber Techno-Tex GmbH – Cutex Barbados Round Neck Shirt

The special Kevlar award goes to the Cutex round neck shirt which is a lightweight knit that combines cut protection with heat and flame protection. Based on an engineered yarn made with black Kevlar, it has an extremely smooth and pleasant feel with high breathable characteristics guaranteeing a high level of wearer comfort combined with excellent protective properties.

DuPont Kevlar aramid fiber is used to make a variety of clothing, accessories and equipment safe and cut resistant. It's lightweight, durable and extraordinarily strong. Invented over 50 years ago, DuPont Kevlarcontinues to take on new challenges, with our scientists continuously innovating and working on a range of new opportunities through collaborations with communities, industrial manufacturers and governments. Together we're bringing the strength, durability and performance of Kevlar to new frontiers. Kevlar aramid fiber is pushing boundaries and defying obstacles every day.

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Successful long-term partnership between ANDRITZ and BCNonwovens

International technology Group ANDRITZ and BCNonwovens, Spain, have been working together successfully as business partners for the past 15 years. This cooperation started in early 2003 right after BCNonwovens was founded.

By offering state-of-the-art technology, including tests and trial runs at ANDRITZ's technical center, and providing comprehensive expert know-how, ANDRITZ has supported and helped the family-owned company BCNonwovens to become one of the leading producers of spunlace fabrics for the wipes market as well as for medical and industrial applications.

BCNonwovens is now running two ANDRITZ spunlace lines successfully, producing high-quality products that are sold globally. To cope with the demand for higher productivity and product quality as well as for lighter products and patterned webs, BCNonwovens' R&D team and ANDRITZ process engineers were able to retrofit the existing lines to bring products up to the standard currently requested by the markets. Sergio Rosales, R&D Director of BCNonwovens says: “Thanks to ANDRITZ, we have been able to test the latest innovations available on the market and adapt them to our production lines.” As BCNonwovens has always been commited to responsible and sustainable production, the company has installed ANDRITZ's proven neXecodry system, thus achieving a significant reduction in consumption of water and gas.

BCNonwovens roll goods before shipping

Didier Vulliet, General Director of ANDRITZ Perfojet, says: “For years we have been building a strong partnership with BCNonwovens. They used our ANDRITZ spunlace pilot line for validation of new products or implementation of new fibers, and we were able to test new developments under industrial conditions.”

ANDRITZ is accompanying BCNonwovens in the development of new products with new fibers and features that are increasingly innovative or meet the demands of converters with ever more relevant end-products. Miguel Vinas Pich, CEO of BCNonwovens, concludes: “ANDRITZ has been supporting us for years in our development, which has been allowing us to offer our customers some of the most competitive and highest quality products in the world.”

TenCate expands nonwoven geotextile production line

TenCate Geosynthetics Americas has completed an expansion of nonwoven production at its Jefferson, Ga., facility. This state-of-the-art production line has advanced fiber distribution capabilities to create a uniquely consistent product in appearance and finished roll dimension. It also has the largest card/cross lapper in the staple fiber geosynthetics industry to produce both polypropylene and polyester geotextiles.

“We are excited to announce this production expansion is now operational,” said John M. Henderson, P.E., president of TenCate Geosynthetics Americas. “This investment represents another important milestone in TenCate's strategy and future.”

Techtextil announces Student competition for textile architecture

On the theme of 'Textile Structures for New Building', the Techtextil trade fair will once again be giving awards for young ideas on building with textile-based materials. Submissions can be made from now onwards.

Be it lightweight structures, temporary buildings or creative interior design: students and young professionals in the fields of architecture, structural engineering, product design and similar professional areas can apply from now onwards for the competition organised by Techtextil, the leading international trade fair for technical textiles and non-wovens (14 to 17 May 2019). The call is for ideas on building with fibre-based materials. Cash prizes totalling € 8,000 beckon. The competition is supported by the international network, TensiNet, as a sponsor, the University of Stuttgart's Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design (Institut für Leichtbau Entwerfen und Konstruieren -ILEK), and the platform for architecture and design, Architonic. The deadline for submissions is 24 February 2019.

International stage for young ideas

Competition participants are free to choose any theme for their entries, which can be submitted in the following categories: macro-architecture, micro-architecture, material innovation, environment and ecology, as well as composites and hybrid structures. In addition, participants will be able to submit their entries in the context of 'Urban Living – City of the Future', which is the theme of the upcoming Techtextil special event. Within the framework of the special event, the focus will be on textile-based solutions for architecture, clothing, living and health, in an increasingly urbanised society.

The official award ceremony for the winners will take place at Techtextil in Frankfurt am Main. The prize-winning ideas will also be presented in a special show at the fair. Participation in the competition thus offers budding architects and planners a unique opportunity to present their ideas to an international trade audience and to forge contacts in the technical textiles sector.

Those who are interested can find all the information about participation and registration on the internet at:

ViroSel - Next generation breathable viral barrier fabric from Ahlstrom-Munksjö

Ahlstrom-Munksjö, a global leader in fiber-based materials, has announced the launch of ViroSēl. This innovative fabric is constructed for the most critical areas of a surgical gown designed to keep medical professionals protected and comfortable.

ViroSēl (pronounced Vi-ro-Seal) is Ahlstrom-Munksjö's next generation Breathable Viral Barrier (BVB) surgical fabric that leverages our decades of experience making innovative fabrics used to keep medical professionals protected and comfortable. ViroSēl has a specially formulated design that provides the opportunity to create robust seam seals for highly critical areas of a surgical gown.

“We leveraged our BVB product development and manufacturing experience to create a fabric that can be reliably used in the most protective and comfortable surgical gowns on the market” says Jason Beard, product platform leader, Medical, Ahlstrom-Munksjö.

ViroSēl is a tri-laminate fabric constructed to be impervious, breathable and comfortable. The outer layer is fluid repellent and durable. The barrier layer has a monolithic film membrane making it impervious to liquids, viruses and bacteria. The chemical composition of the film itself allows moisture vapor to pass through it, keeping the surgical staff cool and dry.

The darker inner layer was designed to reduce shadowing, and is soft to the touch which makes it comfortable to wear for long periods of time.

Surgeries like Cesarean sections, gastric and cardiac often have a substantial amount of fluids involved and are lengthy to complete. This means protection and comfort are essential for the medical professionals wearing the surgical gown. Infection control is imperative as there is risk to the patient and staff to potentially come into contact with these fluids. International industry standards are used to test and measure the barrier performance for liquids and blood-borne pathogens for materials used in protective clothing like surgical gowns. ViroSēl passes these stringent standards providing the impervious protection needed in the surgical environment.

“Our initial trial customers love the comfort, color and feel of ViroSēl. Feedback has been very positive overall and we are excited to share this innovative fabric with the market. ViroSēl reinforces our drive to maintain differentiation in the breathable viral barrier market” commented Lionel Bonte, Vice President, Medical, Ahlstrom-Munksjö.

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SABIC introduces new ultra-high melt flow pp for lightweight breathable nonwoven fabrics

At the upcoming RISI Asia Pacific Hygiene Products Symposium, SABIC will unveil an innovative new polypropylene (PP) resin product engineered to deliver enhanced properties in melt-blown fibers for nonwoven fabrics. The new product, designated SABIC PP 514M12, can serve a wide range of potential end-uses in personal hygiene applications and other market segments. It is the first grade of a new family of high-flow resin compounds which SABIC started to develop only two years ago, and is expected to be commercially available by end of 2018.

The current hygiene market challenges and the high level of consumer needs have pushed the partners along the entire hygiene value chain to accelerate their development programs and deploy highly innovative solutions. We always take challenges as opportunities and seek to anticipate market trends and dynamics to introduce new products for smart applications. SABIC will also be a key note speaker at the RISI Asia Pacific Hygiene Products Symposium venue to take place from October 24 to 26, 2018, in Xiamen, China, where representatives of more than 160 top industry players from all over the world are expected to attend.

SABIC PP 514M12 material is based on phthalate-free and odor-free technology that offers very good processability for melt-blown fibers with high levels of drawability, spinnability and uniformity. The resulting nonwovens are developed to combine high barrier properties and absorption with breathability in thin and lightweight high-performance webs of enhanced conformability and reduced material consumption.

With a final melt flow rate of >1,000 g/10 min, melt-blown fibers made from SABIC514M12 polymer open unique potential manufacturing possibilities for very lightweight and thin nonwovens aiming to provide improved wearability and air permeability, while maintaining very good barrier property. The potential improved absorption and barrier performance of fabrics based on SABIC PP 514M12 polymer has also been underscored in hydrostatic head tests, a frequent requirement for specific configurations of spun-bond/melt-blown/spun-bond (SMS) nonwovens for hygiene applications.

Moreover, SABIC PP 514M12 polymer with phthalate-free, single-material technology aims to provide high purity and enhanced customer convenience over incumbent melt blown resins and benchmark blends. The polymer resin is supplied in regular pellet form, which facilitates handling, storage and use.

The personal hygiene industry is constantly seeking advanced material solutions helping manufacturers to push the limits of consumer safety and convenience, function, sustainability and cost control. Our innovative new polypropylene product for melt-blown fibers aims to address these challenges, while meeting strict hygiene and consumer protection standards.

SABIC PP 514M12 can easily be tailored to specific customer and application needs. Trials performed in collaboration with a dedicated machine manufacturer's latest high-speed machine using production quantities of the new melt blown PP confirmed its very good processing and performance properties on pair with or better than reference market grades. Subsequent sampling by selected nonwoven manufacturers successfully underscored the innovative new material as a great candidate for a wide range of potential end-use products, from diapers, sanitary napkins and other hygiene applications.

Beyond single-material and composite nonwovens, it can also lend itself as base resin for color master-batches. As a strategic supplier of new material solutions to the market, we are committed to making a significant contribution to the success of our customers by constantly raising the bar of quality and performance, ensuring long-term dependability and building valuable relationships to leverage mutual growth opportunities. SABIC has an extensive PP portfolio providing solutions for a range of industry segments that include automotive, packaging, healthcare, home appliances and construction next to the Personal Hygiene. Our dedicated global segment organization to these segments with polymer portfolio that is designed to cater needs of our customers in the industries, is an evidence of SABIC's commitment to the customer driven strategy and industry focus to effectively support our customer's needs for innovation, service and application development around the world. At the RISI Asia Pacific Hygiene Products Symposium, on October 25 at 14:00 hours at the Conrad Xiamen conference hotel, Mavis Liu Market Development Engineer for SABIC's Personal Hygiene Segment in Asia, will give a keynote presentation on “Innovative Solutions for the Personal Hygiene Industry: Achieve Functionality, Consumer Convenience and Safety”

Callaly wins Hygienix innovation award

Callaly, the creator of the Tampliner, an innovative combination of a tampon and pantyliner, has won the global Hygienix Innovation Award, presented in Orlando Florida by leading industry body INDA. The prestigious annual award recognises companies across the world for their innovation in the hygiene and personal care sector. Callaly beat two other finalists with a combined $ 2 billion annual revenue, proving itself to be the one-to-watch in the hygiene market.

The company impressed judges with its radical innovation in a sector that hadn't seen change in 80 years, recognising the potential for it to alter the face of the femcare category. “We're honoured and excited that our Tampliner has won this year's Hygienix Innovation award. It's a real achievement for a start-up working to improve product choice in the femcare industry, which is lacking in meaningful design innovation

We're privileged to be recognised by such a supportive and forward-thinking industry body and we thank INDA – and the wider industry – for welcoming our product so enthusiastically,” said co-founder and CEO Thang Vo-Ta.

The news follows being successfully awarded a prestigious £ 1 million loan from Innovate UK, the government body in place to enable innovative businesses to scale up and commercialise new technologies.

Callaly's Tampliner was invented by gynaecologist Alex Hooi, who, after decades of listening to women talk about their frustrations with existing femcare products, set about creating a solution. Alex enlisted the help of Ewa Radziwon, a garment technologist with 10 years' experience in the fashion industry.

Ewa made the first functioning Tampliner and has been perfecting and testing the design for five years. Alex was helped on his mission by co-founder Thang Vo-Ta, who brought the first-of-its-kind product to mass market via a monthly subscription model, which allows customers to easily customise their delivery to fit their cycle. Inspired by his two daughters, he wanted to create a better product, made with higher standards, that would offer more choice to people with periods.

Half of the current investors said no when first approached, largely because periods and feminine hygiene were a low-interest and taboo area for investors. However, this hasn't fazed the brand, who aim to sell their two millionth product next year. “Every start-up with a disruptive product faces the challenge of convincing investors, suppliers and researchers to trust and support them on their journey. Being in the femcare industry, which is still subject to outdated taboos, makes this twice as tricky. But it has been worth it to get the right support behind us. We feel privileged to be able to work on new innovations that don't just provide value, but also improve users' health and offer more choice topeople with periods,” commented Thang Vo-Ta.

Callaly is a supporter of British industry, with all its products developed, manufactured and packed in the UK. It also takes great pride in its B-Corporation certification, joining a community of companies that are using business as a force for good. Callaly donates a minimum of 1% of sales toDays for Girls, an international charity that provides girls living in poverty in Africa and Asia with reusable period products and has donated a die-cutter machine so that they can produce products 12 times faster.

Callaly has also supplied tens of thousands of period products to charities including Bloody Good Period, The Red Box Project, Street Cramps, Solace Women's Aid and Southall Black Sisters. The team gives back 3% of their time to supporting charities that empower and support people with periods. Callaly also ensures that each one of its employers is a shareholder, committing to giving back within the business as well as outside it.

INDA Honors Professional Engineer, Ralph Moody with Lifetime Technical Achievement Award

INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, recognized Ralph Moody, PE, Senior Director of R&D, Berry Global, Inc. with its prestigious 2018 Lifetime Technical Achievement Award November 6, 2018 before 500 nonwoven and engineered fabric professionals November 6, 2018 during at the association's annual Hygienix Conference, in Orlando, FL.

INDA's Lifetime Technical Achievement Award honors those individuals with long established technical careers in the nonwovens industry and an accomplished history of technical innovation.

(left to right) Ralph Moody, PE, Senior Director of R&D, Berry Global, Inc. with Dave Rousse, President, INDA

“Ralph was selected by INDA's Technical Advisory Board, a group of technical professionals from member companies, as most deserving for this year's Lifetime Technical Achievement Award based on an evaluation of his career accomplishments and the Award criteria. Certainly, they were impressed with Ralph's eleven patents, multiple machine start-ups, and leadership role on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Nonwovens Institute at North Carolina State University. He is truly deserving of this prestigious award recognizing his career of service to the nonwovens industry,” said Dave Rousse, INDA President during his presentation of the award.

Moody was recognized for his critical expertise in process development and R&D in several commercially successful substrates and their production processes. Over his three-decade career, his key major product contributions, and multiple product commercializations over the years, include:

  • Installation & Commercialization of the first MEF (Modified Entangled Fiber) spunlace line for Chicopee Food Service wipes
  • Commercialization of APEX technology for NuGauze – J&J's first Nonwoven “gauzelike” sponge Miratec Durable APEX nonwoven material for textile replacement applications
  • Swiffer, joint development with P&G and PGI to produce an imaged scrim reinforced dry dusting nonwoven substrate
  • Kirkland brand APEX imaged scrim reinforced Cotton enriched baby wipe
  • Spinlace, Berry's spunmelt based wipes substrate
  • Arium, Berry's submicron fiber technology
  • Nuvibond Berry's Ribbon shaped spunmelt fiber substrate for barrier

Moody holds eleven patents in the nonwovens field and has been involved in the design and startup of ten nonwoven production lines (six in the USA, two in Europe, and two in China). During his career, he held critical roles in Johnson & Johnson (Chicopee), PGI Nonwovens, and now Berry Global, Inc. Moody has been an active INDA Member for over 25 years. He has also been an active member in The Nonwovens Institute (NWI) at NCSU for over 20 years, is the current Scientific Advisory Board chair at NWI, and participates as an Industrial Technical Advisor to Graduate students.

Smart textiles and clothing are set to transform the health, sports and fitness, and workwear sectors

Smart textiles and clothing are expected to transform the health care, sports and fitness, and workwear sectors, according to a report in issue 63 of Performance Apparel Markets from the global business information company Textiles Intelligence.

Clothing is considered to be an ideal platform for the integration of smart technologies as humans spend 90% of their lives in contact with textiles. To date, most products within the market have been tailored towards sport and fitness applications and military uses--where they are capable of monitoring the vital signs of soldiers and can help to improve the safety of soldiers in combat.

But there is also huge potential for using smart textiles and clothing to transform patient care and improve safety and efficiency in the workplace. In the health care sector, smart clothing enables patients to be monitored remotely and this could help to reduce the cost of health care, free up beds in hospitals, and provide a more comfortable experience for patients.

In the workwear sector, light sources can be incorporated into clothing to improve the visibility of workers operating in poor lighting conditions, and sensors may be used to monitor the locations of workers such as police personnel and firefighters.

Furthermore, smart textiles and clothing products have the potential to increase efficiency in the workplace, particularly in automated production processes and supply chains, by using sensors to collect data relating to the efficiency of workers and machinery.

However, a number of challenges need to be overcome for the industry to fulfil its potential--notably those relating to environmental sustainability, legislation and standards. Also smart textiles and clothing typically require several components and are therefore complex and challenging to design, develop and produce.

To tackle the complexity of smart textiles and clothing, some companies, such as Nike and Under Armour, have established innovation divisions or "incubators". These are specialist departments which focus on aspects of product development such as the integration of power sources and waterproof technology.

Some explorations are being made into the development of electrically conductive fibres and yarns and the potential uses of graphene--which is considered to be a highly conductive material. Developments also include stretchable smart textiles, reflecting the emergence of technologies such as stretchable sensors and stretchable conductive inks.

In fact, many experts believe that, such is the pace of development, textile computing products may be in common usage in five to ten years--by which time there may not be a need for mobile telephones as they may be replaced by functional clothing.

This report, "Smart textiles and clothing: opportunities for providing comfort, functionality and insight into consumer behaviour and lifestyles", was published by the global business information company Textiles Intelligence in issue No 63 Performance Apparel Markets.

Further information, please contact Clare Whitfield at Textiles Intelligence, Fulshaw Hall, Wilmslow SK9 1RL, UK. Tel: +44 (0)1625 536136; fax: +44 (0)1625 536137

Lenzing Introduces new VEOCEL Lyocell Fibers designed for eco-responsible flushable wipes

The Lenzing Group (Lenzing) has announced the launch of a new VEOCEL Lyocell fiber with Eco Disperse technology which is designed for use in flushable wipes. This new fiber demonstrates enhanced biological disintegration performance. The inclusion of this new fiber enables more diverse design opportunities while providing exemplary wet strength and disintegration performance. Versatile and tailor-made for daily care routines, the new Veocel Lyocell fiber with Lenzing's Eco Disperse technology offers optimized flushability and represents the most advanced fiber under the Veocel brand portfolio. With botanic origin, all Veocel Lyocell fibers with Eco Disperse technology feature strong wet strength, biodegradability and effective liquid management. These cellulosic fibers come in cut lengths of 8 mm to 12 mm, and are versatile for blending ratios of 20% – 40% in most wetlaid processing technologies. Nonwoven products featuring a blend containing any of the Veocel Lyocell fibers with Eco Disperse technology and wood pulp have been certified as “fully flushable” per INDA/EDANA[1] Guidelines for Assessing the Flushability of Disposable Nonwoven Products issued in May 2018, after passing seven rigorous industrial tests.

“Flushability” is not only a hot topic among media, regulators and the nonwoven industry value chain, but also a growing social issue that impacts the sewer infrastructure in communities around the world. The introduction of Veocel Lyocell fibers with Eco Disperse technology is a positive example of Lenzing's advocacy for the adoption of more sustainable alternatives in the nonwoven industry value chain and meets the various product and performance requirements across different core markets.

“We take a proactive approach and lay the foundation for flushable wet wipes that combine convenience with environmental responsibility, so that we can bring optimal quality and performance to flushable nonwoven products, as well as other nonwoven segments,” said Wolfgang Plasser, vice president of Global Business Management Nonwovens, Lenzing AG.

While non-biodegradable synthetic fibers (e.g. polyester) are the most common blending fibers in today's nonwoven fabrics for wipes applications, the versatility of Veocel fibers offer a sustainable and botanic alternative to synthetic materials. When added to nonwoven products, Veocel Lyocell fibers offers value- added benefits of enhanced absorbency, natural smoothness, and most importantly, biodegradability.

Enabled by Eco Disperse technology, wipes made from the new Veocel Lyocell fibers have high wet strength usability and can disintegrate within a shorter period of time. For instance, nonwoven fabrics with 20% of the new Veocel Lyocell fibers and 80% of wood pulp reach >90% disintegration within 30 minutes, which is faster than the passing benchmark of the Disintegration Test FG502 in INDA/EDANA Guidelines for Assessing the Flushability of Disposable Nonwoven Products issued in May 2018.

Veocel Lyocell fibers are produced via a sustainable, closed-loop process, where >99% of the solvent used for the production process will be recovered and reused. The fibers can be adopted as blending material for nonwoven products including baby wipes, facial cleansing wipes, flushable wipes, general purpose wipes, and intimate wipes.