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WTiN releases new report on absorbent nonwovens

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WTiN Intelligence: Medical Textiles has launched a new technical report entitled ‘Absorbent nonwovens for medical and hygiene textiles applications’.

The report aims to provide an overview of the use of absorptive nonwovens in both medical and hygiene applications, examining issues over their continued use for the global population, and exploring innovations and new technologies coming from both research bodies and manufacturers. Biodegradable materials, processes, composite materials and recycling solutions are analysed, and current market leaders in the absorbent nonwovens field are identified.

In addition, the other required performance properties of absorptive nonwovens products are discussed, including comfort, breathability, and users’ ‘quality of life improvement’, as well as the standard test methods conducted to determine their safety and effectiveness.

Companies referenced are: Evonik; EAM Corporation; Suominen; T J Beall; Avgol; Barnhardt; Fibertex Nonwovens; Technical Absorbents; Texol; Texsus; Glatfelter; Acelity; Abigo Medical; Drylock Technologies; BSN medical; DSG International; Essity (formerly SCA Hygiene products); First Quality Consumer Products; Kimberley Clark; Magic; Medline Industries; Paul Hartmann; Polymer Group (Berry Plastics); Procter & Gamble; Unicharm; and Dilo.

Discussing the report, lead author and materials innovation analyst Dr Robabeh (Zohreh) Gharaei, says: “The report critically analyses the mechanisms of absorbency with regards to nonwoven structures and material properties. It further provides an insightful overview into the different possible strategies to developers of products with a range of applications and absorbency grades.”

 

Industry insights

Since launching its Medical Textiles channel in October 2016, WTiN has published a succession of market reports, covering key areas such as wound care, compression therapy, medical disposables, nanofibres and antimicrobials. Each one provides an understanding of the key growth prospects, including regional insights and product segment trends, enabling companies to identify challenges and opportunities in the expanding medical textiles market.

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