Medical disposable gowns and masks are one part of an overall infection-control strategy and they are used as personal protective equipment (PPE) in health care settings
. Nonwovens that are extensively used for these applications, deliver critical properties for the safety of patients and medical staff because of their high levels of efficiency to control sterility. As a strategic material supplier to the sector, the chemical company Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC), Riyadh/Saudi Arabia, is supporting its customers by offering a broad SABIC Purecares portfolio of polypropylene (PP) polymers for nonwovens used in making of these products. The Purecares polymer portfolio including melt blown and spunbond PP materials, offers high purity and very good breathability, delivering essential properties for the safety of patients and medical staff on prevention and spread of infectious diseases. These materials manufactured with phthalate-free, single-material technology aimed to deliver enhanced properties in spunbond and melt blown fibers for nonwoven fabrics. Separately, SABIC is exploring the potential for its Trucircle solutions to be used in nonwovens applications in the near future.