The new solution of ExxonMobil, Houston, TX/USA, is designed to produce nonwovens with lofty thickness, ultra-cushiony cotton-like softness, and a silk-like smooth touch. Also offering low lint and uniformity, the solution provides a tailored balance of properties for nonwovens used in premium diapers, pant-type diapers, feminine care and adult incontinence products. Working collaboratively with Reifenhäuser Reicofil GmbH & Co. KG, Troisdorf/Germany, has resulted in the high loft, soft nonwovens to meet growing market demand globally, and particularly in Asia Pacific.
A blend of ExxonMobil PP3155E5, Achieve Advanced PP3684 and Vistamaxx 7050BF performance polymer, the solution is easily processed using bi-component (bico) spunbond technology from Reifenhäuser Reicofil. By adjusting the formulation, nonwovens can be tailored to meet the needs of different hygiene product components such as the bellyband, back sheet and top sheet used in baby diapers, feminine care, and adult incontinence products. Offering the thickness required for cushiony softness, the nonwovens are as resilient as they are lofty, while delivering good drapability, uniformity for consistent products and low lint for surface stability. Formulation variations allow nonwovens to be produced with a different feel to meet the needs of the application, from a cottony touch to a silky touch. Spunbounds can be manufactured that are up to 15% thicker for very good protection compared to other bico spunbond high-loft solutions. Furthermore, 80% of the thickness is maintained after being placed under load for an extended period.
More infromation will be provided by the company at the Index trade fair from October 19-22, 2021 in Geneva/Switzerland.