Absorbent nonwovens for medical and hygiene textiles applications

The use of nonwoven material in the hygiene and medical sectors is ever increasing, due to
the extensive properties offered by nonwoven fabrics over their more traditional woven and
knitted counterparts. Ageing populations and overweight and obese populations across
the world are pushing more innovation and research into disposable medical and hygiene
nonwoven products, in an attempt to find new ways of improving customer well-being and
comfort. However, as concerns for the environment become heightened, companies must
find new ways to adapt their products to meet increasingly tough standards.

This report aims to give an overview of the use of absorptive nonwovens, issues over their
continued use for the global population, and new innovations and technologies coming
from both research bodies and manufacturers. New processes, composite materials and
recycling solutions will be analysed, and an overview will be given of the current market
leaders in the absorbent nonwovens field.

10 Nov 2017 | 25 Pages

  • Table of Content
  • Figures & Tables
  • Companies
  • Related Reports
  • Enquire

 Executive summary - 3

1. Introduction - 4

1.1. Nonwoven processing - 4

1.2. Mechanism of absorbency in nonwovens - 5

2. Absorbent nonwoven products - 7

2.1. Application areas - 7

2.2. Performance mechanisms - 7

2.3. Other required performances - 8

2.4. Why use nonwovens? - 9

2.5. SAPs vs. wood pulp - 9

3. Standards and testing methods for absorbent materials - 11

3.1. Laboratory testing method - 11

3.2. Panel (consumer) testing need - 12

4. Current commercialised products and key players - 13

5. Innovations and new developments in industry - 15

5.1. Fit, comfort and ‘quality of life’ improvements - 15

5.2. Composite - 15

5.3. Manufacture efficiency and new fibre technologies - 16

5.4. Environmentally-friendly and biodegradable materials - 16

5.5. Recycling - 17

6. Academic research and innovation - 18

6.1. Polymer modification and nanomaterials - 18

6.2. Biocompatibility and environmentally-friendly materials - 18

6.3. Recycling - 19

6.4. Quality of life improvements and antibacterial components - 20

6.5. Alternative SAP products - 20

7. Conclusion and outlook - 22

8. References - 24

£1800.00 ADD TO BASKET
£1800.00 ADD TO BASKET

Dr Robabeh (Zohreh) Gharaei & Lucy Taylor

Materials Innovation Analyst

Zohreh is a Materials Innovation Analyst, and her primary research currently concerns the identification and analysis of innovations in polymers, fibres and nonwovens, with new areas of functionality in healthcare, consumer hygiene, sportswear, protective wear, e-textiles, automotive and other high-value markets. ---------------------- Lucy is a freelance textile researcher and her current work investigates new innovations in medical fibres, nonwoven structures and performance fabrics. Until recently, she worked for the University of Leeds and was involved in a project aimed at understanding new environmentally friendly coating processes for natural materials.

Direct: +44 (0)113 360 9934
Mobile: +44 (0)7432 725317
Email: Email: rgharaei@wtin.com