New kinds of softness

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Vistamaxx™ propylene-based elastomer (PBE), blended with polypropylene (PP), provides manufacturers of nonwoven fabrics with possibilities to develop new kinds of soft nonwovens. The properties can be tailored to enhance softness, drapability and touch, while helping meet the industry's need for cost-effective production.

Compared to materials such as carded PP nonwovens and bicomponent (bico) fabrics (PP core, polyethylene (PE) sheath), nonwovens containing Vistamaxx PBE demonstrate an attractive combination of performance, mechanical properties and cost reduction opportunities.

As a result, Vistamaxx PBE can be used to deliver softness for nonwoven fabrics that come into contact with skin, including the topsheet, backsheet, leg cuff and fastening system components in both adult incontinence products and children’s diapers.

Vistamaxx PBE can be cost-effective and easy to process because:

  • Adding it to PP resins is a simple alternative to existing technology based on bico or carded PP nonwovens
  • It is a tailored solution for existing technologies, such as spunmelt equipment, so no additional equipment investment may be required
  • It is a proven solution for nonwovens in hygiene applications, providing a reasonable cost-performance balance compared with conventional PP spunbond alternatives

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