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Increasing demand for DWRs for medical textiles

This includes DWR’s used in the production of medical masks, gowns, bed coverings, hospital room drapes and more

14th April 2020

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Fall River, MA


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Bolger & O’Hearn, known for developing innovative specialty chemicals for the global textiles industry, reports it is seeing brisk demand for the company’s high-powered durable water repellents (DWRs) in connection with COVID-19 and the growing call for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other medical textiles. This includes DWR’s used in the production of medical masks, gowns, bed coverings, hospital room drapes and more.

“In particular, we are seeing a high demand for Stormproof/Breathable OmniBloq, a DWR we developed for high-end performance apparel brands that surpasses industry standards for water and soil repellence,” said Kelly Murphy, co-president of Bolger & O’Hearn.

OmniBloq provides resistance to fluid penetration, splatter and soils and a higher level of barrier protection for both woven and nonwovens than standard industry DWR’s, the company says.

“Bolger & O’Hearn has been developing high-performance DWR’s and other specialty coatings since 1969 and has a proven portfolio of over 2500 products. Their experienced technical staff and R&D lab is known for providing rapid proof of concept evaluation and transition to commercialization and fully committed to working on projects related to fighting this devastating, global pandemic,” Murphy added.

Bolger & O’Hearn has been designated an Essential Service by the state of Massachusetts, the US department of Defense and Homeland Security. Its offices, R&D labs and manufacturing operations are remaining open as the company provides brands and textile manufacturers with the chemistries, they need to make PPE and other textile end products essential to fighting COVID-19.

Bolger & O’Hearn is a bluesign system partner and is also known for developing chemical products based on environmentally compliant materials and technologies. Most of its chemistries are water-based, and Boger & O’Hearn says it strives to continually improve the health, safety and environmental profiles of the chemistries it develops.

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