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Soaking up success for 30 years

Technical Absorbents’ Superabsorbent Fibre, or SAF as it is known, is still manufactured at its original UK site.

6th July 2023

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Grimsby, United Kingdom

Medical/Hygiene, Industrial

Grimsby, UK based Technical Absorbents Limited (TAL) is celebrating its 30th anniversary this month.

Established as a collaboration between Allied Colloids and Courtaulds, the former being a manufacturer of super absorbents and the latter being an expert in spinning, the net result was the successful development, manufacture and launch of a fibre that was inherently superabsorbent. TAL’s Superabsorbent Fibre, or SAF as it is known, is still manufactured at its original UK site, and the company now also manufactures and supplies a wide range of super absorbent fabrics and yarns.

“To mark this significant milestone, we have been looking back at some of our achievements over the past three decades – it is important to remember how it all began and the challenges we have faced along the way – as well as looking to the future,” explains General Manager and Director Mike Parkington.

TAL’s Superabsorbent Fibre, or SAF as it is known. © Technical Absorbents Limited

“The initial innovation and early development trials of SAF were conducted at the facilities of Courtaulds and Allied Colloids in Coventry and Bradford, respectively. However, it wasn’t long before our technology found its forever home in Grimsby on the banks of the Humber Estuary on the East Coast of England.”

“Growing global demand for our SAF technology has led to various capacity expansions over the past 30-years and we have also become heavily engaged in the design and manufacture of SAF fabrics and yarns. These are either manufactured in-house or via a network of global converters.”

TAL boasts a loyal and expanding global customer base. Over 99% of its products are exported to businesses that operate within a wide range of industries. TAL’s technology can be found in many products, including absorbent food packaging, advanced wound dressings, filter media, structural waterproofing membranes and power and fibre optical cables.

Research and Development has been fundamental to the company’s growth, and it continues to innovate and bring unique SAF fibre, fabric, and yarn technologies to market that provide its customers with the exact super absorbent solutions they require. The team often runs full-scale development programmes over many years to engineer specific bespoke products.

© Technical Absorbents Limited

“Today we run a 24/7 operation and employ a diverse and dynamic team of circa 50 people at our world-class manufacturing and product development facility,” continues Mike. “Our people are central to our continued success and growth, and we are proud to promote and deliver a safe, sustainable, and rewarding working environment, where everyone’s individual contributions to the wider business objectives are understood, welcomed, and valued. As a team we are proud of the success we have achieved and are looking forward to the next 30-years and beyond.”

Download TAL’s 30th Anniversary brochure

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