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Freudenberg presents innovative solutions at INDEX17

These include laminates of hydroactive nonwovens, hydrophilic polyurethane foams, and high-performance nonwovens for hygiene products.

6th April 2017

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Weinheim

Medical/Hygiene, Interiors, Sustainable

Freudenberg Performance Materials is presenting its broad product portfolio of innovative solutions for a variety of applications at INDEX in Geneva, Switzerland, this week.

These include laminates of hydroactive nonwovens and hydrophilic polyurethane foams, as well as high-performance nonwovens for hygiene products and for cosmetic applications. Super-microfilament textiles, eco-friendly backings for carpets are also on show.

Advanced wound care components

One of the major opportunities in advanced wound care is to create a moist environment that accelerates healing. Freudenberg Performance Materials has combined hydrophilic polyurethane foams with hydroactive nonwovens.

Freudenberg Freudenberg offers a full range of topsheets, backsheets and ADL for babies’ diapers. © Freudenberg Performance Materials

These laminates absorb wound exudates significantly faster and have a considerably higher retention capacity than foam wound dressings. Antimicrobial solutions have been developed to help reduce the bacterial load in infected wounds and also act as a barrier in wounds with a high risk of renewed infection.

Cosmetic applications

The company is also presenting high-performance textiles for cosmetic applications. These are extremely elastic, adaptable and soft and are, therefore, ideal for facemasks and eye patches, the company reports. In response to customers’ wishes, the materials can be impregnated with cosmetic agents. Compared with conventional solutions, this approach is said to improve the possible dose and stability.

Skin-friendly components for hygiene

Freudenberg is exhibiting binder-free skin-friendly nonwovens for diapers, feminine hygiene and incontinence products. The topsheets and ADL (acquisition distribution layers) for feminine hygiene products are soft and supple and feature high absorbency, according to the manufacturer.

Freudenberg Evolon microfilament downproof. © Freudenberg Performance Materials

In the case of incontinence products, the soft topsheets, backsheets and ADL from Freudenberg are said to offer dependable quality, high leakage protection, very good wearer comfort and extremely high tear resistance. For babies’ diapers, Freudenberg offers a full range of topsheets, backsheets and ADL. The capillary structure of these products rapidly transfers liquids from the top sheet to the absorbent core and ensures that liquids are reliably retained.

Evolon technology

With its super-microfilament textiles, Freudenberg Performance Materials is presenting the latest innovation in the Evolon product range. Thanks to their dense structure of thin super-microfilaments, these fabrics prevent feathers and down from escaping from pillows, duvets, sleeping bags and other quilted products. Further highlights are Evolon 3D for high-end wipes and composites for demanding technical packaging.

Eco-friendly tuft backings

In response to the steadily growing demand for sustainable solutions in the construction sector, the company is presenting eco-friendly tuft materials for use as primary and secondary backings for carpet tiles. They are made from recycled polyester and do not contain any chemical binders, the company reports.

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