According to David Nass, business manager, Engineered Fabrics for Celanese, the new technology represented by Dur-O-Set Elite Ultra was developed in response to a requirement by the nonwovens industry for stronger and softer airlaid nonwovens. “For nonwovens manufacturers, the options for increasing wet strength via increased binder content, cross-linking additives and the introduction of biocomponent fibers were seen as too costly and performance limiting, ” he said. “In applications where wet strength is critical, the technology of Dur-O-Set Elite Ultra offers greater flexibility for balancing performance and economics. It offers nonwovens producers a wide range of new commercial options that weren’t available. This is a real industry breakthrough and we have seen a substantial commercial response to this technology.”
The major application for the Dur-O-Set Elite Ultra technology is in a broad range of wipes— a key growth area for nonwovens manufacturers and for consumer products companies. End-use applications for this technology include pre-moistened personal care and baby wipes, household cleaning products and industrial wipes where strength and durability are critical issues. These improved performance characteristics will offer end-product manufacturers the opportunity to commercialize new product forms and to grow the overall wipes category.