An absorbent article was patented. It has a longitudinal centerline and a lateral centerline, an inner surface and a garment-facing surface. The absorbent article includes a containment assembly with a rear waist region, a crotch region, a front waist region, a pair of longitudinal edges, a body facing surface and a garment-facing surface opposite the body facing surface. The containment assembly includes a topsheet, a backsheet joined to the topsheet, an absorbent core positioned between the topsheet and the backsheet and a pair of barrier leg cuffs. The leg cuffs have a proximal edge and a distal edge and are positioned adjacent to the longitudinal edges of the containment assembly.
The article also features a pair of rear ear panels extending laterally outward from the proximal edges of the barrier leg cuff in the rear waist region. A pair of front ear panels extends laterally outward from the proximal edges of the barrier leg cuff in the front waist region. A reinforcement nonwoven is located between the backsheet and a barrier leg cuff and joined to an inner-facing surface of the backsheet and to at least one of either the garment facing surface of the rear ear panels or the garment-facing surface of the front ear panels so as to form a portion of the garment-facing surface of the absorbent article. The reinforcement nonwoven does not substantially overlap the containment assembly and does not extend the entire length of the absorbent article.
The fact that the nonwovens industry is growing in China is not news. During the past decade, the market has achieved growth in the low double digits, well above the rates seen in more developed areas like the U.S. or Europe.
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