US Patent No.: 8,298,206 B2
Inventor(s): Kent Hermansson, Västra Frölunda, Sweden.
Company: SCA Hygiene Products AB, Göteborg, Sweden.
An absorbent article, said article comprising a belt and an absorbent structure; said belt comprising an article reception surface, said article reception surface being located on the outside (garment-facing) surface of the belt when the article is worn; said absorbent structure extending in longitudinal and transverse directions and having a longitudinal centre line and opposing first and second longitudinal end regions; each of said longitudinal end regions having a perimeter constituted by a transversely extending end edge and a pair of opposed longitudinal edges, said first longitudinal end region of said absorbent structure being attached to the belt; said absorbent structure comprising two article fastening elements at the second longitudinal end region thereof, said article fastening elements adapted to fasten to the article reception surface on the belt such that the absorbent article adopts a pant shape in use; wherein said article fastening elements have a circular shape in the longitudinal-transverse plane, and wherein the maximum extension of the article fastening elements in a direction perpendicular to a force line which passes through a centre of the circular article fastening elements and which makes an angle with the longitudinal centre line of the absorbent structure of between 5° and 85° is less than 3 cm.