Growth in the market prompts new product development.
Enacted three years ago, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s wiper rule allowed disposable, non-laundered wipers to be more competitive with laundered shop towels. So far, 28 states have adopted the rule, six have refused to adopt it, and one state, New Hampshire, adopted the rule with modified provisions. INDA, the Association of the Nonwovens Fabrics Industry, continues to work with the 15 remaining states to encourage their adoption of it.
Berry Plastics, which attained the Chicopee industrial wiper brands Durawipe and Veraclean when it acquired Avintiv, is launching a series of heavy, medium and light duty general purpose wipers at the end of October. The new wipers have high oil absorbency, high water absorbency, low linting and abrasion resistance using Berry’s Spinlace nonwovens technology.
Freudenberg Performance Materials is now offering a lightweight version of its Evolon microfilament nonwoven material for the industrial wipes market. Evolon lightweight wipes can absorb up to four times its weight in water and eight times its weight in oil.
Jacob Holm Group’s Sontara spunlace technology is being used in a new line of general industrial wipers that are available in heavy, medium and light duty. The new range of wipes is being used in specialty markets including aerospace, automotive and cleanroom.
Suominen recently developed the Suominen@work line of nonwovens serving manufacturers of workplace wipes. Substrates in the line are specifically engineered for each individual workplace application, including wipes used in fast food restaurants, healthcare facilities and factories.
Blue Thunder Technologies’ new Thunder 1 Wipes for cleanrooms are made of a blend of virgin polyester and cellulose that is hydroentangled into a uniform, super-tough fabric. Thunder 1 Wipes come in a package of 360 wipes per bag, 20% more than comparable offerings, according to the company.