ExxonMobil to Showcase Polymer Innovation at Hygienix

By Karen McIntyre, editor | 11.15.21

Soft nonwovens, breathable backsheets, low odor HMAs, improved barrier meltblown will be the focus

At Hygienix, ExxonMobil will showcase polymer innovations in soft nonwovens, breathable backsheets, low odor HMAs, improved barrier meltblown fabrics and breathable elastic nonwovens.

The company's latest breakthrough solution is designed to produce nonwoven fabrics with lofty thickness, ultra-cushiony cotton-like softness, and a silk-like smooth touch. Also offering low lint and uniformity, the solution provides a tailored balance of properties for nonwovens used in premium diapers, pant-type diapers, feminine care items and adult incontinence products.

A blend of ExxonMobil PP3155E5, ExxonMobil Achieve Advanced PP3684 and Vistamaxx 7050BF performance polymer, the solution is easily processed using bicomponent (BiCo) spunbond technology from Reifenhäuser Reicofil, an acknowledged market leader in complete nonwoven, meltblown and composite production lines.

By adjusting the formulation, nonwovens can be tailored to meet the needs of different hygiene product components such as the bellyband, backsheets and topsheets used in baby diapers, feminine care, and adult incontinence products.

Offering the thickness required for cushiony softness, the nonwoven fabric is as resilient as it is lofty, while delivering good drapability, uniformity for consistent products and low lint for surface stability.  Formulation variations allow nonwovens to be produced with a different feel to meet the needs of the application, from a cottony touch to a silky touch.

Spunbound fabrics can be manufactured that are up to 15% thicker for outstanding protection compared to other BiCo spunbond high-loft solutions. Plus, 80% of the thickness is maintained after being placed under load for an extended period.