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ExxonMobil develops high-loft, ultra-soft nonwovens


ExxonMobil is presenting a new solution designed to produce nonwoven fabrics with lofty thickness, ultra-cushioned, cotton-like softness and a silk-like smooth touch at INDEX20 (Booth 2115).

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 and adult incontinence products, according to the company.

The solution uses a blend of ExxonMobilTM PP3155E5, AchieveTM Advanced PP3684 and VistamaxxTM 7050BF performance polymers and is processed using bi-component (BiCo) spunbond technology from Reifenhäuser Reicofil.

Olivier Lorge, global market manager, Polypropylene, Vistamaxx and Adhesions Business at ExxonMobil, says: “Working collaboratively with Reifenhäuser Reicofil has resulted in a new benchmark for high-loft, soft nonwovens to meet growing market demand globally, and particularly in Asia Pacific.”

He adds: “Addressing the hygiene market’s desire for innovative, differentiated soft nonwovens, this solution will unlock business opportunities for ExxonMobil customers across the value chain.”

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

ExxonMobil, says: “By 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 up to 15% thicker compared to other BiCo spunbond high-loft solutions. Plus, 80% of the thickness is maintained after being placed under load for an extended period.


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