New elastic nonwoven technology by Kraton Polymers LLC, a global producer of engineered polymers, will make it possible for the polymers to be processed at commercial production rates with outstanding elastic properties. The new product, MD6705 will allow fabricators to make bicomponent elastic nonwovens on commercial production equipment at full speed thereby, overcoming the processing barrier of conventional styrenic block copolymers.
Kraton MD6705 allows fabricators to convert pellets to elastic fabrics in a single step, thereby providing cost savings and an elastic recovery. High speed runs have been demonstrated on Hills, Reifenhauser, and Neumag lines with PP, PET, and Nylon sheaths. Nonwovens with different weights and sheath ratios were produced. Performance of the finished fabric can be easily fine tuned for individual application needs.
The new bicomponent fiber technology can source the elastic components in personal hygiene applications like diaper waist band, diaper ear tab, training pant side panels, adult incontinence cover sheet, and feminine hygiene components. Also, be used in clothing, medical device parts, industrial applications, food service, automotive parts, and sporting goods.