Kraton to exhibit elastic nonwovens

Kraton Performance Polymers, a producer of styrenic block copolymers (SBCs), is to present its latest elastic nonwovens, Nexar polymers and C5 resin alternatives for adhesives at INDEX 11, next month.
Developed for single-use disposables and durable fabrics, Kraton Polymers’ elastic nonwovens are engineered to offer softness, bi-axial stretch and solid durability. Suitable for high speed processing, the fabric is drapeable and non-tacky, as the polymers impart the stretch and flexibility needed for personal care products, said Kraton Polymers.
The polymers are intended for scrub suit apparel, medical gown laminates and wound care dressings. They can also be paired with polyester and nylon uniforms, outdoor apparel and furnishings.
Nexar Polymers are nonporous, selectively permeable membranes and coatings intended for high performance, breathable fabrics. They can be used in sports and outdoor apparel, as well as military and industrial uniforms, medical and geotextile applications. The Nexar polymers are engineered to deliver an excellent moisture transmission rate, providing high strength in wet and dry environments, as well as chemical and chlorine resistance.
For the adhesive market, Kraton Polymers has developed technology for use in hot melt formulations, which reduce the need for C5 resins. The alternative solution is said to require 15% less C5 resins, whilst delivering similar adhesion properties. These adhesives can be used in tapes and labels, as well as for diaper and feminine care products. The company’s latest developments can be extended to SBS polymer grades, typically used for nonwoven construction.
In addition to exhibiting these products, Kraton Polymers research scientists Martine Dupont and John Flood will be give two technical presentations. The first entitled, ‘Kraton Polymer Technologies reduce or eliminate C5 tackifying resins’ will be held on April 12.
Co-authored by the Nonwovens Institute of North Carolina State University, the second presentation, ‘Elastic nonwovens using styrenic block copolymers: the next generation of spunbond and melt blown fabrics for durable and disposable applications,’ will take place on April 13.
Mark Siebert, vice president of adhesives, sealants and coatings, said: “We believe that INDEX 11 will provide tremendous opportunities for knowledge sharing and collaboration, which has historically resulted in new, innovative, and specialised product solutions that meet the most rigorous industry demands for higher-performance.
“We expect that key players – from all application sectors around the world – will be in attendance, and we look forward to helping them find solutions to their innovative challenges and product shortages.”
INDEX 11 will be held at the Geneva Palexpo exhibition and conference Centre, in Geneva, Switzerland from April 12-15.

Source: WTiN

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