Dow Introduces New Experimental Fiber Grade Resin for Spunbound Hygiene and Non-Woven Applications

Horgen, Switzerland – April 02, 2012

Committed to delivering innovative solutions for the hygiene and medical industry, Dow Europe GmbH has announced today the introduction of a new experimental linear low density polyethylene resin (LLDPE) for mono- and bi-component spunbound hygiene and non-woven applications. The new XZ 89461.00 Experimental Polyethylene Fiber Grade Resin is well-suited for infant diapers, feminine hygiene and adult incontinent articles as well as medical gowns and drapes.

The XZ 89461.00 Experimental Polyethylene Fiber Grade Resin extends the ASPUN™ Fiber Grade Resin portfolio from Dow, with a resin specifically designed to address industry demand for excellent cloth-like haptics and softness while also offering increased throughput and easy processability.

“Dow is constantly innovating to deliver resins that offer the optimum combination of comfort, fit, softness, functionality, and efficiency in hygiene and medical nonwovens,” explains Peter Heydasch, EMEA marketing director for Hygiene & Medical, Dow Performance Plastics. “We also believe that to help deliver exceptional end products, we must be closely connected with all members of the value chain to better understand the demands that drive the marketplace.”

The new experimental resin is a good example of Dow’s collaboration with the value chain resulting in an enhanced resin that can deliver a fine balance of softness and tensile strength much needed in today’s hygiene and nonwoven applications.

Due to its optimized molecular design combined with a formulated stabilization package, the new XZ 89461.00 Experimental Polyethylene Fiber Grade Resin offers converters an excellent spinnability for longer production runs. Brand owners can benefit from the resin’s enhanced softness and drapeability for a remarkable comfort in the final product. The solution also has a high tensile elongation that allows for desired stretch and tear resistance.

Used as a mono-component spunbound application, XZ 89461.00 Experimental Polyethylene Fiber Grade Resin delivers remarkable nonwoven softness; while as a bi-component the nonwoven features are widened offering excellent conformability. The resin can be also used in a bi-component staple fiber application, combined with Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) or Polypropylene (PP) in bonding fibers for applications that require air-through bonding.

ASPUN™ Fiber Grade Resin is a polyethylene-based material for hygiene nonwoven articles, well-suited for both mono-component and bi-component fiber applications. ASPUN™ Fiber Grade Resins offer excellent cloth-like haptics for unparalleled comfort as well as exceptional processability for production efficiencies.

For more information about XZ 89461.00 Experimental Polyethylene Fiber Grade Resin, ASPUN™ Fiber Grade Resin and Dow’s full product portfolio for the hygiene and medical industry, please visit www.dow.com/performanceplastics/hygiene.

About Dow

Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines the power of science and technology to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company connects chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help address many of the world’s most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, renewable energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow’s diversified industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 160 countries and in high growth sectors such as electronics, water, energy, coatings and agriculture. In 2011, Dow had annual sales of $60 billion and employed approximately 52,000 people worldwide. The Company’s more than 5,000 products are manufactured at 197 sites in 36 countries across the globe. References to “Dow” or the “Company” mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted. More information about Dow can be found at www.dow.com.

 

For Editorial Information:

George Gerostathopoulos
Dow Europe GmbH
+41 44 728 2097
GGerostathopoulos@dow.com

Sergio Di Gesù
Porter Novelli
+32 2 413 03 40
sergio.digesu@porternovelli.be

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