“Product diversification is vital in wipes to ensure the
changing and ever more demanding requirements for wipes
from consumers are met with more and more new and specific
products,” he says.
New Spunlace Launched at WOW
At this year’s World of Wipes (WOW) Conference held by INDA, the Association of the
Nonwovens Fabrics Industry, Welspun India Ltd. introduced Welicate spunlace to the
Welicate can be applied to wipes for baby
care, cosmetics, electronics, household, moist
toilet tissue and medical use. Pranay Sahu,
head – sales and marketing (Hygiene) for
Welspun’s Advanced Textiles Business says,
“Welspun’s Welicate spunlace is developed
through a unique process using distinctive fi-
bers and thus the developed spunlace exhib-
its exceptionally soft hand feel and improved
functional properties like higher strength and
reduced absorbency time when compared
with straight spunlace.”
Because of the material’s higher strength, Sahu says converters
can run it at higher speeds. Also, its functional properties allow
for raw material cost savings, as brands and converters can opti-
mize on the GSM of the material.
“Wipes developed from Welicate have extremely soft hand feel
and delicate touch. Improved functional properties also lead to
enhanced cleaning efficiency of wipes. When compared to similar
GSM, Welicate wipes look and feel like a richer product”
In addition to Welicate, Welspun has introduced a sub-
strate for hospital use this year, for patients getting sponge
baths. Made of a polyester/viscose blend, the new material is
double sided, with one side scrubby and the other smooth.
Sahu says it’s a high strength and low elongation product
with a GSM from 120-160, and it was made without using
chemicals or polymer dots.
A Substrate Made without Water
Italian producer Albis Nonwovens recently launched Curacell
using the company’s patented Strato5 technology. The material
is a sandwich construction nonwoven that can be manufactured
without a single drop of water. This method saves energy and
lessens the threat of mold, fungus and bacteria, either during the production cycle or due
to incorrect storage or while being converted
Made from two external layers of polypropylene spunbond containing two well-linked
internal layers of cellulose, ensuring a completely lint-free substance, Curacell is suitable for both wet and dry wipes, towels, pads
and several industrial applications.
An added benefit to this technology is
its ability to meet a worldwide trend toward saving water and preventing pollution and waste.
Future generations of Curacell will have an
even more attractive environmental profile.
By next year, in some products, the polypropylene layers will be replaced with polylactic
acid, according to the company.
This spring, Sandler of Schwarzenbach/Saale, Germany, introduced two new wipes substrates for the cosmetics industry—
sawatex classy silk and sawatex tactile TriLace.
A special fiber composition gives sawatex classy silk a particularly smooth, silky touch, and this exceptional feel enhances the
materials’ high cleaning efficiency, says Carolin Weber, sales director hygiene and wipes.
Sandler’s second cosmetic substrate—sawatex tactile TriLace—is comprised of two nonwoven layers. The first is an exfoliating layer that removes makeup and dirt, while eliminating dead skin cells. Weber says this provides a gentle massage
during use. The soft side refines the cleaning effect and leaves
Welspun India’s new Welicate spunlace can be used for a number of applications.
Albis Nonwovens’ Curacell technology is a
sandwich construction nonwoven that can be
manufactured without water.