Huntsman Textile partners with TJ Beall to launch greige cotton for diaper fluid management system

YarnsandFibers News Bureau 2014-01-24 10:30:00 – Singapore

Huntsman Textile Effects, Singapore headquartered a global leader known for developing innovative and sustainable solutions partners with TJ Beall Company, West Point, Georgia based, and a long-standing supplier of an array of cotton products to the traditional textile industry. The partner is for joint development of a new generation of sustainable diaper composite layers produced from unbleached or greige cotton.

ULTRAPHIL CO is a new development that combines Huntsman’s ULTRAPHIL CO technology and TJ Beall’s super-cleaned greige natural cotton fiber, sold as “True Cotton, for a functional diaper fluid management system. Used for a variety of hydrophilic finishes for nonwoven materials, ULTRAPHIL CO offers distinct fluid management, particularly on cellulosic and blends with synthetics. With exceptional functional and hydrophilic performance including immediate moisture management qualities, Ultraphil CO continually provides a gentle and soft feel against the skin. Highly durable, Ultraphil CO’s attributes remain long-lasting even after multiple insults on cotton subtrates and blended nonwovens.

According to Huntsman, current third party testing has shown that True Cotton nonwoven fabrics treated with ULTRAPHIL CO outperform industry standard diaper top sheets in several major diaper performance metrics.

The collaborative strengths of TJ Beall’s natural cotton fiber and Huntsman’s ULTRAPHIL® CO technology, they have created a remarkable product that can quickly replace adult incontinence and diaper top sheets which are currently made from man-made synthetic polymers.

Huntsman Textile Effects believe that the personal care market will welcome this product which will improve users’ quality of life while contributing to environmental sustainability, commented Pat Eberlein, Business Development at Huntsman Textile Effects.

True Cotton represents a new use for greige cotton, as raw cotton has conventionally always undergone traditional bleaching or textile finishing processes before being utilized in any type of fabric. This new fiber is well-suited for personal care companies looking to differentiate their products with natural, consumer-preferred fibers which possess an unique sustainability profile. The significant hydrophobicity in True Cotton makes it an excellent candidate for any disposable consumer product that requires efficient fluid management. Combined with the high performing ULTRAPHILCO technology, this allows the cotton to efficiently wick moisture away from the user’s body while maintaining a high-level of dryness for superior comfort.

Both companies are proud of the like-minded partnership to develop innovative new products for the personal care industry.

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