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Frost & Sullivan Recognizes Kraton Polymers for Developing a New Generation of Polymer Grades Suitable for High-Speed Processing in Nonwoven Manufacture
Date:3/31/2009

ed processing and retains all of its core properties during the nonwoven process. Of the three grades offered by Kraton, the MD6705 and G1643 are for spunbound applications while the MD6717 grade is suitable for meltblown. The competitive advantage of Kraton Polymer's product lies in the design and optimization of the copolymer to retain its elasticity, while still making it suitable for high-speed processing.

"Key features seen with Kraton Polymer's polymer-based nonwovens are that they are drapeable, non-tacky, and breathable, allowing for products that are soft and discrete," says Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Christina Priya Dhanuja. "This is in direct correlation with the current nonwoven industry needs that comprise of high-speed processability, breathability, comfort, high elasticity, and non-tackiness."

Kraton Polymer's product design also offers the manufacturers the scope to customize the nonwoven product for different applications. The polymer allows the benefit of altering properties such as the shape of the nonwoven, core sheath ratio and the weight and structure of the nonwovens. The polymer is also highly compatible with polypropylene. This is of value particularly during the making of personal care products, where trimmed waste can be easily recycled. In addition to being in tune with the recycling trend, this feature also offers the benefit of reusability and cost effectiveness to the manufacturer.

"The key processing advantages for Kraton Polymer's product includes high process stability, no requirement of pre-drying, single-step conversion from pellet to fabric, commercial spinning speeds, and no post-processing wait times," says Christina. "The product's wide range of potential applications includes diaper waistbands and ear tabs, training pant side panels, adult incontinence cover sheets, feminine hygiene products, medical devices, food services, automotive, sporting goods, and a variety
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