vents and corrects defects in the cuff section of the product
construction, including cuff folding and elastics. This responsive
technology enables correction without stopping the machine,
preventing rejected products associated with shut down and
Joa’s waste minimization technologies also include:
• Individually rejecting spliced materials before combined
to form an end product
• ADL Inversion correction
• Stretch material auto rethread
• Low-cost ramp-up waste, through process stream man-
Jacob Holm Launches SoftFlush
At INDEX Jacob Holm launched SoftFlush Fast, its latest brand of
dispersible substrate material for the flushable wipes market. SoftFlush Fast, which is made using proprietary technology on Jacob-Holm’s latest U.S.-based line in Candler, NC, offers the same dispersibility as premium toilet paper and the strength of a wet wipe.
“SoftFlush Fast has really pushed the frontiers of what this new line
can do and sets a new standard in flushability that to my knowledge
has never before been met,” says CEO Martin Mikkelsen.
Also at INDEX, Jacob Holm was for the first time showcasing
its new corporate identity to signify the completion of two ma-
jor growth steps and further strengthen the position of its strong
brand portfolio including Sontara, SoftFlush, Softlite and Soft-
esse. With its new branding, the company is launching a new tag
line“Magic meets Fabric.”
Between 2014 and today, Jacob Holm has successfully com-
pleted two major growth steps—the construction of its dispers-
ible proprietary technology in North Carolina and the integration
of the acquired division of DuPont – Sontara.
New Finishing Treatment from Omnova
Omnova Solutions launched the new Softwick SF20 finishing treatment at INDEX17. The new silicone-free finishing
treatment enables producers of nonwovens substrates and
makers of finished goods in hygiene, wipes and medical applications to achieve higher levels of comfort and improved
“Softwick SF20 finishing treatment is a timely answer for a
range of nonwovens trends including thinner, more discrete dis-
posable undergarments, more absorbent and softer food service
wipes, and added functionality and comfort in medical applica-
tions,” says Pablo León Escobar, global marketing director, Om-
nova Solutions. “By delivering advanced functionality without
using silicone, fluoropolymers, or APEs, it also meets the market
desire for more environmentally-preferred solutions.”
In addition to the new Softwick SF20 finishing treatment,
Omnova will showcase its full portfolio of binders and finishing
treatments for nonwovens, including Genflo, Sunbond, Sequa-
pel, and Omnapel polymers, which enable a range of functional
and aesthetic nonwovens properties for high-performance appli-
cations in global automotive, hygiene and wipes, filtration, and
building material markets.
Spuntech Has New Ideas for Spunlace
Traditionally, spunlace is one or two blends of fibers formed into
a continuous fabric, but Spuntech, a global leader in hydroentangled spunlace nonwovens, is now offering a new-three layer
innovation in Geneva.
Produced through a proprietary integration of different carding
technologies, Spuntech’s unique new TriLayer web can consist of
a scrubby top layer, an absorbent inner layer and a smooth hydrophobic bottom. Applications for TriLayer include hygiene, beauty
care, medical, baby, household and industrial fabrics. TriLayer
fabric weights range from 50 to 300gsm and can blend natural
and synthetic materials into 12 unique variations allowing the
different fiber mixes to create distinct fabric layers.
Spuntech has also developed a range of sustainable offerings
including nonwovens producted from recycled, recyclable, biodegradable and compostable sources. Spuntech’s production
process is chemical-free using only purified water that has been
recycled within its state of the art environmentally friendly and
energy efficient facilities.
Odor Management Solutions on Display
Henkel showcased its odor management solutions at INDEX.
The odor of a product or packaging significantly shapes the perception of its quality and wellness attributes. And, as consumers
have become ever more sensitive to odor issues in hygiene products, the hygiene industry is quickly seeking components and solutions to address this market need. When it comes to adhesives,
Henkel has developed specific approaches and a dedicated portfolio of products for odor management.
As a leading supplier of adhesives to the international hygiene
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presented data to the industry at INDEX.