tected in the way our Perf-Pak does. This is
just one of a number of specialty packaging
options that we can provide to help custom-
ers manage costs by minimizing waste and
Meanwhile, Berry Global is current-
ly launching its Chicopee Microfiber
Floor Care System in North America,
which launched in Europe in 2016.
The Microfiber Floor Care System
won this year’s INDA World of Wipes
Innovation Award. The line of dispos-
able Microfiber Mop Pads for the sys-
tem are made at Berry’s site in Cuijk,
The Disposable Microfiber Mop Pad
Super is pre-saturated in a charging
bucket on a cleaning cart and used
to clean a patient room in a healthcare facility, eliminating laundering
and helping to reduce the risk of cross-contamination. The two other Disposable
Microfiber Mop Pads available are used with Berry’s patent pending Fluid Mop System, where replaceable reservoirs within the
mop dispense fluid onto the floor, which is then wiped with a
mop pad. “The Chicopee Fluid Mopping System is a simple yet
effective way to increase the speed of your floor cleaning process
without compromising on quality,” Huston says.
Users can refill replacement reservoirs in the janitor’s closet,
which can then be stocked on the cleaning cart for easy access.
“By eliminating the traditional string mop with mop bucket, users can control the amount of cleaning solution dispensed with
a push of a trigger to reduce the risk of slip and fall hazards,”
As far as the technology, Berry’s Disposable Microfiber Mop
Pads are made with splittable fibers using hydroentanglement
technology. The company’s Apex 3D imaging technology is also
being incorporated into the mop pad. This image delivers improved mopping performance, both wet and dry.
Another patent pending design element added to the Floor
Care System’s Microvelcro Mop Frame is technology that drives
dirt and dust into the center of the mop pad, so the full mop pad
is utilized, unlike traditional flat mop heads that collect dirt, dust
and hair on the leading edge of the mop. “So you’re not getting
that leading edge; it’s fully engaging the mop pad so you’re getting improved efficient cleaning performance,” Huston explains.
For its part, Kimberly-Clark Professional has been fine-tuning
its WypAll line of wipers. The newly renovated WypAll X60 wiper
line is designed to have better absorbency with enhanced effi-
ciency when cleaning oil from grooves and crevices. According to
Amit Rosenberg, associate marketing director, Safety and Indus-
trial Channel, North America, Kimberly-Clark Professional, the
new X60 offers a clean and consistent wiper every time, absorbs
water two times more and two times faster
than rags and leaves nine times less
lint than rags. “Nonwoven wipers can
deliver an engineered product that de-
livers the clean required with the least
amount of material required,” Rosen-
As Kimberly-Clark Professional
continues to boost its R&D work, it
also continues to find new applications for its wipers.“We’ve seen a shift
in the market to apply more task-specific wipers as new manufacturing
processes require efficient and reliable
cleaning,” says Rosenberg.
An example of this, he cites, is for
premium applications such as in printing and food processing applications,
where its WypAll X90 offers high durability, low lint and 99%
solvent release properties, which wouldn’t be required in more
general wiping applications.
K-C Professional isn’t just seeing growth in the disposable wiping industry, but it’s also seeing the demand for textiles such as
rags and shop towels declining, as companies strive for safe, efficient wiping solutions, while also trying to get out from under
burdensome laundered towel shop contacts, Rosenberg says.
“The emphasis to return manufacturing jobs to the U.S. as well as
the need to have a trusted wiping tool for every task will continue
to drive growth in the market and challenge manufacturers, like
Kimberly-Clark, to continue to innovate for the future,” he adds.
An industry where Berry Global is seeing strong growth is
healthcare. Part of this growth is coming from the aging of the
U.S. population, as well as the expansion of healthcare systems.
Hospitals, outpatient surgery units and doctors’ offices are contributing to the growth of the use of nonwoven-based wipes in
healthcare, Huston says.
Other areas of growth for Berry are the industrial and foodservice sectors.“Really, all the B2B industries that we’re participating
in are seeing strong growth in the U.S., and in emerging markets,
including South America and Asia,” she adds.
Martin Mikkelsen, CEO of Jacob Holm Group, is also seeing
growth driven by economies in certain emerging markets, as
well as the increasing requirements for safety, hygiene and quality. Growth is being shown in general, but also more specialized
categories. “Additionally, there is and continues to be an overall
trend of moving away from textile rags to higher quality engineered wipers,” he says.
Jacob Holm’s Sontara spunlace technology, which it ac-
Kimberly-Clark Professional recently upgraded its WypAll X60 wiper line.