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GRIMSBY - Technical Absorbents Limited (TAL) will offer a range of new fabric developments at March's Index exhibition including a new range of superabsorbent fabrics that provide a higher gel strength when wetted.

As it enters the new decade, the development and promotion of its fabric portfolio continues to be the focus of the Super Absorbent Fibre (SAF) manufacturer.

Amongst the new range are High Gel Strength (HGS) SAF fabrics which incorporate more robust HGS SAF fibres. The fibres have been developed to allow the design and manufacture of materials that offer greater integrity and robustness in more demanding absorbent applications.

“HGS SAF fabrics can only be brought from Technical Absorbents – it does not sell the HGS SAF fibres commercially,” explains Product Development Director Dr Mark Paterson. “The fibres are manufactured in-house and can be integrated into its needlefelt and thermo-carded fabrics for added durability. They provide decreased levels of absorbency compared to standard SAF fibres but still high absorbency compared to other available technologies. Resulting fabrics will also absorb less but in certain applications this can be beneficial, e.g. in some washable applications the fabrics durability is more important that its ability to absorb large volumes of liquid.”

A number of HGS SAF nonwovens have already been developed to aid the sampling process for prospective customers. Technical Absorbents can then manufacture bespoke fabrics containing HGS fibres to meet customers’ specific requirements.

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