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DuPont Nonwovens Launches ACT

By Jim Borneman, Editor In Chief

DuPont Nonwovens, Old Hickory, Tenn., has introduced a new platform technology that leverages core polymer science knowledge with the flexibility of multi-component fiber technology to develop composite sheet structures.

"ACT, or Advanced Composite Technology, involves multiple polymers, multiple layers and even multiple polymeric structures," said Carl Lukach, global business director. "This is great science and it really provides the ultimate in flexibility to our customers."

The company says the ACT platform will enable DuPont Nonwovens to work in close partnership with customers to develop unique products and fabrics that solve challenging performance issues. Initial areas of development include a wide variety of end-uses in medical, industrial and even certain consumer markets.

"This is an enabling innovation platform that connects to the core of DuPont polymer science," Lukach said. "There is a lot of proprietary process science involved with operation of the facility. We continuously aim to embed more functional value in the sheet structure for our customers specific end-use.

"This just opens up the box for us. We can now vary the polymers. Most traditional lines like this are limited to a single polymer such as polypropylene, polyester or perhaps a bicomponent mix. With ACT, we have a wide variety of polymers we can utilize, including polyethylene, nylon and others," Lukach said.

 DuPont Nonwovens will have more information available regarding the technology at IDEA04, to be held April 27-29 at the Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach, Fla.

April 2004