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We are Technical Absorbents

For over 20-years, Technical Absorbents Ltd has been at the forefront of the fibrous superabsorbents industry with its unique Super Absorbent Fibre (SAF™) technology. SAF™ can rapidly absorb 200 times its own weight in water and 60 times its own weight in saline extremely quickly and is used globally in a wide range of applications, e.g. medical, cable, food packaging, hygiene, apparel and filtration. Although SAF™ remains at the heart of the business, it is the wide range of washable and disposable SAF™ fabrics that are now capturing the imagination of product designers.

A History of Innovation

1986
R&D collaboration between Allied Colloids & Courtaulds to produce a superabsorbent fibre (SAF™)
1992
Technical Absorbents Ltd established as a 50:50 joint venture company
1993
First SAF™ samples successfully manufactured on a pilot line
1995
Production plant constructed in Grimsby, UK
Initial short and long-staple SAF™ product mix developed
2000
First plant project completed
Capacity increased to meet global demand
2001
SAF™ approved for use as an absorbent in food packaging by Food Drug Administration (FDA)
2003
Design and manufacture of first SAF™ fabrics via a network of global converters
2006
Second plant project completed
Capacity increased again, to meet growing global demand
2007
Technical Absorbents Ltd bought by Bluestar Fibres Corporation
2012
Creation of a SAF™ fabric-focused product development team
2015
Strategic investment in a needlefelt nonwoven line in Grimsby
2016
Development of new SAF™ thermo-carded fabric range
2017
Development of new washable SAF™ fabrics technologies
2018
Launch of 100% SAF™ fully maceratable fabric range
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