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Technical Absorbents Policies

We are Technical Absorbents

We have been leading the way in the development and manufacture of Super Absorbent Fibre (SAF™) for nearly three decades, and, more recently, SAF™ fabrics and SAF™ spun yarns. Supplying solutions globally, innovation is key and we continue to design new technologies to meet the specific requirements of our growing customer base. Applications for our products span numerous market sectors, including: Healthcare (medical and hygiene); Industrial (filtration and cable); Packaging (food and transportation); Environmental (horticulture).

Collaboration is essential and our Product Development team work extremely closely with customers during every step of the process from the initial brief to end product delivery.

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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