Evonik has invested €1 million to launch a new application technology centre for superabsorbent polymers in Krefeld, Germany. The facility strengthens Evonik’s position as an innovative solutions provider for superabsorbent polymers.
‘Our customers will directly benefit from an even further improved technical service. The service capabilities of Evonik are the industry-wide benchmark and the basis for strong partnerships and development collaborations with our customers,’ says Norbert Westerholt, head of Evonik’s baby care business line.
New test method
The new laboratory has been designed for highly efficient working and testing procedures and will serve hygiene and technical superabsorbent applications. The enlarged facility allows for the implementation of the newest test methods, which will further strengthen product knowledge and target-oriented innovation efforts. It is equipped for the evaluation of superabsorbent polymers and hygiene articles, e.g. the new Edana mannequin test for incontinence articles. For the first time, this test allows for the application of realistic in-use conditions to the standardised lab evaluation of a broad variety of incontinence items. In addition, the new laboratory is open to customers for training and testing sessions.
Wide scope of applications
‘As a global leader in superabsorbent polymers, Evonik will continue to provide outstanding support and service to customers to facilitate their innovations,’ notes Westerholt.
Superabsorbent polymers are water-insoluble, cross-linked polymers. They are capable of absorbing and storing up to 500 times their own weight in aqueous liquids, while providing other performance characteristics such as skin dryness. The scope of applications for Evonik’s superabsorbent polymers goes beyond baby diapers to include feminine hygiene and adult incontinence products. The company is a leading supplier of superabsorbent polymers with manufacturing plants in the US, Germany and Saudi Arabia, employing over 600 people worldwide.