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OLD HICKORY, Tenn. -- DuPont today opened a new $130 million facility here to produce innovative nonwoven fabrics created from a revolutionary composite technology that provides users with advanced levels of both comfort and protection.
DuPont's proprietary Advanced Composite Technology (ACT) blends the ideal
properties of two different raw materials to create nonwoven fabrics that meet
specific needs. More than 20 new patents were developed for this technology.
The ACT's initial product is DuPont Suprel, a highly protective
and comfortable fabric used for hospital operating gowns and patient drapes.
Suprel is the only medical fabric available that is made of polyester -
for strength - and polyethylene - for silk-like softness. Traditional
single-use medical fabrics can be uncomfortable, especially when they are worn
for an extended time, and can lack the necessary fluid barrier for protecting
today's healthcare professionals. Suprel is designed to have less surface friction than
other medical fabric products, allowing for greater comfort and freedom of
movement. It also transfers heat away from the body quickly, adding to
comfort in the operating environment. Suprel is made from continuous
filament fibers and is very low linting.
Using a market-focused approach as part of its research and development,
DuPont researchers developed Suprel by working closely with operating room
nurses who participated in comfort studies conducted at North Carolina State
"The composite fabric technology will allow us to create an array of
fabrics in direct response to the evolving needs of the medical industry,"
said DuPont Nonwovens Global Business Director David Flitman. "Suprel is
the first in a line of innovative products from DuPont that will raise the bar
for standards of protection and comfort in medical fabrics."
DuPont is a leading global supplier of nonwoven fabrics for the
healthcare industry, and has set new standards of protection, convenience, and
comfort for medical professionals for more than 25 years.