Glatfelter's Airlaid Materials Enhance Everyday Life

Airlaid Manufacturing Overview

Glatfelter's airlaid manufacturing process produces a fabric-like material from short fibers made of softwood fluff pulp:

  • Instead of using water, this process uses air to carry the fluff pulp fibers onto a forming web;
  • To enhance strength, bonding agents such as thermoplastic (bico) fibers and binders, such as latex, are added;
  • The process yields a paper-like fabric that is thicker, softer and more absorbent than paper;
  • Airlaid material offers greater tear resistance and tensile strength, especially when wet;
  • The material is initially produced in roll form; For certain customer applications these rolls can be further converted into strips and folded or “festooned” into block form for easier processing
  • Our light-weight, soft and absorbent airlaid materials are used in feminine hygiene and adult incontinence products, as well as baby wipes, personal care wipes, food & home care applications;
  • Because of the end use of our material, our customers require that we maintain the highest level of quality, cleanliness, and hygiene standards in our manufacturing facilities 


 

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Glatfelter's Commitment to Sustainability

To us, sustainability means conducting our business using practices that protect and enhance the environmental, social and economic resources needed by future generations to enjoy a life equal to or greater than our own.   

Our airlaid manufacturing process uses a combination of biodegradable natural fibers (fluff pulp) and synthetic fibers to create sustainable, high-performance products, and the process uses virtually no water. As a member of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), we are also verified and certified to source and track wood and fiber from other FSC-certified, well-managed forests. 

We're proud of our environmentally responsible manufacturing processes and successful sustainabilty performance. We invite you to learn more at: http://www.glatfelter.com/sustainability/default.aspx 

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