Analysis on the current situation of industrial textiles: baby wipes

Nowadays, wiping cloth has become a very important variety of industrial textiles, with an annual sales volume of nearly 10 billion US dollars worldwide.

Wipes can be divided into industrial wipes and domestic wipes. Household wipes can be divided into personal care and household hygiene. Household cleaning products include some bulk products, such as electrostatic floor cleaning cloth and anti microbial wiping cloth, which are used for room cleaning, kitchen decontamination and even pet hygiene. In developed countries, these products are used by almost all families. The main buying point of wiping cloth is easy to use. If consumers' income increases rapidly, convenience will become the main driving force to promote purchase. However, in some countries and regions, there are still a large number of consumers who can not exceed the consumption level for convenience. Even if they use these wipes for a while, then they will magnify the cost problem compared with traditional wiping methods. Recently, manufacturers are also trying to explore the application potential in these areas and put price first.

According to statistics, baby wipes have laid the sales foundation of wipes in all developing markets. Among them, 62% are in Eastern Europe, 72% in the Middle East and Africa and 93% in Latin America. In the field of wipes, no product can compete with baby wipes in ease of use. Moreover, wipes are associated with the consumption of baby diapers. For consumers, diapers are necessary, which also drives the consumption of wipes.

Despite the success of this product, the penetration rate of baby wipes in many regions is still low. For many low-income consumers, they still choose wet cloth because of its lower cost. This also shows that there is room for growth. It can be predicted that baby wipes will increase significantly due to the increase of income and birth rate. The Euromonitor report shows that Romania, Egypt, South Africa and Russia will all have double-digit growth by 2013.


Sales increased rapidly

Baby wipes are disposable products used to clean baby's tender skin. These materials are made of nonwovens, similar to dry wipes, but saturated with a mild detergent. Baby wipes are usually sold in a plastic box to ensure their wetness and formula stability.

The production technology of disposable small towel began in the late 1970s and was soon put into the market. At first, due to the high price of production equipment, the main market was controlled by brands such as Kimberly Clark's Huggies and Proctor & Gamble's pampers. With the maturity of technology and the decline of equipment prices, small brands began to appear. By the 1990s, many large supermarket chain stores began to produce their own private brands through contract enterprises. These private brands attracted consumers at lower prices and increased the profits of supermarkets.

Baby wipes are sold in the diaper area of the supermarket. Generally, a 64 piece package of wipes costs $3 to $5. This is important for retailers because it can compensate for the meager profits from diaper sales. Wipes are sold in different sizes and forms. Generally, there are 10 ~ 20 kinds in stores. The sales of this kind of wiping cloth is growing rapidly, with an annual increase of about 5%.

For small babies, it is estimated that 4400 wipes will be used a year. The cloth is not only used when changing diapers, but also used to wipe hands and face, clean pacifiers falling on the ground and wipe dirt from the handrails of shopping carts. It is very convenient to use, and people are concerned about whether the packaging of the wiping cloth can keep the wiping cloth intact and wet. Another concern is the smell of wipes. Synthetic spices can irritate the skin and cause allergies and headaches for infants. If the baby has eczema, the synthetic ingredients will stimulate eczema. Can you sometimes see two in meat and other daily products? It is also a by-product of chlorine bleaching process. Two? Ying is considered to be a carcinogen. If your baby wipes are chlorine bleached, you should pay attention to this toxic chemical.

Pay attention to design and packaging

Although the baby wipe is a disposable product, it is required to have sufficient strength so that it will not be damaged when wiping with force. The principles of fabric selection are durability, absorption and price. The fabric is saturated with a mild and effective decontamination solution. Packaging is also a part of the design, which should be suitable for the extraction and moisturizing of wet wipes. Usually packed in thermoplastic plastic boxes. Each package contains dozens or hundreds of wipes.

Businesses are still continuing to design new forms and sizes of wipes to compete with their competitors. Some products even print some use points on wipes. In Canada, the first-class wipes are thick, with greater absorption, higher strength, less allergic stimulation, no alcohol, pH balance and no smell. Another trend is to make the wipes pure natural, and the additives added are also natural ingredients, such as aloe and oatmeal extract, to attract customers. The packaging of baby wipes must be able to prevent the wipes from being polluted, with stable formula and convenient access. At the same time, it is necessary to prevent the wiping cloth from drying. Generally, manufacturers choose hot injection molded boxes, which generally have a connecting cover for easy access.

Quality control and manufacturing process

When choosing suitable nonwovens, it is worth mentioning that melt blowing is followed by hot pressing. Wet forming can be made into softer wipes. The raw material is usually cotton mixture. In this wet process, the fiber is first made into a slurry, which contains a large amount of water and specified chemicals. The obtained paste is pressed into a sheet with a roller, dried and becomes a coiled material. After cutting, it becomes the shape of a wiping cloth. The finished materials are classified by their dry weight, with a minimum of 40g / m2. Absorption is another important index. A good cloth can absorb 200% ~ 600% of its own weight of liquid.

The solution used for wiping cloth is allocated in a large preparation barrel. According to the requirements of the formula, the first component, usually water, is added to the bucket first. During processing, the barrel can be heated to dissolve or melt the powder and make it mix better. After all the ingredients are added, stir to form a uniform solution. After the nonwovens roll enters the coating equipment, the cleaning solution can be coated on the nonwovens by impregnation or spraying. In addition, a wiping cloth similar to a small towel can also be packed in a sealed small bag. In this process, the laminated single piece of wiping cloth is fed into an automatic device, such as a three side sealed bag, filled with liquid, and then sealed immediately.

Every component used in the wiping cloth must be strictly inspected in the production process. The plastic packaging should also be inspected for defects so that it will not leak. Nonwovens must be uniform and reach a certain tear strength. Before manufacturing, the cleaning solution must be fully tested, and the chemist evaluates the product to ensure its own stability and will not have any chemical reaction on its own.

The formula must be tested for mildness. The most convincing test is the human repeat result patch test (hript). In this test, one component and several components were applied to the volunteers (usually the inner side of the forearm). The effect is evaluated by dermatologists or clinicians to ensure that it will not cause allergic reactions. Ensure that each component meets the standard before adding, and test after mixing, such as pH value, viscosity, microbial content, etc.

Substances harmful to diapers include dyes, artificial fragrances, toluene, xylene, ethylbenzene, dipentene, etc. Disposable diapers include an outer layer of plastic and an inner layer of highly absorbent material and lining treated with chemicals. The commonly used absorbent material is sodium polyacrylate, which can cause allergic reactions. Disposable diapers may contain dyes and two? English, two? Ying is a by-product of chlorine bleaching process. A study published in the environmental health archives by Anderson laboratories in 1999 showed that disposable diapers emit volatile organic chemicals (VOCs), including toluene, ethylbenzene, xylene and dipentene. If exposed to these volatile substances for a long time, it is harmful to human body and can cause cancer and brain damage. It has also been suggested that these volatiles can cause asthma, which needs further study.

From the perspective of market prospect, baby wipes have great development space. Supermarkets are also trying to increase profits. The market trend is towards larger and more economical packaging and small packaging for tourism. For example, Huggies recently launched 160 refillable packages. Small bags of products for tourism are also improving packaging.

Technically speaking, due to the development of new and improved surfactants by chemists, future baby wipes will contain milder and more effective cleaners. New aromatics and special formulas will further affect the development trend of wipes in the future.

Post time: Mar-20-2020