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Eastman forms fiber marketing alliance.

A marketing alliance has been formed between Eastman Chemical, Kingsport, TN and Nonwoven Concepts International, Rogersville, TN, for the production and marketing of a novel deep-grooved polyester fiber "4DG," created by Eastman. The new 4DG business, which falls under the Capillary Surface Materials Business at Eastman, is currently in final contract negotiations, although internal approval was received in August.

Eastman will provide the technology, research and development and technical service for the new business, while Nonwoven Concepts International will provide marketing, sales and distribution support. The 4DG fiber, which is commercially available, is made from polyethylene terephthalate polymer and has a unique cross-sectional shape. The fiber has deep grooves along the longitudinal axis of the fiber, enabling it to move fluids spontaneously, store or trap substances and provide large surface areas for a given denier per filament. Finishes can be either hydrophobic or hydrophilic.

Applications for the new 4DG fiber run the gamut from agricultural media, diskette liners and fabric softener strips to filter media, geotextiles, oil sorbents, wipes and wound care materials.
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Title Annotation:agreement between Eastman Chemical and Nonwoven Concepts International to manufacture and market 4DG, deep-grooved polyester fiber
Publication:Nonwovens Industry
Date:Nov 1, 1993
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