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K-C updates healthcare wipes offering, raises diaper prices.

Kimberly-Clark Professional provides infection control practitioners and environmental services professionals in healthcare facilities a new option for surface cleaning and disinfection with a smaller canister version of its popular Kimtech Prep wipers for the Wettask refillable wet wiping system. The new canister is easily portable, making it ideal for surface sanitation in patient rooms and other areas where the original bucket version may be too large.


The new smaller canister holds a 35-count roll of 12-x 12.5-inch sheets of Kimtech Prep wipers for bleach, disinfectants and sanitizers. These wipers are engineered to be compatible with quaternary amine and bleach disinfectant solutions, maintaining the concentration of actives released to the surface at target concentration levels.

"Infection control practitioners, environmental services professionals, nurses and others responsible for reducing the incidence of healthcare-acquired infections may be surprised to learn that traditional methods of surface sanitation may not work as expected," said Valerie Williamson, category manager, Kimberly-Clark Professional.

"Recent studies have found, for example, that when cotton rags or cellulose-based wipes were used in combination with an open bucket of disinfectant solution, the amount of germ-killing actives released to the surface was significantly reduced from the original concentration in the bucket. These same studies found that Kimtech Prep wipers for bleach, disinfectants and sanitizers, used in combination with the enclosed Wettask refillable wet wiping system, delivered a much higher concentration of disinfectant actives to the surface."

In other K-C news, the company plans to raise prices next year to offset higher costs for raw materials and energy. Beginning Feb. 3, the company will boost prices 4-7% on Huggies diapers and swim pants, Pull-Ups training pants and Goodnites youth pants.

The consumer products company said in July it had seen costs for pulp and other raw materials and energy rise by $165 million in the first six months of the year--more than the $150 million it had budgeted for the entire year. K-C has tried to offset the higher costs by boosting sales and cutting other costs. It has also been helped by the weak U.S. dollar, which makes K-C products cheaper overseas. In recent years, the company has been locked in price wars with rival Procter & Gamble for dominance in the diaper market.

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Title Annotation:Nonwoven News: A Look at What's Going On In The Industry
Publication:Nonwovens Industry
Date:Nov 1, 2007
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