How are pantyliners and incontinence underwear actually manufactured? It is a complex process with highly automated production lines up to 100 m long. Historically, these products have only existed since the 1960s. Previously, people used pleated cotton wool for menstruation and incontinence. Finally, we produced the first pantyliners out of cotton with an integrated absorbent core. In our modern feminine hygiene and incontinence products, we use high-performance layers made of various nonwoven materials which effectively absorb and distribute liquids and store them in the absorbent core. In terms of construction, the principle is always the same.
Feminine Hygiene & Incontinence
Comfort, Security & Hygiene
Topsheet Layer and Acquisition Layer
Within the production of feminine hygiene and incontinence products, various bands of nonwoven materials are adhered, pressed and sealed. All of the layers must work together properly to create a product that effectively absorbs and stores liquid. The uppermost layer is the topsheet. This is particularly soft and skin-friendly. Its task is to quickly wick the liquid away from the body. Then it passes to the acquisition layer. This intermediate layer distributes the liquid across the surface area.
Integrated Absorbent Core at the Center
The integrated absorbent core, made of cellulose and super-absorber, absorbs as much liquid as possible and securely stores it. The super-absorber absorbs many times its own weight and can handle a great deal of liquid. In our incontinence products, the absorbent core itself is constructed of multiple layers. Its 3D shaped, with ridges and indentations, fits especially snugly against the body.
The back of the product, or more accurately the backsheet, is customized to each application. It can be breathable or be equipped with a leak-proof layer to protect clothing.
For adult pull-up pants, a waist band and elastics are also produced and integrated with the absorbent body later. This provides the sensation of wearing underwear.
All of our products – whether pantyliners, menstrual pads or incontinence pants – are taken individually and automatically from long production lines, wrapped and packed for shipping.