Technical Absorbents Ltd



A World of Excellence in Super Absorbent Solutions

Our Mission - "To be the global partner of choice for supply and innovation of super absorbent fibre materials through the excellence of our products, service and people."

Technical Absorbents (TAL) is a subsidiary company of China National BlueStar (Group) Company Limited, who are in turn wholly-owned by ChemChina, a Fortune 500 company.

Since inception in 1993, our core business has been the manufacture of Super Absorbent Fibre (SAF™) at our U.K. production site. We have also developed a wide range of SAF™ based nonwoven fabrics and yarns, which we can supply directly, leveraging the cost benefits of our vertical integration, or via one of our toll converters.

As a result, we have carved a unique position for ourselves as a superabsorbents solutions provider and our wide range of super absorbent technologies are suitable for a variety of applications in a number of new and established markets.

A bespoke service

We are proud to be able to develop bespoke products to exactly match customer needs. To aid this we can use our own needlefelt machine (where applicable) for development activities, we can offer exclusivity on bespoke materials and we can establish long term product development programs for Generation1, 2 and 3 products. 



SAF™ (Super Absorbent Fibre)

SAF™ is white, odourless and has the appearance and handling characteristics of a textile fibre. It has the ability to absorb up to 200 times its own weight in dimineralised water and circa 60 times its own weight in saline, depending on salinity, at an extremely fast absorption rate and can easily be converted into a diverse range of nonwoven fabrics and spun yarn formats. 

Being fibrous, downstream handling is easy. When converted, the SAF™ distribution profiles within final product constructions is extremely uniform. The result is consistent absorption performance and media integrity throughout.

SAF™ can be produced in a range of absorbency grades, staple lengths and decitex, to suit different requirements. These benefits have made it the super absorbent choice for many customers.

Useful facts

  • SAF™ is available in a wide range of highly absorbent grades
  • SAF™ is a non-irritant
  • SAF™ can be used in applications demanding robust toxicological profiling
  • SAF™ is FDA approved
  • SAF™ does not melt. It begins to decompose extremely slowly at temperatures >200°C
  • SAF™ fibre density is approximately 1.4g/ml
  • SAF™ can be blended with a range of synthetic and natural fibres to meet customers end requirements.

Individual SAF datasheets can be downloaded here

A range of our SAF™ grades are available to purchase in sample quantities in our shop


Superabsorbent Fabrics

We can supply SAF™ superabsorbent fabrics – nonwoven and woven – or yarns either in-house or via one of our toll converter partners. A wide range of lamination options are also available.

Needlefelt (Needlepunch)

We have our own development/commercial needlefelt line and can produce fabrics up to 2.0 metres wide. SAF™ can be blended with a wide range of other fibre types to produce specialist fabrics in the perfect environment. Webs containing up to 80% SAF™ can be produced at a wide range of fabric weights, typically between 150-1,000gsm. Short order trial runs can be facilitated where commercially viable.


SAF™ is routinely processed on all commercial air-laid production equipment. SAF™ short staple grades (6 mm) are typically blended with wood pulp and thermal bondable fibre. Airlaid webs within excess of 80% SAF™ content can be achieved at fabric weights of approximately 50-1,000gsm.

A range of our super absorbent fabrics are available to purchase in sample quantities in our shop

Superabsorbent Fabrics
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