Melbourne, Australia — Film and bioplastic manufacturer Secos Group Ltd. has entered into an agreement to develop breathable polymer films.
Secos is partnering with Melbourne-based, privately held MiniFab Pty. Ltd., which custom develops and manufactures disposable polymer micro-engineered products, mainly for medical markets.
The five-year agreement enables Secos to use MiniFab technology to manufacture new films for the hygiene and protective garment market that Secos says are "tougher, thinner, flexible, more breathable and highly attractive to a growing market."
Publicly listed Secos said the partnership gave Secos an exclusive license to MiniFab microtechnology to produce first-of-its-kind breathable films.
The partnership follows 18 months of research and testing. A sample of the new cast film was sent to a key client, which has resulted in a finished baby diaper that achieves market-ready levels of breathability, Secos said.
Managing Director Stephen Walters said Secos will deliver commercial products in early 2018.