• Research & Development Expertise

    Our R&D team’s experience is not just limited to developing the latest technologies, but encompasses a strong manufacturing know-how

Research & Development Expertise

Our R&D team’s experience is not just limited to developing the latest technologies, but encompasses a strong manufacturing know-how

Our R&D team’s experience is not limited to developing the latest technologies, but encompasses a strong manufacturing know-how, which in our view is unparalleled in our industry.

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In the words of our R&D Director “We come to work every day because we are passionate about what we do”.

At SFM we invest a large amount of our resources in our gelling fibres development (R&D) activities. Our R&D Team makes a real contribution towards our marketing activities and the development of new products across our business, and for our customers.

Our Team

SFM has an experienced team of PhD Biomaterial, Biology, Biochemistry scientists. This ensures that our products stay at the forefront of the latest technologies. SFM works on several projects in partnerships with its customers, Universities as well as developing its own portfolio of IP. In addition, our R&D team collaborates with several key opinion leaders, clinicians and health professionals in order to understand the key products’ characteristics required for better clinical outcomes. SFM has a legacy spanning 90 years in fibre spinning and non-woven fabric manufacturing. Our R&D team’s experience is not limited to developing the latest technologies, but encompasses a strong manufacturing know-how, which in our view is unparalleled in our industry.

Sustainability

R&D at SFM has a sustainable mindset. Hence, much of our product development ethics are focused on using sustainable materials where possible. From our Alginates’ fibres through to our modified cellulose portfolio. We collaborate across the business with our marketing colleagues and production engineers, in developing sustainable production processes.

In addition, SFM has also developed phthalate free barium sulphate x-ray detectable monofilaments (yarn), known as Micropake®. Our x-ray detectable yarn is used in surgical sponges and other gauzes / swabs for surgical purpose, with applications ranging well beyond the medical industry. SFM is one of the very few European manufacturer of x-ray detectable yarn. Our team has expertise in varying the strength, diameter and properties inherent to these yarns.

Nanoparticles

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Our R&D scientists have specific experience in nanoparticle technologies. SFM has developed a portfolio of antibacterial nanoparticles, specifically applied to our alginates and modified cellulose fibres. Furthermore, the R&D team can adapt the chemical and physical properties of our fibre products to meet our customers’ unique requirements.

Whether those needs are:

Increased absorbency

Increased strength

Intact removal properties

Low or high GSM

Antimicrobials compounds

SFM has in-house research and quality control laboratories, specifically used to test our products’ quality and physical properties. From gelling fibres development properties, tensile strength wet and dry, absorbency through to diameter. In addition, SFM houses full scale-up capabilities, which provides our partners with the ability to scale up their laboratory conceptual technologies.

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