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The medical textile sector is represented by more than 20 Québec companies. Most are manufacturers of needle-punched, non-woven textile materials, spinning mills, weavers and specialty knitters.

This sector's products and technical textile materials are used for first aid, rehabilitation, hygiene or clinical purposes. Here are some examples: cleaning products (cleaning wipes), wiping paper (toilet paper, paper towels, tissues, disposable washcloths and cleansing wipes), baby hygiene (diapers and cleaning wipes for personal care), feminine hygiene (sanitary pads, panty liners and tampons), incontinence (diapers and washcloths), orthopedics (plaster tape, splints and plaster accessories), wound care (surgical plaster, retention bandages, surgical/post-operative compresses and bandages/adhesive bandages), and compression therapy (compression stockings, compression bandages and hernia bands). It also includes hospital canopies, bathing chairs, masks to treat sleep apnea, underpads, hoist transfer linen and uniforms.

The properties of medical textile products vary according to their applications. Most are absorbent, adhesive or non-adhesive, antimicrobial, anti-odour, anti-perspirant, healing, compressive, durable or disposable, elastic, washable, breathable and flexible, offering a range of movement for comfort and protection against UV exposure.

More than one textile process is used in this sector, including non-woven, weaving and knitting.

Although many of these products are disposable, sustainable development is a priority for companies in this sector. Hygiene product components such as cellulosic fibres, superabsorbent polymers (sodium polyacrylate) and plastic films can be processed and upgraded to develop new liquid absorption products.

Several companies stand out in this sector, including CDRM, Dermagate, Dristex, Essity Canada, Fempro, FilSpec, Georges Couray, Hudson Supplies, Logistik Unicorp, Oratex, Recyc PHP, Régitex, Rhéabrio, Stedfast, Texel and Textiles Monterey.

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