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Beaulieu Yarns awarded FM Global HPR status

The French production site Ideal Fibres & Fabrics Comines is the second in the Beaulieu International Group to reach HPR status.

14th November 2017

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Wielsbeke


Beaulieu Yarns, a leading supplier of high-quality polyamide and polypropylene yarns, has announced the achievement of Highly Protected Risk (HPR) status for its French production site, Ideal Fibres & Fabrics Comines. Awarded by FM Global, HPR designation means a facility meets the highest industry standards for property protection.

“This HPR yarn production site reinforces strongly our supply chain security and demonstrates our engagement towards our customers and partners. Our contingency planning and risk management are essential, well-considered elements within our long-term business strategy to demanding sectors such as Automotive and Commercial & Residential floor covering contracts,” said Emmanuel Colchen, Global Sales Director Yarns within BU Beaulieu Engineered Products.

Representatives of FM Global Management and Ideal Fibres & Fabrics Project Team at the Award ceremony on November 7, 2017. © Beaulieu International Group

FM Global, Beaulieu International Group’s (B.I.G.) industrial property and business interruption insurer for the past two years, offers a unique concept that supports the Group in reducing its exposure to loss and increases its business resilience. A dedicated team of engineers focuses on providing assistance and protection of its assets, helping the Group to achieve a higher level of risk protection.

Ideal Fibres & Fabrics Comines site

The Ideal Fibres & Fabrics Comines site produces high quality yarns for a large variety of application and market segments, including the automotive industry. It scored well in its FM Global assessment which focused on aspects including fire protection, protection against natural hazard, mechanical breakdown of machinery and also cyber risks. Its overall risk mark of 76 ranks it within the top 25% of its industry for fire risk prevention and protection.

Erwin De Deyn, Chief Legal Officer and Vice President at Beaulieu International Group, accepting the Award on behalf of Beaulieu Yarns. © Beaulieu International Group

Ideal Fibres & Fabrics Comines is the second facility in the Group to attain HPR status, and the first in Europe. Pinnacle Polymers LLC in the USA also achieved the HPR as a chemical plant, which is a rare achievement within the chemical business, the company reports. Fire risk prevention is part of the Group’s broader risk management activities. B.I.G. is investing in increasing the level of protection at all B.I.G. plants in order to protect its business continuity.

Raising awareness

The divisions of B.I.G. are also implementing a number of safety programmes to raise awareness of workplace safety and to maintain strong safety records.

Beaulieu Yarns received the Highly Protected Risk (HPR) Award at a ceremony on November 7, 2017 attended by all staff, and representatives of B.I.G. Management, Beaulieu Yarns Management and FM Global Management. © Beaulieu International Group

“I am proud of Beaulieu Yarns for achieving the highly-regarded FM Global HPR Award and setting an example for the whole Beaulieu International Group. This positive step reflects the strong commitment of the Engineered Products division and the rest of the Group to improving safety and protecting our workplaces and our production facilities,” said Karena Cancilleri, Vice President BU Beaulieu Engineered Products.

Beaulieu Yarns received the HPR Award at a ceremony on 7 November, attended by all staff, and representatives of B.I.G. Management, Beaulieu Yarns Management and FM Global Management.

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