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Naturopera to launch bio-based diapers

Collaboration has led to spunbond and meltblown nonwoven layers being replaced with natural fibre spunlace materials.

18th May 2023

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Bully Les Mines, France


Andritz has delivered, installed and commissioned a converting line for manufacturing baby diapers at Naturopera’s new plant in Bully Les Mines, France.

The eXcelle converting line from Andritz Diatec features special technology to produce both traditional and bio-based baby diapers, supporting Naturopera in its efforts to become a leading producer of a new generation of sustainable diapers.

While most diapers on the market consist of 70% fossil-based plastic, Naturopera is preparing to produce diapers made of 90% bio-based raw materials. This concept was developed in a close collaboration between Naturopera and Andritz and replaces the traditional spunbond and meltblown nonwoven layers with spunlace nonwovens mostly made of natural fibres. A prototype of the 90% bio-based diaper was recently produced at Bully Les Mines.

“Thanks to the support of Andritz Perfojet for the spunlace fabrics and Andritz Diatec for converting, we are moving in the direction of producing bio-based diapers,” said Claire Stévignon, Babycare marketing manager at Naturopera. “We will soon start offering green premium diapers using the jointly developed concept. This initiative will make an important contribution towards more sustainability in diaper production.”

The Andritz converting machine operating at Naturopera is highly flexible, taking just a few settings to switch to the production of bio-based diapers. It is designed for a multiple-size processes, features an operator-friendly interface, and guarantees a production speed of 800 ppm.

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