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Beaulieu Fibres launches new products for hygiene nonwovens at INDEX17

To add to its new products for 2017, the Meraklon portfolio will expand further with the launch of new polyester (PET) core BICO fibres.

9th March 2017

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Wielsbeke

Medical/Hygiene, Interiors, Transport/​Aerospace

Beaulieu Fibres International, a leading European polyolefin fibre supplier, will unveil a new fibre-platform and offer first detailed insights into the future-focused hygiene products arising from its ongoing investment in innovation and manufacturing capabilities, at INDEX17 next month.

From May 2017, Meralux fibres will be added to the Meraklon product portfolio. First test results show that nonwovens made with the new Meralux fibre combinations have a higher loft/bulk, according to the manufacturer. Meralux’s coverage is said to provide nonwovens with a very closed surface, without containing additives like TiO2. With the higher loft and unique coverage, softness will be provided by the choice of raw materials, the company reports.

In line with the further diversification of its products, Beaulieu Fibres International is set to produce short cut fibres for hygiene application as of summer 2017. These will be available in cut lengths of 3-24mm in polypropylene (PP) mono and BICO.

New PET core BICO fibres

To add to its new products for 2017, the Meraklon portfolio will expand further with the launch of new polyester (PET) core BICO fibres. They will come on stream with Meraklon’s new state-of-the-art, long line at the company’s site in Terni, Italy. The EUR 30 million investment to extend production capacity is currently underway and is scheduled to commence operations during this year.

“Beaulieu Fibres International is continuing to strengthen its position as a global supplier for polyolefin fibres. Investment in fibres’ production is an important driver for ensuring we meet future challenges and customers’ needs,” said Petra Bohle-Stricker, Global Sales Director- Hygiene, Beaulieu Fibres International.

New building construction for future extension of production capacity in Terni. © 2017, Google Earth

“In the four years since Meraklon’s takeover, Beaulieu Fibres International has successfully adapted it to the level required to be a leading market player. We have broadened the portfolio significantly to better serve the future market needs and are continually innovating to ensure we go the extra mile for the nonwovens industry.”

Beaulieu Fibres International

Beaulieu Fibres International is a leading European producer of polypropylene staple fibre (PP fibre). The company is part of the Engineered Products Business Unit of Beaulieu International Group, with headquarters in Belgium.

Beaulieu Fibres International has three production sites in Europe – two in Belgium and one in Italy. It supplies PP fibres with densities of 1,0 to 500 dtex to customers in industries such as hygiene, geotextiles, floorcoverings, automotive, filtration and upholstery. Its broad portfolio includes ultrasoft fibres, high elongation fibres, coloured fibres and fibres with various cross-sections, including trilobal, suitable for a wide range of processing technologies.

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