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26th March 2019, Wielsbeke

BFI launches new products at IDEA 2019

The company premieres its PET-core-Bico for hygiene applications this week. © Beaulieu International Group

The company premieres its PET-core-Bico for hygiene applications this week. © Beaulieu International Group

Beaulieu Fibres International (BFI), a leading European polyolefin fibre supplier, is exhibiting at the IDEA 2019 show in Miami, FL, this week, as an ‘all solution provider’ for polyolefin carded nonwovens in personal care and hygiene, geotextiles, automotive, floor coverings and filtration applications.

The company is launching its PET-core-Bico Fibers for hygiene applications, as well as its new UltraBond staple fibre. The company recently made a number of investments to enlarge its product range, further helping producers to maximise value from their production equipment and to pursue exciting opportunities in emerging areas.

PET-core-Bico Fibers launch

IDEA19 will see the global premiere of PET-core-Bico for hygiene applications. This staple fibre completes the offer for the hygiene market. It comes in a dtex range from 1,3-6,7dtex/40mm in both polymer-configurations PP/PET and PE/PET. The specific use of PET in the core improves the resilience/loft of the nonwoven. The use of PE in the sheath provides softness as required in top sheets, for example, while the configuration with PP in the sheath answers the requirements for ultrasonic bonding.

This week marks the American premiere of UltraBond fibre for automotive applications. © Beaulieu International Group

This week marks the American premiere of UltraBond fibre for automotive applications. © Beaulieu International Group

Also on display is the complete range of Meralux-fibres, bicomponent fibres with a special cross section shape that combines good coverage and better liquid management in one staple fibre. This enables a higher loft/bulk, unique opacity and enhanced fluid distribution, providing significant improvements to the dryness of nonwoven for hygiene and medical applications, according to the manufacturer.

American premiere of UltraBond fibre

For the first time in North America, BFI will be showcasing UltraBond, a new, unique fibre created for automotive and flooring needlepunch applications. A patented polyolefin bonding staple fibre, UltraBond is designed to eliminate the need for latex or other chemical binders to bind nonwovens, providing significant sustainability and cost efficiency benefits.

The staple fibre is already showing potential as a replacement for traditional binders like PE and low melt PET included in carpet backing, contract carpet, outdoor/residential carpet and in automotive applications.

“Together with our customers, we look forward to exploring the potential of this unique thermal bonding fibre in other applications such as laminated nonwovens or as an alternative to dry powders,” commented Karena Cancilleri, Vice President Engineered Products, BFI.

www.beaulieufibres.com

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