14 Oct 2021
Beaulieu Fibres International showcasing its ‘fibres that build futures’ at INDEX™20
- Beaulieu Fibres International is back and ready to reconnect at its first trade fair presence in 2021
- The company’s fibre innovation for sustainable design is helping customers to increase nonwoven performance
- Discover optimized Meralux and Meraspring BICO PET hygiene fibres and the award-winning industrial fibre, UltraBond, for its sustainable contribution to 100% recyclable nonwovens
- Visit Beaulieu Fibres International at stand 1340, at INDEX™20, 19th – 22nd October, Palexpo, Geneva
Wielsbeke, Belgium – October 14, 2021 – Beaulieu Fibres International, the leading European polyolefin and BICO fibre supplier, is attending INDEX™20 in Geneva and is excited to accelerate its work helping customers to exceed in product performance and sustainability.
“We are thrilled to be ‘back on the ground’ after the challenges of the pandemic, to reconnect with all of our stakeholders and to keep pushing the boundaries of performance, sustainability and efficiency with our next generation fibre technology. Our solutions provide innovation for nonwovens manufacturers and are driving new, environmentally friendly product designs,” said Maria Teresa Tomaselli, General Manager at Beaulieu Fibres International.
For nonwoven converters serving the hygiene segment, a feature at INDEX™20 will be the company’s optimized Meralux specialty fibre, with fit for use performance and sustainability properties. It offers opacity improvements (reduction of TiO2 for the same opacity levels), higher coverage, higher bulkiness, and improved liquid management.
In addition, Meralux fibres deliver substantial sustainability benefits including about 55% savings in raw materials, with equivalent carbon emission savings, thanks to weight reduction in nonwovens for the same coverage, and higher recyclability of PP/PE.
The latest additions to the hygiene fibres portfolio are Meraspring BICO PET fibres, answering the market trend for increased comfort. Meraspring enables nonwovens to combine a softness and loftiness that provides a cushioned, even “well-being”, experience for end-users of applications such as diapers and fem-pads. The fibres are available in a range from 1.7-8.9 dtex with hydrophilic, hydrophobic and wellbeing finishes depending on the properties required in the final product.
In the industrial fibres segment, UltraBond thermal bonding fibre will finally be presented with its INDEX™20 Nonwovens Award in the category "sustainable raw material". The jury of EDANA, the leading global association of the nonwovens and related industries, chose the fibre for its sustainable contribution to 100% recyclable nonwovens.
In addition, Beaulieu Fibres International’s new range of MONO low count and BICO fibres are setting new performance standards for the fast-growing air and liquid filtration markets.
The company believes strongly in close collaboration with its customers to accelerate the commercialization of innovative new products. At INDEX™20, discover Beaulieu Fibres International’s Pilot Line to test the waters of co-development opportunities without risk. The Pilot Line offers the utmost flexibility to produce samples, without the typical constraints imposed by industrial production lines, replicating any type of staple fibre spinning technology using different types of polymers and additives and different types of cross sections.
Beaulieu Fibres International has always put sustainable solutions at the forefront of industry product design. The company is globally compliant with regulations in all the countries it operates, is fully committed to integrating the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Its 3 plants have this year been granted a first Sustainable Business Charter 2021 and from July 2 Belgian sites ran on 100% on green electricity. Further decarbonization paths have also been identified.
Optimized Meralux and UltraBond will be featured in the Exhibitor Product Presentation: Fibre Developments Towards Sustainable Product Design. Welcome in the INDEX™20 Innovation lab and discover more fibre technology of Beaulieu.
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Beaulieu Fibres International
Beaulieu Fibres International puts innovation and sustainability central for a wide variety of industries such as Automotive, Hygiene, Geotextiles, Flooring, Filtration, Upholstery and Construction.
As largest European producer of polyolefin and bicomponent fibres, our company is part of Beaulieu International Group with headquarters in Belgium. Three production sites in Europe – two in Belgium and one in Italy - supply Mono/Bico staple and shortcut fibres, in round and trilobal cross section with linear densities of 1.3 to 500 dtex.
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Beaulieu International Group (B.I.G.) is a global specialist in raw chemical materials (polymers), semi-finished engineered products (yarns, fibres, technical textiles and technical sheets) and is a leader in a broad range of floor coverings for the residential and commercial markets (vinyl rolls, vinyl planks, laminate, parquet, carpet, needle felt, artificial grass and mats) as well as upholstery fabrics.
Headquartered in Belgium, B.I.G. employs nearly 4,700 people across 29 plants, 20 sales and distribution offices, with a major presence in 17 countries all over Eurasia, the Americas and Oceania. The company achieved a 2020 turnover of €1.8 billion and is serving 16,000 customers in 140 countries. True to its roots as a family business, B.I.G. puts sustainability, innovation and care for its employees central.