For nonwovens converters serving the hygiene segment, a feature at the Index in Geneva/Switzerland from October 19-22, 2021 will be the optimized Meralux specialty fiber from Beaulieu. It is characterized by its performance and sustainability properties.
The fiber offers opacity improvements (reduction of TiO2 for the same opacity levels), higher coverage, higher bulkiness, and improved liquid management. In addition, Meralux fibers 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 fibers portfolio of polyolefin and bi-component (bico) fiber supplier, Beaulieu Fibres International, Wielsbeke/Belgium, are Meraspring bico PET fibers, 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 fibers 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.