One of the largest European producer of polyolefin fibers, Beaulieu Fibres International (BFI), Wielsbeke/Belgium, showcased innovations that pursue new opportunities in areas like automotive, geotextiles, flooring, filtration, upholstery, concrete reinforcement and hygiene.
Greener needlepunch fabrics – the new polyolefin staple fiber UltraBond brings significant sustainability and cost-efficiency benefits to needlepunch fabrics. It eliminates the need for latex or other chemical binders to consolidate nonwovens, contributing to a fully recyclable system. It opens up a new path to create 100% polypropylene (PP) needlepunch fabrics which meet the same performance requirements while reducing the end-of-life environmental impact.
Lightweight geotextiles – BFI’s high tenacity fibers HT8 offer very high tensile strength without compromising on elongation. The fibers provide opportunities to reduce geotextile system cost by maximizing machine efficiency and ensure desired performance at reduced weight - up to 15% compared with standard geotextile fibers. The company also offers a higher dtex range for environmental applications (TRM) and soil reinforcement.
Lightweight automotive composites – the new UltraLink family of engineered PP bonding fibers for thermoplastic lightweight composites are designed to provide an optimal cost to performance ratio in needlepunched compression molded composite materials, when blended with glass, natural or synthetic reinforcement fibers. The fibers are customized to improve the mechanical, thermal and functional properties of the composite, supporting the automotive industry in the continuous strive to reduce weight and improve comfort in a sustainable way.
“Fresh” innovation for hygiene – the new PET-core-Bico staple fibers support the segment’s search to improve final product performance. They bring the advantages of PP or PE sheaths to resilient hygiene-destined nonwovens. 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. Fibers come in a dtex range from 1.3-6.7 dtex/40 mm in their antimony (Sb)-free version, as required by the latest hygiene safety regulations. The new fibers are part of BFI’s extensive range of Meraklon man-made fibers meeting key market requirements for softness, opacity and lightweight fabrics for hygiene products.