Beaulieu Fibres International extends Meraklon hygiene fibre line
12 - 10 - 2016

•    Capacity increase with state of the art long spin line in Terni
•    Extends portfolio with new PE/PET & PP/PET-BICO fibres 
•    Enhances support for hygiene customers worldwide

Wielsbeke, September  13, 2016 – Beaulieu Fibres International (B.F.I.), the leading European polypropylene (PP) staple fibre supplier, announces a EUR 30 million investment to extend production capacity at its Merkalon plant in Terni, Italy and expand the Meraklon specialty fibre portfolio with new BICO products. 

The investment centres on a new hygiene line equipped with the latest, state-of-the-art long spin technology to meet the on-going increase in demand in the market for high quality polyolefin fibres. It will be housed in a new building offering space for further expansion, which will be constructed at the Terni site. Beaulieu Fibres International expects to begin installation of the equipment from mid-2017.

The new hygiene line will enable Beaulieu to add BICO PE/PET (polyethylene/polyethylene terephthalate) and BICO PP/PET fibres to its Meraklon product portfolio for the first time. This important step will support Beaulieu Fibres International’s worldwide hygiene and personal care sector customers interested in using these fibres for nonwoven applications such as baby diapers, adult incontinence products, feminine care and wipes. 
Nonwovens made with the BICO fibre combinations have a higher loft/bulk and a good resilience. The higher melting temperature of the PET in the core of the fibre allows a broad bonding window during the production process. In particular, PE/PET fibres address the requirements of softness in the market in combination with a higher bulkiness through the PET.

Beaulieu Fibres International will also produce mono PP fibres on the new line, extending its current production capabilities for these fibres at Terni. Beaulieu produces a broad portfolio of fibres for hygiene customers at the site including Trilobal and PE/PP BICO fibres.

Karena Cancilleri, Vice President Engineered Products, Beaulieu Fibres International, comments: “The additional production capacity is a key step in making the Meraklon Terni plant a true centre of excellence for Hygiene. It reinforces our on-going commitment to increase support for customers in this sector following the extension of our production portfolio with Mono Trilobal fibres and PE/PP BICO fibres in 2015. Having an additional production line at Terni will give us the capability to be more flexible in our support and to offer an even wider product range through new BICO products.”

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