At Techtextil 2019, which took place from 14 to 17 May in Frankfurt, Germany, Beaulieu Fibres International showcased its innovations that focus on helping manufacturers to extract the most from their production equipment. Some of the innovations include a headway for greener needlepunch fabrics, lightweight automotive composites, and support for the growing market of lightweight geotextiles.

“The nonwoven market is constantly looking for added value and system cost reduction opportunities. With our latest product innovations, Beaulieu Fibres International shows again that we are committed to helping our customers stay at the forefront of segment trends and efficiency,” said Karena Cancilleri, President Engineered Products at Beaulieu International Group.

At the event, the company displayed its new and unique polyolefin staple fibre, UltraBond, which brings sustainability and cost-efficiency benefits to the broad world of needlepunch fabrics. UltraBond eliminates the need for latex or other chemical binders to consolidate nonwovens, contributing to a fully recyclable system. The product has opened up a new way to create 100% polypropylene (PP) needlepunch fabrics, which meet the same performance requirements while reducing the end-of-life environmental impact.

UltraLink, a family of engineered polypropylene (PP) bonding fibres for thermoplastic lightweight composites, was also introduced at the event. The fibres of this product are designed to provide an optimal cost to performance ratio in needlepunched compression moulded composite materials when blended with glass, natural or synthetic reinforcement fibres. The fibres are customised to improve the mechanical, thermal and functional properties of the composite, supporting the automotive industry in its continuous strive to reduce weight and improve comfort in a sustainable way.

Another interesting innovation is the company’s high tenacity fibres HT8, which offer unique high tensile strength without compromising on elongation. The fibres provide opportunities to reduce geotextile system cost by maximising machine efficiency and ensuring desired performance at a reduced weight – up to 15% less when compared with standard geotextile fibres.

For more information, contact Beaulieu Fibres International via www.bintg.com.

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