Belgium-based Beaulieu Fibres International (B.F.I.) has invested 30 million euros (approximately $33 million) to expand capacity for its Meraklon hygiene fiber as well as add new BICO products to the Meraklon portfolio at its Terni, Italy, plant.
B.F.I. is constructing a building to house a new hygiene line featuring state-of-the-art long spin technology, which will allow the company to add BICO polyethylene/polyethylene terephthalate (PE/PET) and BICO polypropylene (PP)/PET fibers to its portfolio. In addition, B.F.I. will be able to spin mono PP fibers on the new equipment. The company expects to start installing the new line mid-2017.
The fibers are used in nonwoven applications such as baby diapers, adult incontinence products, feminine care and wipes.
“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,” said Karena Cancilleri, vice president, Engineered Products, B.F.I.