Fibres

As a leading supplier of superior polyolefins we offer effective solutions for various fibre applications and provide a reliable supply of high-performance grades.

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Fibres Hygiene

The personal hygiene market encompasses a broad variety of personal care products for consumers of every age and gender. Although the purpose of the hygiene product may vary, all consumers seek products that enhance quality of life through convenience, safety, ease of use, comfort and – increasingly – enhanced environmental friendliness. Whether baby care, feminine hygiene or elder care; whether diaper, pantyliner, or adult incontinence pad, end consumers have come to rely on the reliable and innovative hygiene products made possible by innovations in polyolefin fibres.

While end consumers value specific properties such as softness and performance reliability (e.g. no leaking of liquids while at the same time remaining dry to the touch), suppliers and manufacturers depend on a reliable supply of cost-effective polypropylene (PP) fibre materials, including:

  • Spunbond
  • Meltblown
  • Staple fibres

Nonwoven manufacturers demand materials of the highest quality in order to enable high output rates and production at high line speeds as well as low levels of both waste and defects. Downgauging potential is also a vital criterion, as it can help promote more efficient use of scarce resources while at the same time enhancing product performance. One good example of the potential offered by downgauging is thinner products: today, the top sheet of a diaper is 50% thinner than it was 15 years ago thanks to advances in converting technologies and improved material properties. Production lines can be operated faster and more efficiently, and with less waste, for the same reasons.

Cost-effective solutions help our customers fulfil sophisticated consumer demands

Our full solution offer and complementary product mix of spunbond, meltblown and stable fibre PP materials address the need for superior performance when it comes to hygiene products:

  • Nonwovens providing softness and durability
  • High barrier properties (no liquid or other material leakage)
  • High liquid permeability (e.g. dry skin feel)
  • Enhanced comfort through breathable materials

We can help our customers improve their manufacturing efficiency by offering a reliable supply of grades that allow production at high line speeds and output rates while at the same time reducing wastage. The excellent spinning stability of our materials translates into low defect levels while at the same time enabling downgauging. Our spunbond and meltblown PP grades are reference grades at leading machine suppliers. As a global supplier with a proven and consistent track record and profound technical and regulatory expertise, we continue to work closely with all value chain members and brand owners to continuously improve and innovate when it comes to fibre solutions for hygiene.

A proven track record in advanced packaging and fibre solutions for personal care

For over 30 years, we have been a market leader and reliable supplier of PP solutions for personal hygiene. Thanks to our unique and proprietary technologies and our deep understanding of customer needs and market demands, we can offer superior polyolefin fibre solutions. Our spunbond and meltblown PP grades are in fact listed as reference grades at leading machine suppliers. Ongoing improvement of our products through innovation as well as cooperation along the entire value chain brings real benefits to our customers and partners in the industry.

Filtration

Filtration helps improve quality of life and protect human health by ensuring that indoor air is clean and liquids are pure. Filtration products and filter media are put to use in a variety of industries, from medical and automotive to home appliances and HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning). Filtration products help keep machines running smoothly: improving the filtering efficiency of vacuum cleaner bags, for example, helps reduce the amount of engine power required for operation and extends the life and efficacy of the bag itself. In professions or activities where dust must be avoided or eliminated altogether – whether in laboratory cleanrooms and medical facilities, IT equipment manufacturing or even painting - filtration media are essential. Filtration products such as air cabin filters in motor vehicles help improve the air quality of interior environments, while face masks provide protection from germs and other harmful airborne particles.

High-performance materials for filtration media

Our high-performance spunbond and meltblown polypropylene (PP) materials make it possible for our customers to produce filter media with both coarse and very fine fibres according to their own specific requirements. Our materials offer superior performance, fulfilling customer requirements for:

  • High air permeability
  • Improved filtration efficiency
  • Improved manufacturing efficiency and high productivity thanks to high line speeds, high output rates and reduced waste
  • Excellent spinning stability yielding lower defect levels and enabling downgauging
  • Pelletised materials for easy handling
  • Consistent product performance
  • Supply chain security and reliability

Secure global supply of superior PP-based materials

As the market leader for over 30 years, we have a proven track record and a robust supply chain that ensures the reliable supply of superior PP fibre and meltblown materials across the globe. Our grades are listed as reference grades at leading machine suppliers, and thanks to our decades of experience and close cooperation with partners in the industry we can offer profound technical and regulatory expertise. As leading innovators, we continue to offer new material solutions to help our partners manufacture the pioneering applications of tomorrow.

Technical Textiles

We supply a range of high-quality polypropylene (PP) grades for the production of staple fibres, tapes, yarns and monofilaments used to make woven, nonwoven and knitted technical textiles. The growing segment of technical textiles encompasses textile products produced for functional purposes as opposed to aesthetic and apparel-related ones. Technical textiles are used in a variety of industries, including packaging (e.g. rope, twine, strapping, industrial bags, bulk or flexible intermediate bulk container/FIBC bags), agriculture (agrotextiles, baler twine), building (geotextiles, carpet yarns and backings), leisure (fishing and other sport nets, artificial grass etc.) and others.

No matter the area of application, users expect technical textiles to exhibit high performance levels with respect to long lifetime, durability, strength and weight. Geotextiles used outdoors – e.g. for roads, airfields, railway tracks or other civil engineering projects – must be extremely durable, holding up to wear and tear and the elements over long periods of time. In agricultural applications, agrotextiles are commonly used among other things for crop protection or as sun screens, making UV stability an essential performance parameter. Other outdoor applications such as artificial grass in stadiums or playing fields also demand high strength and UV stability, while indoor applications such as carpets must fulfil stringent standards when it comes to resistance to heat, abrasion, wear and colour fading.

The many benefits of using our PP fibre grades

The reliable supply of our high-performance PP fibre grades means that manufacturers of technical textiles can improve manufacturing efficiency – and thus overall cost effectiveness – thanks to high line speeds and high output rates. Excellent spinning stability ensures very low waste levels. Because downgauging is possible, additional savings (energy consumption, materials etc.) may also be realised. Yet our PP fibre materials offer additional benefits.

  • The presence of gas fading-free additives in our grades used in technical textile applications eliminates the potential for any adverse reaction with nitrogen oxide in the atmosphere. This helps manufacturers ensure a consistent, high-quality appearance for their products. It also helps prevent discolouration or fading of PP-based textiles.
  • A special stabilisation package added to our grades used in textile applications increases their long-term heat and UV stability by more than 100% when compared to conventional grades.

Creating value-added technical textiles thanks to our innovation

We have been a leading supplier of superior polyolefin plastics for advanced packaging and fibre solutions for over 50 years. Thanks to our unique and proprietary technologies as well as our decades-long cooperation with customers in the industry, we can provide a large and ever-expanding portfolio of innovative products and solutions – from geotextiles to agrotextiles and beyond – and work with our partners to address the technical challenges of tomorrow.