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Naturopera starts novel converting line for diapers

Naturopera starts novel converting line for diapers
The eXcelle converting line from ANDRITZ Diatec features special technology to produce both traditional and bio-based baby diapers, supporting Naturopera in its efforts to become a leading producer of a new generation of sustainable diapers (photo courtesy Andritz).

Austria-headed international technology group Andritz AG has announced that it has successfully delivered, installed, and commissioned a novel converting line for manufacturing baby diapers at Naturopera’s new plant in Bully Les Mines, France.

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Naturopera is a French company producing baby care, female care, and household products with a strong focus on local production and sustainability.

While most diapers available on the market consist of 70 percent fossil-based plastic, Naturopera is preparing to produce diapers made of 90 percent bio-based raw materials.

This groundbreaking diaper concept was developed in close collaboration between Naturopera and ANDRITZ. It replaces the traditional spunbond and meltblown nonwoven layers with spunlace nonwovens mostly made of natural fibers.

A prototype of the 90 percent bio-based diaper was recently produced at Bully Les Mines.

Thanks to the support of ANDRITZ Perfojet for the spunlace fabrics and ANDRITZ Diatec for converting, we are moving in the direction of producing bio-based diapers. We will soon start offering green premium diapers using the jointly developed concept. This initiative will make an important contribution towards more sustainability in diaper production, said Claire Stévignon, Babycare Marketing Manager at Naturopera.

The ANDRITZ converting machine operating at Naturopera is highly flexible, taking just a few settings to switch to the production of bio-based diapers.

It is designed for a multiple-size process, features an operator-friendly interface, and guarantees a production speed of 800 ppm.

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