Since 1975, Biax-Fiberfilm has engineered and manufactured nonwovens production systems for customers in the United States, Europe, and Asia. These systems transform plastics and other solutions into very fine fibers and convert them into fibrous nonwoven roll goods in one step.
Over the years, Biax-Fiberfilm performed hundreds of R&D trials for customers interested in creating various types of nonwoven media. "Prove that you can make it, and we might buy a system from you" is the business model Biax subscribed to for many years.
This experience led Biax’s leadership to the realization that while trials often result in successful media creation, customers don’t always have the financial resources or concise business strategy to justify the purchase of full-scale turnkey systems.
It was somewhere within this stream of consciousness that the idea of 5k Fibres began to develop... "What if we used our knowledge and our systems to act as a product developer AND roll good manufacturer of for companies looking to outsource fabric production?"
The COVID-19 global sparked Biax-Fiberfilm's leadership team into action. As the world ran into a supply shortage for a unique kind of filtration material, Biax-Fiberfilm expedited its plans form a roll-good production division.
Enter 5k Fibres.
Years of process knowledge (a handful of really smart and experienced engineers) and a commercially-viable production system on hand allowed a 2 year start-up plan to be undertaken in less than 1 month.
5k Fibres was born to support a global pandemic, and will continue to do so far beyond the last time that the words "COVID-19" last hit news headlines. The next time the world needs an abundance of N95 masks to control an infectious disease outbreak, there will be a better backlog of supply thanks in large part to the efforts of 5k Fibres.
5k currently produces enough filtration material to create over 2 million masks per day.
As the demand for N95 material returns to its equilibrium, the original vision for 5k Fibres will prevail: to be a manufacturer of custom nonwoven media for companies who need help with product development and want to outsource nonwoven production.
While our equipment is capable of producing nonwoven media of countless classifications, our focus is to manufacture premium, high-end fabrics with medical, filtration, and other advanced industrial applications.
5k Fibres will allow customers the opportunity to acquire the nonwoven material needed for their next product innovation without the upfront cost of a full-scale system.