Kelheim Fibres’ Viscose Speciality Fibre VILOFT® receives Lighthouse Award from the Bavarian Environmental Cluster

The project “Bio-degradable wet toilet tissue with the viscose speciality fibre VILOFT®” from the Bavarian viscose fibre manufacturer Kelheim Fibres has been awarded the Lighthouse by the Bavarian Environmental Cluster.

Moist toilet tissue made with VILOFT® short cut fibres disintegrates rapidly in the sewage system as a result of the fibres’ special cross section and can therefore be conveniently disposed of via the toilet. Since VILOFT® fibres consist of 100 % cellulose, such wipes are completely biodegradable and do not pose a threat to either the waste water systems or the environment.

The Lighthouse award is presented annually by the Environmental Cluster of Bavaria to outstanding projects in the field of environmental technology that have already been implemented and that are commercially viable.

From left to right Marcus Neppl (WILO SE), Richard Hummel, Anke Pelz (Stadtentwässerung Nürnberg), Dr. Stephanie Kauf-Schraml (Schraml GmbH), Matthew North (Kehlheim Fibres GmbH), Mario Hübner (WILO SE), Prof. Reinhard Büchl (Spokesman of the Umweltcluster Bayern).
Photo: Umweltcluster Bayern.

“We have been working with solutions for flushable wet wipes for more than ten years. Over this period effective products have been developed and we are proud that our fibres support the waste water management industry and help to protect the environment. Besides the technical solution, one of the big challenges is to increase consumer awareness for this topic – this Lighthouse award is a valuable contribution toward this goal and we are proud of having been selected as a model project!”, says Matthew North, Commercial Director at Kelheim Fibres.

Kelheim Fibres GmbH is the world’s leading producer of viscose speciality fibres and the most important supplier of viscose fibres for the tampon industry.

Approximately 90000 tons of viscose fibres are produced and tested every year at Kelheim in South Germany. These are used in most diverse applications – from fashion, hygiene and medical products to nonwovens and speciality papers. Innovative products, flexible technologies and a strong customer orientation form the foundations of the company’s success.


2018 Apex Award Presented to AATCC for Feature Article in AATCC Review

AATCC has won yet another Apex award for its September/October 2017 feature article in the AATCC Review by Kilara Le.

The annual Apex Awards are sponsored by Communications Concepts, Inc. Over 1400 entries were submitted for the 2018 contest. 556 Awards of Excellence and 100 Grand Awards were presented to recognize exceptional and outstanding work.

“Microfiber Shedding: Hidden Environmental Impact” was selected for an Award of Excellence in Writing in the subcategory of Green Writing. This latest award is a welcomed addition to the many previous Apex and Tabbie Awards for writing the Association’s publications have enjoyed over the years.

As well as publishing original features on major topics of interest to professionals in the textile, apparel, and related industries, AATCC Review also contains technical articles, and AATCC news and information. Launched in January 2014, the AATCC Journal of Research, a sister publication, is exclusively for peer-reviewed research papers.

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AATCC is the world’s leading not-for-profit association serving textile professionals since 1921. AATCC, headquartered in Research Triangle Park, N.C., USA, provides test method development, quality control materials, and professional networking for members in about 50 countries throughout the world.