Kelheim Fibres with a mixture of new and well-established products at Index17
Viscose speciality fibre manufacturer Kelheim Fibres presents a mixture of new and well-established – and further enhanced – products at index17 in Geneva.
Flushability remains one of the most important topics. With their flat short cut fibre, Viloft®, Kelheim Fibres offers the first viscose fibre for rapidly disintegrating wet wipes. Nevertheless, the Bavarians do not rely on the performance of the fibre and their experience of more than 10 years in this area alone – quite the opposite in fact: together with the local wastewater authorities and renowned pump manufacturer WILO, comprehensive tests on products containing Viloft® were conducted in 2016.
“We wanted to go one step beyond the requirements of the flushabilty guidelines and we see what actually happens in practice – that is to say down in the sewage system. In contrast to traditional (spunlace) wipes, which led to clogging and blocked pumps, wipes made of Viloft® have passed the test with flying colours. Furthermore, our close cooperation with the wastewater authorities has made clear to us how much damage to the sewage systems is really caused by incorrectly disposed wet wipes. The increased maintenance costs amount to almost 200 Mio € per year in Germany alone – and, at the end of the day, these costs are paid by the consumer”, says Matthew North, Commercial Director at Kelheim Fibres.
In addition to their rapid disintegration, which eases the load on the pumps, wet wipes made of Viloft® and wood pulp are compostable: they consist of 100% cellulose and are fully biodegradable.
Hygienic fibres remain another important topic for the world-leading manufacturer of viscose fibres for the tampon industry. Their patented, extra absorbent speciality fibre Galaxy®, highest hygiene standards as well as a deep understanding for their customers’ needs enable long-lasting peer-to-peer partnerships. The ”External Business Partner Excellence Award 2016“,recently received from P&G, is proof of this.
Nevertheless, the innovative fibre experts step up to new challenges, too: Kelheim Fibres’ in-house R&D has developed a new fibre named Electra, which can be used in a wide range of applications for the dissipation of static charges. Currently, Kelheim is testing the possible use of this fibre in connection with sensitive electronic components.
Kelheim Fibres displays these products and more functionalised speciality fibres at Booth no. 2415 at Index17 in Geneva from April 4-6, 2017.
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 90,000 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.