Viscose speciality fibers manufacturer Kelheim Fibers has partnered with the European Technology Platform for the Future of Textiles and Clothing (ETP) in two strategic programs.
The Bavarian firm has signed up to the Bio-Based Fibers and the Circular Economy programs, the aims of which are to bring key players from industry and science together to develop a long-term strategy to actively shape the sustainable realignment of the European textile industry.
According to Kelheim, its membership of the two three-year ETP programs are in recognition of the fundamental changes inside the textile supply chain, particularly against the backdrop of the increasingly important sustainability debate.
Kelheim’s sustainability criteria also includes the full life cycle of its products: when a textile, after its use, can become the raw material for new fibres and new products, that is a huge advantage in terms of sustainability. We want the best possible result – bio-based fibres and circular economy are the way to get there.”
The European Technology Platform for the Future of Textiles and Clothing (ETP) is the largest European network for the promotion of textile research and innovation. It brings together over 200 members from industry, research, higher education, clusters, associations and textile-related sectors.
Kelheim Fibers GmbH is the world’s leading producer of viscose specialty fibers and a key supplier of viscose fibers for the tampon industry. About 90,000 tons of viscose fibers are produced every year at Kelheim in South Germany with applications ranging from fashion, hygiene and medical products to nonwovens and specialty papers.