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.
Press Release - 2017-02-06