Kelheim Fibres GmbH

Wood fibres

Wood, a sustainable raw material.

From tree to fibre

Viscose fibres consist of cellulose, the most abundant biopolymer in nature. Cellulose is the main component of many plants and is contained in wood with a proportion of about 50 %. More than 100 years ago, a process was developed to extract the cellulose stored in wood and form it into a fine fibre: the viscose process.

To this effect, the cellulose used in the form of pulp is dissolved to form a honey-like, highly viscous liquid, which also gives the viscose process its name. This liquid is spun into a bath by means of a jet, whereby the dissolved cellulose regenerates into a fibre. During this process, the shape, thickness and length of the fibre can be changed and an additive, e. g. a colour pigment, can be embedded.

The following film gives an overview of viscose production in Kelheim and the different applications for viscose fibres:


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Responsible exploitation of wood

The wood used for viscose production in Kelheim comes exclusively from certified, sustainably managed forests. Two types of wood are used: Plantation wood, in which the trees are reforested after harvesting, and waste wood from natural forests, which is no longer suitable for other uses, e. g. in the furniture industry. Through the exclusive use of wood with FSCTM or PEFC certification, we ensure that the wood has not been obtained illegally or in violation of protection regulations for humans and nature.

Wood Pulp Soucring Policy

CANOPy: Our contribution to the protection of ancient and endangered forests

By joining the CanopyStyle initiative of the not-for-profit organisation Canopy, we have explicitly commited ourselves to protecting ancient and endangered forests by ensuring that our raw material does not come from these forests. This commitment is also reflected in our Wood Pulp Sourcing Policy .

Learn more about the world’s most threatened forest ecosystems with the Canopy Forest Mapper. By preserving these forests, we protect the habitat of numerous animal and plant species and our climate.

We also support the CanopyStyle Next Generation Vision for Viscose the goal of which is to dramatically increase the amount of “next generation feedstock” viscose (made from recycled textiles, agricultural residues or microbial cellulose) in the coming years.

We were awarded a dark green/green shirt in the Canopy HotButton Report 2022.

Our contribution towards combating the plastic problem

In recent years, the pollution of nature by microplastics has developed into a serious problem. Plastic is not biologically degradable, but is broken down over the years into the finest microparticles which, invisibly for the naked eye, pollute the air, land, water and living creatures.

Our viscose fibres, in contrast, are biodegradable, i.e. they are completely decomposed by microorganisms under appropriate conditions in the sea and in the soil. Whether in clothing, wipes or tea bags – our viscose fibres enable our customers to manufacture sustainable and environmentally compatible products.

Viscose Fibres made of plastic
Raw material Wood Mineral oil
Degradability Completely by microorganisms Only mechanical comminution into microparticles
Duration of decomposition 1 week – 5 months 20 – 200 years



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