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05th Juni 2019

Kelheim Fibres joins CanopyStyle initiative for protection of endangered forests

At the CanopyStyle Brand Summit in Shanghai, the German viscose fibre manufacturer Kelheim Fibres announced that it is joining the CanopyStyle initiative. The CanopyStyle initiative aims to make sure that no wood from ancient and endangered forests is used for the production of viscose fibres by seamlessly documenting the supply chain. The initiative is actively supported by numerous leading fashion brands, such as H&M, Zara and Levi Strauss.

As a European producer, Kelheim Fibres already meets the requirements of the strict EU Timber Regulation and exclusively uses wood pulp from sustainable forestry with either FSC® or PEFC™ certification. Joining the CanopyStyle initiative is a logical next step which will deliver more transparency to customers and consumers.

„In the past few months, we have looked deeply into the topic of sustainability and have been able to collect data that proves that we lead the industry in many aspects. In future we do not only want to communicate these achievements better but also will increase our efforts to consequently expand our position as the most sustainable viscose fibre manufacturer. Joining the CanopyStyle initiative is a first step and more are to follow!” says Matthew North, Commercial Director at Kelheim Fibres.

04th Juni 2019

Kelheim Fibres publishes Wood Sourcing Policy

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02nd May 2019

More Sustainable than Ever - Viscose Speciality Fibres from Kelheim

After a large fire in October 2018, the long-established Bavarian fibre manufacturer Kelheim Fibres is currently rebuilding the heart of their viscose fibre production. In the process, the focus lies on modern state-of-the-art equipment and particularly on resource-saving and environmentally friendly production technology.
Kelheim’s viscose speciality fibres consist of 100% cellulose, a renewable raw material, and are therefore completely biodegradable. These fibres offer an eco-friendly alternative to mineral-oil-based fibres, in particular for end products - like many nonwovens or hygiene applications - intended for convenient one-time use.
Kelheim’s speciality fibres for this area include not only the well-known fibre Galaxy®, the world’s leading viscose fibre for the tampon production, but also short cut fibres that have been specifically designed for processing in modern wet laid plants. These fibres enable the manufacturing of completely plastic-free and even flushable wipes from 100% cellulose.
In textiles, too, consumers value natural materials. Kelheim’s range of speciality fibres for textile applications comprises spun-dyed fibres, as well as the renowned brand names VILOFT® and VISETA®:
In yarns, the flat fibre VILOFT® creates small air pockets, that make the textile highly breathable and comfortable – an ideal fibre for warm, close-to-the-skin feel-good clothes.
VISETA® is 50% finer than silk and gives clothes a flowing drape and a soft and naturally luxurious touch. Kelheim Fibres will present these and more viscose specialty fibres at ITMA in hall H3 at stand no. D213.

25th March 2019

High-performance insulation materials, disinfectant wipes and supply chain transparency –
Kelheim fibres to present innovative fibre solutions at Techtextil

High-performance insulation materials, disinfectant wipes and supply chain transparency – viscose fibre manufacturer Kelheim Fibres will present solutions for these and more topics at this year’s Techtextil. With dry short cut viscose fibres, Kelheim Fibres contributes to energy saving: Fibres with an extremely fine titre are processed along with pyrogenic silica to vacuum insulation panels (VIPs). With their specific properties, Viscose fibres contribute reinforcement and allow for permanent dimensional stability.
Vacuum insulation panels offer the same insulation effect as rock wool with only one tenth the thickness. Such panels are used for example in refrigerators and freezers, as well as in building insulation. Transport logistics that demands an uninterrupted cold chain is another promising future market for these speciality fibres. Fresh from Kelheim’s R&D laboratory comes the new viscose speciality fibre, Danufil® QR. It is specifically designed for use in disinfectant wipes. While standard viscose fibres, due to their negative ionic charge, bind up to 80% of “quats” (quarternary ammonium compounds, a common disinfectant) and so hinder their actual purpose, the positively charged Danufil® QR fibre can reduce this undesired effect to less than 10%. Softness, excellent fluid management and full biodegradability are the typical properties of viscose fibres – with the use of Danufil® QR, disinfectant wipes can now also benefit from these.
Supply chain transparency and protection against forgery is another topic addressed by the viscose fibre experts: A marker fibre enables the – invisible for the human eye, but definite and even customer-specific – coding of products. So, the traceability of a product can be guaranteed, and customers and manufacturers can be protected from possible economic damages by plagiarism.
Alongside these new fibres, Kelheim will showcase many well-known speciality fibres as well as a range of new development projects.
That, according to Matthew North, Commercial Director at Kelheim Fibres, demonstrates the optimistic and future-oriented atmosphere at Kelheim: After a fire in their production plant in October 2018, the Bavarian viscose fibre specialists are gradually rebuilding their production capacity.
Currently five lines are working, which is the equivalent of about 50% of Kelheim’s former production capacity. The rebuilding process is expected to be completed by the middle of 2020.
“Until then, we concentrate all available resources on the creation of innovative new fibres and the development of new application areas so that we will restart with new state-of-the-art production lines, combined with more than 80 years of experience in viscose fibre production and numerous fibre innovations,” says Matthew North. “‚Coming back stronger‘ will be our motto for 2019.”
Meet the Kelheim Fibres team at Techtextil, Hall 3.1 Stand F23!

30th January 2019

Kelheim Fibres‘ new speciality fibre Danufil® QR
selected as a Finalist for IDEA 2019 Achievement Awards

After a fire at Kelheim Fibres’ production plant in October 2018, the Bavarian viscose fibre specialists are gradually rebuilding their production capacity from currently 40% to full capacity by the middle of 2020.
While doing so, Kelheim Fibres deliberately focuses on the opportunities offered by the reconstruction of their plant: “In the future we will concentrate even more ever on speciality fibres. This strategy, combined with new state-of-the-art production lines, even better environmental performance and more than 80 years of experience in viscose fibre production will make us stronger and our business even more robust”, says Matthew North, Commercial Director at Kelheim Fibres. “”Coming back stronger” will be our motto for 2019.”
The IDEA19 fair provides the perfect platform to prove this point: Kelheim Fibres will present a new viscose fibre speciality, Danufil® QR, that was specifically designed for the use in disinfectant wipes. While standard viscose fibres, due to their negative charge, bind up to 80% of so-called “quats” (quarternary ammonium compounds, a common disinfectant) and so hinder their actual purpose, the positively charged Danufil® QR can reduce this undesired effect to less than 10%.
Softness, excellent fluid management and full biodegradability are the typical properties of viscose fibres – with the use of Danufil® QR, disinfectant wipes can now also benefit from these. The new speciality fibre has already impressed one panel of experts: Danufil® QR has been selected as a finalist for the IDEA 2019 Achievement Awards in the category “raw materials”.
Alongside Danufil® QR, the Kelheim Fibres team will showcase a broad range of – established as well as new – fibre specialities at IDEA19, such as, for example, Galaxy®, the world’s leading fibre for tampon production, or VILOFT® shortcut fibres for the manufacturing of flushable wipes. Meet Kelheim Fibres at IDEA19, Hall B, Booth Nr. 834!

24th October 2018

Fire at Kelheim Fibres’ viscose fibre production plant

On Sunday 14. October 2018 at around 10:00 a fire broke out in the main fibre spinning area at Kelheim Fibres GmbH. The fire was extinguished by 13:00 by the company’s own fire brigade with the support of local fire services. No employees were seriously injured, one suffered minor injuries. There were no hazardous discharges to the environment.

The fire caused significant damage to some parts of the fibre spinning lines, and more particularly to electrical cabling, and also structural damage to some parts of the spinning area. Currently two teams of specialists are working on securing the building, removing debris and cleaning up the production area.

Following a first preliminary assessment of the damage caused, a provisional plan for the restart of the production lines has been developed. It is planned to start the first two lines at the end of October 2018, with a further two to follow at the end of November 2018. After four months, it is planned to have started a further four lines, with the remaining two to follow eight months later.

Kelheim Fibres is in direct contact with customers and has informed them of the expected impact on supply.

03rd September 2018

Almost invisible – but effective:
Kelheim Fibres to present transparent viscose speciality fibre at Dornbirn

The viscose fibre “Leonardo” from the Bavarian speciality fibres manufacturer Kelheim Fibres is an extremely smooth and flat viscose fibre with a width to thickness ratio of up to 1:40. This geometry with parallel sides gives the fibre its unique characteristics: In wet laid nonwovens, Leonardo scores with skin friendliness and high liquid storage capacity, typical properties of viscose fibres, which are further improved in Leonardo. In contrast to other viscose fibres, however, Leonardo also offers high transparency – a property that is much sought after in cosmetic facial sheet masks in the Asian market. Here, transparency not only suggests a high load of moisture, but it also enables a discreet use of the mask even in everyday situations.
But transparency also offers benefits for other nonwovens products, e.g. for tea bags where the contents can be clearly seen. The possible applications of Leonardo are not limited to nonwovens either: processed into effect yarns, the transparent Leonardo fibre can provide a special look in textiles.
Leonardo – as all viscose specialities from Kelheim Fibres – is made of 100% renewable cellulose and is therefore fully biodegradable.
Dr. Ingo Bernt from the Bavarian fibres expert’s R&D team will present Leonardo at this year’s Global Fiber Congress at Dornbirn. For further discussions and with a broad range of other speciality fibres, he and his colleagues will be available at Kelheim Fibres’ info point at the conference.

19th July 2018

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.
“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.

© Umweltcluster Bayern
At the awards ceremony (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.

19th April 2018

Kelheim Fibres with a new viscose fibre for disinfectant wipes and a range of speciality fibres at ANEX

At this year’s ANEX the Bavarian fibre experts from Kelheim Fibres will present one of their latest developments for the first time to a broad range of expert visitors: The speciality fibre Danufil® QR is tailor-made for use in disinfectant wipes, an area where up until now viscose fibres – in spite of their excellent fluid handling properties – have not been able to establish a foothold. The reason: due to their negative charge, standard viscose fibres bind the so-called “quats” (quaternary ammonium compounds), widely used disinfectant substances that are positively charged, so that they are no longer available for their actual disinfectant purpose. Up to 80% of the effect can be lost this way. Now, the speciality fibre Danufil® QR resolves the issue by reducing this undesired effect to less than 10%.
With Danufil® QR Kelheim broadens its already multi-faceted range of products, particularly in wipes and hygiene applications. Another member of Kelheim’s hygiene product family is the flat speciality fibre VILOFT®, which, with the current release of the newest flushability guideline (GD 4) by INDA/EDANA becomes more important than ever. VILOFT® short cut fibres enable the production of flushable wet wipes that disintegrate so rapidly in the sewage system that even the significantly stricter requirements of GD 4 can be safely met. Of course, VILOFT® - as well as all the other fibres from Kelheim – is made completely of cellulose and is therefore fully biodegradable in a short time, which meets another requirement of the guideline and makes an important contribution to environmental protection: only if we substitute synthetic substances by bio based materials, can we reduce the amount of plastic waste in our environment, and in our oceans in particular. Kelheim will also showcase their long-established speciality fibre Galaxy®, the world-leading viscose fibre for tampons and all end uses where high absorbency is required, as well as many other viscose specialities.
The team of Kelheim Fibres is looking forward to welcoming visitors at their booth #737, East Hall 1, Tokyo Big Sight.

10th April 2018

Kelheim Fibres celebrates 4,000,000 tonnes of Viscose Fibres

On Monday 9th April speciality fibres manufacturer Kelheim Fibres produced their 4,000,000th ton of viscose fibres!
The “jubilee tonne“ was produced on line 2 and is a Galaxy® fibre – an appropriate coincidence according to production manager Konrad Brunner: “This speciality fibre is made for the tampon industry, one of the most important pillars of our business. This fibre combines our strengths: unique and patented fibre properties meet production conditions that fulfil the strict hygiene requirements of this sensitive final product. It’s not by chance that we have established a world-leading position in this area.”
Considering that about 5.000 shirts or even 500.000 tampons can be produced from one tonne of viscose fibres alone, we can get an idea of how many people all over the world have come into contact with viscose fibres from Kelheim.
CEO Craig Barker is proud of the “anniversary”, too: “Of course, there are bigger viscose fibre plants than ours. Plants that can produce the same amount of fibres in less time. But there is no one else who is able to put more than 80 years of experience in every single one of their fibres. At Kelheim, there are families working in the third or even fourth generation for our company. Their loyalty as well as their engagement and know-how are the cornerstone of our success: Our employees, together with our consistent innovation strategy and our small and flexible production lines, make us the world’s leading manufacturer of viscose speciality fibres. To further reinforce that position is our goal for the next million tons of viscose fibres and beyond!”

4.000.000th tonne of viscose fibres from Kelheim
Production Manager Konrad Brunner (on the right) and a part of his team produly present the 4,000,000th tonne of viscose fibres from Kelheim

07th March 2018

Kelheim Fibres Earns USDA Certified Biobased Product Label

The Bavarian Viscose speciality fibre manufacturer Kelheim Fibres has earned the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Certified Biobased Product label. The products DANUFIL®, GALAXY® and VILOFT® are now able to display a unique USDA label that highlights their biobased origin.
Third-party verification is administered through the USDA BioPreferred® Program, an initiative created by the 2002 Farm Bill (expanded by the 2014 Farm Bill). One of the goals of the BioPreferred Program is to increase the development, purchase and use of biobased products. Utilizing renewable, biobased materials displaces the need for non-renewable petroleumbased chemicals.
These products have played an increasingly important role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions that exacerbate global climate change. Biobased products are cost-comparative, readily available, and perform as well as or better than their conventional counterparts.
“Our fibres are completely made of pure wood pulp. They combine perfectly the advantages of a product from renewable raw materials with the possibilities of industrial production such as a consistent quality and tailor-made design for meeting the customer’s exact needs.” says Horst Wörner, Business Manager at Kelheim Fibres. “A clear and correct labelling of biobased products helps to create awareness for the benefits of these articles. The USDA Certified Biobased Product” Label is the perfect complement to our previously earned labels as for example the “compostable” sign or the “OK biodegradable MARINE” certificate.
"We applaud Kelheim Fibres for earning the USDA Certified Biobased Product label," said Kate Lewis, USDA BioPreferred Program. "Products from Kelheim Fibres GmbH are contributing to an ever-expanding marketplace that decreases our reliance on petroleum."

To learn more about the USDA Certified Biobased Product label please visit www.biopreferred.gov, and follow on Twitter at http://twitter.com/BioPreferred.