Viscose Specialty Fibers against Fraud with Organic Cotton

Alexander Bachmann, Business Manager at Kelheim Fibres, will present a detectable viscose fiber with a unique fingerprint structure at this year’s Global Fiber Congress in Dornbirn from September 11th to 13th. With this fiber, the Bavarian viscose specialty fiber producer addresses a global problem of growing proportions: For organic cotton alone, the rapidly increasing demand with simultaneously declining production volume invite fraud and counterfeiting, but also other high-quality textiles are forged on a grand scale.

Kelheim Fibres supplies viscose specialty fibers that can serve as “marker fibers” thanks to special pigments that are firmly and permanently incorporated in the fiber structure. These marker fibers are added before yarn manufacturing and guarantee clear identification and traceability throughout the whole textile supply chain to the end product. The validation via scanner takes only a second and does not cause any damage to the product.

Kelheim’s marker fiber offers protection against fraud – protection against germs is offered by Danufil QR, which will be presented by Dr. Roland Scholz from Kelheim’s R&D team: This fiber is specifically designed for use in disinfectant wipes. In contrast to standard viscose fibers, positively charged Danufil QR binds less than 10% of “quats” (quarternary ammonium compounds, a common disinfectant). Thus, Danufil QR enables the manufacture of effective disinfectant wipes from biodegradable viscose fibers, which is a clear benefit for the environment, especially as these products are designed for convenient one-time use. For this new fiber development, Kelheim Fibres was recently awarded with INDA’s World of Wipes Award.

Kelheim Fibres’ experts will be present at stand 19 at the Dornbirn Global Fiber Congress.