Viscose

The future cellulosic fibre

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27/2017 - 2017

The major portion of regenerated cellulosic fibres are viscose fibres, which means that, in terms of quantity, they have sold the most by far.

By the consistent implementation of measures to control the air and water pollution, the viscose fibre production, which in the past was environmentally harmful, is environmentally friendly today.

Viscose excels in excellent climate control features. Depending on the fabric construction, viscose articles have explicit problems as far as the dimensional stability is concerned. Therefore, viscose is often finished by blending it with polyester e. g. in women’s outerwear; both fibres are excellently compatible.

Compared to cotton, the following fibre properties have to be observed when finishing viscose fibres:

  • High tendency to crease formation
  • Fast dyestuff uptake, low dyestuff migration
  • High substantivity for many reactive dyestuffs
  • Wet rigidity at low liquor temperatures
  • High water retention value
  • Low wet tear resistance under alkaline conditions

Due to specific fibre properties, there are some special processing features in the finishing of viscose fibres.

For finishing different types of viscose fibres, you will find in the brochure some example recipes from practice.

Gerald Walek from "Zellulose statt Baumwolle" (Cellulose instead of Cotton) - FINANCIAL TIMES DEUTSCHLAND - July 8th, 2011:

Due to recent cotton price increases, cellulosic fibres are now a very interesting and low-priced alternative material for the clothing industry. Moreover, for reasons of sustainability (high water and pesticide consumption) cotton is problematic. In contrast, cellulosic fibres are obtained from wood, which is a renewable raw material. The market for cellulosic fibres should about double by 2030.”

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