Kelheim hosts contest on new viscose fibre applications
German specialty viscose fibre producer Kelheim Fibres organised a competition titled, ‘100% cellulose fibres – re-thought’ to generate new ideas on applications of viscose fibres. More than 20 different proposals, ranging from very simple, clearly defined application ideas to visionary future products, were submitted by equally varied people.
The winner was Dr. Jürgen Pettrak from Straubinger Entwässerung und Reinigung, whose submission was on the use of filters made of functionalised viscose fibres, as a fourth clarification stage in wastewater treatment plants.
Dr. Pettrak proposed filtering out the increasing amount of endocrine substances found in wastewater, which find their way into the water, due to the growing use of drugs in human medicine and farming, which if not filtered out, may finally affect our genetic material.
Other proposals included using viscose fibres in environmentally sound, yet at the same time tailor-made wound care, in semi-finished products with printed electrical circuits, eco-friendly felt pens, panels of pressed straw for construction applications, etc. (AR)
Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India