Flushability continues to be an important topic for the hygiene industry and it will be the center of attention at IDEA 2016. Kelheim Fibres, a global manufacturer of viscose specialty fibers and long-time partner of the hygiene industry, has been successfully producing viscose fibers for flushable wipes for many years.
“Our fibers, in particular our Viloft short cut fibers, enable the manufacture of wipes that by far exceed the requirements of the current INDA/EDANA Flushability Guidelines and disperse completely within a very short amount of time,” says Sebastian Basel, business manager at Kelheim Fibres. “That is a must. But we offer an additional plus for our customers: Our fibers can help them to differentiate their products in their markets—and that will be more and more important as those markets grow.”
Kelheim offers fibers that are exactly tailored to meet the requirements of the end product and so enable the production of wet wipes that distinguish themselves from others and will stand out at the point of use. Strength, softness or bulk are the relevant criteria, and Kelheim’s products allow these to be controlled precisely during the production process. At the same time, the short cut specialty fibers can be easily incorporated into the wetlaid process.
Basel is especially pleased by the recognition the fibers are receiving within the industry: Viloft short cut fibers have been chosen as a finalist of the IDEA16 Achievement Awards in the raw materials category.
Kelheim Fibres is responding to the growing demand for short cut fibers by converting one of its production lines to a modern multifunctional line. Increased short cut capacity and more flexibility are the goal.