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TRDE20181213001

Partners sought for the development of high-performance cellulosic fibre materials

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ABSTRACT

A German company specialised in viscose specialty fibres is looking for partnerships to develop cellulosic viscose fibres with superior mechanical and chemical properties for applications in functional apparel textiles, technical nonwovens, hygiene products and specialty papers. Research and technical cooperation agreements are sought.


FULL DESCRIPTION

The German company is a leading specialty manufacturer of viscose fibres and provides customers worldwide. It has a strong focus on innovative products and novel technologies, where viscose fibres can play an important role.

Cellulosic materials are based on renewable raw materials and are completely biodegradable. Due to their structural properties, they are very versatile and are therefore applied in numerous applications ranging from fashion, hygiene and medical products to nonwoven fabrics. Intrinsic properties of cellulosic materials are a good moisture management and a high water absorption capacity of about 80%.

Compared to synthetic fibre materials, cellulosic fibres have a high specific weight of about 1,5 g/cm³ (grams per cubic centimetre). There are additional textile, technical and hygiene applications for cellulosic fibres with a lower specific weight of about 1,1 g/cm³. Currently, the company is seeking partners to jointly develop cellulosic viscose fibres with a lower specific weight. The fibres should retain the physical and chemical properties needed to process them into textile and nonwoven structures.

An approach towards an improvement of the cellulosic viscose fibres could be the development of composite materials by incorporating porous, at best biodegradable, particles into the cellulose matrix during the production process.

Research cooperation agreements are sought to start research towards new applications of viscose fibres. Technical cooperation agreements are sought to push forward the development of state-of-the art viscose fibres towards composite materials with superior mechanical and chemical properties.


Partner expertise sought:

- Type of partner sought: Technical requirements regarding the composite material to be developed:

i) Particle diameters of D50 = 2 µm, D90 = 5 µm und D100 = 10 µm are required (e.g. D50 is the diameter at which 50% of the sample's mass is comprised of particles with a diameter less than this value).

ii) An additive content of < 10 weight % should reduce the density of the fibre materials from 1,5 g/cm³ (pristine cellulose) to about 1,1 g/cm³.

iii) Ideally, the sought porous materials are bio-based and/or biodegradable.

iv) Chemical resistance of the particles in an aqueous medium at a pH of 14 over several minutes. The dispersed particles must not agglomerate or decompose.
- Specific area of activity of the partner: In particular, cooperation partners are sought who develop and/or distribute suitable porous materials, preferably particles, and who are willing to jointly develop marketable composite materials. Test batches can be produced in the facilities of the German company. The potential partner should possess expert skills in particle technologies. A knowledge in fibre technologies is a plus.

Research cooperation agreements are sought to start research towards new applications of viscose fibres. Technical cooperation agreements are sought to push forward the development of state-of-the art viscose fibres towards composite materials with superior mechanical and chemical properties.

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KEY INFORMATION

Country of origin
GERMANY
Profile date
17/12/2018
Deadline
18/12/2019

PARTNERSHIP(S) SOUGHT

Technical cooperation agreement Research cooperation agreement

CLASSIFICATIONS

INDUSTRY SECTORS
Industrial Manufacture \ Materials \ Paper, Pulp and Forestry
TECHNOLOGY KEYWORDS
INDUSTRIAL MANUFACTURING, MATERIAL AND TRANSPORT / Materials Technology / Composite materials / INDUSTRIAL MANUFACTURING, MATERIAL AND TRANSPORT / Materials Technology / Paper technology / INDUSTRIAL MANUFACTURING, MATERIAL AND TRANSPORT / Materials Technology / Advanced Textile Materials / INDUSTRIAL MANUFACTURING, MATERIAL AND TRANSPORT / Materials Technology / Biobased materials / INDUSTRIAL MANUFACTURING, MATERIAL AND TRANSPORT / Materials Technology / Hybrid materials
COMMERCIAL KEYWORDS
Other manufacturing n.e.c.
MARKET KEYWORDS
INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTS / Chemicals and Materials / Other speciality materials / INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTS / Chemicals and Materials / Other chemicals and materials (not elsewhere classified)

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Contact Enterprise Europe Network Scotland by email at info@enterprise-europe-scotland.com, quoting reference number TRDE20181213001