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Novozymes and Lenzing collaborate to create innovative knitted textile

YarnsandFibers News Bureau 2015-11-18 17:00:00 – COPENHAGEN

Novozymes join forces with Lenzing AG to create a unique method to maintain the superior look and feel of TENCEL cotton blends. Known as Tencel CombiPolish, the treatment ensures textile smooth and gentle feel and continues to look great after wear and washing.

Tencel is one of the most innovative and sustainable fibers available, and is of exceptional quality being silky-smooth and breathable, said Christian Wieth, Novozymes’ Global Marketing Manager for Textile. They are excited to work with Lenzing, a company with similar focus on sustainable innovation, and they are delighted that their enzymes can help Tencel stay looking and feeling great for longer.

Tencel is the name of the lyocell fibers from Lenzing, the innovator of this new man-made cellulose fiber category. Lyocell is extracted from wood and resembles the quality of long staple cotton. Textiles made from Tencel are in general highly absorbent, soft, smooth and therefore friendly to the skin. When blending up to 50% Tencel with cotton, the result is a fabric with enhanced strength, sheen, and breathing properties.

Biopolishing is when enzymes remove the protruding fibers and dead cotton that causes cotton knits to look fuzzy and appear worn. The biopolishing enzymes can be applied during dyeing, avoiding an additional process step, saving time, water, and energy. The Tencel CombiPolish treatment is based on Novozymes’ patented process for biopolishing.

The companies will launch a marketing program to help identify knitted Tencel garments in the market that have used the unique biopolishing method .

Textile manufacturers and retailers have high quality and innovative knitted textiles with Tencel CombiPolish that stand out from mass-produced products.

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