According to producer Courtaulds Fibers Inc., USA, its new man-made cellulosic fibre Tencel can be spun into yarns as strong as polyester and has a greater wet tenacity than cotton. It is easily blended and can withstand severe finishing processes. Its present output of 20,000tpy limits its availability to already established customers. The fibre is aimed at the high fashion apparel sector without any aspirations of going mass market. Tencel is manufactured by an environmentally acceptable solvent spinning process. Its properties include good moisture absorbency, comfort, lustre, excellent colouration characteristics and biodegradability.
Thornton A., Text. Mon., Feb. 1993, pp 42-45