Courtaulds Fibres have already successfully introduced their solvent spun cellulosic fibre lyocell into the apparel markets in the US, Japan and Europe under the brand name Tencel. The company has now improved lyocell technology to enable substantially increased spinning rates which will increase output from its plants. Courtaulds are now to market the fibre in the technical textiles sector. Lyocell fibres are stronger than other man made cellulosics and retain 85% of dry tenacity when wet. The fibre's non-thermoplastic behaviour at high temperature also makes it suitable for coated fabrics. The fibrillated nature of the fibre adds strength, integrity, opacity and absorbency to yarns, fabrics and papers. Applications include protective clothing, substrate fabrics for coatings and cigarette filters.
Anon., Chem. Fibres Int., vol. 45, no. 3, June 1995, p. 159