Lenzing presented its brand new Color and Black Modal fibres at last week’s Expofil and Texworld shows in Paris, the first time the new developments had been shown at international yarn and fabric trade shows.
Lenzing Modal, which is now available in a range of colours including black, is said to have an eco-advantage in that it is spun dyed and post spin dyeing is therefore no longer necessary because the colour pigments are embedded directly in the fibre matrix. Lenzing says resources, such as water and energy, are therefore spared when producing fabrics.
According to Lenzing, tests prove that processing Lenzing Modal Color requires up to 80% less energy and saves up to 75% of water (in jet dyeing)* in comparison to standard fibres.
Lenzing says the colour black harbours enormous potential for applications in lingerie and socks and particularly in these applications, Lenzing Modal Color in black boasts interesting properties such as colour and abrasion fastness. Fabrics made from Lenzing Modal Color are also said to be generally extremely durable and the colour stays put. “No bleeding, as it is known, occurs. Even after repeated washing, clothing made from Lenzing Modal Color remains as colourful as on the first day.”
“Moreover, a range of other design ideas can be realized with the other colours–from blends to colour innovations such as cross-dyed products.”
Lenzing Modal Color is produced in an eco-friendly process using Lenzing’s edelweiss technology. The fibre is produced in Austria from beechwood and is claimed to be carbon neutral with up to 95% of processing chemicals being recovered during production. For this reason Lenzing Modal has been newly positioned and the slogan ‘Makes the World a Softer Place’ has now been replaced with ‘Carbon Neutral Softness by Edelweiss Technology’.
“We wanted to produce Lenzing Modal as an eco-friendly cellulose fibre and point out that particularly this fibre produced in Austria is produced to the best of our knowledge and belief and basically differs from other Modal fibres”, Dieter Eichinger, Vice President Lenzing Business Unit Textile, explains.
* Result depends on the dyeing process.
Author: Billy Hunter