FIBFAB PROJECT

FIBFAB will improve the performance of PLA based fibres (there are no commercial PLA grades with enough thermal and mechanical resistance with a competitive price to be used in textile applications) by adapting its processability and functionality, maintaining biodegradability properties, to reach the same process speed as the current materials (PES).

FIBFAB Consortium at CENTEXBEL premises
After yarn production and winding, Bobbins are dyed in the dyeing house
In each season two different collections are prepared for all customers by following key fashion terms of American & European trends.
Before yarn production, fibres are drawed, collimated using drawing machines in yarn preparing line.
FIBFAB Kick-Off Meeting
FIBFAB Consortium at AIMPLAS premises
Reological properties of polymers can be determined via melt volume rate, capillary reology, rotational reology and rheotens measurement.
Yarns and fabrics can be characterised on all relevant physical properties, including tensile strength, tear strength, shrinkage, crimp, ageing via UV or Xenon light, friction etc.
The Spinmaster pilot extrusion line at Centexbel will be used in the project for optimising extrusion and drawing conditions for staple fibers. Both CF and POY yarn extrusion is possible with a throughput up to 20 kg/h.

Objectives and advantages

FIBFAB project aims to industrialize and successfully launch the production of biodegradable and sustainable polylactic acid (PLA) based fabrics (wool/PLA and cotton/PLA) for the applications in casual, protective and workwear clothing, and to overcome the current limitations of PLA fibres as a real alternative to current fabrics (wool and cotton combined with polyester fibres).

  • To obtain a final clothing product 100% bio-based and biodegradable that meets the mechanical performance requirements of the textile sector.
  • To improve the thermal resistance of PLA fibres (target > 100°C).
  • To improve extrusion process for PLA fibres (fine fibres less than 3 dtex, friction control in ring spinning process) to be able to spin PLA blend fibres at high speeds.
  • To reduce the market dependence of Asian countries and improve the competitiveness of the textile sector by creating a new concept of clothing that fits the expectations of customers with high ecological awareness.

Members of the consortium

AIMPLAS, Plastics Technology Centre

AIMPLAS’ fields of work are related to technological research and development on thermoplastic and thermosetting plastic materials & products, its transformation processes and their recyclability and sustainability. AIMPLAS generates new knowledge and technologies that can be transferred to companies in order to help them to increase their effectiveness and competitiveness.

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CENTEXBEL

Centexbel (CTB) is the Belgian scientific and technical centre for the textile industry, located in the heart of the Belgian textile industry with strong links to the majority of the textile companies. CTB offers a complete range of standardized testing, it is a notified body for protective clothing and can deliver CE marking and testing. CTB is also involved in standardization committees and offers technological advice and training to companies in Belgium and abroad.

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DS Fibres

DS Fibres is one of the subsidiaries of the DS Textile Platform Group. This family owned, vertically integrated international production group has its headquarters located in Belgium Dendermonde. Since long time “Sustainability” is one of the key issues in the company’s mission statements

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Yünsa Yünlü Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş.

Established in 1973, Yünsa ranks among the world’s top five producers of worsted fabric, with its sales and operational excellence, flexibility in production and product innovation, cost reduction oriented approach, vision and its experience in industry. Yünsa is Turkey’s and Europe’s largest worsted wool fabric producer and exporter.

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SINTEX

SINTEX is equipped with a sampling warper and loom enabling to manufacture small amounts of standard or special materials into various kinds of woven fabrics. The major part of SINTEX product portfolio is dedicated to sport knits and functional clothing with specific properties. SINTEX also produce a broad range of protection textiles such as heat resistant, fireproof, antistatic, and antibacterial. It also produces ringspun yarns mainly based on aramid and POP.

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This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement Nº 737882.

Contact

València Parc Tecnológic - Gustave Eiffel, 4 - 46980 Paterna - Valencia, SPAIN
+34 96 136 60 40 - fibfab@aimplas.es