Innovation and sustainability at Märkische Faser

The traditional fibre manufacturer Märkische Faser GmbH faces up to the increasing challenges in the area of sustainability in the textile industry and introduces two innovative concepts: P-ETernityTM and Clean Color ConceptTM.

Developing strategies, processes and innovative technologies to offer our customers ecologically and socially acceptable products as well as sustainable solutions is part of the company philosophy.

With a production capacity of approx. 55,000 tonnes of polyester fibres per year, Märkische Faser GmbH occupies a leading position in European fibre production. The company attaches particular importance to the fact that the raw materials for the production of the fibres are sourced from the immediate surroundings and is strategically, technologically and geographically oriented to be able to react to special requirements of the market "just in time". Short delivery times and low minimum order quantities are the advantages.

A product specialty of the company are GRISUTEN® polyester fibres, which have a wide range of applications in the German and European textile industry. The fibres are available in several designs: as white virgin polyester fibre of 0.9 dtex - 28 dtex, as spun-dyed polyester fibre of 1.7 dtex-17 dtex, as regenerated polyester fibre in white, black or spun-dyed with 1.7 dtex-28 dtex or as a tow fibre in white, black or spun-dyed with 1.9 dtex-6.7 dtex. GRISUTEN® FR is e.g. a flame retardant polyester fibre that is washable, dyeable and easy to spin. Other versions with functional additives such as antibacterial, UV-stable or antimony-free polyester fibres are possible.

The IKV produces polymer granules with additives. The PreMB masterbatches are available in black, white or colored versions and are manufactured with a production capacity of about 1000 tons per month. The black masterbatches get their coloring by the incorporation of soot by means of an innovative process, in which each individual soot particle is coated with the respective polymer. This achieves uniform dispersion of the carbon black in the masterbatch and, in addition, prevents degradation processes of the polymer. Masterbatches are available in various thicknesses from 0.5 denier upwards, also for microfilaments and microfibres. They are suitable for polyester fibres, mono- and multifilaments, for BCF carpet yarns, spunbonded fabrics, the production of films and foils as well as for injection molding and meet the EU food standard and FDA specifications in the USA.

The medium-sized company Märkische Faser GmbH, headquartered in Premnitz, Germany, has been part of the GLAESER Group in Ulm since 2002, a family-owned company with a long tradition and experience in the recycling of textiles and plastics of all kinds. Since its founding in 1888, GLAESER has been engaged in the recycling of textile residues and the production of regenerated fibres. At the in-house rice factory, waste from the textile industry is processed into fibres, while the faircollect business unit uses its franchise system to handle containers and textiles for recycling of containers. In recent years, the company has continued to evolve and employs over 750 people in various divisions. The GLAESER family also includes a network of retail outlets under the GLAESERtextil brand with an extensive range of fabrics and home textiles, as well as industrial hygiene, whose product range includes various dispenser systems for washroom hygiene and matching sanitary papers. New additions include GLAESERgrow and GLAESERgreen with innovative products for improving agricultural and garden growth characteristics, such as Growth nonwovens or films, nets for fruit and vegetable production or cotton fleeces for slope and slope protection and wool lawns of natural viscose and sheep wool.

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