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Finland in push to develop new cellulose-based fibers

Laskut, Finland - VTT Technical Research Centre is partnering with Aalto University and Tampere University of Technology in a 3 million Euro project to develop cutting-edge cellulose-based technologies to replace the use of cotton and polyester in textiles.
Non-profit VTT is a large, multidisciplinary search organization focused on high-end technology solutions. Funding for the joint research project, called Design Driven Value Chains in the World of Cellulose, covers development work from 2013-2015.
The project seeks to develop methods that significantly shorten the manufacturing chain and design fabric manufacturing systems that replace several stages of weaving and knitting.
So far, VTT said it has create a method of producing yarn from cellulose fibers without the spinning process as well as applications of foam forming to manufacture materials that resemble fabric.

"In the future, combining different methods will enable production of individual fiber structures and textile products, even by using 3D printing technology," said Professor Ali Harlin from VTT.


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