Enka, Next-gen silk, alternative silk, alternative textile.
ENKA
Material Name: 

n/a

Biomimicry: 

Silk

Main Input: 

Plant-derived

Founded: 

1924

HQ: 

Poland

TRL: 

5

Founder(s): 

Parent Company: International Chemical Investors Group

Website: 
About the Company

ENKA has been manufacturing ENKA® Viscose from cellulose for nearly a century at their production facilities in Obernburg, Germany. The production process has been continually updated as technology has improved and to include the most recent environmental standards.

Material

ENKA® Viscose yarns have silk-like qualities and are often used for ties, scarves, and linings in clothing and outerwear.

Technology

ENKA manufactures viscose filament yarns using a proprietary mechanical/chemical process. Cellulose fiber is extracted from the wood of Northern European conifers that are sustainably harvested. This fiber is liquefied in a chemical process and the solution is pressed and spun. This process creates individual filaments of consistent quality over thousands of kilometers.

Applications

ENKA® Viscose yarns are used in the textile industry for silk-like fabrics and also have medical and industrial applications. Suit linings, ties, and scarves are popular applications in the fashion industry.

Selected Brand Partnerships

None currently known.

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