A new multifibre adjacent fabric to test the staining performance of different fibres has been developed by UK retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S) in partnership with SDC Enterprises.

The SDCE Multifibre replaces an acetate component with Lyocell, which is more appropriate to fibres found in modern apparel fabrics. The existing Multifibre fabrics (DW type), approved for use in M&S accredited testing, contain an acetate component considered to be no longer commercially relevant.

"Extensive testing has confirmed that the specific regenerated cellulose fibre selected, the Lyocell component, provides an optimum level of staining to accurately predict the staining performance of the principal types of regenerated cellulose (Lyocell, Modal and viscose), and their blends," SDC said. 

"The testing also demonstrated that the substitution of the acetate fibre with a Lyocell fibre does not, in any way, alter the staining performance of the other five fibre components." 

SDCE Multifibre LyoW is believed to be the first major development of a multifibre adjacent fabric since SDCE Multifibre DW was introduced in 1987. The use of SDCE Multifibre LyoW will be exclusively for M&S test methods and M&S accredited laboratories.