German wool-based yarn supplier Südwolle Group has developed a sustainable technology for treating wool fibres that uses electricity and air instead of chlorine.

The Naturetexx Plasma-wool treatment is an environmentally sustainable alternative to the current industry standard superwash, chlorine-hercosett process, Südwolle claims. The process has secured Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), Okeo-Tex, and Bluesign certifications.

"After receiving the Gold Award at Outdoor in July 2015 for our Naturetexx Plasma treatment, Südwolle Group is working with brands and manufacturers to help meet industry sustainability objectives and offer environmentally conscious products," said Hans-Georg von Schuh, director of sales and marketing. "The process uses electricity and air instead of chlorine. It is an environmental leap forward and sets a new standard for wool processing that allows us to meet the strict requirements for Bluesign, GOTS and IVN best certifications."

In addition to technical developments, Südwolle revealed it would increase capacity and diversify its product ranges in October by agreeing to acquire Italian yarn manufacturers Safil and Gruppo Tessile Industriale (GTI) in an effort to leverage expanded global reach and further growth.

Specifically, Südwolle will increase its footprint in the European and Italian markets, in addition to diversifying its product portfolio in customised and luxury yarns. 

Von Schuh added: "Suedwolle Group continues to find ways to grow its sales, technology and product portfolios, this time through the acquisition of SAFIL and GTI. Incorporating the SAFIL and GTI ranges bring high-quality wool yarns and years of market and technical expertise to the Südwolle Group."

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