The European man-made fibres industry is the world´s second largest man-made fibres producer, spending € 1 billion in innovation and investing €1.2 billion over the last five years. Europe is the global leader in polymer modified fibres (flame-retardant, bioactive …) and leader in clean production techniques.
Research and Development is focused on improved sustainability of manufacturing processes and fibre products. An improved sustainability performance is a prerequisite for spending of R&D money, further development and investment.
Burgeoning "green chemistry" initiatives, where bio-based materials are being studied as renewable sources of both fuels and chemicals that are currently produced from petroleum, are looked at as well.