27 August 2001 21:04 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (CNI)--The Cargill Dow joint venture released a statement Monday touting independent test results it believes indicate that the venture's NatureWorks polylactic acid (PLA) fibres show "superior or equal performance" to polyester in key activewear applications.
Commercial production of NatureWorks will not begin until next year.
But the Minneapolis, Minnesota-based enterprise cited results Monday from Odor Science and Engineering (OSE) that demonstrate lower odour retention by NatureWorks products. Cargill Dow also said additional results last year from the Hohenstein Research Institute show NatureWorks as superior to polyester in "numerous skin modelling and sensorial tests in blends with cotton."
In releasing the statement, Cargill Dow's Vicki Bousman said: "NatureWorks fibres can compete head-to-head in this area but what really gives us an edge is the fibres' inherently low odour retention."
She said the odour testing combined with the earlier tests on wicking, wear comfort and drape properties "make NatureWorks a very attractive choice for the active apparel market."
NatureWorks fibres use sugar from corn or other plants as a raw material. Besides apparel, the fibres also have likely applications in injection blow moulded bottles, foams, emulsions and chemical intermediates according to Cargill Dow, a 50:50 joint venture of Dow Chemical and US agribusiness giant Cargill.
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