End product applications of dissolving wood pulp include:
DWP is used to produce an array of intermediary products which in turn are used to produce a dynamic variety of final products. Sappi’s DWP is supplied to key market segments (albeit not to all) and we constantly evaluate opportunities in additional segments.
Cellulosic based fabrics are breathable and offer a soft, natural feel with high levels of moisture absorbency. This is in contrast to most synthetic fibre based fabrics derived from non-renewable fossil fuels.
By far the most prominent of the wood based cellulosic fabrics are those produced from viscose staple fibre (VSF), also known as rayon. VSF accounts for approximately 70% of global DWP production and is most commonly used in fashion, home and decorating textiles.
Another key fibre produced from Sappi’s DWP is lyocell, which represents the next generation of sustainable wood based cellulose fibres. It is a high-strength and absorbent material used for a variety of textile and non-woven applications, either on its own or as a blend with other compatible fibres.