Germany’s Südwolle Group, a major spinner of pure wool and wool blend worsted yarns for weaving, circular and flat knitting, has expanded its offering with the addition of a new technology for treating wool fibers.

The Naturetexx Plasma-wool treatment is an environmentally sustainable alternative to the current industry standard superwash, chlorine-hercosett process, said Südwolle. In addition to securing Global Organic Textile Standard and Oeko-Tex material certifications, Naturetexx has also now been awarded the bluesign certification for manufacturing standards.

“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 for says Hans-Georg von Schuh, director sales and marketing for the group. “The process uses electricity and air instead of chlorine. It is an environmental leap forward and sets a new standard for wool processing.”

In addition to the technical expansions, Südwolle Group said in October is was increasing its capacity and the diversification of its product ranges by acquiring Italian yarn manufacturers Safic and GTI in an effort to leverage expanded global reach.

Von Schuh said, “Incorporating the Safil and GTI ranges bring high-quality wool yarns and years of market and technical expertise to the Südwolle Group.”

Headquartered in the Nürnberg metropolitan area of Germany, the Südwolle Group is a family-owned business producing dyed and undyed worsted spun yarn for weaving, circular and flat knitting from pure wool and wool blends. The company owns six principal brands: Südwolle, Biella Yarn, Yarn in Motion, Richter, Stöhr and Soey, each focused on different segments of the global textile market. Together Südwolle Group, Safil and GTI employ 3,050 people globally with production facilities in Germany, Italy, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria and China.

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