The Kermel® fiber - from the meta-aramide family
Kermel® fibers result from the Rhône Poulenc research of the 1960s. At that time, tests were carried out in Colmar, France, to determine which properties were essential for flame-retardant clothing. In 1972, the Kermel® fiber was first launched on the market and has been continuously developed since then.
The Kermel® fiber is one of the so-called meta-aramid fibers, which are heat-resistant and permanently flame-retardant even without chemical finishing. At extremely high temperatures, Kermel® fiber does not melt, it carbonates.
Unlike other aramid fibers, however, Kermel® fiber has a smooth, round structure and is dyed through (spun dyed). The advantages are obvious: permanent protection without impregnation. So, no risk of partial or total loss of protection due to treatment with the wrong chemical during washing. Fabrics with Kermel® fibers have a pleasantly soft, supple feel. The smooth round structure reduces the formation of pilling. The colours remain permanently fresh, even after many washes. Fabrics with Kermel® fibers are now successfully used worldwide by fire departments, police forces, the military and in industry.