Huvis (CEO Shin, You Dong, 079980) announced on the 22nd at the Huvis Daejeon R&D Center, that it had signed a technical cooperation agreement (MOU) with the FITI Testing & Research Institute on the 21st of December for the “Development/commercialization of high heat-resistant biodegradable polyester fiber”.
This MOU was made for mutual cooperation in the conducting of the biodegradation evaluation of polyester fibers, thus establishing new environmental mark standards for biodegradable fibers, and providing technical information.
'High heat-resistant biodegradable polyester fiber' developed by Huvis this year is a polyester fiber that decays when buried after use by adding biodegradable raw materials in the process of polymerizing the existing polyester raw materials of TPA (terephthalic acid) and EG (ethylene glycol). PLA (Poly Lactic Acid), the current biodegradable fiber, uses corn and similar natural raw materials, which even though having excellent biodegradation tendencies, lacks durability and heat resistance, making it difficult to dye and manage.
In comparison, Huvis' biodegradable fiber has excellent heat resistance and durability, making it easily applicable for clothing and filters that are used for extended periods of time, and will help the environment since it will biodegrade when buried within three years.
The existing biodegradation evaluation method was established in line with disposable plastics and is not suitable for evaluating the biodegradability of textile materials that are used for long periods of time prior to being buried. The FITI Testing & Research Institute had successfully developed biodegradation evaluation method for polyester fiber products and had completed registration of a new analysis standard of ISO21701 with the international standardization organization (ISO), but additional testing for various biodegradable fiber was required.
The signing of this MOU will provide Huvis with credible standardized evaluation results on the biodegradability of its newly developed biodegradable fibers, while the FITI Testing & Research Institute will be able to obtain biodegradable evaluation know-how and skilled analysis technology through the evaluation of various differentiated materials manufactured by Huvis, making it mutually beneficial. In addition, both organizations plan to propose reliable new environmental mark standards for biodegradable fibers to the Korea Environmental Industry & Technology Institute, the supervisory agency for environmental marks, thereby taking the leading role for the biodegradable fiber market in the future.
Jeon Je-goo, the Head of FITI Testing & Research Institute said, “Huvis’ differentiated material technology and FITI Testing & Research Institutes expertise will create synergy through cooperation,” and added, “This business agreement signals the start of our two organizations’ contribution to a sustainable, environmentally friendly textile industry.”
“The use of plastics has increased since the outbreak of covid-19, making it even more critical to create biodegradable materials,” said Kim Bong-seob, head of the Huvis Yarn Business Division, who added, “We shall make greater effort for the technologies that can help the environment not to stay merely as technology, but to find ways for the technology to find everyday applications.”
* FITI Testing & Research Institute: FITI Testing & Research Institute provides test analysis, quality inspection, and quality assurance services in the fields of textiles, industrial materials, environmental resources, and microorganisms. It is a global comprehensive testing and certification organization established for the improvement of international competitiveness for its customer companies through development, standardization, technical assistance in related fields, and by providing support information.
▲ Huvis and FITI Testing & Research Institute held an MOU signing event on December 21 to develop and commercialize biodegradable fibers at the Huvis Daejeon R&D Center. Jeon Je-goo, Head of FITI Testing & Research Institute (third from the left), Kim Bong-seob (fourth from the left), head of Huvis Yarn Business Division, and others taking commemorative photos, after the signing the MOU.