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December 23, 2013

New SDC Multifiber Exclusively for Marks & Spencer Suppliers

As a major source of consumable testing materials, SDL Atlas is always providing all kinds of standard multifiber fabrics for textile manufacturers. Now, SDL Atlas will supply an new multifiber introduced by SDC and Marks & Spencer (M&S) together.

The following is a joint statement from SDC and M&S on this new product:

Marks and Spencer Plc. has partnered with SDC Enterprises Limited and UL VS UK Ltd. to develop and produce a new Multifibre Adjacent fabric, SDCE Multifibre LyoWTM.

The existing Multifibre fabrics (DW type), approved for use in M&S accredited testing, contain an Acetate component which is considered to be no longer commercially relevant. This acetate component has been replaced by a Lyocell component, which is more relevant to the fibres commonly found in modern fabrics for general apparel. 
Extensive testing has confirmed that the specific regenerated cellulose fibre selected, the Lyocell component, provides an optimum level of staining to accurately predict the staining performance of the principal types of regenerated cellulose (Lyocell, Modal and Viscose), and their blends. The testing also demonstrated that the substitution of the Acetate fibre with a Lyocell fibre does not, in any way, alter the staining performance of the other five fibre components.

To ensure the continuity and reproducibility of the staining performance, between batches of SDCE LyoWTM and between merges of yarn, SDCE have introduced a number of new dye injection test methods. These tests will be conducted in addition to those methods, originally developed by SDC, adopted under ISO 105 F10 – as referenced in M&S C03.

To readily distinguish between SDCE Multifibre LyoWTM and DW type Multifibre, SDCE has positioned its security thread in the selvedge alongside the Lyocell component. SDCE Multifibre DW has the security thread on the same side as the wool stripe, wool being the most easily identified component.

SDCE Multifibre LyoWTM is the first major development of a Multifibre adjacent fabric since SDCE Multifibre DW was introduced in 1987. The use of SDCE Multifibre LyoWTM will be exclusively for M&S test methods and M&S accredited laboratories.

The SDL Atlas Group of companies offers the largest range of textile testing equipment, supplies, consumables, and services available from a single source. With its own offices in the United States, Hong Kong and China, plus agents in over 100 countries, SDL Atlas is ready to support its customers anywhere in the world. The goal of SDL Atlas is to provide customers with the most complete solution at the best value.

For more information, visit or contact an SDL Atlas solutions expert: 
- (US) T: +1 803 329 2110; E: [email protected] 
- (Hong Kong) T: +852 3443 4888; E: [email protected] 
- (China) T: +86 755 2671 1168; E: [email protected]

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