Swerea IVF carries out research and development within large parts of the textile value chain, from the spinning of functional fibres using different technologies, to refined textile structures as non-woven materials, product design, studies of simulated and actual use and the destruction or recycling of textiles.
As one of Northern Europe's largest textile laboratories with accredited operations (click on the link for current methods), we offer customers around 400 different tests, analyses and characterisations. In our comfort laboratory, we carry out measurements of mechanical comfort (pressure distribution for sitting and sleeping comfort) and of transport processes (temperature and humidity) through various materials. We relate the results to existing designs and the materials used. In our chemical analysis laboratory, we conduct the tests necessary to ensure that products do not contain substances that are harmful, either to humans or the environment. We perform Oeko-tex certification, the world's leading label for textiles and accessories.
Applied research is conducted into the spinning of functional fibres, focusing on temperature-regulating fibres that contain phase change materials, electrically conductive fibres that contain carbon nanotubes and carbon black, and electrospun nanofibres for applications in biomedicine and technical textiles. We conduct applied R & D in technical textiles with a focus on materials development within coated fabrics, flexible composites, high performance fibres, bonding technology and moulded fiber structures.