International Conference on Chitin and Chitosan

Important Scientific Event, Canepa in attendance

Chitin and its beneficial effects on the environment and human health was the central theme of the 12th International Conference of the European Chitin Society and the 13th International Conference on Chitin and Chitosan held in Munster, Germany. An truly international scientific symposium attended by researchers and scientists focused on the increased attention being paid to chitosan. Products using this substance as a basis are becoming more and more present on the market, with increasing demand and diffusion. Moreover, in 2014, the European Commission classified chitosan as a “basic substance” which offers significant opportunities for the future, and not only thanks to its anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties or for its application in the food sector.

There are also great possibilities in the textile and clothing sector: “As the only representative of the sector at this conference, Canepa is the first company in the world to have used this substance to achieve significant results in eliminating harmful substances from the production process thus guaranteeing lower levels of pollution thanks to innovation”, stated the Supply Chain and Sustainability Director of the Canepa Group, Alfonso Saibene Canepa, who was invited to and participated in the event with a presentation on the application of chitosan in the textile and clothing sector. “The conference demonstrated that chitin is a substance which is constantly being studied and used in many different sectors with advantages for both the environment and human health”. Derived from chitin, chitosan is an organic, biodegradable substance which can be used as a replacement for polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), when used in an aqueous dispersion (sizing) and as a strengthening thread, allowing a reduction in water and energy consumption.

Thanks to the SAVEtheWATER® patent, in 2014, Canepa made significant overall savings of 30% for water and 25% for energy, as well as eliminating harmful chemical substances, without releasing micro-particles of micro-plastics into the environment. All of this is good news for the well-being of customers and the environment. Canepa’s attendance raised a great deal of interest in the scientific sector. For the company, it is further recognition, on an international level, of its work on environmental sustainability.


Published on 29 September 2015

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