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AMSilk GmbH expands biosteel fibre business unit
May '17
Courtesy: Amsilk
Courtesy: Amsilk
AMSilk GmbH, the world’s first industrial supplier of synthetic silk biopolymers headquartered in Germany, has expanded its fibre business unit. Martin Lankes supports the biosteel fibre development team as senior product manager fibre business in a technical and market-related way to bring the protein-based silk fibre to the next development stage.

The aim of AMSilk is to develop market-ready products together with selected leading brands and partners and to set new standards in the fibre industry. This includes the continuous improvement of the biosteel fibre as well as the definition of product requirements and defined quality characteristics.

With over 20 years of professional experience, Martin Lankes is an experienced textile engineer and product manager. After his start in the development department at Patagonia, he subsequently worked for several years in trade marketing with Helly Hansen. Following, he was with W.L. Gore & Associates for over 9 years as product specialist for Gore-Tex and Windstopper, before Lankes was appointed senior product developer to the Adidas Innovations team. Over the past four years, Lankes has rebuilt the GENTIC brand as a brand manager at Skylotec.

Martin Lankes said, “AMSilk GmbH has a unique product and is the only biotech company in the world to produce the biosteel fibre in large quantities. I am particularly fascinated by the many different biosteel applications and I’m looking forward to helping to further develop and market the biosteel high-performance fibre.

Severin Bertsch, head of fibre business at AMSilk said, “We are delighted to have won with Martin Lankes an engineer with such extensive experience and competence that will help to shape and implement the ambitious goals of AMSilk in the future. With his know-how in the fields of international textile value chain, innovation and product management, as well as the development of product standards, he will further advance our high-quality performance products”.

The biosteel fibre is the first high-performance bionic fibre with true environmental integrity. The material is produced at an industrial scale through a patented, animal-free process that relies on bacterial fermentation and is powered by renewable resources. Already used in premium innovation footwear, biosteel fabrics are strong and lightweight performance material designed to add value to products spanning the automotive, fashion, home/interior and apparel industries. (GK)

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