Polyvinyl alcohol fibre

Polyvinyl alcohol (or PVA for short) is formally the polymer of vinyl alcohol. It is also known under protected brand names such as Kuraray Poval®, Mowiflex® or Kuralon®. Unlike many other synthetic polymers, PVA is biodegradable in most cases. Depending on its composition and pre-treatment, PVA is easily soluble in water or absorbs it with swelling. Due to its hydrophilic character, polyvinyl alcohol can be easily embedded in polar matrices.

Our high-modulus, kidney-shaped PVA fibres have a diameter of approx. 13 µm and are available in various grindings and lengths.

Pros and cons
Polyvinyl alcohol fibre Properties


  • Biodegradable
  • Water-soluble
  • High alkali resistance


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Polyvinyl alcohol fibre
Manufacturing process

Although polyvinyl alcohol is formally the polymer of vinyl alcohol, it cannot be made directly from it. Instead, the acetic acid ester of vinyl alcohol – known as vinyl acetate – is polymerised. The vinyl acetate polymer is hydrolysed in the subsequent step to release the hydroxyl groups of the vinyl alcohol again. The degree of hydrolysis (usually 85–98 %) essentially determines the properties of the PVA. Whereas incompletely hydrolysed PVA usually dissolves very well in cold water, fully hydrolysed PVA can only be dissolved in hot water, which takes a long time. The production of fibre from PVA can take place in a wet spinning process as well as in a dry spinning process.

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technology and
quality of the fibre

State-of-the-art laboratory facilities, quality management according to ISO 9001:2015, energy management according to ISO 50001:2018 and last but not least the high demands on our own work ensure the high quality standards of our Polyvinyl alcohol fibre. See for yourself.

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