SAFEGUARDS | SoftlinesNO. 023/21
The Standardization Administration of China issued its national standard GB/T 4146.1-2020<Textiles-Man-made fibres-Part 1: Generic names>. Being included in China’s No. 22 announcement on the newly approved national standards in 2020, this new standard will replace the previous version, GB/T 4146.1-2009. The new national standard will become effective on May 1, 2021.
This standard is applicable to generic names for all kinds of man-made fibres.
Definition for man-made fibre
With the exception of natural fibres, fibre obtained by a manufacturing process.
This is the name to be used for the fibre whose attributes are described under the heading Distinguishing attribute in Table1 of this standard. The use of this name shall be limited to those fibres that contain not more than 15% by mass Of property-enhancing additives prior to spinning (no limit is placed upon the proportion of additives that are not property enhanced). The generic name may also apply to a man-made fibre which results from a manufacturing process that can confer a distinguishing attribute.
Main Technical Changes
Compared with GB/T 4146.1-2009, GB/T 4146.1-2020 contains many revisions.
What are added include:
- Term and definitions for man-made fibres
- The generic names, code, distinguishing attribute and chemical formulae for 11 kinds of man-made fibres, including modacrylic, chitosan, melamine, protein, trivinyl, polybenzimiazol, elastomultiester, polyamidoester, silicon carbide, polyhydroxy, polyarylate.
- Name of the bicomponent fibres
What are revised include:
- The vinylal can be divided into two categories, namely, acetalization and non-acetalization, the acetalized vinylal is short of Chinese “维纶”.
- Table 2 and table 3 of the 2009 edition are adjusted to Appendix D and Appendix E of the new edition respectively.
Main generic names of man-made fibres
|Table 1 Main generic names of man-made fibres (Chinese and English)
|Chinese Generic Name||Generic Name||Chinese Generic Name
||metal fibre a
||ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene
|Remark: The Chinese in brackets is the Chinese abbreviation of the generic name.
a Fibres can also be coated with metals, in which case they are described as “metallized fibres” and not “metal fibres”.
Details of the Technical Content
For more information, please refer to the China National Standard GB/T 4146.1-2020 <Textiles-Man-made fibres-Part 1: Generic names>. or contact SGS directly.
SGS Global Softlines has an extensive network of over 40 laboratories worldwide, with a strong team of committed professionals from multi-disciplinary backgrounds. Our internationally accredited state-of-the-art testing laboratories offer a comprehensive range of physical, chemical and functional testing services for components, materials and finished products. We help your company ensure quality, performance and compliance with international, industrial and regulatory standards worldwide. In the end, it’s only trusted because it’s tested. Discover more at www.sgs.com/softlines.
For enquiries, please contact:
Consumer and Retail — Softlines
US & Canada Softlines Business Head
t: +1 973 461 7919
Stay on top of regulatory changes within your industry: subscribe to SafeGuardS!
Read more articles for the Consumer Goods and Retail industry
© SGS Group Management SA - 2021 - All rights reserved - SGS is a registered trademark of SGS Group Management SA. This is a publication of SGS, except for 3rd parties’ contents submitted or licensed for use by SGS. SGS neither endorses nor disapproves said 3rd parties contents. This publication is intended to provide technical information and shall not be considered an exhaustive treatment of any subject treated. It is strictly educational and does not replace any legal requirements or applicable regulations. It is not intended to constitute consulting or professional advice. The information contained herein is provided “as is” and SGS does not warrant that it will be error-free or will meet any particular criteria of performance or quality. Do not quote or refer any information herein without SGS’s prior written consent.