KERMEL, the European market leader in the manufacture of meta-aramid fibres for protective clothing, diversify its activities on the hot gas filtration market with its new KERMEL® TECH fibre. Polyimide-amide KERMEL® TECH is particularly well adapted for use in installations operating at high temperatures, i.e. production of metals, minerals, cements, energy generation, waste incineration, etc.

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20 Rue Ampere , Colmar Cedex , F-68027 France
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Fire Safety
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Globally (various continents)

Kermel® fibres result from the research conducted by Rhône Poulenc in the 60s. They have been produced in Colmar, France, from the outset since the launch of production in 1972.

Up to 1984 , they were only sold to the French armed and police forces. Gradually, Kermel® fibres were offered to all protective clothing markets (particularly the fire-fighting equipment market) across the world. KERMEL company as it exists today came into being in July 1992 , in the form of a joint venture set up by Rhône Poulenc Aramides and Amoco Fabrics and Fibers Company.

When Rhône-Poulenc bought out the shares of Amoco in August 1996 , KERMEL became a fully-owned subsidiary of Rhône Poulenc.

In 1998 KERMEL joined Rhodia.

KERMEL was bought out by the management (MBO) led by the European private equity firm Argos Soditic in September 2002. Barclays Private Equity France became the reference shareholder of KERMEL at the Management team side in 2007.

Qualium has become the major shareholder of KERMEL at the management team side since 2012.

In 2014, KERMEL was awarded the label 'Alsace Terre Textile' as a proof of high quality solutions produced locally.

The first Quality certificate for the production of Kermel fibres dates back 1996.

In the today's quality management system, not only production, but also marketing, research and development are taken into account.

KERMEL company meet the requirements of the international standard ISO 9001:2008 for the design, production and delivery of thermostable fibres.


KERMEL is OHSAS 18001 certified.


Kermel fibres received the OEKOTEX Standard 100 label.


KERMEL is in the process of getting the ISO 14001 certification for Environment.

KERMEL is also member of the AFNOR association, i.e. the French national organization for standardization.