Kermel fibres are used in heat and flame resistant garments. Main end-users relying on Kermel’s outstanding protection properties are fire-fighters, military, law enforcement professionals and industrial workers.
Kermel fibres result from the researches conducted by Rhône Poulenc in the 60s, at the request of the French government willing to equip the soldiers with a high technological product made in France.
Produced in Colmar, France, from its outset, Kermel fibre is first used in protective clothing dedicated to French armies and police. Then it is gradually offered to all protective clothing markets, including the fire-fighting equipment segment across the world.
Kermel company as it exits today came into being in July 1992 in the form of a joint venture set up by Rhône Poulenc Aramides and Amoco Fabrics & Fibers Company.
When Rhône Poulenc bought out the shares of Amoco in 1996, Kermel became a fully-owned subsidiary of Rhône-Poulenc. In 1998 Kermel joined the Rhodia group.
KERMEL has become independent since 2002. Its main shareholders are Qualium, from Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations, and Ardian.
KERMEL employs around 100 people, with a wide range of sales managers, agents and distributors around the world.