AMSilk takes over a billion dollar market with environmentally friendly spider silk
The innovative start-up cooperates with the world’s leading manufacturers of medical technology, cosmetics, aviation and the fashion industry
CEO Jens Klein in the plant of AMSilk in Martinsried
Flatknitted Biosteel® fiber fabric
Over the last two and a half years, AMSilk has already been able to forge extremely successful cooperations, for example with Adidas and Airbus. At the end of April 2019, the world’s first industrial manufacturer of vegan silk proteins announced that its cosmetics business had been sold to the Swiss company Givaudan, the global leader in the production of fragrances and flavors. At the same time, AMSilk was recognized as one of the most innovative cooperation partners by Natura, the largest cosmetics manufacturer in South America. The market launch of the product line with Natura, which is expected to comprise millions of articles each year, is planned for the summer.
“Selling our vegan silk biopolymers to a large cosmetics group was the right decision,” says Jens Klein, Managing Director of AMSilk GmbH, about the current deal.
“We now want to concentrate on our medical technology and fiber business and exploit the potential of our high-performance fibers, which are also environmentally friendly.”
Prototype of adidas running shoe with Biosteel® fiber
Implant coated with AMSilk-silk biopolymers
In the field of medical technology, a study into coating implants with the silk material from AMSilk is currently being finalized with POLYTECH Health & Aesthetics GmbH. The great advantage of these products is the excellent tolerability of the silk coating. Environmentally friendly fabrics are also in great demand in the fashion industry. For example, about 40 percent of the plastic components in the ocean come from the abrasion of synthetic materials in the washing machine. And silkworm silk is not exactly an ethical material either: for every kilo of silk, 5000 silkworms die in boiling hot water. As an alternative clothing material, the biodegradable spider silk, which is produced by AMSilk using only bacteria, has a good chance of soon taking this billion Euro market by storm.