Product sustainability: the the relaunch of the fashion textiles sector
The return of RadiciGroup Advanced Textile Solutions to the trade fair circuit after months of lockdown starts with Milano Unica taking place on 6 and 7 July at the Fiera Milano Rho exhibitions district.
The Group has decided to focus on fashion textiles – one of the sectors hit the hardest by the pandemic – and to exhibit its portfolio of low environmental impact yarn. Without a doubt, the fashion textiles market has to place its stakes on sustainability to become a leading player in the revival and change under the banner of the circular economy.
The RadiciGroup stand is located in the Innovation Area of TexClubTec, the technical and performance textiles section of Sistema Moda Italia, and is showcasing all the Group’s most innovative and sustainable yarn solutions for the textiles world: from Renycle®, yarn made from recycled nylon 6, to Repetable®, polyester yarn originating from the recovery of PET bottles, and the Biofeel® range, including all the products from renewable sources (PET, PA and PLA).
Promateris has invested €2.5 million ($2.97m) in a new compostable packaging line as part of a plan to grow its turnover by more than 50 per cent between 2019 and 2021.
As a result of the investment, 39 new jobs have been created at the Romanian bioplastics producer’s factory in Buftea, Ilfov County.
It means Promateris has now invested more than €10m ($11.88m) in bio-based packaging since 2018.
The company intends to spend an additional €15m ($17.82m) over the next five years in projects that “respect the principles” of the European Commission’s (EC’s) Green Deal. Caprolactam Petrochemicals WasteRecycling
Its ultimate aim is to become the largest producer of bio-based and compostable bags in Europe, according to chief executive Tudor Georgescu.
Archroma, a global leader in specialty chemicals towards sustainable solutions, today announced that the soon-to-be 5’760 color references of its Color Atlas library are made available within its ‘Datacolor TOOLS’ platform, an easy-to-use color quality control application for industries where color accuracy is a critical component of overall product quality. Caprolactam Petrochemicals WasteRecycling
Datacolor® provides color management solutions that empower customers to make objective, cost-effective and smart color decisions, in applications such as textile & apparel, paint & coatings, plastics, photography, design and many others. The perfect integration of its instruments and software help formulate, measure, control and communicate color, and its state-of-the-art algorithms reproduce color on materials and displays.
That is where the Color Atlas by Archroma® will considerably benefit to the users of Datacolor solutions.
The Color Atlas was launched in 2016 to provide fashion designers and stylists with off-the-shelf color inspiration that can be implemented in production with just a few clicks.
The Color Atlas continues to evolve in line with Archroma’s commitment to sustainability through innovation. The company describes it as “The Archroma Way to a sustainable world: safe, efficient, enhanced, it’s our nature”. All color references available in the Color Atlas have been formulated with products that comply with leading international eco-standards, and can be selected based on the desired sustainability profile.
Among the lessons learned during the pandemic of the past year, there is one in particular that stands out. Moving forward, it is imperative that steps are taken towards the implementation of green measures to mitigate the effects of climate change in the world. It is a lesson the Spanish automotive component sector has taken to heart.
Yet even before the outbreak of the Coronavirus, this sector was actively seeking ways to make mobility cleaner, combat climate change, decrease its impact on the environment and support a low-carbon economy. These efforts led to the insight that what was needed was a new economic system; one that optimised raw material, energy and other resource use; a model built around waste reduction, recycling and re-use that would lead to enhanced profitability, lower prices and more sustainable products. A model, in short, today known as the circular economy – and seen for many years now by the Spanish automotive components industry as the road to a sustainable and future economy. Caprolactam Petrochemicals WasteRecycling
The Spanish automotive industry dates back to the early twentieth century with leading brands of the era such as Hispano Suiza. In the 1950s, the emergence of SEAT marked the beginning of a solid industry of equipment and component manufacturers as suppliers. The branch is represented worldwide by a digital platform called Autoparts from Spain, whose database contains information on each member company, including descriptions, images and videos of their products.
One of these member companies is Lizarte, who has been involved with the circular economy model from the very beginning in 1973.
The Global Additive Manufacturing and Materials Market was valued at USD 16.6 million in 2020 and expected to reach USD 70.92 million by 2026 and grow at a CAGR of 27.5% over the forecast period (2021 – 2026).
Within the past few years, additive manufacturing has experienced the rapid rise of needed technologies. New advancement in used materials and machines, software solutions and other, made additive manufacturing accessible to a broader range of industries. Caprolactam Petrochemicals WasteRecycling
The prices of additive manufacturing machines had decreased and the overall availability of these technologies has risen.
The use of new materials over the recent years has enabled the adaption of this technology among various industries.
Materials are advancing every day, and costs per part are decreasing every day which opens new opportunities for different applications. Leading manufacturers are leveraging additive manufacturing to save money, shorten the lead times, solve complex problems, and improve processes from prototyping to production.
According to Essentium’s survey in March 2019, the number of manufacturers using additive manufacturing for full-scale production doubled in 2019, as compared to 2018. Wider adoption of this technology was observed across multiple sectors, as an increased number of industrial solutions were brought to market by manufacturers.
Multiple industries, including healthcare, automotive, and aerospace and defense, are experiencing impactful production and business transformations in the critical areas of their businesses, owing to the maturity of additive technologies and material supply chains. Moreover, additive manufacturing provides design freedom to experiment with more effective and efficient part shapes, with fewer potential points of failure.
Swedish company Sodra has decided to invest in new machinery at its pulp mill at Mörrum to increase the production capacity of OnceMore pulp by tenfold, bringing it to a full 6,000 tonnes. It will be commissioned in the first half of 2022. OnceMore initiative is a process for industrial-scale recycling of textile waste of blended fibres.
The new machinery will also help increase the proportion of recycled textile in the pulp, Sodra said in a media release. Caprolactam Petrochemicals WasteRecycling
The investment is a step towards the target of processing 25,000 tonnes of textile waste and offering OnceMore pulp based on Sodra’s forest raw material and 50 per cent recycled fabrics. This target has been set for 2025.
OnceMore makes it possible to convert large volumes of used cotton textiles and cotton-polyester blends into new clothing and textiles.
“The new investment in OnceMore is a major step towards our long-term ambition of creating a circular textile industry. The initiative has been highly successful since the start in 2019 and is a key element of Sodra’s innovation agenda. We think now is a good time to scale up production. Our investment will further improve textile recycling and maximise the value of the raw material from our members’ forests,” said Catrin Gustavsson, president of Sodra innovation business area.
Caprolactam (Figure 1) is a cyclic amide widely used as a chemical intermediate. The main forms of caprolactam are molten (liquid) and flakes. At ambient temperatures, it is a white, hygroscopic, crystalline solid. Caprolactam Petrochemicals WasteRecycling
Almost all caprolactam is used as monomer in the production of polycaprolactam, also known as nylon 6. Fibers, sheets, filaments and bristles made from nylon 6 can be used, in turn, in a broad range of products, including apparel and home furnishings; carpets; and industrial uses (tires, reinforced rubber products).
The uses and applications of caprolactam may vary according to the product grade. Commercial caprolactam is produced with high purity, where water is usually the main contaminant with concentrations around 0.1 wt.%. Caprolactam can be used in the manufacture of other products, including 6-aminocaproic acid; caprolactam disulfide; hexamethyleneimine; polyamide 6 terpolymers; poly(ether-amide) elastomers; n-vinyl caprolactam and lysine.
In its quest to drive greater sustainability in the personal care and hygiene industry, the VEOCEL™ brand has launched a new offering: VEOCEL™ branded lyocell fibers with Dry technology which are naturally smooth and gentle on skin, ensuring comfort for sensitive skin.
Absorbent hygiene products are an indispensable part of many consumers’ lives and are relied upon daily.
As these are essential items, it is important that they should offer maximum comfort and relief to the user. Caprolactam Petrochemicals WasteRecycling
This is demonstrated by the new VEOCEL™ branded lyocell fibers which have the capacity to provide a high level of comfort, softness and dryness, when applied in these types of products.
Lux Research Inc. has assessed Ioniqa Technologies at its highest score: ‘Strong Positive’.
Charles Willard, Analyst at Lux Research, clarified: “Ioniqa’s differentiated technology has made it a leading contender and any clients interested in licensing a PET depolymerisation technology should engage.”
Ioniqa is the first of numerous new chemical recyclers to reach an industrial scale. Their production at a new facility in the Netherlands is being optimised and ramped up to the full 10,000 tpa capacity over the next year.
Brand owners including like Coca-Cola and Unilever have acknowledged that Ioniqa’s industrial plant is a step toward long-term sustainability goals. Willard added: “Ioniqa’s catalyst selectivity gives it an advantage in the race toward also valorizing polyester textile waste streams for foodsafe materials.” Caprolactam Petrochemicals WasteRecycling
Ioniqa has developed a catalytically accelerated process to produce virgin quality raw materials for food-grade PET packaging. The key component of Ioniqa’s process is an in-house formulated catalyst which overcomes several common process issues. Ioniqa’s process allows for the upcycling of low-end feedstock currently not being recycled, like coloured bottles, multi-layer food and non-food materials.
Retrofitting RSFgenius melt filter enables the German PE film processor Oldenburg to reprocess—rather than resell—production waste.
A blown film processor looking to use more production scrap in its process has achieved that objective by switching to a new type of screen changer.
Operating out of three plants in Germany, Oldenburg Kunststoff-Technik GmbH makes a range of PE-based extrusions—air-pillow bubble, stretch and foamed films—on production lines built in-house. Scrap generated during start up, shut down, product changes, etc. is collected and repelletized on a central recycling extruder.
This central recycling extruder was equipped with a conventional screen changer. Over time, Oldenburg realized the screen changer was not filtering the material finely enough. Caprolactam Petrochemicals WasteRecycling
When deployed on its film-extrusion equipment, the repelletized scrap would block the discontinuous screen changer on the line and disrupt production, particularly when Oldenburg was running at thinner gauges. As a result, Oldenburg would typically sell its pelletized scrap rather than reuse it in production.