Fiber Innovation

Clearing the stage for a new generation of FR textiles – Creating solutions to today’s challenges

This presentation introduces the first successful steps towards developing a commercial scale circular textile economy focusing on flame retardant man-made fibers and yarns. The three-step holistic approach includes: 1. production of a functionalized inhe

Saal B
Donnerstag, 14.09.2023, 11:50 - 12:15 Uhr
Nick Carter, Indorama Ventures Ltd., Hattersheim (GER)

The megatrend for sustainability shows the desire for high-performance products with a “green soul”, which services the required specification. The textiles industry needs to further expand its efforts in addressing waste, minimizing over production, and the creation of “one-way” items or waste. The word “used” is over-used...the raw material needed to produce textiles can be reprocessed without requiring absolute reliance on fossil fuels. Solution to these issues are two-fold – by building upon advanced recycling and bio-based raw materials. Advanced Recycling is a process and technology which can address two issues: waste reclaim and reduction on fossil fuel exploitation. If chemical molecules used in products can later be “freed” and used again in a new product, we have realized a new “transient state” of the components. The performance and aesthetic qualities of the consumer products our industry produces are key to the market and need to perform / function indifferent of the raw material fed used– whether virgin or recaptured. We have engineered the production process for maximum flexibility: to be able to use natural and non-nutritional bio-based feed stocks and/or to utilize advanced recycled PET waste streams.  Key is to track and respect the entire textile value added chain and its raw materials, as well as fabric collection possibilities, in order to treat used fabrics as valuable raw materials for further reusage.