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

Saal B
Donnerstag, 14.09.2023, 11:50 - 12:15 Uhr

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 inherent FR modified PET using advanced recycled raw material; 2. application of this FR PET forenvironmentally conscious high-performance fabrics; and 3. targeting a take back system to ensure raw materials are returned as a feed stock into the next production process - collectively forming a circular economy (post-life).

Svenja Fromm (Indorama Ventures Fibers Germany GmbH, 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 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.