08. October 2018 | Research & Development

Ten companies with one goal: to recycle 100% of all textile waste

IRG "Polymer Recycling" erarbeitet Konzepte zur Kreislaufwirtschaft
Polymer recycling
Source: ITA

On 2nd of October 2018, twenty players from the textile industry attended the information event and kickoff meeting of the Industry Research Group "Polymer Recycling" at the Institut für Textiltechnik (ITA) of RWTH University in Aachen, Germany.

Within the framework of the Industry Research Group (IRG), a consortium consisting of companies along the textile value chain and the ITA is conducting application-oriented and industrially oriented basic research. In doing so, technological, economic and strategic solutions to relevant questions are developed systematically.

The target group of the IRG "Polymer Recycling" are companies that deal with the subject of recycling in the textile industry - from plant constructors to material, fibre and textile manufacturers to producers of end products and recyclers. The consortium's vision is that 100 % of all textile waste can be recycled. In the short term, relevant material streams in the textile industry will be analysed with regard to recycling and, based on this, a concept for the detection and separation of different fibre materials will be developed. In the medium term, a plant technology will be developed that meets the industrial requirements for processing textile waste. In the long term, textile waste, also consisting of mixed fibres (e.g. cotton and polyester), is to be recycled and extruded into high-quality yarns by using chemical recycling.

Current partners of the IRG "Polymer Recycling" are:
• Technip Zimmer GmbH, Frankfurt, Germany
• Wellmann International Ltd, Mullagh, Republic of Ireland
• Oerlikon Textile GmbH & Co. KG, Remscheid, Germany
• Reliance Industries Ltd., Rasayani, India
• Decathlon, Lille, France.

The participation of further companies, which want to take on the goal of a "closed-loop" together with the consortium, is desired. If you are interested, please contact Inga.Noll@ita.rwth-aachen.de.

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