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Nouryon and Re:newcell partner on sustainable textile recycling

The Netherlands-headed specialty chemicals major Nouryon has announced that it has signed an agreement with Swedish cellulosic textile recycler Re:newcell AB to provide specialty chemicals and engineering solutions for its new textile recycling plant in Sundsvall, Sweden.

The Netherlands-headed specialty chemicals major Nouryon has announced that it has signed an agreement with Swedish cellulosic textile recycler Re:newcell AB to provide specialty chemicals and engineering solutions for its new textile recycling plant in Sundsvall, Sweden (photo courtesy Re:NewCell).

Re:newcell is building a first-of-its-kind commercial-scale “Circulose” plant and is being built at the former SCA Ortviken paper mill that ceased operations earlier this year.

Nouryon is thrilled to support novel solutions such as this one, which accelerate the growth of the renewable fibers industry, leverage our essential chemistry and specialty solutions, and underpin our commitment to a sustainable future, said Antonio Carlos Francisco, VP Renewable Fibers at Nouryon.

Using proprietary fibre recovery technology developed by the company, the facility could potentially divert hundreds of millions of non-reusable cotton and viscose-based garments from landfills and incineration each year, contributing to a circular material economy and a reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the textile industry.

Our mission is to change the global fashion industry. Nouryon is a reliable and well-respected solutions provider to the regenerated fiber industry so we are pleased to partner with them as we embark on this ambitious journey. Nouryon’s experience with innovative, sustainable solutions will play a significant role in the long-term success of our mission, said Patrik Lundström, CEO of Renewcell.

The facility will recycle textile waste, including items such as worn-out jeans and production scraps, to manufacture 60 000 tonnes of “Circulose” dissolving pulp per year. Operations at the Re:newcell facility is scheduled to begin in the first half of 2022.

The positive environmental impact of the textile industry’s new sustainable fibers and its potential growth are goals that Nouryon strongly supports. We are pleased to partner with Renewcell to grow this sustainable industry based on our core competence in renewable fibers chemistry and our engineering capabilities, said Johan Landfors, President Technology Solutions at Nouryon.

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