Innovation: Sustainable Flame Retardant Technical Textile From Recycled Polyester

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Keywords: 
recycling, recycled pet, multifilament yarn, technical textile,
The textile industry represents and important source of income and employment in Europe: in 2005 the EU textile and clothing industry counted 155,000 enterprises employing more than 2.2 million people. Most of the production steps involved in the textile chain are not sustainable processes since they are chemicals consuming processes – such as finishing processes – and they are responsible for the production of large amount of waste, either wastewater and landfill waste. SUPERTEX project is aimed at demonstrating that a secondary raw material such as recycled Polyester (RPET) can be exploited within the Textile Industry for the fabrication of environmentally sustainable, high added value Technical Textile products. Main objectives are: demonstration of the transferability of the production processes for PET multifilament yarns (MY) to RPET and recycled PET-polyolefin blends from post-industrial and post-consumer waste; addition of new functionalities (fire resistance) to the RPET-based MY; first application of RPET-based MY in the fabrication of textile structures for Mobiltech and Hometech markets.
- Demonstration of the transferability of the production processes for PET multifilament yarns (MY) to RPET and recycled PET-polyolefin blends from post-industrial and post-consumer waste. A marketable price in the range 2.0  3.0 /kg is expected
- A production technology for a range of textile materials based on RPET MY with different fineness, mechanical and functional properties, and performance comparable or better than conventional products from virgin polymer
- Production of Flame Retardant (FR) textile by using safer products then the conventional products (alternative to antimony and halogenated compounds will be used)
- A significant impact of the RPET MY textile is expected both upstream (RPET feedstock global market) and downstream (Technical Textile market) through replacement of virgin PET and other polymers.
A wide usage of a waste materials, such as PET for the production of multifilament yarns, mainly applied in the Technical Textile sector.

The textile industry represents and important source of income and employment in Europe: in 2005 the EU textile and clothing industry counted 155,000 enterprises employing more than 2.2 million people. Most of the production steps involved in the textile chain are not sustainable processes since they are chemicals consuming processes  such as finishing processes  and they are responsible for the production of large amount of waste, either wastewater and landfill waste. SUPERTEX project is aimed at demonstrating that a secondary raw material such as recycled Polyester (RPET) can be exploited within the Textile Industry for the fabrication of environmentally sustainable, high added value Technical Textile products. Main objectives are: demonstration of the transferability of the production processes for PET multifilament yarns (MY) to RPET and recycled PET-polyolefin blends from post-industrial and post-consumer waste; addition of new functionalities (fire resistance) to the
RPET-based MY; first application of RPET-based MY in the fabrication of textile structures for Mobiltech and Hometech markets.

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This innovation is the result of the project

Title: Sustainable Flame Retardant Technical Textile From Recycled Polyester

Acronym: 
SUPERTEX

Runtime: 
01.09.2011 to 31.08.2014

Status: 
completed project

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NEXT TECHNOLOGY TECNOTESSILE SOCIETÀ NAZIONALE DI RICERCA R.L.

(Italy)

Role in project: Project Coordination

Contact person: Mr. NESTI Solitario

Phone: +39 0574 634040

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