Upcycling for the Circular Economy – the Next Big Venture for Indorama?

By Adrian Wilson, International Correspondent

As reported in the review of the Dornbirn Global Fiber Congress 2018 by Geoff Fisher in the October issue of International Fiber Journal, the push towards the circular economy is very much animating manufacturers at present.

Among notable moves in this direction is the joint venture signed recently between Indorama Ventures and a fast-rising new chemicals company – Loop Industries, based in Montréal, Quebec, Canada.

There was little indication back in 1994, when Indorama Holdings became Thailand’s first worsted wool yarn producer, that in under a quarter of a century it would rise to become one of the biggest – and certainly the most diversified – synthetic fiber and fiber feedstocks producers in the world.…Continue Reading »

ITMA ASIA + CITME Highlighted Chinese Industry

By Jason Chen, China Correspondent

During ITMA ASIA + CITME 2018 held on October 15-19 in Shanghai, China, both the exhibitor numbers and exhibition area both reached record highs, showing the stable growth in the global and Chinese textile, manmade fiber, nonwoven and related machinery industries, even though current global trade conflicts have cast a shadow on these sectors. This was the second time that ITMA ASIA + CITME was held at the National Exhibition and Convention Center (NECC). The NECC has a total exhibition area of 500,000 m2, including…Continue Reading »

Synthetic Garment Insulation Made From 100% Recycled, Biodegradable Fibers

PrimaLoft, a supplier of advanced material technology solutions, has introduced PrimaLoft Bio, claimed to be the first synthetic insulation made from 100% recycled, biodegradable polyester fibers.

In accelerated test conditions simulating a landfill environment (ASTM D5511) PrimaLoft Bio fibers achieved near complete biodegradation in 394 days, compared with the negligible degradation observed for standard…Continue Reading »