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Loop Industries has developed a transformational technology that allows plastics and fibers of no or little value to be diverted, recovered and recycled endlessly into new, virgin-quality PET plastic.

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.

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Loop Industries has developed a transformational technology that allows plastics and fibers of no or little value to be diverted, recovered and recycled endlessly into new, virgin-quality PET plastic.

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.

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Opening session of the 57th Dornbirn Global Fiber Congress held in Dornbirn, Austria

With global fiber production now exceeding 100 million tons – and growing at 3-4% a year – non-governmental organizations (NGOs), which focus on all parts of the textile value chain, are increasingly drawing attention to the fiber industry and producing unfavorable, critical reports. Textile products are placing huge pressures on the Earth’s resources and polluting the environment.

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Hybrid structures, filter media

By Adrian Wilson, International Correspondent

Mega-trends are ensuring the continued expansion of the filtration industry, which is estimated by the American Filtration Society (AFS) to have an annual value of around $80 billion globally. The demands for purer air and cleaner water are the biggest, and both are the subject of ever-more stringent legislation.

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Replicas of the costumes from the film The Greatest Showman were displayed by Gerber Technology.

By Adrian Wilson, International Correspondent

The combined Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas shows, which took place at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta from May 22-24, drew together some 536 exhibitors from 32 countries, setting new records for both exhibitors (up 26%) and square meters of space sold (up 14%).

The event was dominated by Germany’s 1,300-square meter High-Tex showcase featuring the technical textile technologies

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