Citec has recently signed a new engineering agreement with Renewcell regarding the production of recycled textiles in Sweden.
Renewcell’s end product is Circulose® – a branded dissolving pulp product produced from 100% recycled textiles. Renewcell’s customers use Circulose® as a raw material to produce natural biodegradable textile fibers like viscose and lyocell. By replacing virgin textile fibers like cotton with fibers produced from Circulose®, fashion brands can reduce the climate and environmental impact caused by raw material extraction and fashion waste generation significantly. Contaminants and other non-cellulosic content are separated from the slurry. The slurry is dried to produce a pure, natural Circulose® branded dissolving pulp made from 100% recycled textiles. The sheets of Circulose® are finally packaged into bales and fed back into the textile production value chain as a replacement for virgin materials like cotton, oil and wood.
The highly respected magazine TIME recently revealed its annual list of the 100 Best Inventions that are making the world better, smarter and even a bit more fun, with one of the inventions on the list being Circulose®.
Renewcell is now investing in expanded capacity. At the new plant under construction in Sundsvall, Sweden, hundreds of millions of garments will be saved from landfill and incineration each year. Now the plant is being designed and is planned to be in operation in the first half of 2022. The cooperation between Citec and Renewcell started in 2020, when a pre-study was conducted.
Citec is happy to provide project management, plant design, electrical and civil design for the plant in Sundsvall. The project is estimated to include experts from Karlstad, Stockholm and Vaasa. We also see future potential with more work in the test plant located in Kristinehamn.
Fredrik Nilsson, Managing Director, Citec Sweden.
Congrats to the team for landing this highly interesting project within recycling and best of success!