Singapore-based RGE Pte Ltd has joined a group of investors including retail giant, H&M Group, Virala and Fortum to help Infinited Fiber Company (IFC) scale up its technology that recycles textile waste and other pulp-based materials into new textile fibres.
A strategic co-operation agreement was also signed between RGE and IFC to commercialise the startup’s technology.
Since early 2018, IFC has been operating a 50 tonne per year pilot plant in Espoo, Finland, that produces Infinited Fiber for testing purposes with global brand owners such as H&M, VF Corporation and their manufacturers.
Recently, the company leased production facilities in Valkeakoski city, Southern Finland, for a new pre-commercial 500 tonne per annum plant and customer training centre that will start up in early 2020.
“This new investment amount, the largest single IFC has received to date, supplements the earlier partnerships with H&M Group, Virala and Fortum, we announced in April this year,” said Mr Petri Alava, CEO of IFC. “We are delighted to have RGE on board as a strategic partner as we can apply what we learn from their global operations to accelerate our plan to bring our technology to large-scale manufacturing,”
“This new financing will enable us to finalise the scaling of the technology and to extend our fiber production capacity to enable global leading brands to bring capsule collections to the markets in 2020,” he continued..
Tey Wei Lin, President of RGE added: “RGE is keen to support innovative next-generation solutions that can be applied at industrial scale. IFC’s technology is exciting as it brings together the use of recycled feedstock and clean solvent in a circular fashion to produce fibres.
IFC has raised €8 million of funds this year, including €1.96 million recently awarded by the European Innovation Council.
New Sustainable Fiber from Bottles at High Risk of Entering the Ocean
North Carolina based recycled fibre specialist, Unifi, has launched a new sustainable product dubbed REPREVE Our Ocean which is made from bottles collected within 50 kilometres of coastlines in countries or areas that lack formal waste or recycling systems.