Aquafil USA, the producer of Nylon 6 fibres and polymers has been recognized for its ECONYL fibre, made from reused and improved waste polymers, found in fishing nets, carpets and clothing by winning the best fibre award at the NeoCon 2014, a design exposition and conference for commercial interiors.
This is the first time the company took part in the event and got recognition for its ECONYL fibre. They take the old materials and break everything down. It is not just a recycle but itâ€™s an upcycle. So a lot of the time the quality is better than that of raw material because it doesnâ€™t lose any of its quality throughout the entire process, said Abby Dayton, Aquafil Brand Communications Coordinator.
The ECONYL fibre is made in one of Aquafilâ€™s European plants which is located in Slovenia, the plant is solely dedicated to making the polymer fibre. Once the process is complete, the material is shipped to Aquafil USA.
According to Abby Dayton, Aquafilâ€™s emphasis on sustainable materials comes from corporate headquarters in Europe, with work on the energy and recycling aspect of the industry beginning worldwide in 2008.
In 2011 it was just a matter of finding the right technology and finding the right investment and things like that. They have put four years of research and development and over EUR 20 million into this brand and into the product and the plants and kind of just making sure everything was right.
The ECONYL fibre was introduced to market in 2011, and Franco Rossi credited both researchers and production teams for the material winning an industry award after three years on the market. It shows the commitment to sustainability and is truly a testament to the talent they invest in.
Aquafil USA President and CEO Franco Rossi commented on receiving the recognition that it was an honour to receive this award on behalf of the Aquafil Group. We pride ourselves on being innovative and sustainable while still producing high quality products. This just further proves the direction the industry is headed.
Earlier this year, Aquafil announced an expansion of its Cartersville facility which will be roughly double the plantâ€™s size and add up to 100 jobs. With the new plant expanding the production capacity, they will be able to meet the growing needs of our customers.
Aquafil has a goal of hitting a 100% post-consumer waste mix by 2020.
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