Source: Teijin Aramid announcement

ARNHEM, the Netherlands — Teijin Aramid, the world-leading aramid producer, will exhibit at the International A+A Congress in Düsseldorf, Germany October 26th-29th. As well as showcasing its high-performance aramid solutions for protective materials, such as Teijinconex®, the company will highlight its dynamic new circularity collaboration with Purfi.

Breathing new life into aramid fibers

Under the banner of “All protection, no waste,” Teijin Aramid and Purfi/Concordia Textiles collaborate on an innovative technology that regenerates pre- and post-consumer aramid-based materials used in protective textiles to fiber level with an extremely high standard. The ambition is for the rejuvenated fibers to be reused by Teijin Aramid and its value chain partners in the production of aramid-based protective textiles.

Core ambitions

The companies’ groundbreaking collaboration aims to achieve circularity in the aramid chain for Teijinconex®-based products while minimizing waste and the use of virgin materials. The partnership is underpinned by three core ambitions: 1) reducing carbon emissions, 2) setting new standards for recycling all aramid fibers, and 3) building transparent material streams for aramid textiles.

Targeting a fully circular aramid chain

Teijin Aramid’s goal is a fully circular aramid value chain with zero emissions. The company has been developing recycling technologies to solve waste problems across multiple industries. For over 20 years, Teijin Aramid has been mechanically recycling end-of-life products into pulp, from which useful products such as brake pads can be made. But the company’s ambitions have grown: all aramids deserve to remain in the loop over and over again, including aramids used in protective apparel.

Jan Roos, Director Sustainability at Teijin Aramid said, “We strive to become the best aramid company for the world. To do so, it is paramount to become fully circular, and we therefore need to work together with partners in the supply chain and explore suitable recycling routes while maintaining product performance. We are excited to take this step in our collaboration with Purfi in the field of protective apparel.”

Koen De Ruyck, General Manager at Purfi said, “We are very excited to work together with Teijin Aramid to move one step closer to a sustainable and circular world. The combination of our technologies is raising the bar in the textile and garment recycling industry.”

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About Teijin Aramid

Teijin Aramid is a subsidiary of the Teijin Group and world leader in aramids. Its aramid products Twaron®, Teijinconex®, Technora® and its ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMW-PE) Endumax® are renowned for their strength, sustainability, safety, heat resistance and low weight and are used in a variety of markets and segments, including automotive, safety and life protection, aerospace and a wide range of industrial applications. These high-performance materials are produced in the Netherlands, Thailand and Japan.

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About the Teijin Group

Teijin (TSE: 3401) is a technology-driven global group offering advanced solutions in the fields of environmental value; safety, security and disaster mitigation; and demographic change and increased health consciousness. Originally established as Japan’s first rayon manufacturer in 1918, Teijin has evolved into a unique enterprise encompassing three core business domains: high-performance materials including aramid, carbon fibers and composites, and also resin and plastic processing, films, polyester fibers and products converting; healthcare including pharmaceuticals and home healthcare equipment for bone/joint, respiratory and cardiovascular/metabolic diseases, nursing care and pre-symptomatic healthcare; and IT including B2B solutions for medical, corporate and public systems as well as packaged software and B2C online services for digital entertainment. Deeply committed to its stakeholders, as expressed in the brand statement “Human Chemistry, Human Solutions”, Teijin aims to be a company that supports the society of the future. The group comprises more than 170 companies and employs some 20,000 people across 20 countries worldwide. Teijin posted consolidated sales of JPY 836.5 billion (USD 7.7 billion) and total assets of JPY 1,036.4 billion (USD 9.5 billion) in the fiscal year that ended on March 31, 2021