Recycled polyester capacity expands in India

Victoria Gallagher | 9th August 2018

NASHIK – One of the world’s leading recycled polyester businesses says plans to expand production capacity at its Indian plant from a current 8,000 tonnes to around 30,000 tonnes per year in a move which would see it recycling approximately eight million plastic PET bottles per day. The business is capitalising on booming demand by apparel brands for recycled polyester. As we reported last week, Adidas has said it plans to be using 100 per cent recycled polyester in its products by 2024, while French sports brand Decathlon has also pledged to use 100 per cent recycled polyester in its textile products sold in France by the end of 2021.

Singapore-based Perpetual Global Technologies has developed and successfully commercialised an environmentally sustainable and cost-effective process to reverse engineer consumer waste PET bottles into high quality sustainable (poly)ester. This sustainable ester can directly replace conventional esters made from PTA and MEG, both high carbon footprint petrochemicals.

The business produces feedstock which is used to manufacture PET from PTA and MEG and supplies high-grade sustainable filament yarns that are sold to customers worldwide.

The announcement from Perpetual follows news that BPPL Holdings PLC (BPPL) has recently inaugurated one of the Sri Lanka’s first state-of-the-art polyester yarn plants.

“The facility is another milestone for BPPL, spearheaded by wholly owned subsidiary Eco-Spindles (Pvt) Ltd, towards bringing forth the advantages of innovative sustainability where yarn is produced exclusively from recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate, commonly known as PET flakes,” said BPPL managing director Dr Anush Amarasinghe.

“We are extremely proud of our accomplishment in inaugurating Sri Lanka’s first ever yarn production facility. Propelling the country towards greater recognition, the factory’s state-of-the-art spinning and texturing machinery from Europe will make it a game-changer for the industry.

“Additionally, with the global apparel industry moving towards creating more sustainable products and processes, BPPL sees tremendous potential for its recycled polyester yarn offering.”

The total filament yarn (fibre) market size is around 32 million tonnes a year, however, of this, recycled sustainable filament yarn constitutes less than 1 per cent per year – but this figure is growing rapidly.

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