Pilot extrusion lines with unique capabilities to produce technical yarns as well as textile fibers will be design and provided by the supplier of extrusion technology Fibre Extrusion Technology Ltd. (FET), Leeds/UK, to technological company Senbis Polymer Innovations, Emmen/Netherlands. Senbis Polymer Innovations divides its activities between R&D services and the production of sustainable polymeric products.
The company is investing €5.5 million over the next 3 years in a testing facility for the development of sustainable plastics at different scales ranging from laboratory to production. This will facilitate the acceleration and upscaling of future developments relating to sustainable plastics. The new line now enables the company to develop textile fibers from e.g. recycled polymers or biopolymers. FET will provide 2 extrusion lines in separate phases in 2020-21. First will be a monofilament line including water baths, drawing frames, ovens, dimension sensor, monofilament winders and dedicated control panel. This will be followed by a multifilament line including the extruder set-up and the multifilament drawing and winding frame with control panel. The new extruders and spinning machines will furthermore enable Senbis to manufacture bicomponent yarns. Another area of potential is the development of filaments and powders for 3D printing.