State-of-the-art Andritz textile recycling equipment has enabled Renaissance to become the first French recycling platform dedicated to industrial end-of-life textiles. Renaissance Textile, Laval/France, has successfully started up a complete textile recycling line, delivered, installed, and commissioned by Andritz Laroche, part of the international technology group Andritz AG, Graz/Austria. The project aims to produce new fibers from the collected post-consumer apparel, which will be used to weave new recycled fabrics in the end.
The new 12,000 m² plant is equipped with a complete tearing line whose unique design is the result of close collaboration between the 2 companies, as well as customized trials carried out jointly at the Andritz technical center in Cours/France.
»This equipment enables us to recycle 3,000 tons of textiles every year, representing 10 million items of clothing.«
Nicolas Nojac, Director, Renaissance Textile
The new clothing produced based on this type of circular economy model thus reflects the social and sustainability commitments of Renaissance Textile in terms of decarbonizing the textile industry, the fight against global warming, autonomy in raw material sourcing, and promotion of local staffing. By 2025, Renaissance Textile plans to create 110 direct jobs.
The first recycling line is dedicated to white polycotton textiles that mainly come from the healthcare and food processing industries. Renaissance also plans to install 2 additional lines by the end of 2023 and 2025, respectively, to enlarge the range of recycled textiles by adding different colors and fibers.