Texon has joined TransFIRe (Transforming Foundation Industries Research and Innovation Hub) to help the UK achieve its target of net zero emissions by 2050. Reinforcing its own commitment to sustainability and its determination to achieve zero waste across its operations, Texon Inc., Hong Kong/China, will work closely with academics, industry partners, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the TransFIRe hub, the UK consortium facilitating research and development, technology transfer, and new business projects across the UK’s foundation industries, on a number of innovation initiatives. Using £4.7 million of funding from UK Research & Innovation (UKRI) and matching in-kind contributions, TransFIRe participants will strive to optimize the flow and use of resources in the manufacture of materials – focusing on 6 sectors that account for about 10% of the UK’s total CO2 emissions. Industries in question include cement, ceramics, chemicals, glass, metals and paper.
As one of the leaders in structural components for footwear, as well as performance fabrics, Texon is part of the chemicals and paper supply chain. The business purchases raw materials – including polymer chemistries and cellulose – from the foundation industries for the manufacture of its own products. Working with global footwear, fashion and apparel brands, Texon is constantly searching for new sustainable materials and processes to reduce its environmental footprint.