Recycling surplus yarn makes sense24-08-2020
For many years, KE Fibertec has worked purposefully and intensely with sustainability with a focus on how we, as a global production company, can help make a difference and have the least possible impact on the environment. Today, the whole circular mindset is a big part of our entire DNA and the way we develop our products and optimise all processes.
The latest investment is two new braiding machines that can produce all bulbs for suspension of our textile ducts. The raw material is based on surplus stock of our yarns used in connection with the production of fabrics at our weaving mill. Until now, we have had a collaboration with an external supplier, but instead of letting all residual yarn go to waste, KE Fibertec will in future have its own production where this yarn is recycled. In the start-up phase, at least 30% of the residual yarn will be used for bulb production, but within a year the goal is to reach 100%.
“We have a clear goal that this investment after full implementation will enable us to reuse all residual batches of yarn corresponding to approx. 7 tons a year. We have a strong focus on minimising our waste and contribute to helping KE Fibertec reach the goal of 25% of all textile ducts being made from recycled or residual materials without compromising product quality or affecting fire and shrinkage testing. Our initial experience has been so positive that we have ordered another braiding machine, so we have sufficient capacity to achieve the goal of reusing our surplus yarns and at the same time be in a position to deliver to all orders, ”says Frank Hansen, director of KE Fibertec Væveri.
Since the whole idea of sustainability began back in 2012, when KE Fibertec was the first manufacturer in the world to receive a Cradle to Cradle certification in textile based ventilation, we have focused on the way we do business and on how we can minimise our impact on the environment in the development and production of our solutions. We are working to reduce our carbon footprint, and since 2010 we have achieved a 52% reduction of our carbon footprint per sold krone compared to 2010. We are proud of this development, but we have a clear goal of becoming carbon-neutral by 2030 in all our Danish departments.
Watch the video of the braiding machine here.