AQUAFIL
Initial operations at US carpet recycling facility / Recycled PA destined for Slovenian plant
Aquafil’s (Arco / Italy; www.aquafil.com) "ACR #1" plant in Phoenix, Arizona / USA will recycle used PA 6 from carpets back into raw material and provide its "Econyl" facility in Ljubljana / Slovenia with PA 6 material to be depolymerised – see Plasteurope.com of 27.10.2017. The US facility is expected to be fully operational by 1 September 2018 and will have a capacity to collect and treat approximately 16,000 t/y of carpet.

The Phoenix facility is part of Aquafil’s strategy to increase its Econyl fibre production, which is made from 100% regenerated polyamide. Aquafil launched the Econyl regeneration system in 2011 to produce PA from 100% regenerated waste. Econyl is supplied as a sustainable alternative to sportswear, fashion, luxury and carpet brands.

Aquafil's "ACR #2" has been recently incorporated in Sacramento, California, with the purpose of setting up a similar operation as that in Phoenix. The Italian PA producer has partnered with Californian biotechnology company Genomatica (San Diego; www.genomatica.com) to produce bio-based caprolactam at a commercial scale – see Plasteurope.com of 31.01.2018.
16.03.2018 Plasteurope.com [239287-0]
Published on 16.03.2018

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