France-based Laroche, a manufacturer of textile recycling, airlay web-forming and bast fibre processing equipment, is developing collaborative solutions to turn post-consumer products, such as clothing, carpets, car seats, airbags and mattresses, into usable fibres.
These fibres can be used to make insulation felts for the automotive, furniture and building industries, and the company is undertaking research to turn these fibres back into yarns.
Laroche has invested more than €6m in machinery at its technical centre in Cours-la-Ville, including a double-belt thermobonding oven from Schott & Meissner and a needle-loom from Andritz.
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