Renewcell selects Valmet as main equipment supplier for Sundsvall textile recycling plant

Renewcell has signed a contract with the Finnish industrial machinery manufacturer Valmet as a main supplier for its planned 60,000 metric tonne capacity textile recycling plant at Ortviken industrial site in Sundsvall, Sweden. The contract, worth SEK 232 million, covers 40 percent of the value of the equipment to be installed. The selection marks a major milestone in the establishment of the first commercial scale textile recycling plant of its kind in the world.

“We have gone through a rigorous selection process and are confident that Valmet is the best possible longterm partner to Renewcell on our mission to change the global fashion industry. With a trusted supplier like Valmet providing the core equipment, we reduce project risk and gain a committed partner with industry-leading expertise. We look forward to working closely with Valmet to put together a top-of-the-line textile recycling plant concept that is ready to be rolled out not just at Ortviken but worldwide” comments Patrik Lundström, CEO of Renewcell

Renewcell’s technology has been specifically designed to run on proven equipment in order to ensure scalability and industry-leading OEE. The contract with Valmet covers machine equipment installation, commissioning and ongoing technical support. Valmet will supply process equipment for, stock prep, bleaching and drying commonly used in large scale state-of-the-art dissolving pulp plants throughout the world. A significant share of the equipment to be installed will be delivered locally from Valmet’s Sundsvall branch, located in close proximity to the Ortviken site. Renewcell’s new Ortviken plant is scheduled to begin operations in the first half of 2022.

“This project is an excellent example of how we can utilize Valmet’s wide expertise in bio, pulp and paper technology in textile recycling. In a project like this Valmet is not only a technology provider, but this is a joint journey. During the past year we have worked together to finetune the technology for textile recycling. We have utilized Valmet’s pilot machines at our Swedish and Finnish R&D centers to do test runs in turning recycled textile raw material into dissolving pulp sheets,” explains Rickard Andersson, Vice President for Fiber Processing business unit at Valmet. 

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