CIRC, the US-based mixed textile recycling technology innovator, and ANDRITZ, an Austria-based international technology group, have formalized a partnership to bring CIRC’s patented textile recycling technology to commercial scale using ANDRITZ’s engineering expertise and world-class equipment. As part of a shared, long-term commercial vision, ANDRITZ will design and manufacture continuous process equipment for CIRC facilities globally. The agreement comes after many months of successful CIRC processing trials in various ANDRITZ’s research and development facilities.

CIRC’s mission is to power the clean closet—where one’s clothes are produced from raw materials recovered from a circular textile economy, preserving the earth’s natural resources in nature. CIRC’s technology is uniquely capable of separating and recovering mixed polymer streams, specifically any blend of polyester and cotton, which accounts for most fabrics manufactured.

Jorma Latva-Kokko, Vice President, Mechanical Pulping in the Paper, Fiber and Recycling division at ANDRITZ said, “CIRC’s technology is positioned to capture a significant portion of the global circular textile market, and ANDRITZ can enable that success with our expansive engineering and equipment capabilities.”

ANDRITZ’s international technology group provides plants, systems, equipment, and services for various industries all over the globe. It is a world leader in customized engineering for special technologies and also in optimized solutions for mature industry applications. Through its robust pilot and commercial production testing assets and optimization capabilities, ANDRITZ can translate unique technology capabilities into market dominance.

Dr. Julie Willoughby, CIRC’s Chief Scientific Officer, said, “ANDRITZ has global reach, depth of expertise, and a solid reputation for executing world-class projects. The ANDRITZ team is working shoulder-to-shoulder with CIRC to implement our vision of a circular economy for textiles and beyond. We are delighted with the high competence of ANDRITZ’s people, and we are beyond excited for our next chapters together.”

CIRC and ANDRITZ are focused on rapid commercialization and growth of CIRC’s patented recycling process. The partners have not yet announced a timeline for building and commissioning the first commercial facilities.

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