August 19, 2013
Unifi’s Repreve got a boost with a new manufacturing and distribution agreement.
The company announced July 29 a new agreement with Palmetto Synthetics, LLC to sell Palmetto Unifi’s Repreve chip. Palmetto will in turn create staple fiber with the chip - the first U.S. made Repreve staple fiber product option for the textile industry.
Chip is a textile term for the basic polymer form used in fiber production. Staple fiber is a term used to identify the difference between natural or cut length manufactured fibers from filaments.
The chip will be produced in Unifi’s Repreve recycling center.
“We have a shared vision with Unifi to provide the textile industry with high quality, innovative products, which led us to this supply relationship,” said David Poston, vice president of Palmetto Synthetics. “We have seen a big shift in inquiries for a domestically made recycled fiber, and this initiative with Unifi allows us to amplify our domestic efforts.”
The products created will be both Berry Amendment and NAFTA compliant as part of that domestically made procedure.
The fibers will be useful in materials for military uniforms, apparel, denim, non-woven products, automotive products, and many others.
Repreve is the name of Unifi’s recycled fiber. The name comes from the “reprieve” the company is giving the planet from the recycled materials used.
In 2012 Repreve reclaimed 410 million recycled plastic bottles.
“Since 2007, we have continued to grow our product offering, helping to make Repreve a leading brand of recycled fibers globally,” said Jay Hertwig, vice president, global branding at Unifi, Inc. “As we expand our Repreve polymer chip sales, we are now in a position to enter into new market segments and will provide the industry with a transparent recycled solution.”
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