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Spinnova scales up in new pilot factory

Spinnova, a developer of a sustainable textile fibre, will start production at its pilot factory in central Finland by the end of the year.

30th May 2018

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Jyväskylä

Sustainable, Clothing/​Footwear, Sports/​Outdoor

The company says its product development has now reached a phase where the fibre and its production method are developed on an industrial scale. Spinnova’s objective is to create a scalable technology concept for fibre production in e.g. joint ventures or by licensing.

“We have made excellent progress with our R&D. Spinnova fibre’s qualities are already on an excellent level for several end products. The speed of growth-enabling developments, such as technology solutions, partnerships and production space, has also exceeded our expectations,” commented Spinnova’s CEO and co-founder Janne Poranen.

The Spinnova fibre and textiles made of it are being developed in cooperation with partners and raw material suppliers. The first partner Spinnova has disclosed is the renown Finnish design house Marimekko. Spinnova also has several other retail brandd partners committed to joint product development.

Spinnova’s commercial partners’ criteria and different raw material functionalities will define which material is used for each application. “The only thing that’s non-negotiable for Spinnova is sustainability; that raw materials are either renewable or waste material,” emphasised Mr Poranen.

Spinnova is a Finnish wood fibre company that develops ecological technology for manufacturing pulp-based textile fibre. Spinnova’s patented technology is said to save water, energy and chemicals, making wood-based textile fibre significantly more ecological than cotton or the current man-made fibres. Spinnova’s objective is to globally commercialise pulp-based textile fibre. Based in Jyväskylä, Central Finland, Spinnova employs 10 experts.

www.spinnova.fi

Further reading

Marimekko to help commercialise Spinnova’s wood-based textiles

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