Demand for safer and eco-friendly textiles is accelerating as industry urges post-Covid sustainability and environmental responsibility
Mumbai: Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), the world’s largest producer of polyester staple fibers and filament yarns, will use FRX Innovations’ Nofia® technology to improve the durable edge of its well-established Recron FS flame retardant polyester.
Nofia’s unique phosphorus-based polymer chemistry helps make Recron FS more durable and technically superior for polyester textile applications. Nofia additives are certified by OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 for textile applications and other sustainability certifications such as ChemForward, Green Screen and TCO accrediting that the technology meets these global safety and durability standards.
Mr. Hemant D. Sharma, Area Manager – Polyester Affairs, RIL, said, “Recron FS is manufactured in state-of-the-art facilities under one of the most environmentally friendly conditions and is part of RIL’s responsible skincare product offering. We are very proud to reinforce Recron FS on security and technical parameters with FRX’s Nofia technology. We are committed to providing exceptional fire safety without compromising health, the environment and aesthetics.
Marc Lebel, CEO of FRX Innovations, said: “We are very proud to have been selected by the world’s largest producer of polyester fiber and filament yarns. For years, consumer interest in sustainable development has been steadily increasing. It is gratifying to see Nofia being deployed in such high visibility consumer products. With ever-increasing pressure to deliver sustainable products to market, we believe FRX Innovations is well positioned to grow with sustainability-minded customers around the world, such as Reliance.
As the world emerges from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, sustainable textiles have seen an upsurge in demand as many leading textile companies incorporate their environmental and social responsibility objectives as part of their strategy. post-Covid-19 growth. To achieve the goals of a circular economy (including the 3Rs of the waste hierarchy: reduce, recycle and reuse), textile manufacturers rely on innovative technologies, such as FRX’s Nofia, that enable sustainable products. . The global Textile Flame Retardants Market size was valued at USD 519.5 Million in 2021 and is projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.6% from 2022 to 2030.
RIL sees growing interest from the world’s leading textile companies in more sustainable, environmentally friendly and flame retardant technologies. Recron FS is part of RIL’s extensive R&D accomplishments to achieve its commitment to launch new products that are fully sustainable throughout their life cycle and responsibly use natural resources.
In addition, Reliance conducts sustainability due diligence and supplier audits, which involves a rigorous selection and evaluation process both pre- and post-award to ensure standard processes are followed throughout. of the value chain. Sustainability in the textile value chain has never been more urgent and RIL’s organization-wide efforts to address environmental and social concerns are reflected in the annual publication, the Corporate Responsibility Report 2021-22.
To achieve this mandate in their polyester yarns, which are well known for giving manufacturers unlimited creativity in design, color, texture and performance, Reliance has developed a new fire resistant polyester solution, Recron FS, with FRX Innovations’ Nofia® technology at its heart. FRX Innovations’ Nofia Polymer Phosphor Additives provide improved tenacity in RIL’s polyester textiles and are the only flame retardant technology that allows the use of recycled polyester as a raw material at levels greater than 60%, with the ability to reach more than 90%. The ability to use it with recycled polyester makes it a sustainable technology that proves attractive for multiple end uses. The new technology also allows for adjustable flame retardance of 7,000ppm to 25,000ppm phosphorus levels, depending on end-user needs, making it an attractive solution in multiple markets.
Recron FS is an established name with customers in the transportation, hospitality and interior design industries. Recron FS based fabrics are used by Indian Railways in seats and curtains due to its unique blend of cost effectiveness, fire safety and durability.
In addition, Charles de Gaulle airport terminal 2 recently unveiled its interior renovation incorporating Recron FS polyester in its new airport furniture. Additionally, Spain-based furniture designer Happers has specified Recron FS yarns in its new lounge chair collection citing its attributes of beauty, safety and durability.
Thanks to their know-how in creating new elegant textures in yarns, Reliance Partner, Medesfil SA played an important role in both projects. Medesfil CEO Jorge Pascual said: “Recron FS based textiles are highly valued in the textile industry for their safety, elegance and durability features and the quality is unbeatable”
Mr. Quico Climent, Managing Director of Happers, said: “For a long time, we have been looking for a fabric that meets key fire safety criteria and is durable, yet stylish. Now we have focused on Recon FS to meet our requirement to provide a safe, durable and superior aesthetic experience to our customers. We couldn’t be happier to base this new range of TV loungers on Recron FS.