MOSCOW (MRC) -- Solvay is globally launching Bio Amni, the first partially bio-based polyamide textile yarn developed by the company, said the company.
It is a polyamide 5.6, which is produced entirely at the company's textile industrial unit in Brazil. The development of Bio Amni® follows the growing global trend in demand for more sustainable textile products, especially bio-based materials. Solvay's research and innovation teams worked on the creation of the product for two years.
"Sustainability is one of the main drivers of the global textile market,” says Antonio Leite, global vice president of polyamides and fibers at Solvay. “Solutions and products must add value to the entire consumer chain - from its base to end consumers of textiles - and have less of an impact on the environment. Solvay’s Bio Amni® is part of a portfolio evolution to offer customers the most innovative products on the market."
The textile sector currently faces three main challenges in relation to the environment and sustainability: resources, the production process, and disposal. Solvay already has developed sustainable alternatives in the production process, using cleaner energy sources, closed water circuits, and zero effluent emissions at its industrial unit in Brazil, as well as more biodegradable products to support more sustainable disposal. With Bio Amni®, Solvay is now offering its first partially bio-based textile yarn, further expanding on its diverse portfolio of sustainable products.
With the launch of Bio Amni®, sustainable textiles will now account for 30 percent of Solvay's global polyamide portfolio, a figure which the group expects to reach 50 percent in the next three years. Bio Amni® is just the latest of Solvay's innovations for the global textile market. In 2020, as a quick response to COVID-19, the company launched Amni® Virus-Bac OFF, a functional polyamide that inhibits contamination between textiles and users, preventing the fabric transmitting viruses, including coronaviruses, and bacteria.
The company also created Amni Soul Eco®, the world's first biodegradable polyamide textile yarn, which facilitates the decomposition of textile articles in about three years after disposal in controlled landfills.
As MRC informed earlier, in August, 2020, through the acquisition of the Solvay polyamide (PA) business, BASF enhanced its R&D capabilities in Asia Pacific with new technologies, technical expertise, and upgraded material and part testing services. BASF is planning to integrate the R&D centers from Solvay into its R&D existing facilities in Shanghai, China, and Seoul, Korea. The enhanced capabilities will boost BASF’s position as a solution provider to develop advanced material solutions for key industries.
Ethylene and propylene are the main feedstocks for the production of polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP), respectively.
According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 744,130 tonnes in the first four month of 2021, up by 4% year on year. Shipments of all PE grades increased. At the same time, PP deliveries to the Russian market were 523,900 tonnes in January-April 2021, up by 55% year on year. Supply of homopolymer PP and PP block copolymers increased, whereas shipments of PP random copolymers decreased.
Solvay is a science company whose technologies bring benefits to many aspects of daily life. With more than 24,100 employees in 64 countries, Solvay bonds people, ideas and elements to reinvent progress. The Group seeks to create sustainable shared value for all, notably through its Solvay One Planet plan crafted around three pillars: protecting the climate, preserving resources and fostering better life. The Group’s innovative solutions contribute to safer, cleaner, and more sustainable products found in homes, food and consumer goods, planes, cars, batteries, smart devices, health care applications, water and air purification systems. Founded in 1863, Solvay today ranks among the world’s top three companies for the vast majority of its activities and delivered net sales of EUR10.2 billion in 2019. Solvay is listed on Euronext Brussels (SOLB) and Paris and in the United States, where its shares (SOLVY) are traded through a Level I ADR program.