What is Airlay technology?
Put simply, Airlay technology uses air to form webs from the fibres in fabrics, rather than traditional mechanical processing. The new technique means that the size of the fibres no longer matters and that thicker, recycled fabrics can also be used. All in all, this means that the level of use increases by 100%, and that the technology promotes maximum sustainability. The new production technology is extremely flexible, and opens up opportunities to use waste fabrics from the post-consumer flow.
It’s this production characteristic that appeals the most to Klimatklivet. Because the invested funds are supposed to give as much reduced emissions per invested krona as possible.
How important is the new investment in terms of sustainability?
The road to the small town of Sporda winds through farmland and forest. When you visit Sporda Nonwoven, you have beech woods, meadows and lakes on the doorstep.
Jonas Rylander explains:
”Today, 80% of our production is of recycled fibres or natural fibres, and we recycle 10 tonnes of fibre every month. But this is nothing new for us. When we started in 1939, we manufactured cotton stuffing for bed production, and mattress covers. The fabric was created using recycled fibre even then.
Out of interest, I can tell you that many of the customers that have been buying natural materials from us for their bed manufacturing for decades, still do! It feels amazing to be able to offer them this type of modernisation.
With that said, new connections have shown us that there is a huge need for recycling in manufacturing – recycling for which we can now offer practical solutions. The Airlay investment also means that we’re able to take another important step: we will be able to recycle unsorted fabrics from the post-consumer flow. Materials that are currently disposed of as combustible waste. So yes, the investment is really important in terms of sustainability.”
It’s estimated that the new product line with Airlay technology will be on the market at the turn of the year, 2022/23. The main focus will be on nonwoven production using raw materials from recycled synthetic and natural fibres.