Swedish Innovation Platform for Textile Sorting SIPTex II

SIPTex is a Swedish research project that will test and evaluate automated textile sorting by building and operating a pilot facility for 12 months (in Sweden). The recognition and sorting equipment is based on near-infrared (NIR) technology.

Period of the project: 01.06.2016 – 31.08.2018

Funded by Sweden’s innovation agency, Vinnova. Vinnova is a Swedish government agency working under the Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation and acts as the national contact agency for the EU Framework Programme for R&D.

The project contributes to resource efficiency and closing textile loops by matching customers’ quality requirements with fast and highly accurate sorting technology.

After an exciting operational phase more than 80 chemical analyses were performed to determine that fibre content of the sorted products. Moreover, chemical tests about the presence of hazardous chemicals and thread and fabric demonstrators were made.

At the end of the project, one can conclude that NIR / VIS technology has shown great potential for sorting textile waste by fiber composition and color, resulting in high quality recycled products suitable for fiber-to-fiber recycling.

For further informations, please contact Maria Elander, IVL Svenska Miljöinstitutet AB (maria.elander@ivl.se).

Boer Group is a partner and we sort and provide test material to the pilot plant and support in the evaluation process.

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