Infinited Fiber is planning a $ 420 million location for circular fashion – WWD

HURRY REAL WASTE: Lapland could be one of the least likely places for fashion production, but it will be home to a new $ 420 million textile fiber factory planned.

Finnish fashion and textile technology company Infinited Fiber Company will develop its first Infinna fiber production plant at the Stora Enso Veitsiluoto industrial site in Kemi. Located in the northernmost region of Lapland, Kemi is located on the northern shore of the Baltic Sea. The new factory will be developed and converted into a building with a discontinued paper production line.

All of this might sound crazy, except for the large financial investments and dedication of Infinna to the orders of big fashion powers like Inditex, PVH Europe, H&M Group, Patagonia, Pangaia and Bestseller. Intended to operate at full capacity in 2025, the factory is expected to create about 270 jobs in the area. By taking on multi-year commitments for Infinna’s orders, the clothing industry’s brands are helping to tip the scales towards circularity in fashion.

The fiber that will be produced there is Infinna, a new cellulose fiber that is made entirely of textile waste. It looks and feels like cotton and can be used in a similar way to make textile products like t-shirts, jeans, blouses, dresses, hoodies and other clothing. Infin textile fibers are also biodegradable and can be recycled again in the company’s process, and do not contain microplastics, a company spokeswoman said on Monday.

The plant will be able to produce 30,000 metric tons of fiber, which is equivalent to producing enough fiber for about 100 million T-shirts. The Infinited Fiber Company counts on the export of most of the products produced in the new factory. The fact that Kemi is a port city makes it an “efficient connection with the rest of the world”, according to the company. Infinited Fiber considered dozens of other locations before choosing Veitsiluoto Industrial. Existing infrastructure, fresh water availability, renewable electricity, efficient port services and a skilled local workforce were the selling points.

Once fully operational, the factory is expected to employ about 220 people and another 50 through on-site support for maintenance and logistics services. In addition, it is expected that the indirect impact of this facility on employment will be around 800 jobs. The construction and assembly phase of the project is expected to reach 120 people a year.

Ambitious development is an example of how Finland is trying to be a leader in textile circularity. The Infinited Fiber Company aims to leverage existing resources in everything it does, says co-founder and CEO Petri Alava. “Finland has a solid knowledge of the bioeconomy and is very supportive of the circular economy. We see this as the main advantage that enables Finland to become a leader in creating a new chain of textile industry based on the circular economy. “

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