UAP and Kipas will leverage the supply infrastructure in Turkey to provide quality, service, speed-to- market and Repreve-based staple fiber offerings to fabric mills as well as brand and retail partners. Repreve, the global leader in branded recycled fiber, is made from recycled materials, including plastic bottles, and is traceable and certified through Unifi’s proprietary U TRUST® verification program. The agreement will provide customers in Turkey with rapid access to Repreve spun yarns by utilizing the advanced capabilities of Kipas.
Repreve staple fibers will be available from Kipas in a variety of specifications including raw white and dope dyed as well as a range of deniers and staple lengths, allowing for quick access to quality Repreve spun yarns in Turkey. Repreve polyester staple fiber is used extensively in both blends and 100 percent polyester constructions and can be coupled with performance technologies for enhanced functionality. Kipas’s investments allow for advanced blending and spinning capabilities including ring, open-end, siro compact, core spun and air jet. With large capacity and flexible production abilities, Kipas will be able to meet the needs of customers desiring Repreve spun products across many yarn specifications.
Halit Gümüşer, managing director of of Kipas Textiles Inc.said that, “Repreves, which are produced from waste products, emit less greenhouse gas and produce less water and energy compared to polyester during the production process. we feel confident that this cooperation will serve and adequately supply the Turkish market with Repreve, the certified and traceable recycled polyester staple fiber of choice.”
Commenting on the agreement, Hongjun Ning, UAP’s president, said, “We are excited to engage with fabric manufacturers in Turkey, a key market for textile manufac- turing, and to support our global brand and retail customers who are making the decision to offer their customers an environmentally-conscious option by incorporating ReprevE® recycled polyester into their products.”