Twelve days after a fire at its plant in Sundsvall, Sweden, textile fibre recycling company Renewcell announced that it has resumed normal operations. The fire broke out on 22 March and was successfully contained to just one of the site's three shredding units and a filter unit. In the immediate aftermath of the fire, the company had said that it intended to continue limited production in the unaffected units while it conducted clean-up and repair work. Production in the affected shredding unit was reportedly restarted on the evening of 31 March, and full operation resumed on 3 April.
At its plant in Sundsvall, Renewcell uses its proprietary chemical recycling method to recover cotton and cellulose fibres, which can then be used to make new textiles. The facility is the company's first commercial-scale textile recycling plant and is located at the site of SCA's former paper mill at Ortviken. Renewcell markets the recycled pulp under the Circulose brand name.
Over the weekend, the textile recycler also reported output figures for March. Renewcell said that it had produced around 1,350 tonnes of dissolving pulp last month, with approximately 1,150 tonnes of that material meeting the specifications for its Circulose brand.