A Circular Economy opportunity for foam rolling stock

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16 December, 2020

Artex is a Swedish manufacturing textile company, founded in 1928 in the industrial sewing and upholstery industry, with 250 employees. The company is working to develop a circular economy opportunity for foam rolling stocks. Their aim is to identify takers of the scrap-materials, define the best way to manage the waste and find the suitable machinery for the chosen process.

Artex mainly are serving the automotive industry, the furniture industry and the industry of public transport —focusing on the interior of trains—.

Why is it important the recirculation of foam and fabrics from rolling stock?

The company’s reason for going towards a circular economy solution is with concern for future generations. Artex wants to give them a chance to grow up in a world as we ourselves would like to grow up in. But Artex is in a highly competitive market, they need to survive as a company and work towards a circular economy.

Today, Artex offers refurbished seats from trains at the mid-term refurbishment after 15 years of service. If the owner takes the decision to exchange them and replace it, the major part, as a metallic structure, is re-used. This implies:

  • Making the old seats up to the latest standards but to half of the price of a new.
  • Less impact for the environment.
  • Saving of public resources.

The project Reform is a project where Artex wants to reuse and minimize waste material such as foam and fabrics from refurbishment of trains. In the project Artex aims to develop a method to manage the waste material. In this process they need to know what is the waste material today and if there are any hazardous substances in it.

Since Artex has a lot of waste material they want to reduce and reuse the waste to reach the goal to become circular. The company wants to keep their old waste in the loop and make the life of the product longer.

To be able to do this, Artex will tear down foam and fabrics from rolling stocks which will end up in big pressed blocks. The blocks will be tested and later recycled in the development process.

How is C-Voucher helping Artex to implement their circular solution?

Linnea Axelsson, product developer, explains that they got a lot of help from C-VoUCHER and the regional support team. This made it possible to focus and develop their work towards a circular economy.

Artex uses C-VoUCHER support to find the best solution to reuse and reduce the scrap materials they produce, selling them as an input for some other products industries.