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Japanese needlepuncher enters recycling business.

Kodama Chemical Industry, a Japanese manufacturer of molded needlepunched carpets for the automotive industry, has started its own nonwovens recycling business. The company, with an annual monthly capacity of 70,000 sq. meters since 1989, is constructing a recycling plant equipped with rotary cutting machines with a monthly capacity of 145 tons of fiber recycling.

According to the company, an average of 30 tons of scrap from its carpet trimming process and other scrap is generated each month. It expects this figure to increase to 1000 tons by June of next year. Plans call for the new recycling plant to be built by May, 1992. Kodama also plans to utilize the recycled fibers in the production of its needlepunched fabrics.
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Title Annotation:International News; Kodama Chemical Industry
Publication:Nonwovens Industry
Article Type:Brief Article
Date:Jan 1, 1992
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