The perks of spinning our own yarn

Producing our own yarns gives a competitive edge and helps swift innovation and recycling. This impacts positively on realising the goals set in the SDGs 9, 12 and 13. Innovating, producing responsibly and taking direct climate actions.

The perks of buying coated fabrics from a company that spins its own yarns

As a producer of technical coated textiles, we benefit from having our own spinning (and weaving) plants. What the perks are for you, our customer, is clearly explained by Grisja Lobbestael, CEO Sioen Direct Coating.

Can you briefly explain what Sioen Spinning is and does?

Grisja L: “Sioen Fibres is a company of the Sioen group that produces 18000 tons high tenacity polyester yarns per year. The process is called extrusion (aka spinning). It is part of our “Direct Coating” division of the group, which contains the vertical integration of spinning, weaving and coating.”

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Where are the yarns being used?

Grisja L: Technical yarn is being sent to the Sioen weaving facilities, where it’s converted into flat woven fabric that functions as a support for our coated fabrics. The latter are used in side curtains of trucks, sports mats, tents, advertising banners, bouncing castles, pool and boat covers, to name just a few.

We do not only supply technical yarns for Sioen affiliates, we also supply yarns to external customers for specific markets such as geotextiles for road construction and civil engineering, conveyor belts and industrial applications.

What is the advantage of having a spinning mill in the Sioen group?

Grisja L: “There are many reasons, but here are the 3 main reasons:

  1. Having our own control over the lead time and the quality.
  2. Empowers our flexibility so that we can be very responsive to our clients’ needs
  3. Enables a high innovation rate.

If a producer wants to make a change on yarn, fabric or on coating level, it’s important to have these operations in house. It not only speeds up the innovation rate and detailed testing, it also offers faster lead times and prompt go-to-market of new developments.

This makes Sioen unique in this market of coated technical textiles.“

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So one could say that you’re better understanding the needs of the markets?

Grisja: “Indeed. As a 360° player in technical textiles, with track records in both spinning, weaving and coating, we have that huge advantage of feeling and understanding the needs of the market when looking into future developments.

Biodegradable yarns and recycling are just two examples. The latter is an operation that we have already embedded in our production flow, where waste is reconverted into yarns.