Introduction

Textile material used in production of car parts was individually developed for demanding needs of automotive industry. It meets all the high standard criteria of all sound, heat and vibration proof attributes. An advantage among all of the other traditional materials is also a higher resistance to moisture, mold, lower flammability, higher mechanical resistance, and last but not least also hygienic and health harmlessness; certified by world’s leading accredited associations.

Process of manufacturing new cars, but also recycling and scrapping of old unused automobiles generates a very high amount of textile material. This material is defined as difficult to decompose, and the various recycled material is considered to be unusable for further textile processing. Based on the nature of this material, it has been ending up on large landfills, or special incinerators, not being used for further processing.

Thanks to the new STERED Technology, the first technological production line has been designed in order to process this valuable textile material and transform it further to create new products. A complex production line contains recycling and evaluating portion, and output creating production units for complex products.

Energy load of textile material processed via STERED is up to 3-5 times more efficient than producing insulation material on stone or glass basis, which means that it is fully in compliance with the European standards for energy efficiency.

Helping to fulfill the Energy Efficiency Action Plan, STERED also offers complex products used in building (construction), i.e. heat retention in buildings. Thanks to its unique acoustic attributes, STERED products introduce a wide variety of opportunities in terms of use in application of EU regulation 2013/10/EC regarding noise.

When developing the STERED technology, the Textile Technology Institute in Bratislava has designed the RS II Plus, which is a pulping unit based on the original idea of Juraj Plesnik and Jozef Zlamala. Main supplier of the complex processing line is the Chemical Fibers Research Institute in Svit that is a longtime specialist for research, development and manufacturing of fiber production equipment. A complex production line for processing the textile material was created with support of Recycling Fund, with the main idea being re-using the textile material from old unused cars to eliminate the amount of waste in Slovakia. Designing and implementing this idea has moved Slovakia up the ladder in terms of fulfilling the regulation #2000/53/ES issued by the European Parliament regarding a proper disposal of old vehicles that states that these should be exposed with the ability to dispose 95% of weight of the vehicle. The investor has placed the production in an unused brown field. With a support of the structural funds, the STERED project has expanded by processing textile material from car parts producing companies. Financial support from the European Union was used in order to finalize production area, increasing processing capacity and improve the output products. The project also supports the European Union Regulation #2008/98/ES regarding evaluating waste material and re-using it in order to save natural resources.

The project has been overall supported by the background expertise of regional firms. Informational transparency of the overall project and the environmental friendly process has quickly gained support from local citizens, as well as the local government and mayor of Krajne, where the production line is located. Executing the production line will also have a positive impact on employment increase in the region.