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Infinited Fiber Raises €30 million; adidas, BESTSELLER Among New Investors

Circular fashion and textile technology group Infinited Fiber Company has secured investments totaling €30 million in its latest financing round completed on June 30.

The round also brought Infinited Fiber new investors, including sportswear company adidas, Invest FWD A/S, which is BESTSELLER’s investment arm for sustainable fashion, and investment company Security Trading Oy. Among the existing investors contributing to this round were fashion retailer H&M Group, which was the lead investor, investment company Nidoco AB, and Sateri, the world’s largest viscose producer and a member of the RGE group of companies.

This securement of new funding follows Infinited Fiber Company’s April announcement of plans to build a flagship factory in Finland in response to the strong growth in demand from global fashion and textile brands for its regenerated textile fiber Infinna. The factory, which will use household textile waste as raw material, is expected to be operational in 2024 and to have an annual production capacity of 30,000 metric tons.

The new funding enables Infinited Fiber to carry out the work needed to prepare for the flagship factory investment and to increase production at its pilot facilities in the years leading to 2024.

“We are really happy to welcome our new investors and grateful for the continued support from our older investors,” said Infinited Fiber Company co-founder and CEO Petri Alava. “These new investments enable us to proceed at full speed with the pre-engineering, environmental permits, and the recruitment of the skilled professionals needed to take our flagship project forward. We can now also boost production at our pilot facilities so that we can better serve our existing customers and grow our customer-base in preparation for both our flagship factory and for the future licensees of our technology.”

H&M Group is one of Infinited Fiber Company’s earliest investors.  first invested in Infinited Fiber Company in 2019. The company also signed a multiyear sales deal with Infinited Fiber to secure its access to agreed amounts of Infinna from the planned flagship factory.

New investor BESTSELLER has struck a similar sales deal.

Infinited Fiber Company’s flagship plant preparations are proceeding on other fronts. Several Nordic and international investment banks have given Infinited Fiber proposals on the financing options for the investment.

Infinited Fiber technology turns cellulose-based raw materials, like cotton-rich textile waste, into Infinna, a unique, premium-quality regenerated textile fiber with the natural, soft look and feel of cotton. Infinna is biodegradable and contains no microplastics, and at the end of their life, garments made with it can be recycled in the same process together with other textile waste.

More than 92 million metric tons of textile waste is produced globally every year and most of this ends up in landfills or incinerators

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