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Seaqual eyes expansion of ocean clean-up activities

Seaqual, a developer of recycled polyester fibres made from recycled ocean waste, has announced that apparel brand Ecoalf is no longer a shareholder in the Spanish company after being bought out by textile group Santanderina and spinner Antex, the project’s two remaining investors.

Making the announcement, the group said this change is in line with its transformation into an ingredient brand and its desire to make its product available to all brands in textiles and other industries such as furniture, automotive and accessories. 

Seaqual’s headquarters is now being relocated to a site near to Barcelona on Spain’s Mediterranean coast, giving its European operation easy access to recovery and collection activities. It had previously been based in a district of Madrid. 

Michel Chtepa, the company’s managing director, has said Seaqual’s goal now is to pursue its international development. He mentioned Asia, the US and Africa as regions of interest.

He also told sportstextiles that it is important for the company to scale up waste collection and material recycling and production. "We need to be able to guarantee industrial quantities if we want this system to have a real impact,” he said.