The health crisis has completely transformed certain economic sectors. In Ariège, a textile manufacturer who worked for the automobile has converted to the manufacture of recyclable masks, and jobs have been made sustainable.
In the Pays d’Olmes (Ariège), in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, hope is reborn for the textile industry. The Adient Fabrics plant makes polyester fabric for cars, a market that has fallen since the first lockdown. These kilometers of fabric have nevertheless found a second life and will be used to make gowns and masks made in Occitanie. “Our sanitary products are usable 50 times, washable 50 times, and, behind, are 100% recyclable“, Explains Mathias Daynié, the director.
Regional Council support
The reconversion of the factory made it possible to make up 20% of the loss in turnover, and the company managed to get out of short-time working. The Regional Council was its first customer, ordering 22 million masks at 2.36 euros. The objective: to develop regional independence by creating jobs. In Lavelanet, a spinning mill which employed five people now employs around twenty.