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Industrial symbiosis in automotive textile industry

Industrial symbiosis in automotive textile industry
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Textile and clothing
Annual saving:
Payback time:
1 Year(s)
Resource savings: Raw material:
Reducing 300 tonnes waste per year by giving it as a raw material to another company
Associated cost savings: Waste:
Payback time:
Immediate payback after the measure implementation
Return on investment:
100% / Aside from transport and leasing costs, the project did not require additional investment; yet delivers € 6 000 annually in savings on waste landfilling
Premises and operation areas:
Waste and recycling
Size of company:
Large (more than 250)
Advancement in applying resource efficiency measures:
One off investment:

Waste as a resource not a problem

  • By giving waste to another company, automotive company saves about € 6 000 annually
  • Win-win relationship turns waste from one company into a resource for another

Magna Automotive CZ Ltd. is a Czech subsidiary of Canadian company Magna which manufactures seat covers for the automotive industry.

Waste from the company's cutting facility is a mixture of textiles, paper, and plastic foils. Every year, it produces around 300 tonnes of this waste, which previously ended in landfill.

Key benefit

Magna Automotive wanted to do something about this so, as part of a Cutter Waste Project, it sourced a company that takes waste material like this and uses it in further processing and final products. Based on an agreement with the manufacturer, Magna contributes to transportation and has leased a compactor/container for the collection and transport of this waste.

Each year, the company will provide 300 tonnes of waste, which would otherwise end up as landfill covering the equivalent of a quarter of a football stadium.


"The aim of Magna Group is to behave as environmentally friendly as possible and to minimise the amount of waste deposited in landfills. The Cutter Waste Project has enabled us to meet this aim." -- Václav Punčochář, IMS Coordinator

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