I:CO and SOEX – A strong alliance built on a symbiosis of a modern vision and long standing tradition
SOEX relies upon its rich expertise, transparency, high ambitions, quality products and innovative recycling methods. The company feeds off an entrepreneurial ethic, whose pillars are high-quality collection services for used textiles, ste of the art sorting methods for the collected goods, global marketing and used clothing trade, processing of unwearable used textiles into secondary raw materials, trading and recycling innovation. All backed by a strong international partner network.
I:CO, short for I:Collect, is a respected global solutions provider and innovator for collection, reuse and recycling of used clothing and shoes. The scale of I:CO’s worldwide take-back system and logistics network is unique in the textile industry. I:CO supports retailers and fashion brands in their ambitions to take on product responsibility and helps to implement circular models tailored for individual businesses.
SOEX was founded in 1977 – what followed is a long history of successes and development that is still ongoing. We have not yet finished growing and are excited to continue our journey.
Foundation of SOEX
SOEX begins its history as a trading company for cars and textiles.
Acquisition of EFIBA
The company decides to deepen its roots in the textile industry and expands into international markets. At the same time, SOEX acquires the German company EFIBA, which initiated nationwide street collections for used textiles. The takeover enables SOEX to benefit from decades of expertise in the collection and logistics of garments and shoes.
Sorting facility in Wolfen starts its operations
Only a year after starting construction on the biggest textile sorting and recycling facility, the sorting begins. In its field, the breakthrough makes SOEX the number one company in the world. Quickly, the number of employees rises from 150 to 360 within a year
Launch of the recycling set-up in Wolfen
To save resources and increase recovery rates, SOEX launches its high performance recycling plant. Non wearable garments are processed into insulation materials. The set-up runs almost continuously throughout the year and processes approximately 11,000 tons annually.
With the acquisition of Retextil, which specializes in commercial collection, SOEX further expands its collection activities and thus its market leadership.
Foundation of I:Collect
The recycling approach is rethought, as the company collects where clothing is purchased and offers consumers incentives with shopping vouchers to return the products to the cycle. This minimizes resource consumption, protects the environment and enables sustainable consumption.
2016 Sorting facility in U.A.E. starts its operations
With a growing network of international partners through I:CO’s take-back program, SOEX launches its second sorting facility in Sharjah, U.A.E. to raise productivity and efficiency.
Launch of the Sorting for Recycling set-up in Wolfen
By commissioning an infrared sorting station with material and color recognition at its plant in Wolfen, SOEX intends to continue to focus on sorting for recycling – and drive up the recycling rate together with the fashion industry.