INEOS Styrolution receives funding from Flemish agency of innovation and entrepreneurship to research plastics recycling

INEOS Styrolution receives funding from Flemish agency of innovation and entrepreneurship to research plastics recycling

INEOS Styrolution studies new recycling technology for ABS and polystyrene

  • Research addresses dissolution recycling technology
  • Project focusses on removing additives from polymer matrices
  • Project increases INEOS Styrolution’s expertise in recycling technologies for styrenics

 

Remove2Reclaim

INEOS Styrolution, the global leader in styrenics, announced today it will be contributing to the research project “Remove2Reclaim – Recycling of plastics and titanium dioxide via advanced dissolution and separation techniques for plastic additive removal”[1]. Working together with leading European research institutes in the project will allow the company to build up expertise related to recycling via dissolution.

Styrenics are amongst the most recyclable polymers. INEOS Styrolution has a proven record of investing into basic research on advanced recycling technologies[2]. This includes completing the first lab-scale production of virgin polystyrene from depolymerised material[3] and driving the commercialisation of enhanced recycling of polystyrene forward[4]. Developing expertise on recycling via dissolution contributes to an in-depth understanding of the material’s properties.

The “Remove2Reclaim” project aims at developing innovative solvent-based extraction routes to remove additives, such as titanium dioxide, from different polymer matrices and to reuse both titanium dioxide and polymer in new products. Targeted polymers in the project include polystyrene, HIPS (high impact polystyrene) and ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene). For INEOS Styrolution, this dissolution route complements the existing mechanical and depolymerisation recycling projects, rounding up the understanding of the broad range of recycling technologies available for styrenics.

Michiel Verswyvel, Global R&D at INEOS Styrolution, comments: “We are committed to a circular economy for styrenics. Our main thrust is mechanical recycling of materials such as ABS and polystyrene and advanced recycling technologies, primarily depolymerisation of polystyrene. The “Remove2Reclaim” project gives us the opportunity to get a complete picture by exploring additional recycling technologies such as dissolution. In parallel, we are optimising our mechanical recycling efforts[5] and concentrate on commercialising recycled polystyrene via depolymerisation.”

The “Remove2Reclaim” project is funded by the Flemish Agency of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Vlaams Agentschap voor Innovatie en Ondernemen – VLAIO) and organised under the umbrella of the Flemish spearhead cluster Catalisti. Research partners include Ghent University, KU Leuven (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven) as well as VITO (Flemish Institute for Technological Research in Mol) and Centexbel (Kortrijk-Gent). INEOS Styrolution becomes one of five industry partners signed up in this project.

 

 

 

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About INEOS Styrolution

INEOS Styrolution is the leading global styrenics supplier, with a focus on styrene monomer, polystyrene, ABS Standard and styrenic specialties. With world-class production facilities and more than 90 years of experience, INEOS Styrolution helps its customers succeed by offering innovative and sustainable best-in-class solutions, designed to give them a competitive edge in their markets, and at the same time, help make the circular economy for styrenics a reality. The company provides styrenic applications for many everyday products across a broad range of industries, including automotive, electronics, household, construction, healthcare, packaging and toys/sports/leisure. In 2019, sales were at 5 billion euros. INEOS Styrolution employs approximately 3,600 people and operates 20 production sites in ten countries.

More info: www.ineos-styrolution.com 

About INEOS Manufacturing Belgium

About Project ONE

Project ONE is an investment by INEOS in the Antwerp chemical sector for the construction of an ethane cracker. With a budget of over 3 billion euros, it is the largest investment in European chemistry in more than 20 years. The plant will produce ethylene, the building block for essential chemical products that are part of everyday life. Ethylene is used for applications in various sectors such as automotive, construction, energy and medical. These include pipes for the transport of drinking water and gas, insulation material, textiles, solar panels, lubricants and blades for wind turbines, but also sterile packaging, MRI scanners, recyclable packaging and lightweight parts for cars.

Project ONE will set the standard for the chemical sector in Europe by using the most advanced techniques. In particular, the investment will be groundbreaking in terms of energy efficiency and will have a footprint that is only half that of existing similar installations in Europe.

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