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 Belgium

About INEOS (https://www.ineos.com/)

A global manufacturer, INEOS operates 194 sites across 29 countries, generates $61 billion annually and employs over 26,000 people. Complementing our core business, INEOS is making an impact across a range of elite sports and becoming increasingly known to consumers, with the launch of the Grenadier (our uncompromising 4x4) and INEOS Hygienics. 

INEOS' business produces the raw materials and energy used for everyday life. Its products make an indispensable contribution to society by providing the most sustainable options for a wide range of societal needs. For example, preservation of food and clean water; construction of wind turbines, solar panels, and other renewable technologies; for construction of lighter and more fuel-efficient vehicles and aircraft; for medical devices and applications; for clothing and apparel; and for insulation and other industrial and home applications.  

INEOS businesses have put in place the plans and actions needed to ensure that they lead the transition to a net zero economy by no later than 2050, whilst remaining profitable, and staying ahead of evolving regulations and legislation. As part of its greenhouse gas emission reduction strategy, there is widespread goal to move to a more circular economy, in which materials are re-used to their maximum extent.  

About Project ONE

Project ONE is an investment by INEOS in the Antwerp chemical sector for the construction of an ethane cracker. The multi-billion euro investment is the largest in European chemistry in more than 20 years. The advanced plant will produce ethylene, one of the most widely used base chemicals worldwide and an essential building block for a wide range of products, including medical applications, textiles, computer and smartphone casings, household appliances, food packaging and cosmetics. Ethylene is also used in lightweight parts for cars and wind turbines, insulation materials for the construction industry and pipes for transporting drinking water.

Project ONE will set the standard for the chemical industry in Europe by employing the best available techniques. In particular, it will break new ground in terms of energy efficiency and will have a carbon footprint that is less than half of the top 10% steam crackers in Europe.

The target year for operation is 2026 as construction will take approximately 4 years. The investment will create 450 direct jobs and thousands of indirect jobs.

More information on : https://project-one.ineos.com


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