Teijin Aramid and Clariter develop a carbon neutral solution for recycling of Endumax
Together, these environmental conscious companies are developing a sustainable disposal method for highly valuable, post-production and end of life material that is hard to recycle mechanically.
As a future-oriented enterprise, Teijin Aramid has been looking for a sustainable solution for recycling their end-products. Clariter's innovative technology transforms potential plastic waste into high-value, pure industrial products with a net negative carbon footprint, which means it cleans the environment rather than pollutes it.
Feedstock tests with Teijin Aramid's Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (EndumaxÂ®), material were carried out at Clariter's pilot plant in Gliwice, Poland. The results showed that samples of fishing nets, ropes and air cargo containers were indeed suitable for chemical recycling. High resistance UHMW-PE, which was once problematic to recycle, has been now successfully upcycled into feedstock for pure, crude-free industrial products with applications such as cleaning agents, degreasers, paints, and speciality wax.
For products such as fishing nets,Â full circularity may be achieved, as the wax can be used to coat fishing nets; however, open-loop recycling can result in the production of valuable products for use in production processes orÂ other applications.
Clariter is planning to build and operate a full-scale plant in the Netherlands in Delfzijl, near theÂ Teijin Aramid plant. Additionally, preparations for more plants are ongoing in Poland and Israel.
Jasper Munier, Clariter Business Development Manager for North-West Europe, said: âWorking with a partner like Teijin Aramid and proving that chemical recycling is the solution for the plastic waste epidemic, brought us again a bit closer to the cleaner and more sustainable future. As a next step, we want to process samples of much larger quantities and types at our 15,000mÂ² Industrial-scale Plant in East London, South Africa. We look forward to working with Teijin Aramid team of experts and together positioning chemical recycling as an irreplaceable recycling solution."
Hendrik de Zeeuw, Director Marketing & Sales Teijin Aramid:Â âViaÂ thisÂ partnership with Clariter,Â Teijin Aramid has set a next step in the recyclability ofÂ EndumaxÂ®.Â That means Endumax is now in the same league as the other productsÂ ofÂ Teijin Aramid,Â which is overall a great achievement.Â Together with Clariter,Â weÂ willÂ be able toÂ helpÂ customersÂ in theÂ offshoreÂ toÂ take back their Endumax ropes, nets and cables to extend the end of life. " He added that in the aerospace business, the company will be able to complyÂ withÂ end-user requirements demanding that after use, the fullÂ air cargoÂ containers, including the panels,Â can be recycled. "In collaborationÂ with Clariter, we come again a step closer towardsÂ ourÂ ambitionÂ to be the best high performanceÂ fiberÂ company for the world,âÂ he said.
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