There are two options available in regard to our recycling operation, both option require the composite to be powdered in several micron formats. The first option is the thermoplastic route. A mix of the powder and a patented compatibilizer will serve as an additive during the production of broad range of polyethylene (PE) products. Examples of PE products are pipelines, foil and film products and a variety of products within the packaging industry. Our additive has many advantages: It provides up till 45% more strength to PE products, making it possible for manufacturers to increase the standard of their product or decrease the amount of PE while maintaining a steady quality. This realizes a considerable cost reduction. On top of that, the use of our additive allows producers to use less natural resources which make them really stand out as green and sustainable.
The second recycling option is the chemical recovery of the individual composite components. This method is based on a short reactor process, after which fiberglass and resin are available. Depending on the source of the waste, the resin comes in various value grades and serves directly as a basic material for use within the composite industry. It can be added to virgin material as well, and it is possible to upgrade the resin to higher values any producer requires.
There are several options for the fiberglass as well: It can be melted and used as material within the glass industry or it can be utilized directly as an additive. However, a Scottish patented procedure makes it possible to upgrade the fibers for re-use in different areas. Within the nearby future this is an option as well when it comes to carbon reinforcements. It goes without saying that this innovative recovery technology stands for a very sustainable way of composite production, again providing producers with the chance to further enhance their sustainability goals.