Plastics recycler Axion Polymers has invested a further £1m to optimise materials recovery from end-of-life vehicles at its purpose-built plant at Trafford Park, Manchester.
Roger Morton, the firm's director, said: “This latest cash injection is part of on-going efficiency optimisation at the facility, which has an annual 200,000 tonnes capacity. It enables Axion to separate the non-metallic fractions from the equivalent of about 800,000 cars a year.
“Although the operation is still developing, we are already delivering the 95% recycling and recovery target through a combination of plastics recycling, producing materials for the construction industry and fuel to substitute coal.”
Axion said that the polypropylene recovered from automotive post-consumer waste presents a great opportunity for manufacturers to tap into a stream of “truly sustainable materials” including its Axpoly PP51, which made from automotive shredder residue
“Axpoly PP51 is an example of the new recovery technologies and refining techniques we have developed to satisfy the higher 95% target levels. We are seeing increasing interest from other end-of-life recyclers in using spare capacity on the shredder waste advanced processing plant as the 2015 deadline for the 95% recycling target draws closer,” explained Morton.