NextChem, the Maire Tecnimont Group’s company for green chemistry and energy transition technologies, and its subsidiary MyReplast Industries, have taken a further step towards the goal of setting up a viable recycling business that meets the needs of customers seeking sustainable solutions for their products.
The companies have together launched the MyReplast trademark, complete with a new website, under which NextChem’s proprietary upcycling technology and the portfolio of products derived through that technology are included.
NextChem’s MyReplast Upcycling is a technology that has been developed to recycle rigid plastic waste, based on a combination of mechanical recycling and chemical processing. According to a spokesperson, the company is currently exploring the possibility of using flexible plastic waste as input material as well.
The first plant to use the technology is located at Brescia, in northern Italy. With a current capacity of 40kt per year and an up to 95% recycling efficiency, the plant is managed by NextChem’s subsidiary, MyReplast Industries.
MyReplast Industries is also actively exploring the possibilities of expanding the capacity in the future, either by upgrading the current facility or via new capacity investment, said the company.
The portfolio of materials produced under the new MyReplast brand are regranulates and flake from recycled PE and PE - products, said the company with chemical and physical properties that are equal to those of virgin polymers. As demand for its circular products grows, the company plans to expand the portfolio of available products.
All MyReplast compounded granulates are formulated to fulfill specific customer requirements and quality standards, and are available in fully formulated colours, in standard black and in different shades of grey. They are suitable for use as is or for adding in - as a proportion of post-consumer content - for further processing.
“We are designing a real recycling industry, with products that are carefully characterised, homogeneous and constant in quality, with attention to the development of the features that meet with the appearance and functional characteristics of the final products,” said NextChem CEO Pierroberto Folgiero.
"These are relevant elements for the market of recycled polymers, that after the Covid emergency is surely destined to grow.”