Poland-based plastics processor Jelenia Plast has signed a supply contract with ML Polyolefins, a leading producer of PP regranulate derived from post-industrial packaging and other waste that is likewise headquartered in Poland.
The new agreement strengthens what were already close ties between the two companies. They previously collaborated on the development and upgrading of rPP resins suitable for Jelenia Plats’s applications. Today, Jelenia Plast includes in its offering a portfolio of end products made with a substantial percentage of recycled content, supplied by ML Polyolefins.
As Jens Kröger, the president of Jelenia Plast noted, recyclates are becoming increasingly important in the production of plastic products. “We are aware of the great responsibility that rests on us, which is why we striving to become a leader in achieving sustainable development goals,” he said.
The deal was concluded surprisingly fast, said negotiators on both sides. “The development of the material took up most of the time, because - understandably - we wanted to maintain the aesthetic appearance, colour and properties of the product,” said Monika Łagońska, purchasing department manager at Jelenia Plast.
“We have some work ahead related to the research and development for new recipes, but if the cooperation is as smooth as it has been so far, we will start deliveries of new product groups very quickly,” added Krzysztof Nowosielski, commercial directer at ML Polyolefins.
Such contracts, he said, are closely watched by other industry players. Everyone is currently exploring ways to reduce the use of virgins materials and to replace these with alternative materials, including recycled content.
This collaboration will further serve to demonstrate the benefits and feasibility of using recyclates instead of prime materials in numerous applications.
The companies declined to state the exact value of the contract, but indicated this was in the region of a "few million euros per year".