Axion Polymers launches new 100% recycled ABS grades

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Axion Polymers' chemical engineer Dr Pasika Chongcharoentaweesuk

Axion Polymers has launched a new range of 100% recycled ABS grades which the company said is suitable for a range of injection moulding applications – particularly in the construction and automotive sectors.

Recovered from the non-metallic waste fraction from end-of-life vehicles, the Axpoly r-ABS resins is reported to deliver a carbon footprint saving of two-thirds when compared with virgin ABS made from petrochemical feedstocks.

According to Axion Polymers, a full LCA study of Axion’s mechanical recycling process shows a saving of 2.1 tonne CO2 eq. for every tonne of ABS they produce.

"An additional advantage of using recycled polymers from a UK-sourced closed-loop supply chain is stable and competitive pricing because the input raw material costs are not linked to the volatile oil market," said Axion director Keith Freegard who added that some of their competitors are increasing prices due to post-Brexit exchange rate changes.

Freegard added: “Anyone purchasing polymer from central Europe will be facing around a 15% price increase. Manufactured from feedstocks collected in Britain, our polymers are not affected by exchange rate changes. What better time than now to buy British?”

Axion Polymers' 100% recycled Axpoly plastics are mechanically separated at its shredder waste advanced processing plant (SWAPP) in Manchester and then further refined at the Salford polymer compounding site. All production batches said to be are traceable back to the origin of the raw material as part of an integrated, closed-loop, automotive materials resource recovery system.

“Their traceability enables manufacturers to enhance the green credentials of products, such as building products or automotive components, and produce them at a lower cost than using virgin polymers,” explained product development technologist Mark Keenan. “Our new r-ABS polymers are ideal for compression load applications and have recently been used to mould load plates for reinforced steel beams as well as strengtheners in the corners of windows.”

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