Maip Group unveils recycled polymers for automotive market

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Plastics formulator Maip Compounding has released a new range of compounded polymers for the European automotive market, with ISCC Plus certification and based on strategic partner Eastman’s molecular recycling technology. The company, part of the Maip Group, states that its new Cherbio (Chemical recycling biobased) family will offer a range of aesthetic and functional products with a wide range of colors and special effects.

Cherbio T, based on Eastman’s polyester renewal technology, provides up to 50% certified recycled content from post-consumer and post-industrial waste streams. Unlike mechanically recycled plastics, it offers the same high performances as virgin plastics. Cherbio C provides up to 48% biobased content from sustainably managed forests. In addition, Eastman’s carbon renewal technology uses mixed waste plastics to provide an additional 20% to 40% certified recycled content, offering a material that is both biobased and contains certified recycled content.

Eastman has recently announced multiple investments for material-to-material molecular recycling facilities to produce new sustainable materials. The first facility, in Kingsport, Tennessee, is expected to be completed in late 2022, and the second facility, in France, by 2025. The company’s recycling process sees hard-to-recycle plastic waste broken down into its molecular building blocks and reassembled to become first-quality material without, it states, any compromise in performance. With the technology’s inherent efficiencies and the renewable energy sources available in France, its materials will in future be produced with greenhouse gas emissions up to 80% lower than traditional methods.

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