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Borealis to build advanced mechanical recycling plant
By Frank Esposito
Plastics News Staff
At K 2022, materials fi rm Borealis
announced plans to build an
advanced mechanical recycling
plant in Austria and launched a
new technology for polypropylene
resin.
The plant will be located in
Schwechat and will be based on
Borcycle M technology developed
by Vienna-based Borealis,
offi cials said at an Oct. 19 press
event. Borcycle M transforms
polyolefi n-based post-consumer
waste into high-performance
polymers suitable for demanding
applications.
The new plant will have capacity
to produce more than 60 kilotons
- about 130 million pounds
- of advanced mechanical recycled
polyolefi n solutions and
compounds per year. Offi cials
said customers and end consumers
will benefi t from increased
supplies of high-quality recycled
plastic products.
Borealis had operated a pilot
plant using the technology in
Lahnstein, Germany, along with
partners Tomra and Zimmerman.
" We want to reduce our carbon
footprint and become a
fully global partner to our customers, "
CEO Thomas Gangl
said Oct. 19. Borealis has set
a goal of increasing its current
production of 100 million kt
(220 million pounds) of recycled
polyolefins to 600 kt (1.3
billion pounds) by 2025 and to
1.8 million kt (4 billion pounds)
by 2030.
" Our industry is undergoing a
revolution, " Gangl said. " We need
to move from linear to circular. "
Also at K 2022, Borealis announced
the launch of Borstar
Nextension technology. Officials
called the technology " a step
change for PP performance. "
They added that it enables the
replacement of multiple different
materials with one material,
enabling easier recycling and
encouraging design with recycling
in mind.
Single-site Borstar Nextension
catalysts are being made at a
new plant at the Borealis site in
Porvoo, Finland. PP properties
improved by the technology include
reduced odor, upgraded
food safety, higher purity and
better
transparency, according
to Lucrèce Foufopoulos-De Ridder.
She serves as the fi rm's executive
vice president of polyolefi
ns, innovation and technology
and circular economy solutions.
" We believe we can decarbonize
the plastics system in the
next 30 years, " Foufopoulos-De
Ridder said. " We want to help
our partner design new products
with a minimum use of resources
and maximum lifetimes. "
Borealis and Borouge PLC - a
joint venture between Borealis
and Abu Dhabi National Oil Co.
We believe
we can
decarbonize the
plastics system in
the next 30 years. "
Lucrèce Foufopoulos-De Ridder
Borealis
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- also announced the launch
of three all-PE pouch concepts
developed in collaboration with
technology partners to meet
challenges in fl exible consumer
packaging.
The three designs address
the need for significant improvements
in monomaterial
barrier packaging, carbon footprint
reduction and design for
recycling, officials said. Key
challenges identified by the
new pouch designs include reliable
sealability,
mechanical
properties
and thermal stability,
as well as different levels of
barrier performance depending
on end use.
Offi cials said the PE monomaterial
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use of nonrecyclable multimaterial
solutions. It also supports
the aesthetic consumer appeal
- look and feel - of the pouches
as well as their end-of-life
mechanical recycling in existing
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Borealis ranks as Europe's second-largest
polyolefi ns maker
and eighth in that market worldwide.
The fi rm employs almost
7,000 and posted sales of €12.3
billion in 2021. Oil and gas fi rm
OMV of Vienna owns 75 percent
of Borealis, with Mubadala Investment
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