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INEOS Styrolution and Agilyx to build PS chemical recycling facility

December 11/2019

MOSCOW (MRC) -- INEOS Styrolution has partnered with post-consumer plastics recycling company Agilyx to build a polystyrene (PS) chemical recycling facility in Channahon, Illinois, US, said Packaging-gateway.

Designed to process 100t of post-consumer PS every day, the new facility will convert the waste into styrene material suitable to use in new polystyrene product manufacturing.

The new facility will use Agilyxs proprietary chemical recycling technology to break down polystyrene to its molecular base monomers.

With Agilyxs chemical recycling process, contaminated polystyrene can also be transformed into new, food-grade plastic products or packaging. This encourages circular recycling economy.

INEOS Styrolution Americas Standard Products vice-president Ricardo Cuetos said: This is an incredibly exciting time to be in this industry.

"Agilyxs chemical recycling technology is a game-changer to advance the circular recycling pathway of plastics. A benefit of chemical recycling is there is no degradation over multiple cycles. The polymers can continue to create new products over and over again of the same purity and performance of virgin polystyrene.

"This plant will dramatically increase recycling rates in the greater Chicago area, dispelling the myth that polystyrene cannot be recycled. We are thrilled to partner with Agilyx on this project."

Agilyx successfully completed the development programme for INEOS Styrolution with the selection of post-consumer polystyrene feedstock. The styrene product meets INEOS specifications.

The projects next phase involves the engineering and design of the facility.

As per ICIS-MRC Price Report, Ineos Styrolution"s general purpose polystyrene (GPPS) imports into Russia increased in the first ten months of 2019 by 2 times year on year to 10,600 tonnes. This figure was 4,900 tonnes in January-October 2018. Ineos Styrolution is the largest GPPS supplier to Russia. European material accounted for 45% of the total GPPS shipments over the stated period versus 30% in the first ten months of 2018. However, October Styrolution"s GPPS shipments to the Russian market decreased by more than 2 times to 700 tonnes from 1,500 tonnes a month earlier, the company"s imports into the country were 700 tonnes in October 2018.


mrcplast.com
Author:Anna Larionova
Tags:PS, EPS, GPPS, HIPS, Ineos, Ineos Styrolution.
Category:General News
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