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Worn Again launches PET recovery R&D pilot facility

February 05/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Worn Again Technologies of Nottingham, UK, has launched its pilot R&D facility for chemical recovery of PET from non-reusable textile and PET bottle and packaging waste, said Sustainableplastics.

The chemical process uses solvents to separate, decontaminate and extract PET polymer and cellulose from the waste, to be used again as raw materials, the company said in a statement.

With the capacity to process 80kilo batches, the facility is located at CPI, a technology and innovation centre in Redcar, England.

Designed and built with the help of leading equipment providers, the plant aims to develop further process data, knowledge and understanding as part of a move towards industrialisation of the technology.

CPI was chosen as the facility to host the plant in view of the technical excellence it provides to help accelerate technologies to market, Worn Again said.

The pilot is a significant step in developments as it will allow us to confirm and further optimise the different steps in the process in one unit, accelerating our engineering development to the next step of a demonstrator plant, said  Nick Ryan, Worn Again Technologies technology director.

The pilot facility, according to Cyndi Rhoades, founder of Worn Again Technologies, is the next tangible step in bringing the company closer to a scalable, commercially viable industrial process.

As per MRC's DataScope, imports of injection moulding PET chips in Russia increased by 13% in 2019 compared with the same period a year ago and reached 126,600 tonnes. The same indicator in January-December 2018 amounted to 111,700 tonnes, according to MRC"s ScanPlast. The share of imports from China of bottled PET remained at the level of the previous year and amounted to 87% in January - December 2019.
Author:Anna Larionova
Tags:PET-granulate, PET bottles, PET films, PET preforms.
Category:General News
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