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Dow and Orrion to begin recycling polyurethane foam in 2021

June 01/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Dow has announced plans to install an "industrial-scale" facility for the chemical recycling of polyurethane mattress foam at Orrion Chemicals Orgaforms site in Semoy, France, reported Chemweek.

The facility will produce polyols employing process technology developed in collaboration with H&S Anlagentechnik. Dow expects to begin producing the recycled polyols, which will be marketed under the tradename Renuva, during the first half of 2021.

About 30 million mattresses are discarded in Europe each year, says Dow.

"This development will represent a significant step towards achieving circularity for a product which traditionally poses significant challenges for recycling," says Ana Carolina Haracemiv, commercial director/Europe, Middle East, Africa, India at Dow Polyurethanes.

As MRC informed earlier, in mid-May 2020, USA based Dow Chemical announced plans to shut three polyethylene (PE) plants in the USA and Argentina to avoid piling inventories amid sluggish global demand conditions due to the COVID-19 related lockdown.

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 557,060 tonnes in the first three month of 2020, up by 7% year on year. High density polyethylene (HDPE) and linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) shipments rose because of the increased capacity utilisation at ZapSibNeftekhim. Demand for LDPE subsided.

The Dow Chemical Company is an American multinational chemical corporation headquartered in Midland, Michigan, United States. Dow is a large producer of plastics, including polystyrene (PS), polyurethane, polyethylene, polypropylene, and synthetic rubber.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:Europe, PE, LLDPE, poliuretan, LDPE, HDPE, adhesives, Dow, Rossiya, USA, France.
Category:General News
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