BELGIUM – Borealis is pleased to announce the installation of a semi-commercial demonstration recyclate-based polyolefins (rPO) compounding line in Beringen, Belgium.

Set for construction during 2024, it is expected to be fully operational in the first half of 2025.

The state-of-the-art line will utilize Borealis’ proprietary technology to transform mechanically recycled post-consumer waste into high-quality rigid polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (PE) materials.

The new line will offer exceptional versatility and flexibility, capable of processing a wide range of recyclate flakes from both PP and high-density polyethylene (HDPE) waste sources.

As a semi-commercial demonstration line, it will showcase the power of Borcycle M technology to produce mechanically recycled solutions that meet the rigorous and varied demands of high-performance applications in industries including mobility, consumer products, appliances, and energy.

This initiative will support Borealis’ customers in integrating value-added recycled plastics into their product lines without compromising performance.

The investment will expand Borealis’ overall recyclate processing and compounding capacity, providing valuable operational experience and technological insight into recyclate processing. This knowledge will be vital in supporting Borealis’s scaling up of this transformative technology.

This strategic move, along with Borealis’ recent acquisitions, underscores the company’s commitment to accelerating the transition to a circular economy for plastics. The new line is poised to make a significant contribution to this transformative journey.

“At Borealis, we are dedicated to supporting our customers in meeting their sustainability goals while maintaining exceptionally high-quality standards,” explains Mirjam Mayer, Borealis Vice President of Circular Economy Solutions.

“This represents another step in Borealis’ ambition to deepen our expertise in giving plastic waste a new life in high-value applications.”

Borealis introduces glass-fiber reinforced PP with 65% PCR

Borealis has also introduced Borcycle™ GD3600SY, a glass-fiber-reinforced polypropylene (PP) compound with 65% post-consumer recycled (PCR) polymer content.

This innovative material will first be used in automotive interiors through a landmark project in partnership with Plastivaloire, a thermoplastic injection specialist and Tier 1 supplier to the automotive sector, and Stellantis, an OEM and owner of 14 automotive brands.

Borcycle GD3600SY contains 30% glass fibers, meaning that almost the entire polymer fraction of the product is made from post-consumer recycled PP.

It will initially be used in center console carriers for the new Peugeot 3008, marking the first time a compound with 65% PCR PP has been used in series production for large automotive interior applications.

This development proactively addresses the forthcoming European End-of-Life Vehicles regulation, which stipulates that 25% of the plastic used in new vehicles must come from recycled sources, focusing on mechanical and post-consumer recycling.

Since polypropylene accounts for about one-third of car plastic, compounds like Borcycle GD3600SY will be critical in achieving these circularity goals.

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