Teijin Aramid and Clariter develop chemical recycling solution for Endumax materials
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For more than twenty years, Teijin Aramid (Arnhem, Netherlands), a subsidiary of the Teijin Group, has been recycling Twaron fibers in its own recycling facilities (the “Teijin Aramid program produces high performance bio-based aramid fibers” details one of these initiatives). In the quest for zero emissions, Teijin Aramid partnered with recycler Clariter (Siyakha, South Africa) and launched a sustainable advanced chemical recycling solution for Endumax, an ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMW-PE ). Together, the companies would develop a sustainable disposal method for high-value post-production and end-of-life (EOL) materials that are difficult to mechanically recycle.
The first tests on Teijin Aramid’s Endumax feedstock were carried out at Clariter’s operational pilot plant in Gliwice, Poland. The results determined that samples of fishing nets, ropes and air cargo containers are suitable materials for chemical recycling. The high-strength UHMW-PE, which Teijin Aramid said was once problematic to recycle, has now been successfully recycled as raw material using this recycling process into pure, crude-free industrial products with thousands of ‘applications such as cleaning agents, degreasers, paints and specialties. wax.
“Working with a partner like Teijin Aramid and proving that chemical recycling is the solution to the plastic waste epidemic has brought us one step closer to a cleaner, more sustainable future,” says Jasper Munier, Business Development Manager at Clarify for North West Europe. “In the next step, we want to process samples of much larger quantities and types at our industrial-scale 15,000 square meter factory in East London, South Africa. We look forward to working with the Teijin Aramid team of experts and positioning chemical recycling as an irreplaceable recycling solution.
According to Hendrik de Zeeuw, Director of Marketing and Sales, Teijin Aramid, this partnership with Clariter will help customers reuse Endurmax products, especially ropes, nets and cables to extend their EOL. “Now in the aviation industry, after use, full air cargo containers, including panels, can be recycled. Together with Clariter, we are once again moving closer to our ambition to be the best high performance fiber company in the world.