Axion Polymers is offering both cost and carbon savings with its new range of strong and durable 100% recycled ABS grades suitable for a range of injection moulding applications.
The Axpoly r-ABS resins deliver a carbon footprint saving two-thirds when compared with virgin ABS made from petrochemical feedstocks, due to the fact that they are recovered from the non-metallic waste fraction from end-of-life vehicles.
For every tonne of ABS they produce, Axion’s mechanical recycling process shows a saving of 2.1 tonne CO2 eq according to a full LCA study.
Due to the input raw material costs not being linked to the volatile oil market, the pricing is stable and competitive – an advantage of using recycled polymers from a UK-sourced closed-loop supply chain.
Keith Freegard, Axion Director, observes that some of its competitors are increasing prices due to post-Brexit exchange rate changes.
Axion Polymers high-quality 100% recycled Axpoly plastics are mechanically separated in Manchester at its Shredder Waste Advanced Processing Plant (SWAPP) and then further refined at the Salford Polymer compounding site. As a consequence of the integrated, closed-loop, automotive materials resource recovery system, all production batches are traceable back to the origin of the raw material.
This therefore enhances the green credentials of products according to Product Development Technologist Mark Keenan. He also states that the new r-ABS polymers have recently been used to mould load plates for reinforced steel beams as well as strengtheners in the corners of windows, as they are idea; for compression load applications.
Dr Pasika Chongcharoentaweesuk, Chemical Engineer explains that they compared the physical properties of Axpoly r-ABS with competitive products and also with hand-sorted ABS pieces recycled from flat-panel TV displays, proving that the advanced recycling processes can deliver finished products with properties that match the equivalent products in the market and a purity that is as good as laborious hand-sorting operations.
The standard recycled ABS grade Axpoly r-ABS52 1009 can be modified to suit a customer’s individual application using the compounding capability and fully equipped materials testing laboratory at Axion’s factory site
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