World’s first production of PC/ABS post-consumer recycled WEEE plastic started

Source: MBA Polymers

Richmond, California, USA — Plastics recycling and technology company MBA Polymers has started the first commercial production line in the world manufacturing post-consumer PC/ABS pellets from shredded waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). The PC/ABS plant is at MBA’s facility at Kematen, Austria, which is perfectly situated for supplies of the raw material. The new product will be distributed under the EvoSourceTM tradename.

PC/ABS is used in a huge range of electronic products such as computer monitors, cellular phones and laptop computers and is a highly-engineered blend of polycarbonate (PC) with acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene copolymer (ABS) often used in automotive applications. Post-consumer PC/ABS will be a vital part of meeting the growing global demand for sustainable materials in some of the largest markets in the world – automotive, electrical and consumer electronics.

“These are exciting times for our engineering plastics business. The decision to develop PC/ABS products reflects our determination to meet the growing demand from customers for post-consumer recycled plastic as well as extending our commitment to sustainable growth. Every 1% increase in the usage of our waste benefits our return on investment enormously. MBA is unique in being able to extract the degree of value that we are achieving today from WEEE“, said Richard McCombs, Chief Executive, MBA Polymers.

“EvoSourceTM PC/ABS and MBA Polymers’ other high-quality recycled plastics further expand the opportunities for manufacturers to use more sustainable materials, which in turn increase the realities of a circular economy”, added Arthur Schwesig, Business Manager, Engineering Plastics, MBA Polymers, Austria.

Source: MBA Polymers