Regain Polymers has won a contract to manufacture a range of US-designed products, including railway sleepers, from recycled plastic.
The West Yorkshire company has signed an exclusive agreement with Sicut Enterprises, which licenses a package of patented technology products from Rutgers University in New Jersey.
Regain will be responsible for the manufacture of Sicut’s recycled plastic composites, including its Ecotrax sleeper, for Sicut’s customers in Europe.
Production, starting this summer, will be at the company’s manufacturing plant in Allerton Bywater near Castleford, but is expected to be extended to other plants during the next three years.
Michael Eidecker, Regain managing director, said: “Ever since Regain and Sicut started discussions surrounding this partnership, we felt it was one of the greatest opportunities for Regain in its recent history.
“The signing of this exclusive agreement demonstrates the breadth and depth of our capability as the UK’s leading bespoke compounder of post-use rigid plastics.”
William Mainwaring, Sicut chief executive, said: “Regain understands the importance of quality control, and can apply its in-depth knowledge of polymers, recycling and extrusion manufacturing to produce consistent high-quality products using our unique licensed technology.
”The manufacture of our structural composites here in the UK … will not only offer significant benefits to our European customers, but will also be welcomed by the UK plastics recycling industry as it battles to meet ever more challenging recycling targets.”
Regain reported turnover of £31m in 2014, employs more than 100 people and is ISO 9001 accredited. It was acquired by Aurelius Group in July 2015.