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Tailored polymers drive expansion

Axion Polymers 2000

Axion Polymers’ technical capability in creating tailor-made recycled polymer grades for customers’ product applications is driving expansion for the plastics recycler.

Demand is rising for sustainably sourced and competitively priced high-grade polymers that can be formulated to match customers’ specifications.

The company’s range of Axpoly high-grade recycled plastics is sourced from the end-of-life vehicle Shredder Waste Advanced Processing Plant at Trafford Park and refined further at its advanced polymer processing site in Salford.

Product development technologist Mark Keenan said: “More manufacturers are recognising the value of using recycled polymers that not only can be modified to suit specific requirements, such as adjusting melt flow, impact resistance and tensile strength, but also are genuinely sustainable.”

A recent example is bioreactor packing pieces, where Axion’s team achieved the precise melt flow rate to fill a complicated 24-up injection moulding tool rapidly. Following technical consultations at the customer’s site, custom compounds were developed to suit the process. The initial success led to Axion supplying a further variation to the original polypropylene grade.

Keenan added: “In the transition to a circular materials economy, manufacturers are recognising the advantages of using high-quality recycled polymers in new products. Axion’s expertise, technology and products can help them realise their vision.”

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