Ineos, a global manufacturer of petrochemicals based in the United Kingdom, has opened its new advanced polymer pilot plant in Rosignano, Italy, according to a company news release.
The plant will help to develop and produce advanced products from postconsumer plastics, including lightweight car parts. Ineos says the plant supports a more sustainable and circular approach to polymer production, diverting plastic scrap from landfills and incinerators back into valuable polymer products.
The new plant is part of Ineos’ global 100 million euros research and development program, which supports Ineos customers globally.
“This pilot plant will help to use more and more plastic waste for new high value polymers, which is the very core of the circular economy,” says Gerd Franken, chairman of Ineos Olefins & Polymers Europe.
Iain Hogan, who is CEO of Ineos Olefins & Polymers South, adds, “I would like to thank those that have supported this key research and development project from the beginning, across regional and local authorities. This is an important investment in the Rosignano site and for the whole of Ineos Olefins & Polymers.”
Earlier this month, Ineos Olefins & Polymers also announced the introduction of the Recycl-IN polymer range to its portfolio. The range contains up to 50 percent postconsumer recycled plastic compounded with new highly engineered virgin polymers.