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Lucite International and Agilyx to work on PMMA recycling
Source:Adsale Plastics Network    Editor:JK    Date:02.Jun.2020

Lucite International (LI), together with Agilyx Corporation (Agilyx), are working to contribute to the Circular Economy for PMMA (initially in Europe) with the support of LI's parent company, Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation (MCC).

 

LI has been creating a value chain that gives manufacturers of PMMA products the ability to have their products recovered and recycled back through MMA into PMMA at the end of their life, and to offer end consumers fully recycled acrylic products that have been produced from PMMA recyclate.

 

PMMA is one of the very few plastics that can be chemically de-polymerised and purified to produce a virgin quality monomer (MMA). This is the basic ethos behind achieving a truly circular economy.


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PMMA can be chemically de-polymerised.


LI is increasing the pace of its activity and has announced an exclusive agreement with Agilyx to use the Agilyx depolymerisation technology to define the most suitable chemical recycling infrastructure for recycling PMMA.

 

Phil Bailey, General Manager EMEA SBU Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, says: "We are delighted to be leading this project within MCC and are committed to ensuring PMMA becomes a fully sustainable material. We know from our customers that there is great demand for this, driven by societal and environmental concerns."

 

Joe Vaillancourt, Chief Executive Officer of Agilyx Corporation says: "Lucite International and Mitsubishi Chemical continue to demonstrate their leadership in sustainable manufacturing through the advancement of recycling initiatives of their products. We are honoured to be working with them to deliver fully recycled material for their products."

 

LI is working with Agilyx with the aim of bringing this to commercial realisation by 2023. In the interim, LI will be working with all key stakeholders - including MMA customers, PMMA customers, manufacturers, distributors, fabricators and recyclers - to develop a robust value chain for all.

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