INEOS has opened a new advanced polymer pilot plant in Rosignano, Italy, which will help to develop and produce advanced products that will incorporate plastic waste diverted away from landfill or incineration. One example of the many products it will develop will include light weight car parts.
The plant supports a more sustainable and circular approach to polymer production, saving CO2 as well as directing plastic waste from landfill back into valuable polymer products. The new plant is part of INEOS’s global EUR100 million (USD110 million) 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. It demonstrates INEOS commitment to develop this technology to full commercial scale,” said Gerd Franken, chairman of INEOS Olefins & Polymers Europe and chairman of INEOS Polyolefins Catalyst.
“I would like to thank those that have supported this key R&D project from the beginning, across regional and local authorities. This is an important investment in the Rosignano site and for the whole of INEOS O&P,” said Iain Hogan, CEO of INEOS Olefins & Polymers South.
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% post-consumer recycled plastic compounded with new highly engineered virgin polymers.