Aim: The Production of more Certified Polymers

The companies Sabic and Plastic Energy will build “the first commercial unit” to produce Sabic’s certified circular polymers, which – as part of the TRUCIRCLE portfolio – are made from the upcycling of mixed and used plastic.

According to the information, the facility will be based in Geleen (the Netherlands) and put into operation in the second half of 2022. The project will be realized under a 50-50 joint venture called SPEAR (Sabic Plastic Energy Advanced Recycling BV) and is being executed with a Top Sector Energy Subsidy from the Ministry of Economic Affairs in the Netherlands.

As part of the project’s market foundation stage, Sabic (a global leader in diversified chemicals) has worked together with Plastic Energy (a pioneer in chemical plastics recycling), leading customers and converters to produce and commercialize certified circular polymers since early 2019. The certified circular polymers are produced using Plastic Energy’s recycling technology to convert low quality, mixed, and used plastic – otherwise destined for incineration or landfill – into TAC­OIL. That will be used in the production process alternatively to traditional fossil materials to create new circular polymers.

(Published in GLOBAL RECYCLING Magazine 1/2021, Page 22, Photo: Sabic)