100% recycled ABS grades launched

Axion Polymers has launched a new range of strong and durable 100% recycled ABS grades suitable for a range of injection moulding applications – particularly in the fenestration, construction and automotive sectors.

Recovered from the non-metallic waste fraction from end-of-life vehicles, the Axpoly r-ABS resins deliver a carbon footprint saving of two-thirds when compared with virgin ABS made from petrochemical feedstocks.

A full LCA study of Axion’s mechanical recycling process shows a saving of 2.1 tonne CO2 for every tonne of ABS they produce. That is equal to the CO2 impact of driving a 44-tonne articulated road haulage vehicle 1,400 miles.

An additional advantage of using recycled polymers from a UK-sourced closed-loop supply chain is stable and competitive pricing because the input raw material costs are not linked to the volatile oil market. Axion director Keith Freegard said that some of its competitors are increasing prices due to post-Brexit exchange rate changes.

“Anyone purchasing polymer from central Europe will be facing around a 15% price increase. Manufactured from feedstocks collected in Britain, our polymers are not affected by exchange rate changes. What better time than now to buy British.”

Axion Polymers high-quality 100% recycled Axpoly plastics are mechanically separated at its Shredder Waste Advanced Processing Plant (SWAPP) in Manchester and then further refined at the Salford polymer compounding site. All production batches are traceable back to the origin of the raw material as part of an integrated, closed-loop, automotive materials resource recovery system.