UK-based Axion Polymers has introduced new polymer grades of acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP), recycled from end-of-life automotive and WEEE resources.
The company claimed its post-consumer recycled ABS Axpoly ABS52 1000 offers carbon savings of 70% when compared with virgin plastics. It is suitable for molding parts that require durability, longevity, strong puncture strength and good dimensional stability, such as automotive trim components like car wing mirrors and car bumpers.
With good electrical insulation properties, it is also suitable for use in enclosures for domestic products like vacuum cleaners and kitchen appliances.
In addition, Axion offers variations on the standard grade’s physical properties to suit specific requirements, such as flame retardant versions.
This polymer is currently being used in the development of new applications for customers “who value these tough material properties” and are seeking an “economic solution with high environmental benefits”, according to Steve Bell, Axion Polymers’ Commercial Operations Manager.
Another new material, Axpoly PE51 1090 is said to offer carbon savings of 53% vs. virgin grades. With similar properties of high density PE (HDPE), it is suitable for products such as pallets, boxes and shipping containers or other general purpose molded items where durability and good water resistance is required.
As for the new high flexural modulus PP, Axpoly PP51 1093, it has high strength to withstand an applied top load without flexing and is suitable for construction and civil engineering applications, such as internal support structures for rainwater drainage tanks.
“As a new engineering polymer, Axpoly PP51 1093 is an innovative example of a customer-driven variant of Axion’s standard PP grade – Axpoly PP51 1000 – and demonstrates how we can tailor-make compounds to meet challenges from our customer base,” said Mr Bell.