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Agilyx and Braskem Partner on Advanced Recycling Project in North America

The partnership will explore pathways for the production of polypropylene using difficult-to-recycle mixed waste plastics.

Clare Goldsberry

December 18, 2020

2 Min Read
Agilyx's advanced recycling plant
Agilyx's advanced recycling facility in Tigard, OR.Image: Agilyx

Agilyx Corp., a pioneer in the advanced recycling of post-use plastics, and Braskem, the largest polyolefins producer in the Americas and global producer of biopolymers, have announced the initiation of a feasibility study to explore the development and construction of an advanced plastics recycling project in North America.

This project comes on the heels of an earlier announcement detailing a collaboration between Braskem and Encina Development Group to develop a long-term relationship enabling the production of circular recycled polypropylene (PP).

The Agilyx/Braskem partnership aims to examine an efficient pathway to produce polypropylene (PP) using difficult-to-recycle mixed waste plastics, powered by Agilyx advanced recycling technology. Mixed waste plastics for this project would be sourced through Agilyx’s feedstock management company, Cyclyx International Inc. In addition, this project is targeting circular PP with the necessary properties for demanding customer applications such as food packaging and consumer and hygiene products.

Mark Nikolich, CEO of Braskem America, stated, “As the North American leader in polypropylene, Braskem is committed to evolving its feedstock portfolio to leverage more-sustainable input sources and is currently evaluating various supply agreements and innovative projects to drive this shift. Our collaboration with Agilyx is just the most recent example of Braskem’s efforts to more holistically address the limited availability of propylene feedstock derived from post-use plastic in the market today. Looking forward, Braskem intends to explore direct investment options as needed to help accelerate this transition to more circular and sustainable feedstock and production technologies.”

Tim Stedman, CEO of Agilyx, commented, “We are pleased to partner with Braskem to advance this project forward and to expand the market for post-use recycled plastic. Agilyx has a proven technology leadership and track record in converting hard-to-recycle plastic. This collaboration targets a new product pathway for Agilyx, converting mixed waste plastic into the chemical building blocks used to produce polypropylene.”

About the Author(s)

Clare Goldsberry

Until she retired in September 2021, Clare Goldsberry reported on the plastics industry for more than 30 years. In addition to the 10,000+ articles she has written, by her own estimation, she is the author of several books, including The Business of Injection Molding: How to succeed as a custom molder and Purchasing Injection Molds: A buyers guide. Goldsberry is a member of the Plastics Pioneers Association. She reflected on her long career in "Time to Say Good-Bye."

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