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During the event, the advanced recycling company announced a plan to build 50 “born digital” facilities applying Plantweb technology developed by Emerson Process Management.

Clare Goldsberry

June 29, 2021

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PureCycle Technologies Inc. opened its doors to stakeholders — investors and partners — during the company’s recent Investor Day Expo at its Ironton, OH, recycling facility. The company also announced a multi-year digital technologies and service agreement with Emerson Process Management during the event.

Marcus Behrendt, CEO and partner, BMW i Ventures, who attended the event, commented: “I’m happy that I took the opportunity to travel to Ohio to be a part of PureCycle Investor Day 2021. As an investor, it was very promising to see how sophisticated and mature the technology of PureCycle already is. The quality of product produced by the Feedstock Evaluation Unit was very impressive.”

PureCycle uses proprietary technology licensed from the Proctor & Gamble Co. to recycle waste polypropylene (PP) into ultra-pure rPP for “myriad applications,” said the company. PureCycle chose Emerson’s Plantweb digital ecosystem for its operations, including intelligent sensors and control valves, advanced operations software and systems, cloud data management, and analytics.

“We’re more confident than ever in the scalability of our technology to meet demand for our virgin-like resin,” said PureCycle CEO Mike Otworth. “Our recycling facilities will be born digital, and with Emerson’s help, each PureCycle facility is expected to start up with the most advanced digital automation technologies available, allowing us to achieve faster project completion and to have fully integrated systems and world-class operating performance.”

PureCycle currently plans to build 50 additional “born-digital” recycling facilities over the next 15 years, where it will produce virgin-like rPP from waste PP. Investors and strategic partners, including BMW i Ventures and Milliken & Co., received a tour of the facility and observed PureCycle’s efforts to scale production of rPP to an expanding list of market verticals.

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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