MBA Polymers and European Metal Recycling Limited (EMR) have chosen a shuttered glass production site in Worksop, Nottingshamshire, U.K. for a new 80,000 tons/yr plastic processing joint venture to be called MBA Polymers UK. The company will take shredder residue from EMR’s U.K. operations and apply MBA’s proprietary process to recover, separate, and purify plastics from that waste stream, which can then be sold for use in new products.
In a release, David Ireland, EMR’s director of technical services, said the site was chosen for logistical reasons and that operations should begin in early 2010. The companies estimate the plant will generate in 100 new jobs. MBA Polymers UK received a Grant for Business Investment (GBI) award of £1 million from the East Midlands Development Agency, using the monies to purchase the site and equipment.
EMR (Warrington, England) processes more than 10 million tons of waste material a year from consumers, industry, and demolition, producing more than 100 grades of recycled products. MBA Polymers operates plants in the U.S., China, and Europe, supplying automotive, appliance, and electronics OEMs with reclaimed plastics. In Europe, its MBA Polymers Austria Kunststoffverarbeitung GmbH (Kematen) was founded in November of 2004 as a JV between MBA Polymers Austria’s Müller-Guttenbrunn Group. The 20,000-sq-m site has annual capacity of 40,000 tons. In China, Guangzhou GISE-MBA New Plastics Technology Co. Ltd. was founded in January 2004, as a partnership between Guangzhou Iron & Steel Enterprises Group Co. Ltd. and MBA, with the 20,000-sq-m plant there offering an annual processing capacity of 40,000 tons.—[email protected]