Axion Polymers has introduced new polymer grades of ABS, polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP), recycled from end-of-life automotive and e-waste resources, following further investment in its plastics refinery plant to increase extrusion capacity and improve melt filtration technology.
The UK-based Axion offers post-consumer recycled ABS engineering polymer and says its Axpoly ABS52 1000 offers carbon savings of 70 percent when compared with virgin plastics.
Axpoly ABS52 1000 is a tough plastic 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, the company says. With good electrical insulation properties, it is suitable for use in enclosures for domestic products like vacuum cleaners and kitchen appliances.
Axion also offers variations on the standard grade’s physical properties to suit customers’ 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.
Offering carbon savings of 53 percent versus virgin grades, Axpoly PE51 1090 is a new grade of polyethylene with properties similar to 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.
The recently developed high flexural modulus polypropylene, Axpoly PP51 1093 has excellent strength to withstand an applied top load without flexing, the company says. It is ideal for construction and civil engineering applications, such as internal support structures for rainwater drainage tanks.
Axpoly PP51 1000 standard grade is widely used in a range of versatile applications, including automotive components, packaging, pipes, drainage goods, flowerpots and general purpose items from loudspeakers to hinges.