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S√úDPACK expands its involvement in CARBOLIQ

Film manufacturer S√úDPACK deepens its commitment to chemical recycling, acquires majority stake in CARBOLIQ GmbH and appoints expert to drive innovation.

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S√úDPACK has acquired additional shares of CARBOLIQ GmbH and appointed Dirk Hardow as Managing Director. By doing so, S√úDPACK is demonstrating its commitment to a closed-loop system for plastics and to chemical recycling as a complementary recycling technology. Hardow, who as manager of the Business Unit Functional Films & Compounds is responsible for matters such as the development and implementation of closed-loop models, will lead the company as its managing director.

The acquisition of a majority stake in CARBOLIQ was signed in December. For Erik Bouts, CEO of S√úDPACK, this is ‚Äúthe logical next step. We regard CARBOLIQ technology as an indispensable building block in our industry‚Äôs process of transformation towards a circular economy.‚ÄĚ

With the acquisition, the film manufacturer is simultaneously substantiating its position in terms of a circular economy in the industry for flexible packaging. Because so far, S√úDPACK is the only manufacturer of flexible films with direct access to capacities for chemical recycling. ‚ÄúWe believe quite profoundly in the benefits of this advanced technology compared to other oiling processes,‚ÄĚ said Hardow. ‚ÄúIn terms of energy consumption and the processing window for a broad range of recyclables, CARBOLIQ technology offers significant advantages in comparison to other processes from our point of view,‚ÄĚ elaborated Hardow.

And for good reason‚ÄĒin concrete terms, CARBOLIQ is an advanced thermo-chemical process that also is called direct oiling. What primarily differentiates the CARBOLIQ process from other pyrolysis technologies is its flexibility regarding infeed materials, which do not necessarily have to be based on polyolefin. Thanks to its high feedstock tolerance, CARBOLIQ is also suitable for converting not only contaminated, mixed or other plastics into oil, but also flexible packaging and highly complex multilayer films.

Another advantage is that the process requires a lower temperature of less than 400¬įC. The low process temperature, the single-stage approach of the process and the use of friction to introduce energy to the material make it possible to convert material with relatively low energy consumption.

Initial pilot projects with customers already have been successfully realized or now are in the implementation phase. ‚ÄúWe expect chemical recycling to play a key role in the context of the upcoming PPWR (Packaging & Packaging Waste Regulation), not least to make it possible to meet the required recyclate use rates, particularly in the manufacturing of food packaging,‚ÄĚ predicted Hardow.

At the moment, the CARBOLIQ plant concept is‚ÄĒbased on high-caloric fractions and fully continuous operation‚ÄĒdesigned to provide an annual output of approximately 10,000 tons. The secondary raw material that is distributed under the name of CLR (Circular Liquid Resource) is similar in many of its main properties to fossil oil and the products obtained from it‚ÄĒwhich makes it a fully fledged substitute for fossil resources.

Hardow is looking forward to getting customers excited about the technology and to establishing the process even more firmly in the market in collaboration with the CARBOLIQ team.

‚ÄúIn our opinion, it will not be possible to manage the transition to a circular economy with mechanical recycling on its own, but rather with a healthy mix of a broad variety of technologies,‚ÄĚ he said.        

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