Interview to María Romeu, Environmental Technician and Toni Prunera, Head of Business Development and R&D at ELIX POLYMERS.
Q: What are ELIX’s main responsibilities within the project?
A (María): ELIX Polymers, a member of Sinochem International, is a leading manufacturer of Acrylonitrile-Butadiene-Styrene (ABS) resins and derivatives in Europe.
Operating from our head office in Tarragona, Spain, and with sales support teams in all key markets, our company is a specialist provider of tailor-made solutions for high quality thermoplastics applications. With a 40-year track record, ELIX Polymers is an expert in ABS polymers, and it has the resources, the expertise and the experience to create value for its customers through highly individual solutions.
(Toni): ELIX is the only ABS manufacturer that this initiative incorporates, thereby allowing us to provide support to various working groups based on our experience and knowledge of one of the main plastics used in electrical and electronics devices.
Likewise, ELIX participates in various phases of the project:
- Quality and main characteristics of the prime materials.
- Establishment of the specifications expected of the material that is obtained during the process of an electrical/electronic waste recycling system.
- Validation of the resulting product (polymer).
Q: What does belonging to the PLAST2bCLEANED consortium mean for ELIX?
M: At ELIX we are committed to the circular economy, and we back our commitment through responsible innovation projects such as PLAST2bCLEANED, thereby making a positive contribution to the recyclability and circularity of polymers. The objective of all this is to preserve functionality in applications for end customers thanks to both close cooperation with our main customers and knowledge of the requirements of each market segment.
T: As members of the project’s consortium, we have the opportunity and the responsibility to create new solutions, while learning from each other and guaranteeing sustainable growth over time.
Initiatives such as this one endorse the path down which ELIX is heading, towards a model of greater efficiency and rationality in the use of plastic materials. We will therefore continue to support all initiatives that are designed to promote new circular business models, products and services that may be beneficial to society and the environment.