JSW providing core technology using Twin Screw Extruder for development of innovative PMMA recycling process

PMMA project

JSW (The Japan Steel Works, Ltd.) Group aims to build a sustainable society through innovative solutions to various challenges faced by the world in economic, material, energy and environmental areas. Japan Steel Works Europe GmbH, a subsidiary of JSW, has taken the initiative to participate in the MMAtwo project which started on October 25, 2018.

Japan Steel Works Europe GmbH, a subsidiary of The Japan Steel Works, Ltd. will provide core technology to the European project, MMAtwo, for recycling the PMMA (Polymethyl methacrylate) waste by depolymerization and convert the waste into raw material. JSW will use Twin Screw Extruder for polymer processing.

The project MMAtwo was launched by the MMAtwo consortium on 1st October 2018 with the objective to develop a new and innovative recycling process by depolymerization of PMMA, known for Automobile Tail Light Lens, Tableware, Lighting Plate, Aquarium Plate, Contact Lens etc., waste, and to build a first commercial unit soon after the end of the project, which is scheduled to complete in 2022.

All the stages of the PMMA value chain will be carried out by the project team that would include 13 partners from 6 different countries for the four years duration of the project. The €6.6 M funding of the project will be supported from the European Union Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation program, which will be centered on three priorities: scientific excellence, industrial primacy, and societal issues.

HEATHLAND, a Dutch collector and recycler of PMMA waste, is coordinating the MMAtwo project. Project’s executive committee is chaired by Arkema (represented by Jean-Luc Dubois, Scientific Director). PMMA post-industrial scraps and end-of-life waste are converted into high-quality raw material and therefore contribute to the circular economy.

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