Bramhall, UK -- Axion Polymers has been shortlisted in two categories of the prestigious Plastic Industry Awards 2017 - for Best Recycled Product and Best Technology Application.
The Manchester-based leading plastics recycler was selected as a double Finalist for demonstrating that its recycling process delivers excellent polymer product quality to customers demanding ‘as good as virgin’ standards. Axion are short-listed as finalists in a joint award application with their customer for Axpoly® PP51 polymer, 1 Env Solutions Ltd who manufacture and distribute vermin control systems in Essex.
And secondly, for the innovation, investment and effort that has gone into developing a world-class, technologically-advanced continuous process for materials recycling from end-of-life vehicles (ELVs) at its Shredder Waste Advanced Processing Plant (SWAPP).
In delivering the 95% recycling and recovery rate for cars, their Trafford Park facility creates a circular economic model for automotive materials. Axion’s process has increased recycling of non-metallic materials and plastics that make up 20 - 30% by mass of ELVs. Their high-grade Axpoly® recycled polymers can be used as a direct replacement for virgin polymer, or combined with virgin polymers for use in demanding applications, including the automotive sector.
Delighted with their double finalist placing, Axion Director Keith Freegard attributes their success to three ‘Ps’: product, process and people. He explains: “We’re happy because the first ‘P’ relates to our quality-controlled product, which comes from a known origin, has a measured carbon impact, offers consistent regular properties and is delivered reliably. That’s why our product’s successful.
“Our process – the second ‘P’ is clearly something we’re proud of, having invested so much effort, time and money and innovation into creating a plant, which we think is unique. Having applied good chemical engineering process principles, we treat the incoming material as a mixture of resources that need to be separated in an innovative and inventive manner.”
Keith stresses that neither of those two ‘Ps’ could have been achieved without the third, ‘really important’ one – People. He adds: “Our products only deliver all those benefits and attributes because our people are committed, well-motivated, work as a team and really care about delivering exactly what the customer wants.”
Axion Polymers is part of the Axion Group that develops and operates innovative resource recovery and processing solutions for recycling waste materials. The Group works with a wide range of clients within the recycling and process industries on the practical development of new processing and collection methods.