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Axion Polymers scoops Sustainable Technology Award


Source: Axion Group

Axion Polymers has won another accolade for its ground-breaking Axpoly® PS13 – the UK’s first polymer to gain a carbon footprint. The plastics recycling specialist, part of the Manchester-based Axion Group, scooped the Sustainable Technology Award in the 2010 IChemE Awards announced in November.

The Sustainable Technology category recognises the project or process that best demonstrates innovation in waste reduction, recycling, reuse or the lengthening of product lifecycles.

In June, Axion became the UK’s first polymer producer to gain a certified Carbon Footprint label for its post-consumer recycled polystyrene derived from retail packaging waste. This material goes back into products such as new coathangers, office trays and horticultural pots and trays.

Axion consultant Barry Menzies accepted the trophy on behalf of the company.

Axion Director Keith Freegard said: “We’re thoroughly delighted to win this prestigious award, especially as the IChemE awards celebrate and reward chemical engineering innovation and excellence. As professional chemical engineers, to have our skills recognised by our own industry sector is a particular honour.”

IChemE CEO David Brown said: “The IChemE Awards are globally recognised and attract entries from all over the world. Winning an award really does demonstrate work of the highest standard and there are plenty of winners from previous years that have used their success at the IChemE Awards as a springboard to greater things.”

It was the first time Axion had entered the IChemE Awards, which are organised by the Institute of Chemical Engineers and highly regarded throughout the international chemical, process and biochemical engineering community. It fought off stiff competition, including entries from two universities and a biofuels processor, to take the award.

In May 2010, Axion Polymers won the coveted Chemicals Northwest Environmental Technology for the Chemical Industry Award with its carbon-footprinted Axpoly® PS13. This award acknowledged Axion’s commitment to reducing its carbon impact on the environment and providing sustainable recycled high quality plastics products with a long-term future.

Axion is also a Carbon Trust Footprint Expert™ Registered Consultant and launched a range of new services to help companies calculate the environmental impact of their products or processes. Services include help with many levels of footprinting from rapid ‘hotspot analysis’ to comprehensive and certified footprints for external communication.

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. For more information, contact Axion Polymers on 0161 737 6124 or visit the website -

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