Recycled resins produced for automotive manufacturing

Maip Compounding is releasing a family of compounds for automotive resin manufacturing based on Eastman’s molecular recycling technologies.

The new Cherbio (chemical recycling biobased) family will offer a range of aesthetic and functional products formulated in a range of colors and special effects. The compounded polymers have ISCC Plus (International Sustainability and Carbon Certification) certification.

Cherbio T, based on Eastman’s polyester renewal technology, provides up to 50% certified recycled content from post-consumer and postindustrial waste streams. It offers the same performance as virgin plastics.

Cherbio C provides up to 48% biobased content from sustainably managed forests. In addition, Eastman’s carbon renewal technology uses mixed waste plastics to provide an additional 20% to 40% certified recycled content, offering a material that is both biobased and contains certified recycled content.

Eastman has announced multiple investments for material-to-material molecular recycling facilities to produce new sustainable materials. The first facility, in Kingsport, Tennessee, is expected to be mechanically complete in late 2022. The second facility, located in France, is expected to be mechanically complete in 2025.

Eastman’s molecular recycling technologies provide true circularity for hard-to-recycle plastic waste that is typically incinerated or sent to a landfill. With molecular recycling, this hard-to-recycle waste is broken down into its molecular building blocks and reassembled to become first-quality material.

With the technology’s inherent efficiencies and the renewable energy sources available in France, materials can be produced with greenhouse gas emissions up to 80% less than traditional methods.