France: Circular Economy Total Doubles Mechanical Recycling Capacities for Polymers
With the extension of its subsidiary Synova in Normandy, Total Energies is doubling its mechanical recycling production capacity for recycled polymers, to meet growing demand for sustainable polymers from customers, such as Automotive Manufacturer (Auto OEM) and the construction industry.
Paris/France — In order to increase its mechanical recycling capacity, Total Energies acquired in 2019 Synova, a French producer of recycled polypropylene derived from industrial waste plastics, household waste and car parts such as bumpers.
With the installation of two new production lines, Synova will produce almost 45,000 tons of recycled polypropylene per year using mechanical recycling methods, including one range containing fiber glass to produce components with very high mechanical performance.
Total Energies plans to produce 30 % recycled and renewable polymers by 2030. Apart from mechanical recycling, the group is also involved in chemical recycling. In September 2020, the company announced the construction of France's first chemical recycling plant on its Grandpuits zero-crude platform. This new plant will use Plastic Energy's patented technology to transform plastic waste that is not generally recyclable into a pyrolysis oil called Tacoil, which will then be used as feedstock in Total Energies' steam crackers to produce polymers with properties identical to virgin polymers.