Reliance Industries to double PET recycling capacity in India

Reliance Industries (RIL), India’s largest private sector company, says it is doubling its PET recycling capacity by setting up a recycled polyester staple fibre manufacturing facility in the state of Andhra Pradesh. The group has entered an agree- ment with Srichakra Ecotex India to build and operate the plant for RIL. Srinivas Mikkilineni, Director at Srichakra Ecotex, said: “The agreement with RIL provides an excellent opportu- nity for Srichakra to expand its foot- print into the recycled polyester staple fibre market.” The initiative will increase RIL’s recycling capacity from over 2bn to

BASF launches

additives BASF has introduced the IrgaCycle range of additives for plastics recyclate as part of its Valeras portfolio. The IrgaCycle range can

help increase the amount of recycled content in various end-use applications such as packaging, automotive, transportation and building materials. The first IrgaCycle

products, used with recycled content, enhance thermal, weathering or processing stability in applications that include rigid and flexible polyole- fin products and items made from mixed polyole- fins. More additives will be launched later. �


highest in the world.” RIL currently recycles PET bottles at its plants in Barabanki, Hoshiarpur and Nagothane. The post-consumer PET bottles are used as a raw material for manufacturing recycled polyester fibre. These fibres are branded as Recron GreenGold and RIL uses them to produce its R Elan GreenGold fabrics. RIL said the new recycling initiative

5bn post-consumer PET bottles. It said this “will ensure India maintains over 90% recycling rate. RIL is focusing on sustaining India’s post-consumer PET recycling rate which is currently the

is part of its “commitment to lead the industry on circular economy, enhance its sustainability quotient and bolster the entire polyester and polymer value chain”. � �

Clariter gets support from AECI

South African chemicals group AECI has made a €2.5m investment in chemical recycling company Clariter. The funding will be used to scale up Clariter’s technology to the commer- cial level. The company’s process comprises three steps: thermal cracking to convert plastic waste into various liquid hydrocarbons; hydro-refining to remove

impurities and to form naphthenic and paraffinic hydrocarbons; and distilla- tion and separation to distil fractions into stable prod- ucts.

As part of the partner-

ship, the two companies will explore the development and construction of Clar- iter’s full-scale plants across parts of AECI’s existing geographic footprint in South Africa, Germany and

Tomra gets new head

Tove Andersen joined reverse vending and sorting technol- ogy group Tomra as President and CEO in August. She succeeded Stefan Ranstrand, who held the position for the past 12 years. Andersen was previously at fertiliser company YARA International, where she was Executive Vice President Europe.

She said: “What especially excites me about Tomra is that it is a technology-based business which is purpose-led and delivering on a truly global scale. It is a business that is making a positive difference to the world we live in.”


USA. Both companies will also work together on R&D for new specialty chemical applications and AECI has an off-take and distribution agreement for Clariter’s oils, solvents and waxes. AECI also has an option

to participate in further funding rounds by Clariter for a maximum amount of €10m. � �



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