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Ineos Styrolution and GreenMantra sign JDA to advance polystyrene chemical recycling

  • GreenMantra utilizes its existing proprietary and patented catalytic depolymerization technology to advance utilization of waste polystyrene into two product streams, a primary up-cycled low molecular weight polystyrene and secondary recycled styrene monomer.
  • Ineos Styrolution to advance efforts towards a closed polystyrene loop by processing GreenMantra’s recycled monomer product into virgin polystyrene resin at its manufacturing facility

May, 15, 2019 - GreenMantra and Ineos Styrolution have signed a Joint Development Agreement (JDA), which will align GreenMantra’s patented technology and Ineos Styrolution’s manufacturing infrastructure to convert waste polystyrene into chemical monomer building blocks that further advance the polystyrene circular economy by replacing a portion of virgin monomer feed in Ineos Styrolution’s polymerization process.

This joint development agreement brings together a promising match between the chemical up-cycling technology patented by GreenMantra for plastic waste and the manufacturing expertise of Ineos Styrolution. The maturity of each company in its respective area of expertise will expedite the diversion of polystyrene waste from landfills by converting it back into valuable polymers and monomer building blocks; ultimately closing the loop into polystyrene resin, and extending value of this plastic resource. As a part of this partnership, GreenMantra’s secondary product from the polystyrene depolymerization process will be evaluated for use as a raw material by Ineos Styrolution for its polystyrene resin production.

This agreement allows both companies to expand their efforts to advance the circular economy. Ineos Styrolution is expanding its portfolio of working with leaders in the chemical recycling industry, and GreenMantra continues to find new, innovative ways to apply its existing technology and divert plastic from landfills, while creating value-added performance polymers that serve a broad range of industries and applications. Ricardo Cuetos, VP Standard Products, Ineos Styrolution America LLC, says, “We are excited to announce this JDA with Greenmantra as we continue to expand our partnerships with companies across North America. It is a pleasure to collaborate with a company that shares our commitment to pursuing a circular economy and keeping valuable polystyrene material from ending up in our oceans and landfills.”
Domenic Di Mondo, VP of Technology at GreenMantra adds, “As we launch our new technology to up-cycle waste polystyrene, we are delighted to work with Ineos Styrolution on applications for our secondary recycled styrene product. This exciting partnership aids both Ineos Styrolution in its goal of enhancing the sustainability of its products and GreenMantra in our mission to close the loop on waste PS by identifying value-creating outlets for our two product streams.”

GreenMantra® Technologies Ltd. is a rapidly growing clean technology company that utilizes a proprietary catalyst and patented depolymerization process to upcycle and transform recycled plastics into value-added specialty polymers; which are used industrial applications.

Ineos Styrolution is the leading, global styrenics supplier with a focus on styrene monomer, polystyrene, ABS Standard and styrenic specialties. The company provides styrenic applications for many everyday products across a broad range of industries, including Automotive, Electronics, Household, Construction, Healthcare, Packaging and Toys/ Sports/ Leisure. In 2018, sales were at 5.4 billion euros. Ineos Styrolution employs approximately 3,500 people and operates 20 production sites in ten countries.

Source: Ineos Styrolution