Engineered thermoplastic polymers are high performance materials used in everyday, demanding applications from cable ties to chair bases, from car engine manifolds to razors in electronic, electrical and consumer white goods like washing machines and lawnmowers. Their application is wide-ranging and diverse. Engineering plastics are ideal as these materials can be modified and vastly improved with additives, fillers, glass etc to enhance the end product requirements for our global growing demands.
With the rise in population comes a rise in the demand for consumer and industrial goods. However, manufacturers and consumers are still not fully aware about the detrimental environmental effects and negative impact that come with poor consumption and production behaviours.
To put an end to the production of plastics may not be practical today, as many of us can’t actually imagine a world without plastics. From your toothbrush and your fridge, to your car and office supplies, our dependency on plastics and engineered solutions is evident. These plastics and engineered thermoplastics are significant components to the quality of everyday living.
How the Growing Demand for Circularity Is Shaping the Engineering Thermoplastics Compounding Industry
The automotive, consumer and industrial product manufacturing industries are moving at a fast pace, with advancements in products and progress continually being updated.
Coupled with the new standards in design, durability, ease of use and a quest to reduce the use of natural resources and energy, the markets for engineering thermoplastics have seen a growing demand for sustainable innovative products. These trends have driven an even stronger demand from the industry with the promotion and implementation of the Circular Economy business model.
Our global economy is no different, as it too is dependent on finite resources. Since the industrial revolution, our speed of using finite resources has increased at an alarming rate.
The adoption of circular use is rapidly becoming a vital part of business and production, not only does it boost efficiency and reduce costs, it also addresses the management of the Earth’s resources and resource recovery – one of the biggest global issues we are tackling today.
A good way to understand the Circular Economy business model is to compare it to our current predominantly linear business model, where we take a material out of the ground, make something out of it, and eventually, that manufactured product is thrown away. Although some of the material from it is recycled, that product will ultimately come to the end of its life as it was designed for a linear system.
The Circular Economy, on the other hand, shows a paradigm shift in attacking the issues – a fundamentally different production and consumption model, driving manufacturers to operate a closed loop system, where these manufacturers consider how to best extend the life cycle of the resources used to manufacture a product.
The adoption of the circular design thinking approach, from product design to the manufacturing process, is a sustainable way of ensuring that recovered resources are utilised to its highest capacity and leaving little to nothing wasted.
Advancing Circularity with Vision Petlon Polymers
The discovery of plastics has changed the way we live. For automotive, industrial and consumer application manufacturers, it is becoming the norm to incorporate an environmentally responsible and sustainable solutions to any effective long-term strategy. Not only due to the growing number of laws and regulations that businesses must comply with, continually being implemented across the EMEA region, but because the raising global demand for sustainability has placed a significant amount of pressure on plastic processing manufacturers.
As a leading polymer compounder of engineering thermoplastic solutions for the plastic processing industries, Vision Petlon Polymers is advancing the Circular Economy business model and approach, through its recycled engineering thermoplastics range, Beetle® R.
Vision Petlon Polymers’ Beetle® R range offers manufacturers components of polyamide – PA6 and PA66 – and PET engineered thermoplastics formulated using recycled feedstock from its extensive materials network. This materials network has enabled Vision Petlon Polymers to offer unlimited combination of materials, with performance enhancing ingredients for superior component performance – from industry standard compounds to custom engineered solutions.
The Beetle® R polymer compounds are formulated to deliver high quality and cost-effective solutions for a wide variety of applications in demanding markets.
As an environmentally friendly sustainable solution structured to operate within a Circular Economy, the Beetle® R range champions circular use and sustainable development and advancement, further promoting the conservation of natural resources, reducing waste entering landfills, responsible consumption and availability of sustainable products, and reducing carbon footprint and its adverse environmental impacts.
The adoption and advancement of the Circular Economy approach is imminent. Vision Petlon Polymers’ Beetle® R range is a substantial step forward by the company.