In their press release, Dow, the world's leading materials science company, and Mura Technology, the global pioneer of an advanced plastic recycling solution, have announced the intention to construct a new plant at Dow's Bohlen site in Germany. The unit will be the latest in a series of planned facilities across the United States and Europe to rapidly scale advanced recycling of plastics and the first expected to be based at the Dow site. This project is targeted for a final investment decision by the end of 2023.
Mura's new Bohlen facility in Germany, which is expected to be operational by 2025, would deliver about 120,000 tpy of advanced recycling capacity at full run-rate. This and the other planned units expected to be constructed across Europe and the United States would collectively add as much as 600,000 tpy of advanced recycling capacity by 2030 and position Dow to become the largest consumer of circular feedstock for polyethylene production globally.
‘We continue to increase Dow's capacity to use recycled content as feedstock and continue to invest in the most effective technology available to enable our circular business model for plastics. The diversification of our feedstock slate and decarbonisation of our assets will enable the achievement of Dow's goal of a sustainable, low-carbon future and meet strong and growing customer demand for circular polymers. This will be a significant step forward to decrease our dependency on virgin fossil-based feedstocks,’ Diego Donoso, Dow Packaging & Specialty Plastics President, said.
Steve Mahon, Mura Technology Chief Executive Officer, reported, ‘Combating the global plastics crisis requires innovative solutions that can drive a circular economy. Mura's collaboration with Dow has led to the largest commitment across the industry to date, showcasing the urgency from industry leaders to adopt scalable solutions such as HydroPRS that will transform the plastics industry worldwide. Dow's continued support for Mura Technology has resulted in a highly financeable commercial arrangement and the deepening collaboration will allow both companies to achieve their stated ambitions in the advanced recycling space.’ ‘Dow's commitments to accelerating a global circular plastics economy is exemplified through deploying HydroPRS at the newest advanced recycling facility in Germany, which will enable us to dramatically increase recycling capacity. Through our collaboration and Dow's extensive global reach, we can accelerate the pace and scale at which a circular plastics economy becomes a reality worldwide,’ he added.
With Mura's process, the same material can be recycled repeatedly, meaning it has the potential to eliminate single use plastic and prevent it from going to landfill or being incinerated. This has additional carbon benefits, with advanced recycling processes expected to save about 1.5 t of carbon dioxide per tonne of plastic recycled, compared to incineration and reducing reliance on fossil-based feedstocks.