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Total to Boost Capacity of Recycled PP for Auto Sector

October 23, 2019
Image courtesy of Total
Image courtesy of Total

French oil and gas firm Total is planning to double production capacity for high-performance recycled polypropylene (PP) of its affiliate Synova to support the needs of automotive OEMs and auto makers, the company announced in a release Tuesday. 

When the project reaches completion in early 2021, Synova will have the capability to produce 40,000 tn/yr of recycled PP that will be able to meet the quality standards of the auto industry.

“Among their many uses, plastics help to reduce the weight of everyday items, improving their energy efficiency, and to shrink our carbon emissions. By developing the share of recycled raw materials, we provide a concrete response to the challenge of managing the end-of-life of plastics,” Valerie Goff, senior vice president of polymers at Total Refining & Chemicals, said in a statement. “This investment, which consolidates the acquisition of Synova in early 2019, marks a new milestone in our circular economy activities and contributes to our target of producing 30% recycled polymers by 2030 and Total’s ambition to be the responsible energy major.”

The investment is part of Total’s effort to produce 30% recycled plastics by 2030. The French firm is a founding member of The Alliance to End Plastic Waste, which has committed $1 billion toward creating solutions to plastic pollution over the next five years. 

Total also recently teamed up with Citeo, Saint-Gobain, and Syndifrais to develop a polystyrene recycling channel in France by 2020. The companies will examine the feasibility of large-scale production at sites in Carling, France and Feluy, Belgium.

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