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Multipanel UK goes greener

Multipanel UK goes greener

Multipanel UK has invested £3 million to build an on-site recycling centre at its UK production facility in Eythorne, near Dover, which will process waste LDPE into plastic pellets, a raw material used in its production of aluminium composite panels.

The new centre has the capacity to produce 2.4 tonnes of LDPE pellets per hour, which will subsequently be used for the core material in some of Multipanel’s Alupanel range of sheets and will assist the company in its aim to achieve zero waste from its production process, with scrap aluminium coil being sent for recycling and the plastics purged from the production line being recycled at the new in-house centre.

Daniel Lewis, Multipanel UK’s Purchasing Manager commented: “Our two production lines have a joint capacity to consume three tonnes of LDPE per hour, so, providing we can maintain supplies of suitable waste plastics, we could ultimately produce 80 percent of our requirement whilst also taking a significant amount of waste away from landfill.”

The plastic produced at the new centre melts at a lower temperature than some other plastics and will thus require less energy to achieve optimum workability. The resulting reduction in energy consumption will further reduce the environmental impact of production, further increasing the green credentials of the panels produced.

Daniel Lewis added: “The type of plastics we need are not currently recycled in Kent so we would be extremely interested in hearing from any companies or authorities who currently have large volumes of LDPE waste that they can’t dispose of in an environmentally friendly way.”

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