Essentra Components Achieves 50/50 Ratio of Recycled Content and Virgin Plastics in LDPE Product Range
(July, 2022) Leading global responsible industrial components manufacturer, Essentra Components, is now consistently achieving a 50/50 balance of virgin and post-consumer recycled plastics within its Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE) product range.
The achievement means almost all LDPE products leaving Essentra’s facility at Kidlington in Oxford, will consist of 50% recycled content.
The milestone represents a crucial step in making industrial plastics more environmentally sustainable by reducing the amount of virgin resin needed to produce products. By hitting the milestone, Essentra Components has demonstrated the viability of recycled plastics within high performance component parts.
As part of its drive to reduce carbon emissions, Essentra Components has also experimented with higher percentages, and as the sourcing of recyclate continues to improve, will introduce them into its production lines in due course.
Richard Sederman, Strategy and M&A Director at Essentra Components said the milestone demonstrates a clear proof of concept for sustainable manufacturing: “Reaching a 50/50 ratio is an incredible achievement not only for our team but for the wider plastics industry.
“We’ve demonstrated that the reliance on virgin plastics as a primary component is now an outdated concept. Provided the wider supply chain can maintain consistent supply of high performing recycled content plastic recyclate, we can continue innovating and increasing these ratios, in turn improving the carbon footprint of both our manufacturing processes and that of our customers.”
As part of its ongoing commitment to reduce its use of virgin materials, Essentra Components is now researching other areas in which it can utilise recycled materials, including recycled nylon for its fastener ranges.
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About Essentra Components
Essentra Components, part of Essentra Plc, is a market-leading global manufacturer and distributor of essential industrial components. Established in 1955, the business operates in 29 countries worldwide, with 14 manufacturing facilities, 34 distribution centres and 40 sales and service locations. Its wide range of 45,000 products serves more than 82,000 customers across a variety of applications in industries including equipment manufacturing, industrial electronics, fabrication, automotive and construction. For further information, please visit, www.essentracomponents.com.
About Essentra Plc
Essentra Plc is a FTSE 250 company and a leading global provider of essential components and solutions. Organised into three global divisions, Essentra focuses on the light manufacture and distribution of high volume, enabling components which serve customers in a wide variety of end-markets and geographies. Headquartered in the United Kingdom, Essentra's global network extends to 34 countries and includes 7,065 employees, 50 principal manufacturing facilities, 32 sales & distribution operations and 3 research & development centres. For further information, please visit www.essentraplc.com.