MBA Polymers and Mueller-Guttenbrunn build recycling
Kematen, Austria— MBA Polymers,
Inc. (MBA) of Richmond, California, and Mueller-Guttenbrunn GmbH
(MG) of Amstetten, Austria held a groundbreaking for their joint
venture (JV) state-of-the-art plastics recycling facility in Austria.
The joint venture plans to open the 40,000 ton per year plant
by December 2005.
The ceremony took place at the
future plant location in Kematen, Austria. Speakers at the event
included Dr. Erwin Proell the governor of Lower Austria; Mag.
Helmut Miernicki, managing director of ECO Plus; Christian Mueller-Guttenbrunn,
managing director of Mueller-Guttenbrunn and Dr. Michael Biddle,
chairman and CEO of MBA Polymers.
Austria considers this business
to be a very attractive addition to the country and has proposed
significant support for the project. Dr. Proell spoke about the
economic, environmental and social benefits that this new business
will create for the Lower Austria province and Austria overall
MBA Polymers owns 51% of the
JV and MG owns 49%. MBA brings technology, know-how, customers
and suppliers to the JV while MG provides some raw material, local
and national experience working in Europe, important government
contacts and relations and its metal recycling background.
The new Company, called MBA Polymers
Austria - Kunststoffverarbeitung GmbH, will process highly mixed
plastics resulting from the legislated take-back and recycling
of durable goods such as appliances and electrical equipment.
This recycling is taking place on a very large scale in Europe,
where the producer-responsibility legislation has been implemented.
This plant will complement a
similar plant that is nearly completed and due to startup this
fall in Guangzhou China with a JV MBA formed earlier this year
with Guangzhou Iron and Steel Enterprises.
This new plant will be built
in Kematen, Austria, which is about 100 km west of Vienna and
next door to Mueller-Guttenbrunn’s advanced metal recycling
operations called METRAN. METRAN will provide some of the feedstock
for the new plant.
The plant is expected to come
on line shortly after the August 2005 mandated implementation
of the EU-wide WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronics Equipment)
takeback and recycling legislation.
What remains after the shredding
and metal recovery processes is billions of pounds of mixed plastics.
These highly mixed plastic streams represent a valuable resource,
but are too complicated to be recycled by traditional techniques
and are usually landfilled or incinerated.
MBA and MG consider this plant
a major milestone for both companies and Europe in general because
the EU currently represents the highest concentration of raw material
and customers in the world for this type of plant.