Axion Polymers launches Axpoly PP51 from end-of-life vehicles


A new 100 per cent recycled polymer material has been added to its range by Axion Polymers.

Axpoly PP51 is made from automotive shredder residue recovered from end-of-life vehicles (ELV) at Axion’s Shredder Waste Advanced Processing Plant (SWAPP).


The Salford-based company claims its new high performance grade of black polypropylene (PP) has great potential for closed-loop applications in new automotive-related products and is looking for customers interested in market testing. It could also be used in the utility, construction and other manufacturing sectors.

This material is extracted from bits of bumpers, air vents and various underbody components and goes through a sophisticated cleaning process prior to final compounding and injection moulding-grade pellet production.

Axion Polymers director Keith Freegard said: “We believe Axpoly PP51 offers manufacturers tremendous opportunities for more sustainable vehicle components in successfully replacing virgin resin. PP is an ideal compound for car parts manufacture as it has a good balance of strength and impact resistance as well as high and low temperature resistance.

“This polymer will appeal to greener customers as it offers at least 80 per cent savings in CO2 impact, while helping to reduce manufacturers’ carbon footprints.

“The European ELV Directive aims to reduce the amount of waste produced from vehicles when they are scrapped. Since 2006, the UK and all other EU member states have been expected to reach a national recycling, reuse and recovery target of 85 per cent, rising to 95 per cent in 2015.

“Through working in partnership with car take-back firms, our SWAPP facility and new Axpoly PP51 polymer shows how we can help to fulfil a critical element of producer responsibility while contributing to automotive closed loop recycling.”