MBA Polymers opens car-bumper reprocessing line

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The UK arm of global recycler MBA Polymers has opened a specialist processing line for car bumpers.

Based near Cambridge, the facility is designed to aid compliance with legislation and boost efforts towards a circular economy.


Proposed changes to the EU’s End-of-Life Vehicles (ELV) Directive would require 25 per cent of plastics in new cars to come from recycled material.

MBA Polymers UK, part of the EMR Group, says more than 900,000 tonnes of plastic from cars is currently landfilled or incinerated across Europe annually.

The company said its new line would be fed with recycled resins by EMR, and produce high-impact polypropylene and filled polypropylene.

These sustainable materials, which are sent on to vehicle manufactures, achieve carbon savings of up to 86 per cent compared to virgin manufacturing, it claimed.

Paul Mayhew, general manager at MBA Polymers UK, said: “As the automotive industry faces the challenge of meeting recycling targets mandated by the upcoming revision to the EU’s ELV Directive, sourcing truly sustainable recycled plastics is becoming more important than ever.

“Plastics make up around 12 per cent of a car’s weight and this latest development highlights how MBA Polymers UK will enable the automotive industry to create truly circular supply chains on the path to net zero.”