Move 4earth® project

Objectives of the project

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The demand for recycled plastics is growing in all European markets
 - Good environmental performances 
 - Lower dependency to fossil resources which prices are rather volatile and constantly increasing. 

Regulations are pushing for more recycling and less landfilling in Europe. The directive 2000/53/EC sets a 85% target by 2015 for reuse and recycling of post consumer cars, but no sustainable solutions exist for airbags
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Industrial process

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Project figures & steps

  • More than 70% of car airbags are made of silicon-coated polyamide in Europe
  • More than 125,000 tons of end-of-life wastes deposit worldwide
  • Up to 10,000 tons of post-industrial airbag wastes per year in Europe

- September 2012: Project launching
- 2013-2014: Process engineering and validation
- 2015: Demonstrator construction
2016: Industrial demonstration of the recycling process completed and Move 4earth® Unit Grand Opening
- 2017-2018: ramp-up and optimization of the recycling process

Main actions

The main actions of the project can be summarized as follows:

  • Design and build the demonstrator
    • COMPLETED 

Move 4earth process

  • Validate and optimize the recycling process
    • PROCESS VALIDATION COMPLETED
    • PRODUCTION RUNNING FOR 1ST COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS
    • RAMP-UP AND OPTIMIZATION ON GOING

  • Demonstrate valorization streams for By Products (i.e. silicone coating residuals)
    • STARTED
    • ENERGY VALORIZATION STREAM DEMONSTRATED AND IMPLEMENTED
    • CURRENTLY EXPLORING ALTERNATIVE MATERIAL RECOVERY SOLUTIONS

  • Assess the environmental impacts of the process and the benefits of the newly created recycling stream based on a Life Cycle Analysis methodology
    • COMPLETED
    • A "cradle to gate"  Life Cycle Analysis performed by Solvay shows that TECHNYL® 4EARTH compounds using recycled PA66 polymer from the Move4earth technology offer very significant reductions of environmental impacts compared to equivalent virgin materials
    • SUMMARY LCA REPORT AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD: CLICK HERE

  • Confirm the potential use of the Move 4earth® technology to recycle various types of technical textile wastes
    • STARTED: Beside post-industrial silicone coated fabrics, the project is focusing on post-consumer airbag cushions and PA/elastane fabrics 

Move 4earth Airbags WasteMove 4earth Elastane Fabrics

Move 4earth® in a nutshell