Introducing the Arkema VirtucycleTM Program

A virtuous recycling program for high performance polyamides and PVDF polymers.

The Program

Arkema’s Virtucycle™ services enable our select customers to partner with Arkema in open-loop and closed-loop initiatives for post-industrial and/or post-consumer recycling projects for its specialty polyamides and PVDF resins.

 

Closed-Loop: Items (and perhaps their recovered materials*) are recycled into similar items for similar applications

Open-Loop:  Items (and perhaps their recovered materials*) are recycled into dissimilar items for different applications

Post-Industrial: Materials that have been industrially processed, but not turned into final products (so, usually scrapped)

Post-Consumer: Materials have been industrially processed and used as final products in end-use applications

 

* ISO 14021 definition: Material that would have otherwise been disposed of as waste or used for energy recovery, but has instead been collected and recovered [reclaimed] as a material input, in lieu of new primary material, for a recycling or a manufacturing process.

The Offer

Arkema plays the unique role of “matchmaker” by matching ‘source suppliers’ with ‘target consumers’ for high performance polymers:

 

Source Suppliers: OEM’s who have a desire  for their final product and/or recovered material to be recycled

Target Consumers: OEM’s who have a desire to use recycled materials

 

In partnership with our processor partner Agiplast, Arkema creates a dedicated supply chain from ‘source to target’

  • Closed-Loop or Open-Loop
  • Post-Consumer and/or Post-Industrial

 

The "Match"

“Source Suppliers”

  • Have a desire to improve their sustainability profile by finding a second life for their products
  • Have an ability to accumulate their end-of-life products in sufficient quantity and quality
  • Are already active customers for Arkema’s technical polymers

“Target Consumers”

  • Have a desire to improve their sustainability profile by using polymers in a “second life” capacity
  • Have an ability to use products in sufficient quantity with reasonable quality expectations
  • Are already active customers for Arkema’s technical polymers

 

Specific supply chain details are available on a case-by-case basis by discussion with your authorized Arkema representative.

The Arkema Advantage

Arkema has several proven advantages:

  • A proven legacy in high performance, high quality polymers
  • Industry-leading sustainability (world leader in bio-based)
  • Truly global reach – can match a source from one region, with a target in another
  • Access to an enormous portfolio of industries, and applications – can match sources and targets in widely different markets
  • A proven track record of growth and innovation
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