Chemical companies study recycling of car foams

Several leading European polyurethane producers have joined forces to study the feasibility of chemical recycling of flexible foam from scrapped vehicles and find outlets for the recycled product. Their focus is on a new glycolysis method developed by BASF in Germany.

ICI, Bayer, BASF and Dow Chemicals have entered into a contract with EWvK, a plastics recycling development company operated in Germany by Bayer, BASF and Hoechst as a joint venture.

The study was prompted by requests from a consortium of German car manufacturers for a concerted approach to the recycling issue from its suppliers. The car producers are themselves under legislative pressure to improve recycling of scrapped vehicles. The che

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