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LyondellBasell and SUEZ increase plastics recycling capacity with TIVACO deal

LyondellBasell Industries Holdings B.V (LyondellBasell), one of the world's largest plastics, chemicals, and refining companies, and SUEZ S.A. a world leader in environmental services have jointly announced the acquisition of TIVACO N.V. a plastics recycling company located in Blandain, Belgium.

Opened in 2012,  the 1 ha TIVACO site has five production lines processing around 22 000 tonnes of recycled plastic per annum. Located in Blandain, Belgium at the intersection of several major motorways and a short distance from more than one seaport, easy accessibility makes it a strategic location (photo courtesy TIVACO).

The TIVACO facility operates five production lines capable of processing approximately 22 000 tonnes of recycled plastic per annum. According to a statement, TIVACO will become part of  Quality Circular Polymers (QCP), the companies’ existing 50/50 plastics recycling joint venture in Geleen, the Netherlands which is capable of processing approximately 35 000 tonnes of material annually.

With this transaction, QCP will increase its production capacity for recycled materials to approximately 55 000 tonnes per annum. Today, recycled materials from QCP can be found in consumer products including Samsonite’s S’Cure ECO luggage collection.

Leverage synergies

QCP is committed to ending plastic waste in the environment. The joint venture leverages the two partners’ respective strengths. SUEZ will utilize its leading-edge technology solutions in sorting and recycling to improve the preparation of materials to be recovered at QCP.

We are thrilled to take a step forward with our long-term partner LyondellBasell. With the new acquisition, we will together speed up the use of quality circular polymers in Europe and support industrial manufacturers’ efforts to reach their environmental targets. It also confirms SUEZ’s ambition to become the world leader in environmental services by 2030, commented Jean-Marc Boursier, COO, SUEZ Group.

LyondellBasell will apply its long-standing leadership in innovative plastic production technology, vast experience in product development, and deep knowledge of important end markets such as consumer goods, where the company has a strong presence.

This latest investment in QCP supports LyondellBasell’s ambition to produce and market 2 million tonnes per year of recycled and renewable source-based polymers by 2030. Extending the plastics lifecycle through recovery, recycling and reuse not only eliminates waste but also produces a product with a lower CO2 footprint. This innovative approach is key to unlocking additional value from existing plastics while addressing brand owners’ needs for sustainable products, said Richard Roudeix, SVP Olefins & Polyolefins, Europe, LyondellBasell.

Both SUEZ and LyondellBasell are members of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste, a global, cross-value chain non-profit organization committed to ending plastic waste in the environment.

The Alliance brings together a diverse network of resources and expertise to create and scale innovative solutions around the world.

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