LyondellBasell Introduces New Plastics Made from Recycled Marine Maritime Gear

Lyondell Basell presents a new recyclate for vehicles. The polypropylene copolymer is made from used fishing nets

LyondellBasell, a global leader in innovation, is proud to announce its involvement in a groundbreaking value chain collaboration aimed at transforming end-of-life industry from the maritime waste into innovative plastics. This collaboration includes a renowned German OEM and a specialized recycling company with expertise in mechanically recycling plastic waste.

LyondellBasell Introduces New Plastics Made from Recycled Marine Waste
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Traditionally, the automotive industry has only utilized recycled maritime plastic in the form of fibers for new vehicle components. However, with the introduction of CirculenRecover PPC TRC 2179N, this recyclate can now be used for the first time in injection molding. This breakthrough opens up new possibilities for the application of recycled plastics. As part of this collaboration, end-of-life fishing nets are collected and meticulously sorted by type. They are then processed to create a high-quality plastic recyclate. LyondellBasell takes this recyclate and expertly compounds it with virgin compounds to produce the grade CirculenRecover PPC TRC 2179N.

The injection-molded components made from CirculenRecover PPC TRC 2179N are trim parts used in visible areas for the interior of various car models. This development, which will be used in big-scale production, allows for enhanced sustainability and environmental responsibility in the automotive industry. LyondellBasell is proud to be at the forefront of this transformative collaboration,  which showcases the Company’s commitment to innovation and sustainability.

“Who would have thought that maritime gear can be one of the solutions to create more sustainable cars?” says Michael Büdinger, Business Development Manager at LyondellBasell. “As part of the European Green Deal, the European Commission is currently investigating measures to increase the circularity of vehicles, one of them being the use of up to 25% of post-consumer plastic waste. Maritime gear will support OEMs in reaching this goal.”

LyondellBasell is committed to meeting the evolving needs of its customers. The company remains focused on developing tailored solutions for its customers, meeting their specific demands and requirements.

About LyondellBasell 

We are LyondellBasell – a leader in the global chemical industry creating solutions for everyday sustainable living. Through advanced technology and focused investments, we are enabling a circular and low carbon economy.

Across all we do, we aim to unlock value for our customers, investors and society.

As one of the world’s largest producers of polymers and a leader in polyolefin technologies, we develop, manufacture and market high-quality and innovative products for applications ranging from sustainable transportation and food safety to clean water and quality healthcare.


LyondellBasell, press release, 2023-12-07.


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