Among other examples of 3M sustainability solutions we will present our innovative Up-Cycling process at the IndustrialGreenTec, which is part of the Hannover Fair taking place from April 7th - 11th 2014 in Hannover, Germany. The company exhibits at the shared exhibition stand of the German Sustainability Award. 3M was awarded in the category “resource efficiency” in 2013.
We present our innovative “Up- Cycling” technology which recovers monomers from end of life fluoropolymer waste with a very high yield. The waste will be decomposed by means of pyrolysis, the monomer purified and subsequently fed back into the manufacturing process. In consequence, the fluoropolymer loop will be closed for the very first time and as a result, resources can be saved – a major breakthrough with respect to true sustainability for these precious materials which are indispensible in a range of industrial applications such as linings in the chemical industry and automotive parts.
This first newly established industry-scale Up-Cycling plant for fluoropolymers operates at a capacity of 500 tons a year. Initially, the plant will process fully fluorinated end of life polymer waste, such as unfilled PTFE, FEP and PFA. In a later phase it will also process PTFE compounds containing fillers.
In addition to the exhibits at the shared exhibition stand Dr. Thorsten Schwalm, our Project manager Up-Cycling in Burgkirchen, Germany, will give a presentation on Up- Cycling at the Forum GreenSolutionsCenter on Tuesday, April 8th 2014 at 11:30 h.
Visit us in Hall 6/Stand K02, shared exhibition stand of the German Sustainability Award!