Archiv – MBA Polymers, Richmond, California, USA, has been named a Global Cleantech 100 company by Guardian News and Media and Cleantech Group LLC, a research, events and advisory services firm for environmentally-oriented manufacturers and companies.USA | MBA Polymers, Richmond, California, USA, has been named a Global Cleantech 100 company by Guardian News and Media and Cleantech Group LLC, a research, events and advisory services firm for environmentally-oriented manufacturers and companies.
MBA Polymers recycles plastics generated from end-of-life durable goods such as computers, electronics, appliances and automobiles. The company, in a news release, says it received the award ’on the basis of its innovative technology and business model’.
MBA’s technology uses mixed scrap as feedstock instead of petrochemicals and subsequently reduces the amount of energy required to manufacture the plastics by more than 90 percent compared to a typical virgin plastics plant, the company claims. MBA also prevents from one to three tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere per ton of virgin plastics it replaces, says the company.
’We recover the energy-intensive and difficult work that was used to create these polymers in the first place by rescuing these plastics from the waste stream,’ says Michael Biddle, founder and CEO of MBA Polymers. ’We merely clean, separate and purify them from existing waste streams using a much simpler and more energy efficient ’above ground mining’ approach to clean, separate and purify the plastics compared to the complicated and expensive chemical synthesis and polymerization processes used to make virgin plastics.’
The company has rolled out its technology commercially on a global scale with plants operating in the United States, China and Austria and is building its largest plant yet in the United Kingdom. It will open in 2010.
The Global Cleantech 100 list is designed to ’highlight the most promising private clean technology companies around the world,’ according to MBA’s announcement, including ’companies at the forefront of cleantech innovation offering solutions to some of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges.’
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