Circular economy is one of the pillars of our Sustainability Strategy and our Business Strategy
Our aim is to be a global leader of reference in the market of highly specialised thermoplastics. With this mission, we have played an active role in the transition towards a circular economy within the industry for years, making it one of the pillars of our business strategy.
We started to define our circular economy strategy in 2019, and to this end we have established a policy and action plan for 2020 -2023.
At ELIX we participate in international studies and projects related to circular economy, which often involve collaborations with other companies or organizations within our value chain.
As a milestone in its circular economy strategy, ELIX Polymers has obtained the ISCC PLUS certification for its production facility in Tarragona, being the first producer of ABS and ABS blends that is certified with the ISCC PLUS system. ISCC PLUS certification is a global sustainability certification system that covers all sustainable feedstocks, including recycled and bio-based materials. This certification provides traceability along the whole supply chain. Mass balance approach is applied to support the circular economy, where ISCC PLUS verifies that the total amount of sustainable feedstock (input) is allocated to the equivalent amount of circular ABS or ABS blend plastic (output).
We identify improvement opportunities to add value and adapt to increasingly demanding requirements regarding the functionality of a product as well as its composition and manufacturing. From a standpoint of innovation, we work in a collaborative way with our customers, other companies and technological development centres, creating necessary alliances for our transition towards a circular economy.
INTENSITY AND INVESTMENT IN R+D+i (PERCENTAGE OF TURNOVER)
RENEWAL FOR A CATALOGUE WITH MORE SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTS (PERCENTAGE OF SALES)
Responsible innovation at ELIX refers to our way of developing new solutions in the form of products, services or businesses, following sustainability criteria and in accordance with the priorities established in our innovation policy:
Sustainability is the foundation of our strategies for innovation and the development of a differentiated catalogue of specialised thermoplastics products with high added value
The Value Sensitive Design (VSD) method, at the service of responsible innovation, has become a tool for customer service and customer loyalty
The Value Sensitive Design (VSD) method is a tool for continuous improvement based on criteria for the ecodesign of products. It takes into account a life cycle analysis to evaluate the impact of a product throughout its useful life, from its phases previous to production until its final elimination when its useful life has come to an end.
This method rates each solution with respect to a list of environmental (26), social (17) and economic (9) aspects to comply with. In this way, we can objectively compare the impact of different products. In the three years since we introduced this method, we have renewed our catalogue with newer, more sustainable solutions with greater diversity and quality in the thermoplastics market. Some products with halogenated components were discontinued, others were improved and some of our longstanding products were maintained.
We have invested in a dynamic catalogue which enables us to constantly adapt to both sustainability and market requirements
In 2019 we evaluated five new Value Sensitive Design projects. The CCP-UPC, with its design for flame retardant products without halogens, displayed the highest sustainable performance, with a significant reduction of environmental and social impact. The ABS product with high hydrolytic resistance had the lowest sustainable value, though its specificity and applicability in certain required uses gave it a higher added value. Again, as is the case with other products in our catalogue, by applying the Value Sensitive Design method, we ensure that our products have a positive environmental or social impact, even if it is minimal.
We are an eminently innovative company and we develop cutting edge projects in collaboration with other companies and technological centres.
2019 PROJECTS (IN PROCESS), OBJECTIVES AND PARTICIPATION
6 TECHNOLOGICAL CENTRES
Implementation and adoption of additive manufacturing/3D printing in the transport industry
4 TECHNOLOGICAL CENTRES
HFFR ABS-RETOS_FLASH-CTDI I+D
Development of flame retardant ABS without using brominated compounds
2 TECHNOLOGICAL CENTRES
CIENT-GRAPHOS CDTI I+D
Applications with Graphene
7 TECHNOLOGICAL CENTRES
RETOS FUND 3D- CDTI
Development of 3D printing materials for moulds and functional tools in industrial applications
1 TECHNOLOGICAL CENTRE
CCP-UPC – R+D INDUSTRIAL DOCTORATE PROJECT
Development of halogen-free flame retardant materials
Other innovative projects of shorter duration we've developed in response to the specific needs of our customers or market trends, are the following:
Functionalisation of materials for strategic segments, such as the automotive industry:
Segments such as appliances and consumer goods:
Quality and safety are indispensable requisites , highly valued by our customers. These factors define one of the differentiating aspects of ELIX within the thermoplastics market. In addition, our mission and sustainability policy at ELIX reflect our commitment to quality, safety and the protection of health.
The ABS we produce is used for specific functions in other products, some of which have applications for sanitary purposes or children's toys. We comply with the most stringent national, international and industry regulations regarding health and safety.DECLARATIONS AND REGULATORY COMPLIANCE
We have developed a series of elements for our customers to increase their technical know-how and knowledge of processes, improving the usability and safety of our products: