Innovation and circular economy: we make a difference

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.

MISSION

  • To offer top-of-the-line sustainable solutions in our markets, promoting the transformation of the value chain towards a circular economy model.

VISION

  • To be a driving force of the new plastics economy, participating in the redefinition of plastic waste as raw material.
  • To support an ecosystem of collaboration with companies who have common goals.

COMMITMENT

  • To establish collaborations for developing new business models, including opportunities stemming from our membership of Styrenics Circular Solutions
  • To offer innovative up-cycling solutions which preserve functionality in final customer applications in our ABS markets.

CIRCULAR ECONOMY COLLABORATIVE PROJECTS

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.

A joint industry initiative to increase the circularity of styrenes. It involves the creation of new models of business and collaboration in order to recover styrene-based plastics for recycling.

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A detailed analysis of the volume, management and recycling of ABS/SAN residue in member states of the European Union for the technical and economic evaluation of recovery and recycling opportunities. This is a joint initiative among European producers.
A European H2020 project whose main objective is to develop an economically viable and technically feasible recovery and recycling system for electrical and electronic waste (WEEE). In this initiative we collaborate with different industries and technological centres.

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).

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Portfolio of Solutions

Innovation

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.

GOALS AND PERFORMANCE 2019

100

0.48%
INTENSITY AND INVESTMENT IN R+D+i (PERCENTAGE OF TURNOVER)

100

30%
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:

  • Manufacturing which respects the environment
  • A more extensive catalogue of sustainable products
  • Raising awareness of health impacts

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.

R+D+i

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

CIEN-SURCAR-CDTI

Automotive

6 TECHNOLOGICAL CENTRES

8 COMPANIES

RIS3CAT-LLAVOR TRANSPORT

Implementation and adoption of additive manufacturing/3D printing in the transport industry

4 TECHNOLOGICAL CENTRES

5 COMPANIES

HFFR ABS-RETOS_FLASH-CTDI I+D

Development of flame retardant ABS without using brominated compounds

2 TECHNOLOGICAL CENTRES

1 COMPANY

CIENT-GRAPHOS CDTI I+D

Applications with Graphene

7 TECHNOLOGICAL CENTRES

8 COMPANIES

RETOS FUND 3D- CDTI

Development of 3D printing materials for moulds and functional tools in industrial applications

1 TECHNOLOGICAL CENTRE

3 COMPANIES

CCP-UPC – R+D INDUSTRIAL DOCTORATE PROJECT

Development of halogen-free flame retardant materials

1 UNIVERSITY

1 COMPANY

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:

  • ABS and ABS blends with improved dimensional stability
  • Hydrolysis resistant Polycarbonate/ABS
  • High heat ABS with improved Vicat

Segments such as appliances and consumer goods:

  • ABS and ABS blends with antistatic and dissipative properties
  • ABS with damping effect
  • Compliance with food contact regulations (NSF51)

OUR PORTFOLIO OF INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS CONTRIBUTES TO THE TRANSITION TOWARDS A CIRCULAR ECONOMY. HAVE A LOOK!

QUALITY AND SAFETY

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:

  • Technical data sheets with ELIX solutions based on knowledge we've acquired through visits, applications and materials.
  • The technical bulletin Transferring knowledge, giving solutions with quarterly editions containing updates on developments at ELIX.
  • Yellow cards with information on the safety and flammability of active products in our catalogue.
  • Specific brochures for our main markets in the healthcare and automotive industries with expanded services and applications.
  • Injection guide explaining the specifications of our injection grades.
  • We send personalised samples (Samples made for you) to our customers in a specially designed package which improves the visibility and presentation of information.

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