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Axion’s pioneering ELV recycling plant wins Resource Revolution Award

Axion Polymers has won the Technology Trailblazer Materials Recovery category of the Resource Revolution Awards 2013 for its pioneering work in recycling materials from end-of-life vehicles for re-use in new and closed-loop applications, such as automotive components.

Designed, built and now operated by Axion’s in-house engineering team, the multi-million pound Shredder Waste Advanced Processing Plant (SWAPP) at Trafford Park, Manchester is at the forefront of this type of recycling.

Opened in 2011, the facility is one of the most advanced of its type in Europe for separating useful materials from ASR (Auto Shredder Residue) and is already capable of delivering over 95% recycling and recovery of materials from end-of-life vehicles (ELVs), ahead of the 2015 EU ELV recycling and recovery target.

This is achieved through a combination of plastics recycling, producing materials for the construction industry and fuel to substitute coal.

Plastic concentrate is further processed at Axion Polymers’ Salford plant into a range of high quality plastic products, both chip and extruded pellet. These include the Axpoly PP51 extruded pellets that go to a wide range of customers, including some in the automotive sector, thereby ‘closing the recycling loop’.

Axion Director Keith Freegard, who received the award from TV presenter and eco-designer Oliver Heath at a ceremony in central London last week, said: "We are delighted and very proud that our skills in innovative resource recovery processes and developing new technologies have been recognised in this way.

"To be labelled as Trailblazers further underlines what we do and highlights our technical expertise and the consultancy advice we can pass onto others who can also benefit from our breakthroughs. Winning this award gives us added confidence in new investment plans for the facility during 2013," added Keith.

The judges were impressed by the development of Axion’s technology in the UK to deliver over 95% recycling of materials from end-of-life vehicles, taking recovery rates of this resource stream to new levels.

The awards recognise and reward transformational modern waste management by championing those revolutionising the concept of waste and the way society deals with it. Hosted by edie.net and Local Authority Waste & Recycling Magazine the awards are sponsored by the Carbon Trust.

Axion Polymers is part of the Axion Group that develops and operates innovative resource recovery and processing solutions for recycling waste materials. The Group works with a wide range of clients within the recycling and process industries on the practical development of new processing and collection methods.

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