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POLYPROPYLENE SCRAP – “The Demand is Robust”

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Recycling Polypropylene

Polypropylene (PP), also known as polypropene, is a thermoplastic polymer used in a wide variety of applications including packaging and labeling, textiles (e.g., ropes, thermal underwear and carpets), stationery, plastic parts and reusable containers of various types, laboratory equipment, loudspeakers, automotive components, and polymer banknotes. An addition polymer made from the monomer propylene, it is rugged and unusually resistant to many chemical solvents, bases and acids, according to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polypropylene

The key word is sustainability & a trend in packaging and a growing direction in the packaging market. Essentially, it refers to the impact a product has — on society, on finances, and on the environment. It is very important to note that, Polypropylene is fully recyclable.

According to www.ceplastics.com/_papers/polyprop_rev2008_ver2.pdf  during the past thirty years, polypropylene has gained wide acceptance for use in corrosive applications where previously steel vessels with a rubber & brick lined interior and coated exterior were used. Polypropylene revolutionized the material of choice to replace tanks and other vessels fabricated from specialty metals such as stainless steel because of reduced original cost and long term cost savings benefits over the life of the equipment.

It provides superior qualities, strength and cost effective plastic in comparison to other thermo-forming and polyolefin materials. It has good sustainability, surface hardness, dimensional stability and excellent abrasion resistance. Polypropylene is resistant to a wide variety of acids, alkalis and solvent solutions with a temperature range up to 200ºF.

It is a homogeneous material having corrosion resistant properties and excuses the need for additional maintenance such as re-coating the inside or outside to guard against corrosion.

Polypropylene is used to manufacture “Automotive Plastics” components such as lighting system, seating system, auto carpet and bumper. Versatile properties of plastics such as easy moldability, scratch resistance, thermal stability, impact strength and resistance to abrasion give it an edge over other materials, especially in manufacture of automobile components. Apart from this, reduction in manufacturing cost, durability and toughness of plastics have encouraged automotive manufacturers to increase its application in doors, bumpers, fenders and other automotive components. All these components are used in three major applications, namely, exterior, interior and under bonnet. The BRIC automotive plastics market was valued at US $ 11,244.4 Mn in 2014 and is projected to expand at a CAGR of 15.4% during the forecast period (2015–2020).

According to Future Market Insights (FMI), the leading market intelligence and consulting firm, among plastic material types, polypropylene (PP) held the largest share in terms of consumption, account for 31% market share, followed by polyurethanes (PU), acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), and polycarbonates (PC), due to their various properties such as easy moldabilty and lightweight as compared to metals. PP segment is projected to dominate the BRIC automotive plastics market throughout the forecast period due to increasing penetration of premium segment cars, whilst ABS is expected to register the highest CAGR among all other plastic material due to its increasing application in vehicle interiors.

The automotive plastics market is expected to expand significantly in BRIC region, with China projected to dominate the market during the forecast period. The Russia automotive plastics market is expected to account for US$ 2,888 Mn by the end of 2020, while the India automotive plastics market is anticipated to expand at a CAGR of 14% over the forecast period.

With the above mentioned market forecast for polypropylene I would conclude loud & clear that the market demand for polypropylene scrap would be ROBUST due to its positive applications in everyday life even beyond 2020. The main consumer of this plastic scrap would be the competitive automotive manufacturing sector.

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