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Conclusion of the ABMACO National Recycling Program Report

11 June 2010

The Brazilian Composite Materials Association (ABMACO) and the Institute for Technological Research (IPT) have concluded the first ABMACO National Recycling Program report.

The report summarizes the activities carried out since mid-February, when the project started.

As the first stage of the program focuses on the reuse of waste in the production process, from crushing and grinding – followed by researches on the inactivation of peroxides – IPT technicians started the work by visiting some of the manufacturers of mills. They also managed to visit companies specialized in processing composite materials in order to evaluate the characteristics of the waste arising from manufacturing processes. Such waste, after being tested in several types of mills, will guide the choice for the equipment to be acquired by the program.

""We are evolving significantly regarding the neutralization of waste"", said Erika Bernardino, marketing manager of ABMACO.

In addition to the release of the first report, the other good news regarding ABMACO’s National Recycling Program was the recent entry of LORD, manufacturer of structural adhesives, in the group of investing companies – the program is a collective action, in the form of a consortium, and companies that are part of it will be able to commercially exploit the solutions developed.

Ashland, Comil, Composites Brasil, Cray Valley, Edra Equipamentos, Elekeiroz, Fiacbras, Marcopolo, Morquímica, MVC, Novapol, Owens Corning, Piatex, Poliresinas, Redelease, Reichhold, Royal Polímeros and Tecnofibras are also part of the project.

According to the association, the Brazilian composites sector generates approximately 18,000 tons of waste every year, which represents an expense of R$ 120 million with the disposal at Class 2 landfills.