BEWI announces launch of new production line for recycled raw material22-12-2023
BEWI announces launch of new production line for recycled raw material
BEWI, a leading provider of packaging, components, and insulation solutions, announces the opening of its new production line for expanded polystyrene (EPS) at the company’s raw material facility in Etten-Leur in the Netherlands. The new production line, including a state-of-the-art extruder, significantly strengthens BEWI’s capacity for use of recycled materials, and thereby also the company’s commitment to a circular economy.
“We are excited to now have the new extruder in operation in Etten-Leur, enabling us to significantly increase the use of recycled material in our production of grey or white EPS raw materials. Through BEWI’s Circular division, we collect used EPS from all over Europe, securing the feedstock we need and making it possible for us to close the loop for full circularity,” says Alan Moss, EVP and head of BEWI RAW.
BEWI’s new production line has an annual capacity of up to 25,000 tonnes of EPS, and the company intends to double the capacity by 2030. The new line can produce both grey and white EPS, using either virgin or recycled feedstock – or a combination.
“Customers are increasingly demanding a bundle of different raw materials, including both grey and white EPS, from recycled or virgin feedstock. Now, we are equipped to expand our offering,” Moss continues.
Grey EPS has approximately 20 per cent better insulation value than white EPS, meaning that a certain insulation value can be achieved by thinner boards.
Increasing resource efficiency and circularity for EPS
BEWI’s new production line, is handling a material essential in a variety of applications. EPS’s role in modern industry is expansive, offering critical solutions for safe packaging, energy-efficient building insulation, and even in the production of durable goods such as car parts and bicycle helmets.
“In BEWI, we continuously work to improve resource efficiency, meaning that we work to reduce the use of virgin material through innovation, as well as by reusing and recycling more. Through a range of initiatives, we lower the CO2 footprint for our customers and the society,” Moss continues.
Looking ahead, BEWI plans to expand the facility’s processing capabilities and launch additional initiatives, further cementing its role as a leader in sustainable development.
Charlotte Knudsen, Director of IR and Communications BEWI ASA, tel: +47 9756 1959
About BEWI ASA
BEWI is an international provider of packaging, components, and insulation solutions. The company’s commitment to sustainability is integrated throughout the value chain, from production of raw materials and end goods, to recycling of used products. With a vision to protect people and goods for a better every day, BEWI is leading the change towards a circular economy.
BEWI ASA is listed at the Oslo Børs under ticker BEWI.
From left to right in image:
Jürgen de Jong (Research & Development Directeur BEWI RAW BV), Alan Moss ( Head of Division BEWI RAW BV), Ger De Weert (Alderman Economic Affairs, Finance and Sustainability), Theo van Maurik (Process Development Manager)