Sulingen, Germany – H&S Anlagentechnik has won a contract to build an industrial scale polyurethane-to-polyols plant for Dutch recycling company RetourMatras. It will be located at its plant in Flevoland, Netherlands.
The new plant is schedule to be commissioned by the end of 2021. It will be fed by a fully automated recycling mattress dismantling line. This is being built to deal with some of the 1.5m end-of-life-life mattresses that RetourMatrass expects to deal with each year from its clients in Belgium and the Netherlands.
'The H&S process allows us to chemically recycle different foam from various mattress manufacturers,' said Chico van Hemert, RetourMatras operations manager. '[The technology allows] valuable recovered polyols to be generated enabling production of high quality flexible and other PU foams.'
H&S is part of Dow's Renuva recycling programme, and supports Orrion Chemicals Orgaform with its recycling concept.
The technology has been used by the large Polish foamer Ikano, formerly Dendro to turn in-process scrap back into polyols since 2013. Mila Skokova, H&S product and sales manager said her company is receiving interest from other foamers. 'In times of raw material scarcity, recovered polyols can reduced production costs and increase competitiveness,' she said.