Pirmasens, Germany -- Rampf Ecosystems says it has been operating the world's first industrial plant for manufacturing polyols from PU flexible foam waste since April 2012. The system allows high-quality raw materials to be recycled for the foam manufacturing industry using the acidolysis process developed by Rampf chemists.
According to Rampf, the loss of valuable raw materials and high disposal costs resulting from waste materials in production processes "are now a thing of the past." Thanks to innovative chemical pro-cesses such as the acidolysis process developed by Rampf specialists in 1999, it has even been possible since April 2012 to recover polyols industrially from flexible slabstock foams and flexible moulded foams.
Since the start of 2012, Rampf Ecosystems in Pirmasens has been recycling large quantities from renowned Memmingen-based slabstock foam manufacturer Metzeler Schaum. Using the new process and innovative plant technology, Rampf is expanding the potential of chemical recycling. The world's first usable industrial plant was designed and completed as part of a project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research to develop industrial-scale acidolysis for flexible slabstock foams.
Rampf says "Skills networks are the recipe for success for groundbreaking innovations." That is why Rampf Ecosystems in Pirmasens, Metzeler Schaum in Memmingen, and Keil Anlagenbau in Hunteburg have worked closely with Fraunhofer ICT in Pfinztal"