Eastman Announces Project with USAMP and PADNOS for a Fully Circular Recycling Study in the Automotive Market


New Closed Loop Technology Will Provide Cost-Effective Solution To Create New, Sustainable Materials From Automotive Plastic Waste

KINGSPORT, Tennessee., July 20, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Eastman (NYSE: EMN) today announced a collaboration with United States Automotive Materials Partnership LLC (USAMP) and automotive recycler PADNOS for a conceptual feasibility study to demonstrate a closed-loop waste recycling project. mixed plastic waste from the automotive industry in the automotive supply chain. USAMP is a subsidiary of the United States Council for Automotive Research LLC (USCAR).

When automobiles are at the end of their life, metals, tires and glass represent 80 to 90% of the materials that can be recycled through traditional mechanical recycling channels. The remaining 10-20%, called automotive waste residues (ASR), is made up of mixed plastics and other non-recycled materials that currently end up in landfills or are recovered through waste-to-energy technologies. As part of this initiative, PADNOS will use ASR as a sustainable feedstock for Eastman’s molecular recycling process, creating a truly circular solution.

The study will also assess the extent to which Eastman’s Carbon Renewal Technology (CRT), one of Eastman’s two molecular recycling technologies, breaks down the plastic-rich fraction of ASR into molecular building blocks. By recycling these complex plastics in cathode ray tubes, Eastman can replace fossil raw materials and create polymers without compromising performance for use in new automotive applications.

USAMP sees the potential for energy savings and reduction in overall greenhouse gas emissions while eliminating a significant fraction of the 5-7 million tonnes of ASR generated each year in United States landfills.

“This 12-month auto recycling project with Eastman and PADNOS is part of USAMP’s extensive materials and sustainability research program,” said Steve zimmer, executive director of USCAR. “Programs like this are essential in establishing a cost-effective path to address the challenges associated with consuming ASR in auto parts to enable true industry circularity.”

Steve crawford, executive vice president, responsible for technology and sustainability for Eastman, cited this as a prime example of how collaboration across the value chain is key to embedding material circularity.

“Our molecular recycling technologies currently recycle complex plastic waste on a commercial scale, but technologies alone will not create a circular economy – it takes work along the value chain by multiple determined players. to provide lasting solutions, ”Crawford said. “This is why this project is so exciting. USCAR member companies – Ford, General Motors and Stellantis – are accelerating their approach to designing more sustainable end-of-life solutions, and this project can be a catalyst for circularity within the automotive industry. a value chain that addresses both climate and plastic waste issues and reshapes what we thought possible. ”

About Eastman
Founded in 1920, Eastman is a global specialty materials company that manufactures a wide range of products that can be found in the items people use every day. With the goal of improving the quality of life in a material way, Eastman works with its customers to provide innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. The company’s innovation-driven growth model leverages world-class technology platforms, deep customer engagement and differentiated application development to strengthen its leadership positions in attractive end markets such as as transport, building and construction and consumables. As a globally inclusive and diverse company, Eastman employs approximately 14,500 people worldwide and serves customers in more than 100 countries. The company achieved in 2020 a turnover of approximately $ 8.5 billion and has its seat at Kingsport, Tennessee, UNITED STATES. For more information, visit eastman.com.

Founded in 1992, USCAR’s goal is to further strengthen the technological base of the domestic automotive industry through cooperative research and development. For more information, visit uscar.org.

Founded in 1905, PADNOS is a family recycling business located in Michigan and Indiana, United States with national and global reach. With various processing capabilities, PADNOS is able to collaborate and innovate with its customers to provide sustainable waste solutions. Continuous improvement is at the heart of the history and culture of the company, allowing PADNOS to meet the greatest challenges of sustainable development today. With over 25 locations, PADNOS provides accurate and efficient waste management for industrial manufacturers in addition to helping individual community members turn their discarded materials into renewable resources. PADNOS is headquartered in Holland, Michigan, UNITED STATES. For more information, visit PADNOS.com.

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