Move 4earth® project

Objectives of the project

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The demand for recycled plastics is growing in all European markets:

  • Good environmental performances 
  • Lower dependency to fossil resources which prices are rather volatile and constantly increasing.

Regulations are pushing for more recycling and less landfilling in Europe. The directive 2000/53/EC sets a 85% target by 2015 for reuse and recycling of post consumer cars, but no sustainable solutions exist for airbags.

Industrial Objectives

1. Reach target throughput under stable processing conditions

  • Validation of elementary operations
  • Validation of entire continous process at nominal throughput

2. Produce a high quality recycled polymer

  • Purified
  • Stable properties near to traditional Technyl® polymer


Environmental Objectives

1. Prove environmental efficiency through Life Cycle Analysis

  • Minimize energy and water consumption

2. Validate value-creation option for the by-product (Silicon)

  • Up to 15% of the flow

Industrial process

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Project figures & steps

  • More than 70% of car airbags are made of silicon-coated polyamide in Europe
  • More than 125,000 tons of end-of-life wastes deposit worldwide
  • Up to 10,000 tons of post-industrial airbag wastes per year in Europe

- September 2012: Project launching
- 2013-2014: Process engineering and validation
- 2015: Demonstrator construction
-2016: Industrial demonstration of the recycling process completed and Move 4earth® Unit Grand Opening
- 2017-2018: ramp-up and optimization of the recycling process

Main actions

The main actions of the project can be summarized as follows:


Design and build the demonstrator

  • COMPLETED

Move 4earth process

Validate and optimize the recycling process

  • PROCESS VALIDATION COMPLETED
  • PRODUCTION RUNNING FOR 1STCOMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS
  • RAMP-UP AND OPTIMIZATION ON GOING

Demonstrate valorization streams for By Products (i.e. silicone coating residuals)

  • STARTED
  • ENERGY VALORIZATION STREAM DEMONSTRATED AND IMPLEMENTED
  • CURRENTLY EXPLORING ALTERNATIVE MATERIAL RECOVERY SOLUTIONS

Assess the environmental impacts of the process and the benefits of the newly created recycling stream based on a Life Cycle Analysis methodology

  • COMPLETED
  • A "cradle to gate" Life Cycle Analysis performed by Solvay shows that TECHNYL® 4EARTH compounds using recycled PA66 polymer from the Move4earth technology offer very significant reductions of environmental impacts compared to equivalent virgin materials
  • SUMMARY LCA REPORT AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD: CLICK HERE

Confirm the potential use of the Move 4earth®technology to recycle various types of technical textile wastes

  • STARTED: Beside post-industrial silicone coated fabrics, the project is focusing on post-consumer airbag cushions and PA/elastane fabrics

Move 4earth Airbags WasteMove 4earth Elastane Fabrics

Move 4earth® in a nutshell