KIMYA Renews Commitment to ORPLAST 3 to Develop Recycled Filaments

The FIL’REC project combines performance and eco-design, companies say.

The FIL’REC project combines performance and eco-design, companies say.

Regrind of milled plastic goods with color samples and virgin material for the recycling industry and plastic bags. Image courtesy of Kimya.

After its first participation in the ORPLAST plan leading to the commercialization of four new recycled filaments, Kimya is now targeting between 70% and 100% recycled materials in so-called high-performance filaments, without affecting the properties. The additive manufacturing expert is committing again to a 3-year research and development program.

With higher resistance levels and benefiting from physical-chemical properties, such as resistance to high temperatures and warping, these materials are made for applications in the railway, automotive and aerospace industries.

“Developing recycled high-performance materials poses a significant technical challenge for our teams, but which will enable us to provide the market with a unique offering, as there are no players in the additive manufacturing market currently using recycled high-performance materials. It is also an opportunity for us to extend our offering of engineering materials and to expand our range of eco-designed filaments,” says Nicolas Morand, R&D, Innovation & Industrialization Manager at KIMYA

Partnering to Target Industrial Relocation

Convinced that Industry 4.0 is synonymous with local production, KIMYA aims to take part in the relocation of industrial projects. This is why the additive manufacturing company aims to collaborate mainly with French operators in this third stage of the ORPLAST scheme.

“At KIMYA, we know that it is only by adding our strengths that we will be able to create a local and sustainable production ecosystem. We have set ourselves the primary objective of working with French companies, from the sourcing of recycled plastic materials to the various stages of technical feasibility,” explains Pierre-Antoine Pluvinage, business development director at KIMYA.

To learn more about the ORPLAST project, look back into our article announcing the 2018 FIL’REC project being selected by ADEME.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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