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PMMA, or acrylic, has been one of the world’s most commonly used plastics since its invention in the 1930s, used in everything from cars and homes to architecture and construction. Now, it’s moving into a fully circular future as Mitsubishi Chemical Methacrylates (MCM) drives a major recycling project.
In a global economy, complex supply chains can make it difficult to track information about the origin of materials. How do consumers know whether the product they’re buying comes from sustainable sources or contains recycled content? How can this be improved?
As part of our project to make acrylic fully circular, we recently ran purification trials for methyl methacrylate (MMA) recycled from waste acrylic (PMMA).
New ALPHA MMA plant to be constructed on the US Gulf Coast
We’re pleased to announce a project to design and construct a 350,000 metric tonne methyl methacrylate (MMA) plant in the USA utilising our proprietary ethylene-based ALPHA technology. The project is in its design phase and is expected to be fully operational in 2025. The specific location of the facility will be the subject of another announcement later this Spring.
This plant will be the third, and largest, commercial application of our ALPHA technology since its initial development and first successful implementation in 2008.
Hitoshi Sasaki, COO of Mitsubishi Chemical’s Global MMA business domain, says:
“We are pleased to announce that we are officially progressing our project to build and operate a 350KT ALPHA MMA plant in the United States, taking advantage of the favourable feedstock position. The addition of this asset, which will be fully owned and operated by Mitsubishi Chemical, strengthens our global leadership in the MMA merchant market and demonstrates our commitment to continue providing reliable and competitive supply to our customers in the US and in all regions of the world.”