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Dow and Topsoe to collaborate on circular plastics advancement

By Mary Page Bailey |

A new partnership between Dow, Inc. (Midland, Mich.) and Haldor Topsoe A/S (Lyngby, Denmark) marks a new initiative to efficiently convert waste plastics to circular plastics, keeping them out of the environment and responsibly reclaiming their value.

A first step agreement is in place between Dow and Topsoe to leverage lab-scale capabilities to support the design and engineering of the new 10,000 ton/yr market development unit (MDU), which will be built at Dow’s site in Terneuzen, the Netherlands. Dow will proceed with the design and engineering for the unit using Haldor Topsoe’s PureStep technology to purify pyrolysis oil feedstock derived from waste plastics for use in circular products.

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Dow intends to build the market development unit at their production site in Terneuzen, the Netherlands. (Photo: Dow)

The objective for Dow’s new purification MDU is to validate the technology to produce circular products and to accelerate the scale needed to support strong market demand for circular polyethylene.

Dow’s development unit will advance the technology for industrial-scale purification of circular feedstocks, which will be used to meet strong market demand for circular polyethylene.

“Dow shares our commitment to accelerate more sustainable solutions. Our decades of experience in developing carbon emission reduction technologies complement Dow’s core strengths and can facilitate their roadmap to carbon neutrality. There are many opportunities to grow and advance our respective technologies, which are vital to decarbonization and circularity,” said Fei Chen, Senior Vice President, Clean Fuels and Chemicals Technology at Topsoe.

“Advancing the circular economy for plastics requires scale for feedstock recycling and clean up that does not yet exist broadly, so we are partnering to help accelerate it,” said Diego Donoso, president of Dow’s Packaging and Specialty Plastics business. “Leveraging Haldor Topsoe’s technology and expertise will help us de-risk scale-up of purification capabilities aligned with our efforts to Stop the Waste and Close the Loop.”

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