MBA Polymers to Supply Electrolux

Company to supply ABS for UltraActive Green vacuum cleaner.

December 14, 2009
Recycling Today Staff
Plastics Paper

Electrolux Floor Care and Small Appliances AB of Stockholm, Sweden, has selected MBA Polymers Austria, Kematen, as its new ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) supplier for the company’s first bag-less AEG-Electrolux “UltraActive Green” vacuum cleaner.

Cecilia Nord, vice president of Electrolux Floor Care environmental and sustainability affairs, says, “We have been working with MBA Polymers to introduce their post-consumer ABS into our green and sustainable product portfolio. Partnering with MBA will divert petro-chemical materials from landfill or incineration and generate significant CO2 savings. It will also enable Electrolux to continuously meet its very demanding sustainability targets.”

MBA Polymers´ post-consumer ABS allows Electrolux to increase the use of recycled materials in its UltraActive Green vacuum. Its body is made with 55 percent post-consumer recycled plastics, which reduces energy consumption by 90 percent and protects the environment from 2 to 3tons of CO2 emissions in comparison to the production process of plastics from petrochemicals, according to a press release from MBA Polymers Austria.

MBA Polymers Austria is a subsidiary of MBA Polymers Inc., Richmond, Calif., which currently operates two advanced plastics recycling plants in China and in Austria. Each plant has a processing capacity of 40,000 metric tons per year and a third plant, having a capacity of 80,000 metric ton per year, is currently under construction in the U.K.

MBA produces post-consumer ABS, HIPS (high-impact polystyrene) and PP (polypropylene) from end-of-life plastics from electronic devices, appliances and other end-of-life durable sources.

Dr. Michael Biddle, MBA founder and president, says, “Electrolux has a clear commitment to provide truly ‘green’ appliances, and we applaud the company’s leadership in this area. Likewise, MBA Polymers is committed to providing sustainable plastics so manufacturers can create plastic components at significantly lower environmental costs.”